Twin Cities Festivals & Fairs – A Year-Round Minnesota Family Guide

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Though we’re typically modest Minnesotans, the Twin Cities doesn’t shy away from its fairs and festivals.

Twin Cities Minnesota Festivals & Fairs - A Year-Round Family Guide

We celebrate our communities and traditions all year round. From Winter Carnival in January, to the legendary Minnesota State Fair in August, to the Holidazzle Festival in December, we love to get outside and explore this awesome state. Browse our monthly listings to find old favorites and new ideas:


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TWIN CITIES JANUARY FAMILY FESTIVALS

1/5/18 – 2/3/18: Ice Castles | Lowell Park, Stillwater | Read our review of Ice Castles

1/14/18: 27th Annual Winter Ice Festival | Centennial Lakes Park, Edina

1/12/18-1/14/18: Arctic Fever | Excelsior, Shorewood & Tonka Bay

1/15/18: Winter Play Day | Silverwood Park, St Anthony

1/19/18: The Big Chill | Firemen’s Park, Chaska

1/19/18-1/20/18: Red Bull Crashed Ice | St Paul

1/20/18-2/11/18: Art Shanty Projects | Lake Harriet, Minneapolis

1/20/18: WinterFest | Lake Elmo Park Reserve

1/20/18-1/28/18: 14th Annual Winter Fete | Bloomington

1/20/18 Winter Trails Day | Fort Snelling State Park

1/21/18: Kids Fest | Minnetonka Community Center

1/25/18-2/10/18: St Paul Winter Carnival | St Paul

1/28/18-2/11/18: Coon Rapids Snowflake Days | Coon Rapids

1/26/18: Rock on Ice | Staring Lake Park, Eden Prairie

1/27/18: Lake Harriet Winter Kite Festival | Lake Harriet Park, Minneapolis

1/27/18: 11th Annual Art Sled Rally | Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis

1/27/18: Winter Open House | White Bear Center for the Arts, White Bear Lake

1/27/18: Scandia Vintefest | Scandia

1/28/18: Pond Dakota Winter History Festival | Pond Dakota Mission Park, Bloomington


TWIN CITIES FEBRUARY FAMILY FESTIVALS 

2/3/18: Wonders of Winter | Central Park, Maple Grove

2/3/18: Frosty Fun Festival | Dodge Nature Center, West St Paul

2/3/18: Fire & Ice Festival | Plymouth

2/3/18: Febuary Fest (Feb Fest) | Lake Ann Park, Chanhassen

2/3/18: Mid-Winter Fest | Apple Valley Community Center

2/9/18-2/10/18: Anoka Winterfest | Greenhaven Golf Course & Event Center, Anoka

2/10/18: Ham Lake Snow Bowl | Ham Lake Park

2/11/18: Minnetonka Kids Fest | Minnetonka Community Center

2/17/18: Phalen Freeze Fest | Phalen Regional Park, St Paul

2/17/18: Wildlife Science Center Winter Festival | Stacy


TWIN CITIES MARCH & APRIL FAMILY FESTIVALS

3/17/18: St. Paul’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade | Rice Park, St Paul

3/17/18: St. Patrick’s Day Irish Celebration | Landmark Center, St Paul

3/17/18: Minneapolis’ St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Browse our massive list of Twin Cities Easter Egg Hunts & Activities.

