Events

JAN: Lake Harriet Winter Kite Festival - (4135 W Lake Harriet Parkway Minneapolis, MN 55409) Kites of all shapes, sizes, colors, and themes will fly over frozen Lake Harriet. Other fun family activities at the festival include ice fishing, snowshoeing, and a marshmallow roast. This event is free and open to the public! No registration required.

JAN: St Paul Winter Carnival - (62 Kellogg Blvd. E) Save the date for the 133rd Saint Paul Winter Carnival: January 24 – February 3, 2019! Since 1886, the Saint Paul Winter Carnival has brought family-friendly events and community pride to Saint Paul and the Twin Cities metro area. Through city-wide special events, fun activities and more, the Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation celebrates winter like only Minnesotans can! Most events are FREE, open to the public, and will take place in downtown Saint Paul, near Rice Park and Landmark Center, as well as at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

JAN: 15th Annual Winter Fete - (9140 E Bush Lake Rd) Join Bloomington Parks and Recreation and area sponsors in welcoming winter during the 15th Annual Winter Fete celebration. This year, Winter Fete activities will take place throughout the City from Saturday, January 19, through Sunday, January 27, 2019. All Winter Fete activities are free unless otherwise noted, and fun for the whole family! In case of inclement weather, call our weather line at 952-563-8878 for up to the date cancellation information.

JAN: City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival - (1301 Theodore Wirth Parkway) The City of Lakes Loppet is a festival of cross country skiing and includes winter activities for the whole family.

JAN: Winter Flower Show - (1225 Estabrook Drive) The Como Park Zoo and Conservatory hosts its annual winter flower show in the indoor Sunken Garden at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory. Escape the cold weather and see the winter season come to life with a mixture of purple and red plants and flowers.

JAN: Frost Fest - (414 E Diamond Lake Rd) Join us for the annual Frost Fest! The Kids Dance DJs will be here to get the party started with some "cool" and groovy tunes and contests. Food trucks and other vendors will offer a variety of menu options. The event features indoor and outdoor activities including reindeer sleigh rides, ice skating, carnival games, a cake walk, campfire with s'mores, and door prizes.

FEB: Fire & Ice Festival - (112 SE Williams Avenue) Fire & Ice takes place at Luxton Park, typically the first Saturday in February. This event brings together residents young and old to enjoy a family-friendly evening of fun. The event's signature draw is a huge bonfire made up of dried-up Christmas trees and wreaths, but the food, live music and horse-drawn hayrides are certainly of interest as well!

FEB: Hudson Hot Air Affair - (340 13th Street South) Join us in Hudson, Wisconsin, along the beautiful St. Croix River for Hudson Hot Air Affair, the premier winter ballooning event and winter festival in the Midwest. This family friendly event includes activities such as an evening Torchlight parade, hot air balloon launches, geocaching, marketplace and craft fair, smoosh boarding, 5K fun run, bingo, balloon moon glow or field of fire, just to name a few.

MAR: Maple Fest - (3675 Arboretum Drive) Discover all four ways the Arboretum collects maple sap. See if sap is flowing today on the self-guided Maple Walk. Browse maple-themed goodies including Arboretum maple syrup and candies in the Gift Store and Balcony.

MAR: St. Patrick's Day Parade - (Nicollet Mall) Minneapolis hosts its 50th St. Patrick’s parade along the refurbished Nicollet Mall—a 10-minute drive from pubs including Kieran’s, Keegan’s, and The Local, all brimming with Guinness and pipe bands—while St. Paul’s vehicle-minimal (and kid-safe) march down Kellogg Boulevard celebrates year 51, continuing a tradition of literally painting the street green, handing out buttons for charity, and crowning Ms. Shamrock before she embarks on her own float. At the capital, once known for its Irish immigrant population, hop the many pubs: Casper’s and Runyon’s Nook, the Dubliner, Emmett’s Public House, O’Gara’s, the Liffey. There’s no wrong turn.

MAR: MN Zoo Babies - (13000 Zoo Boulevard) All together now, let’s practice: “Awwwwwwwwww!” This annual event brings out the warm fuzzies in everyone.

