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Minnesota festivals, events and celebrations offer residents and visitors year round opportunities to explore our diverse Minnesota culture and heritage.

Minnesota festivals

Events and celebrations occur year round. Each year begins with Minnesota's celebration of winter, the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, and progresses through our many summer festivals and on to the Minnesota State Fair and the Minnesota Renaissance Festival.

In between you will find special events where you can experience our wonderful music, food and fun as well as our rich cultural diversity. 

There are Minnesota festivals and events that occur in almost all parts of the state and we will link to as many of those as possible on this page and other pages of this site. 

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This page offers descriptions of major Minnesota festivals and events that occur primarily in the Twin Cities Metro area.

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Every area of Minnesota has unique festivals, events and celebrations that feature their unique heritage and cuisine or a particular Minnesota activity. Unless you are a resident of a particular small town or area of the state, you may never hear of some of these wonderful festivities. We make it a practice to travel to as many of these local celebrations as possible to experience the wide diversity Minnesota offers.

Visitors are treated to a year round offering of Minnesota festivals, events and celebrations. Below are some of the major annual festivities, fairs, & special events that take place throughout Minnesota.

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Loyce Houlton's Nutcracker Fantasy - Young Clara receives a nutcracker that inspires her dream of a prince, an army of toy soldiers, and an enchanted fairyland. - State Theatre Minneapolis, MN. This show’s running time is approximately two hours, including one intermission. It’s recommended for ages 6 and older. Check Availability

Nutcracker Not So Suite - Dances Through '60s New York - The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts Minneapolis, MN - Experience a Twin Cities holiday tradition as Myron Johnson's Nutcracker (not so) Suite returns in a new production with James Sewell Ballet. Johnson's inventive remix of this Christmas classic goes back to E.T.A. Hoffman's original tale for a grittier coming-of-age story while injecting it with fresh music and choreography and a setting that changes every year. - The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts. Check Availability

"The Elves and the Shoemaker" Musical Fun for the Whole Family, From Sidekick Theatre - A shoemaker and his wife are facing a cold, bleak winter -- that is, until a pair of elves show up who've been sent to do "a good deed for a good human." Check Availability

Wait Until Dark - Thrilling Cat-and-Mouse Classic - Blind housewife Susan is being terrorized in her apartment by a band of criminals who believe she has the heroin-stuffed doll they smuggled into the country. But Susan's no helpless victim. - Ames Center - Black Box Theatre (Burnsville, MN) - Check Availability

Joke Joint Comedy Club - Laughter and charm are in full effect at the Joke Joint, where chandeliers and an ornate balcony create elegant old-time atmosphere. Laugh It Up With National and Local Stand-Ups - St. Paul, MN - Check Availability

"A Klingon Christmas Carol": Dickens Meets "Star Trek" - Boldly taking Dickens' holiday classic where no Christmas show has gone before, A Klingon Christmas Carol re-imagines Ebenezer Scrooge's tale of greed and redemption using the Star Trek alien race's code of honor and courage. This voyage to the final frontier of holiday fun blasts off from The Historic Mounds Theatre in St. Paul. - Approximate running time is two hours, including intermission. - Check Availability

"Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure" -Celebrate the most memorable Disney tales with all your favorite characters in Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure at the Xcel Energy Center. Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald, Goofy and Daisy on a journey to the timeless worlds of Disney's The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan and Disney's Frozen. An experience your family will cherish forever! - Xcel Energy Center (Saint Paul, MN) - Check Availability

Hill House Chamber Concerts - The Hill House Chamber Players, made up of talented musicians from Minnesota Orchestra and the faculty of the University of Minnesota, present their latest series of concerts in the restored art gallery of the historic James J. Hill House. The performances, co-sponsored by The Schubert Club and Minnesota Historical Society, feature group members and guest artists in programs spanning the chamber music repertoire. James J. Hill House (St. Paul, MN) - Check Availability

North Star Roller Girls - Hard-Hitting Roller Derby - Cheer on your favorite team when the North Star Roller Girls hit the track in fast-paced bouts. Powered by their impressive athleticism and spirited attitudes, these girls serve up hard-hitting, exciting roller derby. Lee and Rose Warner Coliseum at the Minnesota State Fair Grounds (Falcon Heights, MN) - Check Availability

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Tall Ships Festival

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Duluth hosts the Tall Ships Festival every year in mid-August. It's a stunning sight to see dozens of these historic ships gather near Canal Park. Tickets are sold in advance of the event and sell out quickly. Even if you don't score a ticket, you can see the ships by getting close to the shoreline in Duluth.

