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

Though we’re typically modest Minnesotans, the Twin Cities doesn’t shy away from its fairs and festivals. 2019 dates are slowly trickling in. Municipalities are on their own schedules, but the 2018 dates are good indicators of likely 2019 dates.

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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5/31/19-6/1/19: Flint Hills Family Festival | Downtown St Paul 

5/31/19-6/2/19: Edina Art Fair | 50th & France, Edina

6/1/19: Art Start’s EcoArts Fest | Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Bloomington

6/1/19: Party in the Park | Northside Park, Maple Plain 

6/1/19: Art in the Hollow | Swede Hollow Park, St Paul

6/1/19: Waterfest | Phalen Regional Park, St Paul

6/1/19: Saint Anthony Park Arts Festival | Como and Carter Avenues, St Paul

6/1/19-6/2/19: Union Depot’s Train Day | Union Depot, St Paul

6/1/19-6/8/19: I Love Burnsville Week 

6/2/19: Open Streets Lyndale | Minneapolis, 11 AM – 5 PM 

6/2/19: Rhubarb Fest | New Brighton History Center Museum, New Brighton

06/02/2019: Grand Old Day is ON in 2019! | Grand Ave, St Paul. – Yes it is happening.

6/5/19-6/9/19: Albertville Friendly City Days | Albertville 

6/6/19-6/9/19: Spring Lake Park Tower Days | Spring Lake Park

6/6/19-6/9/19: Hugo Good Neighbor Days | Hugo

6/7/19-6/8/19: Johnstock | Johnson St NE, Minneapolis

6/8/19-6/9/19: Art on the Lake | Excelsior

6/8/19-6/9/19: Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes | Maple Grove

6/8/19-6/9/19: Deutsche Tage | Germanic-American Institute, St Paul

6/9/19-6/16/19: Buffalo Days | Buffalo

6/9/19: Minnesota Festival of Jazz on the Prairie | Staring Lake Park, Eden Prairie

6/11/19-6/15/19: Farmington Dew Days | Farmington 

6/12/19-6/15/19: Faribault Heritage Celebration | Faribault 

6/12/19-6/16/19: St. Louis Park Parktacular | St Louis Park 

6/13/19-6/14/19: Fridley ’49er Days | Commons Park, Fridley

6/13/19-6/14/19: Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest | Kingston Park, Cottage Grove

6/13/19-6/15/19: Tater Daze Festival | Brooklyn Park 

6/13/19-7/4/19: Manitou Days | White Bear Lake

Thursdays 06/13/19-7/25/19: Marketfest | Downtown White Bear Lake

6/14/19-6/15/19: Northern Spark | Minneapolis

6/14/19-6/16/19: Stone Arch Bridge Festival | Minneapolis

6/15/19: Midsommar CelebrationAmerican Swedish Institute, Minneapolis 

6/20/19-6/22/19: Earle Brown Days Festival | Brooklyn Center

6/20/19-6/22/19: Twin Cities Jazz Festival | St. Paul

6/20/19-6/23/19: Oakdale Summerfest | Walton Park, Oakdale

6/22/19: Minnetonka Summer Festival | Civic Center Campus

6/22/19: Midsommar Dag | Gammelgarden Museum, Scandia 

6/22/19-6/23/19: Afton Strawberry Festival | Afton

6/23/19: Uptown Food Truck Festival | Lake & Hennepin, Minneapolis

6/23/19: Scandinavian Summer Fest | Minnehaha Park, Minneapolis (6/24/18)

6/24/19-7/4/19: Rosefest | Roseville

6/27/19-6/30/19: Columbia Heights Lions Jamboree | Huset Park, Columbia Heights

6/27/19-7/4/19: Apple Valley Freedom Days | Apple Valley 

6/28/19-6/30/19: Blaine Festival | Aquatore Park, Blaine

6/28/19-6/30/19: Kaposia Days | South St. Paul

6/29/19-6/30/19: Eagan Art Festival | Eagan 

06/29/19-07/07/19: Forest Lake 4th of July | Forest Lake 

CANCELLED: Discover Aviation Days is not happening in 2019 | Anoka County Airport, Blaine – Look for it 6/6/20-6/7/20.