MAR: Ice Castles - (135 Lake St) Ice Castles is an awe-inspiring, must-see winter phenomenon built with hundreds of thousands of icicles that brings fairy tales to life. Ice Castles is an award-winning frozen attraction located in six cities across North America. The experience is built using hundreds of thousands of icicles hand-placed by professional ice artists. The castles include breathtaking LED-lit sculptures, frozen thrones, ice-carved tunnels, slides, fountains and much more.

APR: Northeast Annual Easter Egg Hunt - (Logan Park, 690 13th Ave. NE,) The Northeast Annual Easter Egg Hunt is hosted by the Mill City Church, and it includes much more than the usual egg hunting (for kids up to 12). There is racing, food, a bouncy house, face-painting, crafts, and other fun things to do. Come for the egg hunt, stay for the other activities.

APR: Maple Grove Ice Show - (12951 Weaver Lake Rd.,) The Maple Grove Ice Show is presented every year in April by the Maple Grove Skating School and The City of Maple Grove, and has been for nearly 20 years. It is a fun way to showcase the talents of the skaters at the Maple Grove Skating School, and it's a good way for family and friends to enjoy what the skaters have been working towards all year. It is held by at the Maple Grove Ice Arena and is open to the whole community.

APR: Minneapolis International Film Festival - (115 SE Main Street) The state’s biggest film festival is international: More than 350 films from more than 70 countries screen at venues across the Twin Cities over 17 days. That has included documentaries at Uptown Theatre, children’s movies at St. Anthony Main Theatre, and music videos at the Soap Factory. Also, Rochester participates with its own showings at a theater just outside of downtown. The nearly 40-year-old fest lines up filmmakers from across the globe for Q+As and highlights local talent with a “Minnesota Made” series. Visit https://mspfilm.org/festivals/mspiff/tickets-passes/ for tickets.

APR: Annual Spring Ice Skating Show - (5600 85th Ave. N,) The Annual Spring Ice Skating Show is presented by the Champlin Skating School, the Three Rivers Figure Skating Club, and the Brooklyn Park Skating School. It's an opportunity for the students/members of each club/school to show what they have learned throughout the year in a fun way. There is a theme every year, and last year's was 'Skating Over the Rainbow'.

APR: Art In Bloom - (2400 Third Avenue South) View fresh floral creations and the artworks that inspired them. Enter a world of timeless art and fresh flowers during the 35th annual Art in Bloom—a FREE four-day festival of fresh floral arrangements and fine art, presented by Friends of the Institute at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Delight in 165 floral designs that interpret objects from Mia’s collection. A Twin Cities rite of spring!

MAY: Flint Hills Family Festival - (345 Washington Street) Presented by the Ordway, the Flint Hills Family Festival is an annual multi-day event featuring performances, free activities, art-making, and more. Families will be swept away on adventures that spark imagination and inspire exploration, with performances by artists from all over the world and right here at home.

MAY: Edina Art Fair - (50th & France) The First Official Art Fair of the Year! Ranked #1 in MN and one of the top fine arts fair in the Nation, featuring the top 280 fine artists from Minnesota, the U.S and Canada Free Admission | Rain or Shine | Free Shuttle | Craft Beer Garden| Parking Ramps | Kids Zone | Food Trucks

MAY: Maple Grove Half Marathon, 5K,and 10K - (9800 Fernbrook Ln. N,) The Maple Grove Half Marathon, 5K, and 10K is presented by the Maple Grove Lions Club in May, and it has been an event for over a decade. It has several sponsors, and it is an eagerly-anticipated event for the whole community. It takes place in the Maple Grove Senior High stadium, and the runs have staggered starting times. All participants receive a medal and a t-shirt upon completion.

MAY: Walk to Remember - (9400 Fernbrook Ln.,) The Friends of an Angel are a nonprofit dedicated to taking care of the Angel of Hope statue in Maple Grove Arboretum. The Walk to Remember is an annual event in May to honor and commemorate loved ones who have passed away. It starts at the Angel of Hope and continues along the shore of Rice Lake on a nice spring morning/afternoon.

MAY: Holz Farm Spring Festival - (4665 Manor Dr.,) The Holz Farm Spring Festival is a yearly event celebrating the glories of spring. It's a great way to have some old-timey fun. You can churn butter, frolic with the barnyard animals, and grind up some corn. You can view the vintage equipment, bake some bread, and learn about honeybees. There are toy tractors for the kids and farm challenges for the teens (with prizes). It is held, naturally, at the Holz Farm.