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Saint Paul Winter Carnival

Saint Paul Winter Carnival: is called "the coolest celebration on earth." Plan now to attend the next annual celebration of winter.

In 1885 a New York Times reporter wrote that Saint Paul was the "Siberia of America" and questioned whether it was fit for human habitation. Offended by this attack on their Capitol City, the Saint Paul Chamber of Commerce decided to not only prove that Saint Paul was habitable but that it's citizens were very much alive during winter, So was born the Saint Paul Winter Carnival. Each year the Carnival offers over 100 events including parades, cultural celebrations, ice and snow sculpting, and a giant snow slide.

Festival Of Nations

Festival of Nations Minnesota

RiverCentre
175 West Kellogg Blvd.
Downtown St. Paul

The Festival of Nations is one of the nation's largest and longest-running multi-ethnic events. It has been presented since 1932 by the International Institute of Minnesota.

Find more information about the Festival of Nations.

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Irish Fair of Minnesota

On Harriet Island on the banks of the Mississippi River in St. Paul
FREE ADMISSION

A three-day celebration of Irish heritage: with music, dance and family activities. Billed as one of the most family-friendly events in the Twin Cities and one of the most authentic Irish festivals nationwide.

More information about the Irish Fair

We Fest Detroit Lakes

Wefest

Attend Wefest!

At the Soo Pass Ranch Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

World's largest outdoor country music festival!

A tradition every year since 1983---held every August in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.

Each summer, about 50,000 people camp out in one of the many campgrounds and listen to an all-star lineup of popular country singers and entertainers.

We loved being in Detroit Lakes for the very first WeFest and hearing Alabama play as well as many other top stars.

It was amazing that this tiny town could aspire to a major music festival. And what a success it continues to be.

Get more information and see this year's lineup of country stars.





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Minnesota State Fair

Minnesota State Fair: We call it "The Great Minnesota get-together." Some of my earliest memories are of the tastes, sights and smells of the state fair that is matched by no other!

As we raised our family the Minnesota State Fair days were set aside every year. No matter where we lived in the state, we traveled to "the cities" to attend. There were years when our kids were in 4-H and had projects entered. Our artist daughter won ribbons for her art and our sons for woodworking.

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Minnesota Renaissance Festival

This fall festival is held just south of Shakopee off Highway 169. The Minnesota Renaissance Festival is one of the largest attended themed events in the country, and features more than 275 merchants, live entertainment, games, food and fun in a 22-acre, 16th-century village. Additions to this year's festival include belly dancing, an Arabian horse show, and yoga lessons. To find out more, dial 952-445-7361, or visit Minnesota Renaissance Festival

Explore Minnesota's Fall Festivals

Minnesota Winter Festivals

A Prairie Home Companion is just one "staple" of entertainment in the state.

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Hopefest 2016 – June 16-19 2016, Detroit Lakes, MN 
This Fun, “Family Friendly” festival will be in Detroit Lakes, MN this summer over Father’s Day Weekend. Each youth group member (18 & younger) can bring …

Hastings Area Birding Festival 
Do you love getting outdoors? Do you enjoy birding? Are you looking for something fun to do with the whole family? You're in luck! I'm excited to share …

St. Boni Spass Tagen "Fun Days" 
St. Bonifacius, MN in Missile Park. Saturday June 25, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to midnight. Come and Join in the Fun! • Wiener Dog Races • BBQ Contest …

Fallin' into Fun Festival 
Join us on Saturday October 3 for our first annual Fallin' into Fun Festival! Festival Hours 8am-6pm Festival activities include: Pancake Breakfast …

WILDERFEST 2015 
The Almanzo 100, Royal 162 (May 16) and the Alexander 380 (May 15) are self supported gravel road bicycle races through the beautiful rolling farmland …

Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival 
The Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival is held every April in Minneapolis MN. The largest film event in the Upper Midwest, and one of …

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