Find More Information in our June Festivals Guide


06/29/19-07/07/19: Forest Lake 4th of July | Forest Lake 

Thursdays 06/13/19-7/25/19: Marketfest | Downtown White Bear Lake

7/1/19-7/4/19: Manitou Days | White Bear Lake

7/3/2019: Bloomington Summer Fete | Normandale Lake Park 

7/4/19-7/7/19: Hudson Booster Days

6/27/19-07/04/19: Apple Valley Freedom Days | Apple Valley 

7/02/19-7/04/19: Coon Rapids 4th of July | Coon Rapids Ice Center 

7/02/19-7/04/19: Richfield Red, White & Blue Days 

7/4/19-7/14/19: Pan-o-Prog – Lakeville’s Summer Festival

Twin Cities Independence Day Events

7/10/19-7/14/19: Karl Oskar Days | Lindstrom

7/10/19-7/14/19: Maple Grove Days

7/10/19-7/14/19: Ramsey County Fair | Maplewood

7/11/19-7/14/19: Whiz Bang Days | Robbinsdale

7/11/19-7/14/19: Monticello Riverfest | Monticello

7/12/19-7/13/19: Andover Family Fun Fest 

7/12/19-7/14/19: Duk Duk Daze | Northwood Park, New Hope 

7/13/19-7/21/19: Hopkins Raspberry Festival

7/13/19: Anoka Riverfest

7/13/19-7/14/19: Dragon Festival | Lake Phalen Park, St Paul

7/16/19: Blaine Family Fun Night | Aquatore Park

7/18/19-7/21/19: Excelsior Crazy Days Fair & Festival 

7/19/19-7/20/19: Spirit of the Lakes Festival | Surfside Park & Beach, Mound 

7/19/19/-7/20/19: Lowertown Blues Fest | Mears Park, St Paul

7/19/19-7/20/19: Minnesota Scottish Fair & Highland Games | Eagan Central Park

7/19/19-7/21/19: Highland Fest | St Paul

7/19/19-7/21/19: Wannigan Days | Taylors Falls/St Croix Falls

7/19/19-7/21/19: Rivertown Days | Hastings

7/19/19-7/21/19: Lumberjack Days | Downtown Stillwater

7/19/19-7/28/19: Rosemount Leprechaun Days | Central Park, Rosemount

7/20/19: Discover Anoka Day & Sidewalk Sale – Anoka Food Truck Festival | Anoka

7/20/19: International Festival of Burnsville | Nicollet Commons Park

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

7/21/19:  Open Streets Lake + Minnehaha | Minneapolis, 11 AM – 5 PM

7/24/10-7/27/19: Minneapolis Aquatennial

7/23/19-7/28/19: Anoka County Fair | Anoka

7/24/19-7/28/19: Scott County Fair | Jordan

7/25/19-7/27/19: FLOW Northside Arts Crawl | Minneapolis

7/25/19-7/28/19: Crystal Frolics

7/26/19-7/28/19: Slice of Shoreview Days | Island Lake County Park

7/26/19-7/28/19: Chaska River City Days

7/26/19-7/28/19 Day Out With Thomas | Duluth (also August 2nd-4th)