MAY: Art-A-Whirl - (Northeast Minneapolis Arts District) Art-A-Whirl started as a small group of artists wanting to support one another's work, and it's grown into something that is truly amazing. It is now sponsored by the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association, and it's eagerly anticipated every year by arts lover throughout the Twin Cities. Three days. 800 artists. 60 locations. Lots of food and drinks to nibble on/eat/drink as you enjoy almost every medium of art possible. It's a big open studio tour of some of the most influential local artists, and thousands of Minnesotans participate in the annual event.

MAY: Citywide Garage Sale - () Every year, the city holds a citywide garage sale. It's a great way to get to know your neighbors better and to get rid of things that have been piling up in your home. It's also a way to find hidden treasure that you might not be able to find otherwise. It's a weekend-long event that takes place all over the city.

MAY: Kite Day - (9000 Portland Ave. S) Kite Day is an annual celebration of kites. Kite lovers across the city are encouraged to come and let their kites fly high and proud. There's free entertainment and activities as well, so get out and enjoy the sun on your face as you merrily fly a kite.

MAY: May Day Parade - (Powderhorn Park) The MayDay Parade and ceremony in Powderhorn Park has become a joyous annual ritual for nearly 50,000 people in the Twin Cities. For many in Minnesota, the MayDay Parade is a time to celebrate the coming warmth with hand-built puppets and masks (some over 10 feet tall), music, and performance in the street. But the essence of the parade is rooted in the local community and contemporary issues, concerns, and visions for a better world.

MAY: Festival of Nations - (175 W Kellogg Blvd) Celebrate diversity at the longest-running multicultural festival in the Midwest at the St. Paul RiverCentre. For almost 85 years, the Festival of Nations has inspired people to learn more about cultures from around the world. More than 90 ethnic groups showcase their rich heritage through performances, demonstrations, exhibits, ethnic cuisine and cultural bazaars. For tickets and free Metro Transit ride info, check their website.

JUN: Eagan Art Festival - (1501 Central Pkwy.,) The Eagan Art Festival has been around for 25 years, and it has a different theme every year. All artists are invited to submit an application, and a jury will select up to 100 artists from all over the country (but mostly the Midwest) to participate. They encourage artists from all different media to apply, and the finished products are an amalgamation of crafts, jewelry, paintings, pottery, sculptures, and so much more. At the festival itself, there will be live performers, art for sale, and the Children's Activity Tent. There will be music at the bandshell, and plenty of food to snack on as you enjoy all the arts. It takes place in Central Park.

JUN: Johnstock - (2900 Johnson St NE) Johnstock is Northeast Minneapolis's version of Woodstock for highlighting local artists every summer. They start with a family-friendly movie, and then it's tons of art, music, and food. It is sponsored by the Johnson Street Merchants, and it's been a yearly event for over a decade and a half.

JUN: WaterFest - (1400 Phalen Drive) WATERFEST IS A FREE FAMILY EVENT AT LAKE PHALEN INCLUDING: Paddling: Try your hand at paddling a Voyageur canoe, kayak or canoe. Fishing: Learn about different fishing techniques and the value of clean water. Then use your new skills to enter the fishing contest. Games: Archery, mini golf and more! Boating: Take a spin on a sailboat or paddleboat. Arts and crafts: Make a plant print or a bead critter. Live animals: Get acquainted with snakes, alligators, and members of the Minnesota Herpetological Society and Maplewood Nature Center. Exhibits: Learn to identify an insect, recognize a bird song, tie a fishing lure and much more! Native plant giveaway: Identify native plants and select one to take home. Street sweeper: Climb in the cab and learn how clean streets keep lakes clean. Food trucks: Buy tasty treats from local food trucks and vendors. Music and dance: Enjoy a variety of performances throughout the day.

JUN: Magical History Tour - (125 Main St. SE) Our most popular tour, this Magical History Tour, is a three-hour Segway exploration covering both sides of the fabled Mississippi River and the city’s downtown historic district. Immerse yourself in over a century of history on this six-mile adventure. Cross the graceful Stone Arch Bridge, visit the Minnesota Historical Society’s Mill City Museum for refreshments, and cruise by Gold Medal Park on the Mississippi riverfront below the world-famous Guthrie Theater. This tour sells out several times a day and is perfect for beginners and experts alike. Each of our tours starts with thirty minutes of Segway Certified Training™ by our professional guides to ensure a safe, confident experience.