Twin Cities Minnesota Festivals & Fairs - A Year-Round Family Guide

4/14/18-4/29/18: Spring Babies | Twin Cities Festival, Brooklyn Park

4/21/18: Earth Day Birding Festival | Carpenter Nature Center, Hastings

4/21/18: Earth Day Celebration | Harriet Alexander Nature Center, Roseville

4/21/18: Family Earth Day Celebration | Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes

4/28/18: Arbor Day Walk & Green Fair | Staring Lake Park, Eden Prairie

Listen to your Mother and find more Earth Day events here


TWIN CITIES MAY FAMILY FESTIVALS

5/3/18-5/6/18: Festival of Nations | RiverCenter, St Paul

5/5/18: Union Depot’s Train Day | Union Depot, St Paul

5/5/18: Cinco de Mayo | West Side neighborhood, St Paul

5/6/18: May Day Parade & Festival | Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis

5/11/18: ¡Unidos Fest! | Normandale Lake Bandshell, Bloomington

5/11/18-5/12/18: Shepherd’s Harvest Sheep & Wool Festival | Washington Cty Fairgrounds, Stillwater

5/18/18-5/20/18: Art-A-Whirl | Northeast Minneapolis

5/18/18-5/20/18: West St Paul Days | West St Paul

5/19/18: Hopkins Mainstreet Day | Hopkins

5/19/18: Blaine World Fest | Blaine

5/19/18: Arts in the Park | Purgatory Creek Park, Eden Prairie

5/20/18: Linden Hills Festival | Linden Hills Park, Minneapolis

5/20/18: Holz Farm Spring Festival | Holz Farm Park, Eagan

5/27/18: Immigrant for a Day | Gammelgarden Museum, Scandia

5/28/18: Memorial Day Celebration at Lakewood Cemetery | Minneapolis


TWIN CITIES JUNE FAMILY FESTIVALS

 

6/1/18-6/2/18: Flint Hills Family Festival | Downtown St Paul

6/1/18-6/2/18: Johnstock | Johnson St NE, Minneapolis

6/1/18-6/3/18: Edina Art Fair | 50th & France, Edina

6/2/18: Art Start’s EcoArts Fest | Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Bloomington

6/2/18: Art in the Hollow | Swede Hollow Park, St Paul

6/2/18: Party in the Park | Northside Park, Maple Plain

6/2/18: Waterfest | Phalen Regional Park, St Paul

6/2/18: Saint Anthony Park Arts Festival | Como and Carter Avenues, St Paul

6/2/18-6/3/18: Discover Aviation Days | Anoka County Airport, Blaine

6/2/18-6/8/18: I Love Burnsville Week

6/3/18: Grand Old Day | Grand Ave, St Paul

6/3/18: Rhubarb Fest | New Brighton History Center Museum, New Brighton

6/6/18-6/10/18: Albertville Friendly City Days | Albertville

6/7/18-6/10/18: Spring Lake Park Tower Days | Spring Lake Park

6/7/18-6/10/18: Hugo Good Neighbor Days | Hugo

6/9/18-6/10/18: Art on the Lake | Excelsior

6/9/18-6/10/18: Deutsche Tage | Germanic-American Institute, St Paul

6/9/18-6/10/18: Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes | Maple Grove

6/10/18: Open Streets Lyndale | Minneapolis, 11 AM – 5 PM

6/10/18-6/17/18: Buffalo Days | Buffalo

6/12/18-6/16/18: Farmington Dew Days | Farmington

6/13/18-6/16/18: Faribault Heritage Celebration | Faribault

6/13/18-6/17/18: St. Louis Park Parktacular | St Louis Park

6/14/18-6/16/18: Tater Daze Festival | Brooklyn Park

6/14/18-6/16/18: Fridley Fest (formerly ’49er Days) | Commons Park, Fridley

6/14/18-6/17/18: Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest | Kingston Park, Cottage Grove