7/27/19-7/29/19: Loring Park Art Festival  | Loring Park, Minneapolis

Find More Information in our July Festivals Guide


7/26/19-8/4/19: Family Fringe | Saint Paul

8/2/19-8/4/19: Canadian Days | Spooner Park, Little Canada

8/2/19-8/4/19 Day Out With Thomas | Duluth

8/2/19-8/4/19 Uptown Art Fair | Minneapolis

8/3/19: Owamni Falling Water Festival | Father Hennepin Bluff Park

8/3/19-8/4/19: Powderhorn Art Fair | Minneapolis 

8/3/19: Victoria Volksfest | Victoria 

8/4/19  Open Streets Northeast | Minneapolis

8/4/19-8/12/19: New Brighton Stockyard Days

8/7/19: Lake Hiawatha Neighborhood Festival | Lake Hiawatha Park, Minneapolis

8/9/19-8/11/19: Irish Fair of Minnesota | Harriet Island Regional Park, St Paul

8/9/19-8/11/19: Twin Cities Polish Festival

8/9/19-8/11/19: Rockford River Days

8/9/19: Eagan Food Truck Festival | Eagan Festival Grounds

8/10/19: Fiesta Latina | CLUES St Paul 

8/10/19: IndiaFest | Minnesota State Capitol

8/11/19: Pioneer Day | Pioneer Memorial Park, Newport

8/15/19-8/18/19: : Vadnais Heights Heritage Days

8/15/19-8/18/19: Ki Chi Saga Days | Vilhelm Moberg Park, Chisago City 

8/16/19-8/17/19: Mounds View Festival in the Park | Silver View Park, Mounds View

8/16/19-8/18/19: North Hudson Pepper Fest

8/16/19-8/18/19: Heritage Days Festival | St Paul Park 

8/16/19-8/18/19: Blue Heron Days | Lino Lakes

8/17/19: Nershfest | Inbound Brewco, Minneapolis

8/17/19: St Paul Food Truck Festival | Mears Park

8/17/19-9/29/19 (weekends): Minnesota Renaissance Festival | Shakopee

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

8/22/19-9/2/19: Minnesota State Fair | Falcon Heights

8/23/19-8/25/19: Woodbury Days

8/25/19: Open Streets Franklin | Minneapolis, 11 AM – 5 PM

Find More Information in our August Festivals Guide


9/4/19-9/7/19Burnsville Fire Muster 

9/7/19: Harvest of Art Celebration | Eagan Art House 

TBA: Sever’s Fall Festival | Shakopee (9/7/18-10/28/18) – Moving to a New Location in 2019.

9/8/19: Open Streets University of Minnesota | Minneapolis

9/5/19-9/8/19: Inver Grove Heights Days

9/6/19-9/8/19: James J. Hill Days | Lake Street, Downtown Wayzata

9/6/19-9/8/19: CountryFest | St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Oak Grove

9/7/19: Minneapolis Monarch Festival | Lake Nokomis, 49th & Woodlawn

TBA: Fulton Fall Festival | Pershing Park, Minneapolis (9/8/18)

9/7/19: Harvest of Art Celebration | Eagan Art House

9/7/19-9/8/19: Edina Fall into the Arts Festival | Centennial Lakes Park, Edina

TBA: Scarecrow Festival | Emma Krumbees, Belle Plaine (9/8/18-10/27/18)

9/14/19: Minnesota Children’s Book Festival | Anderson Center, Red Wing

9/14/19: Blaine World Fest | Blaine

9/14/19: St. Louis Park Art Fair | The ROC, St. Louis Park

9/14/19: Open Streets West Broadway | Minneapolis, 11 AM – 5 PM

9/14/19: Otsego Prairie Festival | Prairie Park, Otsego

9/13/19-9/14/19: St. Paul Oktoberfest | Historic Schmidt Brewery

9/14/19: Golden Valley Arts & Music Festival | City Hall Campus

TBA Nickle Dickle Day | Waconia (9/15/18)

9/14/19: Wild Rice Festival | Harriet Alexander Nature Center, Roseville

TBA: Rockpoint Church Fall Festival | Lake Elmo (9/15, 9/22 & 9/29/18)

9/15/19: Twin Cities Veg Fest | Harriet Island, St Paul

9/20/19-9/21/19: Bayport Derby Days | Lakeside Park, Bayport

9/21/19: Bloomington Heritage Days | Nativity of Mary Catholic Church grounds

9/21/19: Prairie Festival | Gibbs Farm, Falcon Heights

9/21/19: Excelsior Apple Day | Downtown Excelsior

9/21/19-9/22/19: Lakeville Art Festival | Downtown Lakeville

TBA: Japanese Garden Festival | Normandale Japanese Garden, Bloomington (9/15, 9/22 & 9/29/18)

TBA: Plymouth on Parade | Plymouth City Center (9/15, 9/22 & 9/29/18)

TBA: Harvest  Fest | Frogtown Farm Park, St Paul (9/22/18)

