You can get started planning beautiful weekends in March, April & May right here with our list of Twin Cities Spring Festivals. Note that Festivals and Fairs will be under the same guidelines as the rest of the state regarding gatherings during current mandated restrictions.
Twin Cities March Family Festivals
Mar 14, 2021: St. Patrick’s Day Irish Celebrations | Landmark Center, St Paul
Again in 2021, the traditional Irish Celebration and Irish Day of Dance at Landmark Center can be enjoyed virtually on Landmark’s web page.
Mar 17, 2021: St. Paul’s Irish MASK-arade | 425 Rice St, St Paul
Families can mask up and drive through to see all their favorite parade performers in a reverse parade. Noon-3pm. Free, registration required.
Mar 20, 2021: Minneapolis’ St. Patrick’s Day Parade | Columbia Heights
In this drive-thru twist, participants can deck out their own cars and parade past Irish royalty, dancers and bagpipe players. 1-3pm, FREE to enter but must submit an application.
Twin cities April Family Festivals
While we wait for more information on these festivals browse our massive list of Twin Cities Easter Egg Hunts & Activities.
April 9-25, 2021: Spring Babies | Twin Cities Festival, Brooklyn Park
New for 2021, there will be NO cover charge to enter the farm babies festival. Instead, there will be a small fee for each activity you choose to do. A wristband to see and hold the baby animals will include the kids play area (corn pit, bale maze, playground equipment, pedal tractors) and a hayride.
Find all the fuzzy, cuddly, sweet Minnesota farm babies opportunities at the link.
April 17-23, 2021: Family Earth Day Celebration | Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes
Service project, trivia picnic, gardening seminar and online lunch with a naturalist, earth day sing-a-long and bingo challenge. Registration required.
April 24, 2021: Earth Day Celebration | Harriet Alexander Nature Center, Roseville
Celebrate the nature center’s 31st birthday with a fully outdoor program. 10am-2pm.
April 24-25, 2021: Earth Day Youth Birding Competition | Carpenter Nature Center, Hastings
In lieu of a festival this year, kids can participate in a two-day birding competition. Learn more here.
April Festivals Not Yet Announced or Cancelled
Minneapolis Arbor Day Festival | Theodore Wirth Regional Park
Twin Cities May Family Festivals
May 1, 2021: Arbor Day Walk & Green Fair | Staring Lake & Round Lake Parks, Eden Prairie
Pick up a map at one or both parks to take a self-guided walk that showcases various tree species around the lakes. Participants will also receive seed packets to take home and plant. 9-11am, FREE.
May 14-16, 2021: Virtual Art-A-Whirl | Northeast Minneapolis
While most events will be virtual again in 2021, some individual artists and gallieries will have in-person hours. Fine a map here. FREE.
May 16, 2021: Holz Farm Spring Festival | Holz Farm Park, Eagan
Old-fashioned farm activities. 3 Time Options: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 12:45 -2:15 p.m., 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. $3/pp, advanced tickets required.
May 17-23, 2021: Art Start’s EcoArts Fest | Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Virtual art & nature classes for families; guided trail hikes, art-making stations, pop-up puppet shows & stilt walkers. More information TBA.
May 22, 2021: Spring on the Farm | Eidem Homestead, Brooklyn Park
Each tour will be 45-minutes; families units can take a walking tour of the site while seeing period demonstrations and take home a planting activity kit. 10am-1pm, $20/family.
May 22, 2021: Hopkins Mainstreet Day | Hopkins
Arts and Craft Fair. 9am-4pm, FREE admission.
May 31, 2021: Memorial Day Virtually with Lakewood Cemetery | Minneapolis
Live music, create custom postcards, Learn to fold origami doves. 10am-2pm, FREE.
May Festivals Not Yet Announced or Cancelled
MayDay Parade & Festival | Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis
MayDay will not be returning as a parade and festival in 2021. The new MayDay council may have some other “decentralized” events and activities throughout 2021, and we hope to see it back in 2022. Learn more here.
Festival of Nations | RiverCenter, St Paul
Authentic performances, cuisine, demos & exhibits from 40 different cultures. $8-$11/pp in advance, under 6 FREE. Cancelled for 2021.
Cinco de Mayo | West Side neighborhood of St Paul
A full day of events celebrating the vibrant and diverse District del Sol neighborhood. 9am-6pm, FREE. Cancelled for 2021.
Immigrant for a Day | Gammelgarden Museum, Scandia
1850’s immigrant family activities and tours. 1-4pm, FREE admission. Gammelgarden is currently closed until further notice.
Waterfest | Phalen Regional Park, St Paul
Will be held in June this year! See our June Festival Guide for more details.
Shepherd’s Harvest Sheep & Wool Festival | Stillwater
Competitions, sheep shearing demos and animal encounters. CANCELLED FOR 2021.
Find More Festivals: Twin Cities Festivals & Fairs – A Year-Round Minnesota Family Guide