6/14/18-7/4/18: Manitou Days | White Bear Lake

6/15/18-6/16/18: Northern Spark | Minneapolis

6/15/18-6/17/18: Stone Arch Bridge Festival | Minneapolis

6/16/18: Maker Fest | Rondo Library, St Paul

6/16/18: Midsommar CelebrationAmerican Swedish Institute, Minneapolis

6/20/18-6/24/18: Columbia Heights Lions Jamboree | Huset Park, Columbia Heights

6/21/186/23/18: Earle Brown Days Festival | Brooklyn Center

6/21/18-6/23/18: Twin Cities Jazz Festival | St Paul

6/21/18-6/24/18: Oakdale Summerfest | Walton Park, Oakdale

6/22/18-6/24/18: Kaposia Days | South St Paul

6/22/18-6/24/18: Blaine Festival | Aquatore Park, Blaine

6/23/18: Minnetonka Summer Festival | Civic Center Campus

6/23/18: Midsommar Dag | Gammelgarden Museum, Scandia

6/23/18-6/24/18: Eagan Art Festival | Eagan

6/23/18-6/24/18: Afton Strawberry Festival | Afton

6/23/18-6/24/18: Eagan Art Festival | Eagan Festival Grounds

6/24/18: Scandinavian Summer Fest | Minnehaha Park, Minneapolis

6/25/18-6/29/18: Rosefest | Roseville

6/27/18-7/4/18: Apple Valley Freedom Days | Apple Valley

6/29/18-7/3/18: Hudson Booster Days | Lakefront Park, Hudson WI

Dates not yet confirmed for 2018:

Minnesota Festival of Jazz on the Prairie | Staring Lake Park, Eden Prairie

Find More Information in our June Festivals Guide.


TWIN CITIES JULY FAMILY FESTIVALS

 

7/1/18: Hudson Booster Days

7/1/18-7/4/18: Manitou Days | White Bear Lake

7/1/18-7/4/18: Apple Valley Freedom Days

7/2/18-7/4/18: Coon Rapids 4th of July | Coon Rapids Ice Center

7/2/18-7/4/18: Richfield Red, White & Blue Days

7/4/18 & 7/12/18-7/15/18: Pan-o-Prog – Lakeville’s Summer Festival

7/5/18-7/26/18 (Thursdays): Marketfest | Downtown White Bear Lake

7/7/18-715/18: Hopkins Raspberry Festival

7/11/18-7/15/18: Karl Oskar Days | Lindstrom

7/11/18-7/15/18: Maple Grove Days

7/11/18-7/15/18: Ramsey County Fair | Maplewood

7/12/18-7/15/18: Whiz Bang Days | Robbinsdale

7/12/18-7/15/18: Monticello Riverfest | Monticello

7/13/18-7/14/18: Andover Family Fun Fest

7/13/18-7/15/18: Duk Duk Daze | Northwood Park, New Hope

7/14/18: Anoka Riverfest

7/14/18-7/15/18: Dragon Festival | Lake Phalen Park, St Paul

7/17/18: Blaine Family Fun Night | Aquatore Park

7/18/18-7/21/18: Minneapolis Aquatennial

7/19/18-7/22/18: Excelsior Crazy Days Fair & Festival 

7/20/18: Summer Splash | Zanewood Recreation Center, Brooklyn Park

7/20/18-7/21/18: Spirit of the Lakes Festival | Surfside Park & Beach, Mound

7/20/18-7/21/18: Lowertown Blues Fest | Mears Park, St Paul

7/20/18-7/21/18: Minnesota Scottish Fair & Highland Games | Eagan Central Park

7/20/18-7/22/18: Highland Fest | St Paul

7/20/18-7/22/18: Wannigan Days | Taylors Falls/St Croix Falls

7/20/18-7/22/18: Rivertown Days | Hastings

7/20/18-7/22/18: Lumberjack Days | Downtown Stillwater

7/20/18-7/29/18: Rosemount Leprechaun Days | Central Park, Rosemount

7/21/18: International Festival of Burnsville | Nicollet Commons Park

7/21/18: St. Paul Rondo Day | Rondo Ave, St. Paul

7/22/18:  Open Streets Lake + Minnehaha | Minneapolis, 11 AM – 5 PM

7/24/18-7/29/18: Anoka County Fair | Anoka

7/25/18-7/29/18: Scott County Fair | Jordan

7/26/18-7/28/18: Discover Anoka Days & Food Truck Festival | Anoka

7/26/18-7/28/18: FLOW Northside Arts Crawl | Minneapolis

7/26/18-7/29/18: Crystal Frolics

7/27/18-7/29/18: Slice of Shoreview Days | Island Lake County Park

7/27/18-7/29/18: Chaska River City Days

7/28/18: Owamni Falling Water Festival | Father Hennepin Bluff Park

7/28/18-7/29/18: Loring Park Art Festival  | Loring Park, Minneapolis


TWIN CITIES AUGUST FAMILY FESTIVALS

 