9/21/19: Apple Festival | Gibbs Farm, Falcon Heights

9/28/19: Fall Raptor Release | Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, Hastings (9/22/18)

TBA: Party in the Prairie | Richardson Nature Center, Bloomington (9/22/18)

9/21/19-9/22/19: Lone Oak Days Fall Festival | Holz Farm, Eagan ($2/admission)

TBA: Twin Cities Harvest Festival & Maze | Brooklyn Park | Weekends only (9/22/18-10/28/18)

9/22/19: Open Streets on 50th | W 50th Street, Edina

9/22/19: Open Streets Nicollet | Minneapolis

9/28/19-9/29/19: Afton Art in the Park | Town Square Park

9/28/19-9/29/19: Pahl’s Market Fall Festival | Pahl’s Market, Apple Valley

TBA: Afton Apple Fest | Afton Apple Orchard, Hastings | Weekends only (9/29/18-10/14/18)

Find More Information in our Fall Festival Guide


TBA: Scarecrow Festival | Emma Krumbees, Belle Plaine (10/1/18-10/27/18)

TBA: Fall Fair | Afton Alps, Hastings (10/4/18-10/14/18)

TBA: UFC Farm Supply Harvest Festival | Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista (10/6/18)

TBA: Annual Apple Festival | Fischer’s Croix Farm Orchard, Hastings (10/6/18-10/7/18 & 10/13/18-10/14/18)

TBA: Family Fun Saturdays | Barten Pumpkins, New Prague (10/6/18 & 10/13/18)

TBA:  Fall Color Blast | Warner Nature Center, Marine on St Croix (10/7/18)

10/12/19: Fall on the Farm | Eidem Homestead, Brooklyn Park

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

TBA: Stillwater Harvest Fest | Downtown Stillwater (10/13/18-10/14/18)

TBA: Apple Fest | Carpenter St Croix Nature Center, Hastings (10/13/18-10/14/18)

TBA: Harvest Haunting | LeDuc Historic Estate, Hastings (10/20/18)

TBA: Wargo Fall Festival | Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes (10/21/18)

10/26/19: Gibbs Halloween | Gibbs Farm, Falcon Heights

Browse more 2019 Twin Cities Halloween events


TBA: Hometown for the Holidays | Stillwater (11/16/18-12/31/18)

TBA: Rice Park Tree Lighting & WinterSkate Opening | St Paul (11/16/18-12/31/18)

11/29/19-12/1/19: Taylor Falls Lighting Festival

TBA: Afton Village Holiday (11/30/18-12/1/18)

TBA: Light Up the Lake Celebration | Wayzata (11/23/18)

TBA: Holidazzle | Loring Park, Minneapolis (11/23/18-12/23/18)

TBA: Anoka Hometown Holiday (11/23/18 & 11/24/18)

11/29/19-12/1/19: Christmas in Excelsior

TBA: Holiday Fest | Shakopee (11/30/18)

Browse more Twin Cities early holiday events.



TBA: Seward Winter Frolic | Minneapolis (12/1/18 & 12/2/18)

TBA: Grand Meander | Grand Avenue, St Paul (12/1/18)

TBA: Holiday Harbor Lights & Tree Lighting | Downtown Blaine (12/1/18)

TBA: Holiday on Main | Lakeville (12/1/18)

TBA: Shop Excelsior (12/1/18)

TBA: North St. Paul Holiday Hop | North St. Paul (12/1/18)

12/7/19: Reindeer Day at Linden Hills | Minneapolis

TBA: Plymouth Old Fashioned Christmas | Plymouth Creek Park (12/1/18)

TBA: Delano Old-Fashioned Christmas(12/1/18)

TBA: Winter in the Village | St Anthony Village (12/8/18)

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


TBA: Ice Castles | The Commons, Excelsior | Read our review of Ice Castles

TBA: Winter Trails Day | Fort Snelling State Park (1/12/19)

TBA: 28th Annual Winter Ice Festival | Centennial Lakes Park, Edina (1/13/19)

TBA: Arctic Fever | Excelsior, Shorewood & Tonka Bay (1/18/19-1/20/19)

TBA: The Big Chill | Firemen’s Park, Chaska (1/18/19-1/20/19)