JUL: Richfield Red White & Blue Days - (6501 Portland Ave.,) Richfield Red White & Blue Days is held at the Richfield American Legion Post 435 in Veterans Park, and it is to celebrate the Fourth of July. It will include the 40th annual Richfield Red White & Blue Days parade, family night, street dancing, the 18th annual car show, fireworks, and much much more. It's a great way for members of the community to gather and get to know each other, and to have a lot of fun while doing so.

JUL: Urban Wildland Half Marathon & 5K - (636 66th St. E,) The Urban Wildland Half Marathon & 5K is an annual event, and all proceeds go to the Wood Lake Nature Center. This is the 17th year these events have been held, and they take place in the Richfield Ice Arena. All participants receive finisher medals and race shirts.

JUL: Arbor Lakes Art Fair - (12459 Elm Creek Blvd. N,) The Arbor Lakes Art Fair is presented by the Maple Grove Arts Center and hosted by The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes (an open shopping center) in July. Anyone can apply to participate, and the judges strive hard to include a balance of artists with different media and perspectives. There will be art of all kind, including jewelry and crafts. There will be entertainment and food, and there will be an area for children's art event which will be free.

JUL: Minnesota Scottish Fair & Highland Games - (1501 Central Pkwy.,) The Minnesota Scottish Fair & Highland Games is an annual event that celebrates all thing Scottish. There will be plenty to do for everyone, including heavy games such as sheaf tossing, highland dance, pipe bands, and much more. There is a Clan Row that represents many of the various Scottish clans, and it includes a parade to display the tartans of the different clans. There will be live Celtic music and a children's activity tent. The festivities will be held in Central Park.

JUL: Tater Daze Festival - (4701 Oak Grove Pkwy.,) Tater Daze Festival is an annual event that has happened every year since 1964. It's to celebrate the potato and the fact that Brooklyn Park used to be one of the nation's top producers of the humble spud. The Tater Daze Festival is sponsored by the City of Brooklyn Park, and it's three days of fun for everyone. There is a parade on the first day in Noble Sports Park, and a Spud Run & Kids Fun Run in the same park on the second day. The evening activities plus the activities on the final day are at the Community Activity Center and include food, live music, teen activities, and so much more.

JUL: Northeast Food Truck Rally - (Able Seedhouse + Brewery, 1121 Quincy St. NE,) The Northeast Food Truck Rally was started by the MN Food Truck Association in 2016 and is sponsored by Able Seedhouse & Brewery (where it's held) and Meals On Wheels. There is food from a dozen food trucks, fine crafted beers, live music, and games. The event is free, and there is a wristband fee if you intend to imbibe. All proceeds go to Meals on Wheels, which is a program that delivers food to the elderly and people with disabilities. It's a great summer event that benefits a great cause.

JUL: Picnic in the Park - (414 Diamond Lake Rd E) The annual Picnic in the Park is a fun filled evening with something for everyone. This event features live a band, carnival games and a DJ for the kids, and an awesome line up of food trucks and concessions. In addition, there will be neighborhood resource booths, door prize drawings and much more fun for all ages. This will be one of the best community events of the summer - don't you dare miss it!

AUG: Pie Day - (Braham) Braham Pie Day began in July of 1990 as a pie and ice cream social, funded by a Celebrate Minnesota tourism grant. In 1992 the date changed to the first Friday in August. The event has grown to include crafter’s,a small quilts display, recycled pie tin art contest, antique bicycle, and car show. Tusen Tack’s fashion show, performances and demonstrations from folk artists, storytellers, and musicians. There are also pie baking and pie eating contests, as well as a pie trivia contest. We serve over 1100 homemade and artisan pies.

AUG: Powderhorn Art Fair - (821 East 35th Street) The best regionally juried art fair for nearly three decades takes place right in South Minneapolis in picture-perfect Powderhorn Park. It attracts artists from twenty-six states and 216 cities making it a local and regional favorite. The success of the fair comes from PPNA’s long-standing collaboration with the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, and a portion of proceeds support youth programming at Powderhorn Park.