8/2/18-8/12/18: Family Fringe | Saint Paul

8/3/18-8/5/18: Canadian Days | Spooner Park, Little Canada

8/3/18-8/5/18: Uptown Art Fair | Minneapolis

8/3/18-8/5/18 & 8/10/18-8/12/18 Day Out With Thomas | Duluth

8/4/18-8/5/18: Powderhorn Art Fair | Minneapolis

8/5/18:  Open Streets Northeast | Minneapolis

8/5/18-8/13/18: New Brighton Stockyard Days

8/10/18-8/12/1813: Irish Fair of Minnesota | Harriet Island Regional Park, St Paul

8/10/18-8/12/18: Twin Cities Polish Festival

8/10/18-8/12/18: Rockford River Days

8/11/18: Eagan Food Truck Festival | Eagan Festival Grounds

8/11/18: Nershfest | Inbound Brewco, Minneapolis

8/12/18: Fiesta Latina | CLUES St Paul

8/12/18: Pioneer Day | Pioneer Memorial Park, Newport

8/16/18 & 8/18/18-8/19/18: Vadnais Heights Heritage Days

8/16/18-8/19/18: Ki Chi Saga Days | Vilhelm Moberg Park, Chisago City

8/17/18-8/19/18: North Hudson Pepper Fest

8/18/18: Mounds View Festival in the Park | City Hall Park

8/18/18: St Paul Food Truck Festival | Mears Park

8/18/18-9/30/18 (weekends): Minnesota Renaissance Festival | Shakopee

8/19/18: Como Park Japanese Obon Festival | Como Park Conservatory, St Paul

8/23//18-9/3/18: Minnesota State Fair | Falcon Heights

8/24/18-8/26/18: Woodbury Days

8/26/18: Open Streets Franklin | Minneapolis, 11 AM – 5 PM

Dates not yet confirmed for 2018:

Lake Hiawatha Neighborhood Festival | Lake Hiawatha Park, Minneapolis

Family Summer Bash | Duluth

Victoria Volksfest | Victoria

Heritage Days Festival | St Paul Park

Blue Heron Days | Lino Lakes


TWIN CITIES SEPTEMBER FAMILY FESTIVALS

9/5/18: Open Streets West Broadway | Minneapolis, 11 AM – 5 PM

9/5/18-9/9/18Burnsville Fire Muster (2018 dates confirmed by City of Burnsville, but website not up-to-date)

9/7/18-9/9/18: James J. Hill Days | Lake Street, Downtown Wayzata

9/8/18-9/9/18: Edina Fall into the Arts Festival | Centennial Lakes Park, Edina

9/7/18-9/9/18: Inver Grove Heights Days

9/15/18: Otsego Prairie Festival | Prairie Park, Otsego

9/15/18: Bloomington Heritage Days | Nativity of Mary Catholic Church grounds

9/15/18: Golden Valley Arts & Music Festival | City Hall Campus

9/15/18: Nickle Dickle Day | Waconia

9/15/18: Wild Rice Festival | Harriet Alexander Nature Center, Roseville

9/15/18-9/16/18: Lakeville Art Festival | Downtown Lakeville

9/22/18: Excelsior Apple Day | Downtown Excelsior

9/22/18: Plymouth on Parade | Plymouth City Center

9/22/18: Apple Festival | Gibbs Farm, Falcon Heights

9/22/18-9/23/18: Afton Art in the Park | Town Square Park

9/22/18-9/23/18: Lone Oak Days Fall Festival | Holz Farm, Eagan

9/23/18: Open Streets Nicollet | Minneapolis, 11 AM – 5 PM

9/29-30/18: Pahl’s Market Fall Festival | Pahl’s Market, Apple Valley

9/30/18: Open Streets University of Minnesota | Minneapolis, 11 AM – 5 PM

Dates not yet confirmed for 2018:

Sever’s Fall Festival | Shakopee

Scarecrow Festival | Emma Krumbees, Belle Plaine

St. Paul Oktoberfest | Historic Schmidt Brewery

Fall Raptor Release | Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, Hastings

Party in the Prairie | Richardson Nature Center, Bloomington

Open Streets on 50th | W 50th Street, Edina

Twin Cities Harvest Festival & Maze | Brooklyn Park

Fall Harvest Festival | Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska

Rockpoint Church Fall Festival  |  Lake Elmo

Afton Apple Fest | Afton Apple Orchard, Hastings

Browse more events in our guide to Fall Fun in the Twin Cities.


TWIN CITIES OCTOBER FAMILY FESTIVALS

 

10/7/18:  Fall Color Blast – 50th Anniversary Event | Warner Nature Center, Marine on St Croix

10/13/18: Fall on the Farm | Eidem Homestead, Brooklyn Park

10/13/18: Twin Cities Book Festival | State Fairgrounds, St. Paul

Dates not yet confirmed for 2018:

 

Scarecrow Festival | Emma Krumbees, Belle Plaine

Fall Fair | Afton Alps, Hastings

Harvest  Fest | Frogtown Farm Park, St Paul

UFC Farm Supply Harvest Festival | Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista

Family Fun Saturdays | Barten Pumpkins, New Prague

Annual Apple Festival | Fischer’s Croix Farm Orchard, Hastings

Stillwater Harvest Fest, Downtown Stillwater

Prospect Park Annual Harvest Festival | Prospect Park Garden, Minneapolis

Apple Fest | Carpenter St Croix Nature Center, Hastings

Wargo Fall Festival | Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes

Autumn Harvest in the Village | Dakota Heritage Village, Farmington

Harvest Haunting | LeDuc Historic Estate, Hastings

Browse our Twin Cities Halloween events.


TWIN CITIES NOVEMBER FAMILY FESTIVALS

 

11/23/18-11/25/18: Taylor Falls Lighting Festival

11/30/18-12/1/18: Afton Village Holiday

Hometown for the Holidays | Stillwater

Holidazzle | Loring Park, Minneapolis

Christmas in Excelsior

Light Up the Lake Celebration | Wayzata

Browse more Twin Cities early holiday events.


TWIN CITIES DECEMBER FAMILY FESTIVALS

 

Holiday Fest | Shakopee

Seward Winter Frolic | Minneapolis

Grand Meander | Grand Avenue, St Paul

Reindeer Day at Linden Hills | Minneapolis

Holiday Harbor Lights & Tree Lighting | Downtown Blaine

Holiday on Main | Lakeville

Shop Excelsior

Anoka Hometown Holiday 

Delano Old-Fashioned Christmas

Winter in the Village | St Anthony Village

Plymouth Old Fashioned Christmas | Plymouth Creek Park

North St. Paul Holiday Hop | North St. Paul

Browse more events in our Twin Cities Christmas & Holiday Guide.


Travel tip: It’s often easier to take public transit to Fairs and Festivals. In fact Metro Transit offers Free Rides to some events. Joy offers suggestions on packing for an all day outing and getting around by bus with kids in Get on the Bus! Public Transit With Kids.


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Anne Kingston

If we left it up to Anne to write her own bio, it would never get posted. She doesn't enjoy talking about herself, but Anne does love exploring the Twin Cities with her family and sharing her finds here. She, her husband and their four kids are lifelong residents of St. Paul.

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