TBA: 15th Annual Winter Fete | Bloomington (1/18/19-1/20/19)

TBA: Winter Open House | White Bear Center for the Arts, White Bear Lake (1/19/19)

TBA: Winter Play Day | Silverwood Park, St Anthony (1/19/19)

1/23/20-2/3/20: St Paul Winter Carnival | St Paul 

TBA: Anoka Winterfest | Greenhaven Golf Course & Event Center, Anoka (1/25/19-1/26/19)

TBA: Winter Blast | Staring Lake Park, Eden Prairie (1/25/19)

TBA: Coon Rapids Snowflake Days (1/26/19-2/10/19)

TBA: Lake Harriet Winter Kite Festival | Lake Harriet Park, Minneapolis (1/26/19)

TBA: 12th Annual Art Sled Rally | Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis (1/26/19)

TBA: Winter Fun Day | Oak Hill Park, St Louis Park (1/26/19)

TBA: WinterFest | Lake Elmo Park Reserve (1/26/19)

TBA: Scandia Vinterfest (1/26/19)

TBA: 19th Annual Snow Day | Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes (1/26/19)

TBA: Pond Dakota Winter History Festival | Pond Dakota Mission Park, Bloomington (1/26/19)

1/30/20-2/2/20: City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival | Lake Calhoun, Minneapolis

TBA: Art Shanty Projects | Lake Harriet, Minneapolis (seeking funding to continue)

Find More Information on our Winter Festivals Guide


TBA: Frosty Fun Festival |  Dodge Nature Center, West St Paul (2/2/19)

TBA: Fire & Ice Festival | Plymouth (2/2/19)

TBA: Fire & Ice at Luxton | Minneapolis (2/2/19)

TBA: Mid-Winter Fest | Apple Valley Community Center (2/2/19)

TBA: Febuary Fest (Feb Fest) | Lake Ann Park, Chanhassen (2/2/19)

TBA: Wonders of Winter | Central Park, Maple Grove (2/9/19)

TBA: Ham Lake Snow Bowl | Ham Lake Park (2/9/19)

TBA: Minnetonka Kids Fest | Minnetonka Community Center (2/10/19)

TBA: Embrace the North Festival | Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, Brooklyn Park (2/16/19)

TBA: Wildlife Science Center Winter Festival | Stacy (2/16/19)

TBA: Phalen Freeze Fest | St Paul (2/23/19)


TBA: St. Paul’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade | Rice Park, St Paul (3/17/19)

TBA: St. Patrick’s Day Irish Celebration | Landmark Center, St Paul (3/17/19)

TBA: Minneapolis’ St. Patrick’s Day Parade (3/17/19)

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


TBA: Earth Day Celebration | Harriet Alexander Nature Center, Roseville

TBA: Family Earth Day Celebration | Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes

TBA: Minneapolis Arbor Day Festival | Theodore Wirth Regional Park

TBA: Earth Day Birding Festival | Carpenter Nature Center, Hastings

Find more details on our Twin Cities Spring Family Festival Calendar.

Listen to your Mother and find more Earth Day events here


TBA: Spring Babies | Twin Cities Festival, Brooklyn Park

TBA: Festival of Nations | RiverCenter, St Paul

TBA: Cinco de Mayo | West Side neighborhood, St Paul

TBA: MayDay Parade & Festival | Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis

TBA: Shepherd’s Harvest Sheep & Wool Festival | Washington Cty Fairgrounds, Stillwater

TBA: Art-A-Whirl | Northeast Minneapolis

TBA: West St Paul Days | West St Paul 

TBA: Hopkins Mainstreet Day | Hopkins

TBA: Spring on the Farm | Eidem Homestead, Brooklyn Park

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

TBA: Linden Hills Festival | Linden Hills Park, Minneapolis 

TBA: Holz Farm Spring Festival | Holz Farm Park, Eagan 

TBA: Immigrant for a Day | Gammelgarden Museum, Scandia 

TBA: Memorial Day Celebration at Lakewood Cemetery | Minneapolis 

TBA: Edina Art Fair | 50th & France, Edina

Find More Information in the Spring Festivals Calendar

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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