AUG: Minnesota State Fair - (1265 Snelling Avenue North) Minnesota's Great Get Together! This is the largest fair in the U.S. by daily attendance and 2nd largest in the U.S. by total attendance- 2nd only to Texas's fair which runs twice as long! The Minnesota State Fair is 12 days of Anything-You-Want-On-A-Stick, vendors for miles, rides, fabulous concerts, livestock exhibits and more. There's a great reason that over 2 million people attend- Come find out why!

AUG: Kaala Art Show - (10530 Troy Ln. N,) The Kaala Art Show is presented every year by the Hindu Society of Minnesota, and it's a way for them to interact with members of the community. Anyone is invited to submit an original artwork in any medium, and the winners will be shown in an art exhibit at the Hindu Temple of Minnesota is August. There will be a vote among all the people who visit the art exhibit for their favorite pieces, and there will be winners determined by this vote. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the Hindu Temple.

SEP: Rummage MN - (1839 W Dan Patch Ave) Not Your Grandma's Garage Sale! Come shop Minnesota's largest rummage sale at the State Fair Grounds, at the new West End Market!

SEP: Annual Lebanese Festival - (St. Maron's Church, 602 University Ave. NE,) The Annual Lebanese Festival has been happening for nearly 30 years, and it's hosted by St. Maron's Catholic Church. It's a weekend in September of Lebanese food, Arabic music, and convivial drinks. There is also a traditional Middle Eastern Market, a silent auction, and a raffle. There's plenty for the children as well, including games, treats, and an inflatable slide. There is definitely something for everyone to enjoy.

SEP: Monarch Festival - (49th St and Woodlawn Blvd) This year’s Monarch Festival will occur on Saturday, September 7, 2019, from 10 am to 4 pm. The Festival celebrates the monarch butterfly amazing 2,300 mile migration from Minnesota to Mexico with music, food, dance, hands-on art, native plant sales and plenty of opportunities to get up close with monarch butterflies, learn about their habitats, and what you can do to make a difference.

SEP: Sever's Corn Maze - (Shakopee) You can easily spend an entire day with us at our festival and even pick up your pumpkins, gourds, squash, apples, and honey locally grown and produced by our family on your way out!

SEP: King's Fair - (2323 E Franklin Ave) Every other September, the Seward neighborhood celebrates a much anticipated festival at Matthews Park known as King’s Fair. This eclectic family-friendly event features costume parade, artwork by our creative community, interesting history about our neighborhood, and plenty of fun activities organized by our local businesses and neighbors.

OCT: Nordeast Big River Brew Fest - (East Side Neighborhood Services, 1700 2nd St. NE,) The East Side Neighborhood Services sponsor this annual fall event in which they provide food, craft beers, and live music. It is a time for community members to gather, have fun together, and play hammerschlagen while eating and drinking. All the proceeds go to the East Side Neighborhood Services so they can continue to help out the community.

OCT: Valleyscare - (1 Valley Fair Dr) Strange things are astir at Valleyfair! On select nights, the fun takes a terrifying turn as the park transforms into ValleySCARE, the upper Midwest’s largest Halloween event. With more than 75 rides, haunted mazes, scare zones and monsters prowling the park, there is something to satisfy everyone’s devilish desire. Note: Halloween Haunt attractions are “Rated PG-13” and not intended for kids under 13 years of age.

OCT: Anoka Halloween - (1925 1/2 2nd Ave) Halloween Capital of the World

DEC: James J Hill House - (240 Summit Avenue) This magnificent 36,000 sqft home was built in 1891 by James J Hill. Hill made his fortune in the rail road, and purchased the lots on Summit Avenue for it's commanding view of St. Paul. He built the house using state of the art technology back in those days, incorporating electric lighting and a unique ventilation / heating system. This Richardsonian Romanesque style home is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a museum worth visiting.

DEC: Skate The Star at MOA - (60 East Broadway) Mall of America® invites you to Skate the Star presented by UCare! Bring your friends, family + coworkers to skate at the MOA® north entrance around the iconic star sculpture from Saturday, December 8 – Monday, February 18. *All skaters must complete waivers before skating. Minors under the age of 18 must have waiver signed by a parent or guardian. Waivers are available on-site. A drivers license, state ID card or $20 deposit is required for skate rental. *Student ID's will not be accepted. Please be aware of the Parental Escort Policy. These policies apply to the Ice Rink.

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