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

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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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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.

Music festivals are highlights for many of us. Just a few of the annual Minnesota festival of music include Soundset in May, Rock the Garden and the Twin Cities Jazz Festival in June, the Basilica Block Party and Warped Tour in July, Music in Mears Park, June - August, and Minnesota Zoo summer music series June - August.

Check out the regular musical offering at venues like:

  • First Avenue
  • Icehouse
  • The Amsterdam
  • Myth
  • Turf Club
  • Dakota Jazz Club
  • Vieux
  • The Cedar Cultural Center

Saint Paul Winter Carnival

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

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Events in Winter Months

The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is the longest sled dog race in the lower forty-eight states. Duluth is the starting points and dog-sledders race a 400 mile course. The John Beargrease in January is a qualifying race for the Alaska Iditarod.

City of Lakes Loppet welcomes cross-country skiers of every age to this annual ski February festival in Minneapolis. Skijoring and fat bike racing are also features of this festival.

The International Eelpout Festival in Walker celebrates what many call "the world's ugliest fish." Join 10,000 other people to this annual February party on the ice of Leech Lake.

Winterfest on Lake Bemidji in February includes pond hockey and many more family-friendly events on the lake. 

Grumpy Old Men Festival every February in Wabasha features ice fishing, minnow races, and a hot dish lunch. Named after the movie that starred Jack Lemon and Walter Matthau. 

Celtic Festival in March brings people to the Hjemkomst Canter in Moorhead for Irish dance, music, food, and fun. Wear your kilt and bring your bagpipes if you have them.

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Events in Spring

World Festival is an annual April is held in Rochester as a celebration of World Cultures. Enjoy food from around the world as well as stage performances, a fashion show, and parade. 

Cinco de Mayo celebrates Hispanic/Latino culture in St. Paul every May. This is a family-friendly festival along six blocks of the District del Sol.

Festival of Birds is celebrated in Detroit Lakes each year in May. Headquartered at Detroit Mountain, you can participate in workshops, field trips, exhibitions and more during spring migration. 

Festival Of Nations

Festival of Nations Minnesota

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. Enjoy one of our favorite of Minnesota festivals and events in May of each year.

Find more information about the Festival of Nations.

Water Ski Days in Lake City is a three day June festival that celebrates the invention of water skis in this town with water ski shows, and a parade. 

Blueberry Art Festival takes place in June in Ely. Purchase original art and handcrafted items from more than 250 exhibitors. Feast on blueberry treats and blueberry pancakes. Bring the kids!

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Events in Summer

X Games take place in July at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Called the "Olympics of Extreme Sports" you can enjoy four days of skate boarding, BMX riding, Moto X jumping, and more.

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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Irish Fair of Minnesota

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

A three-day August 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. At Harriet Island on the banks of the MississippiRiver. 

More information about the Irish Fair

We Fest Detroit Lakes


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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Events in Autumn

Minnesota Renaissance Festival

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This fall festival is held mid - August through late September 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

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Minnesota Winter Festivals

Taste of The Root River Trail takes you exploring along the trail to towns that include Lanesboro, Fountain, Peterson, and Rushford. Sample local fare for three Saturdays in September. Take part in local activities and sample local food. 

Grape Stomp and Fall Festival takes place at the Carlos Creek winery in Alexandria. Experience a grape stomp competition, music, art, and food vendors. 

Ocktoberfest in New Ulm is one of the best Ocktoberfest celebrations in the U.S. Come for two weekends of polka dancing, German food, and Schells Beer. 

The Twin Cities Marathon in October is one of the most beautiful marathons in the U.S. Come to run or come to watch. Twin Cities info.

Bentleyville Tour of Lights brings more than 200,000 people to Duluth between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. 

Holidazzle is a European style family festival that takes place from late November to late December in Minneapolis. Purchase gifts, enjoy local food and watch the fireworks.

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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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Rochester Fest 
Rochester Fest is a festival men't to bring together the community and celebrate Rochester. There.s a band of people who just go up to sing, food, sports. …

Saint George Middle Eastern Festival 
St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in West St. Paul hosts its 12th Annual Middle Eastern Festival on July 19, 20 & 21, 2019. Highlights include Middle …

Middle Eastern Festival 
St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in West St. Paul hosts its 11th Annual Middle Eastern Festival on July 20, 21 & 22, 2018. Highlights include Middle …

Maple Syrup Day--Mar. 17, 2018 
Annual Pancake Brunch and Maple Syrup Program--As winter gives way to spring, the sap starts flowing in the maple trees and that's maple syrup time at …

Winter Family Weekend--Feb. 16-19, 2018 
Treat your family to 3 nights/4 days of discovery, learning and fun. Activities you can enjoy include: indoor climbing wall, high ropes course, ice climbing, …

Dinner at the Lake--Feb 10, 2018 
After a wonderful banquet dinner in our beautiful lakeside dining hall, learn all about the world of coffee from Eric Faust of the Duluth Coffee Company. …

Middle Eastern Festival 
St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in West St. Paul hosts its 10th Annual Middle Eastern Festival on July 14th, 15th, and 16th, 2017. Highlights include …

St. Boni Spass Tagen 
Sat. June 24, 2017. 11:00 am to 11:00 pm Missile Park, St. Bonifacius, MN 5th annual St. Boni Spass-Tagen with car show, 5k color run, bean bag tourney, …

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 …

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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