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Events for "Minneapolis, MN"


  • Winter Trails Day (Jan. 12)

    Minneapolis, MN

    Play outdoors on the beach at Fort Snelling State Park, near the airport. Try such sports as snowshoeing, skiing, skijoring, ice-fishing, quinzee-building, ice-sculpting and more.

    It's free and hosted by the Mississippi Park Connection and Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, and a vehicle sticker is required.

  • Art Sled Rally (Jan. 26)

    Minneapolis, MN

    Watch sledders or ride down a decorated hill at Powderhorn Park in your own wacky sled, which you can make at home or at free workshops at Powderhorn Park Community Center. There's also live music and hot chocolate.

  • Lake Harriet Kite Festival (Jan. 26)

    Minneapolis, MN

    In addition to kite-flying, this event on popular Lake Harriet includes horse-drawn wagon rides, kids' ice fishing, arts, music and roasted marshmallows.

  • City of Lakes Loppet (Jan. 31 – Feb 3)

    Minneapolis, MN

    For recreational skiers, the highlight of this big cross-country ski festival is the Feb. 2 Luminary Loppet on Lake of the Isles, with glowing ice pillars and "ruins.'' Afterward, there's a tent party with music and beer.

    There are also classical and free-style races, ski games for children, a snow-sculpture contest and orienteering, ice-cycle, speedskating, snowshoeing and skijoring races, plus a beer garden and vendor village at the new Trailhead in Theodore Wirth Park, location of most events.





  • Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival (Apr. 4 – 20)

    Minneapolis, MN

    More than 350 films from more than 60 countries are shown at St. Anthony Main Theatre on the Minneapolis riverfront and at other venues.

  • Final Four fan activities (Apr. 5 – 7)

    Minneapolis, MN

    On Nicollet Mall, there's a Ferris wheel and music; in the Armory, concerts by the Chainsmokers, Jonas Brothers and Katy Perry. Register for free tickets.

  • Easter at the Castle (Apr. 13)

    Minneapolis, MN

    The American Swedish Institute hosts an Easter egg hunt in the 33-room Turnblad Mansion. There will also be crafts, storytelling and Easter tree-decorating. Tickets go on sale Jan. 2

  • Spring Outdoor Adventure Expo (Apr. 26 – 28)

    Minneapolis, MN

    A spring kickoff for outdoor enthusiasts, with presentations on outdoor adventures and destinations and a gear sale and auction of used canoes and kayaks.


  • May Day Parade and Festival (May 5)

    Minneapolis, MN

    This earthy, lighthearted Sunday-afternoon event in south Minneapolis' Powderhorn Park features the giant puppets of Heart of the Beast Theatre and a people's parade to the park.


  • Wordplay Book Festival (May 11 – 12)

    Minneapolis, MN

    The Loft Literary Center hosts this family-friendly festival, featuring Stephen King, Amy Tan, Dave Barry, Jamaica Kincaid, Mitch Albom, Bill McKibben, Pico Iyer and dozens of other authors.

  • Art-A-Whirl Studio and Gallery Tour (May 17 – 19)

    Minneapolis, MN

    More than 500 artists take part in this tour of 60 locations in the northeast Minneapolis arts district.


  • Doors Open Minneapolis (May 18 – 19)

    Minneapolis, MN

    Get a free, behind-the-scenes look at 115 historic theaters, hotels, courthouses and mansions as well as new buildings and venues, including Target Field, Surly Brewing, the Prospect Park water tower and the Pillsbury A Mill. On-site docents lead tours or answer questions.


  • Northern Spark (Jun 14 – 15)

    Minneapolis, MN

    The nighttime arts festival is on two nights, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., with venues in St. Paul and Minneapolis. The theme is "We Are Here: Resilience, Renewal and Regeneration."

  • Stone Arch Bridge Festival (Jun 14 – 16)

    Minneapolis, MN

    On the banks of the Mississippi, 250 artists show their wares around St. Anthony Main. There are also concerts, art for kids and a car show.


  • Red White and Boom (Jul 4)

    Minneapolis, MN

    There's a half-marathon, relay and 5K in the morning, and music and family activities from 6 to 10 p.m., followed by fireworks.

    Festivities are along the riverfront across from downtown.


  • Basilica Block Party (Jul 12 – 13)

    Minneapolis, MN

    Praise the Loud at this ticketed rock-music fest at the Basilica of St. Mary on the edge of downtown. 

  • Roots, Rock & Deep Blues Festival (Jul 13)

    Minneapolis, MN

    This music and arts festival in the Longfellow neighborhood, near Harriet Brewery and Midtown light-rail station, features five stages and 20 bands, including Cornbread Harris, Erik Koskinen and Kent Burnside and the New Generation.

  • Aquatennial (Jul 24 – 27)

    Minneapolis, MN

    The City of Lakes holds a Torchlight Parade, water-ski shows and Saturday fireworks.

  • ArtBike + ArtCar Parade (Jul 27)

    Minneapolis, MN

    Decorated bikes, cars and one Couchmobile will circle Lake Harriet at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to bring a decorated conveyance and join the parade; meet at 5 p.m. at the Rose Garden.


  • Uptown Art Fair (Aug. 2 – 4)

    Minneapolis, MN

    This large juried art fair in the Uptown neighborhood draws crowds. Use a Nice Ride bike or download a free bus/train pass to avoid congestion.

  • Powderhorn Art Fair (Aug. 3 – 4)

    Minneapolis, MN

    This juried art festival in Powderhorn Park, in south Minneapolis, attracts more than 200 artists and is not far from the big Uptown Art Fair, on the same weekend.

  • Twin Cities Polish Festival (Aug. 9 – 11)

    Minneapolis, MN

    This celebration of Polish culture is on the St. Anthony Main riverfront across from downtown, with music, art, food and free polka lessons.


  • Monarch Festival (Sep. 7)

    Minneapolis, MN

    This festival at Lake Nokomis celebrates the monarch migration from Minnesota to Mexico and includes a costume parade, music, dance, art activities and monarch games.

  • Minneapolis Bike Tour (Sep. 15)

    Minneapolis, MN

    Ride 16, 25 or 32 miles on parkways along the Mississippi and the Chain of Lakes. Start and finish is Boom Island, along the river in northeast Minneapolis; there's a party afterward with food, music and beer.


  • Art Attack (Nov. 1 – 3)

    Minneapolis, MN

    In the northeast arts district, 250 visual artists team with musicians and writers for this free festival.

  • Outdoor Adventure Expo (Nov. 22 – 24)

    Minneapolis, MN

    The expo at the Midwest Mountaineering store on the West Bank includes dozens of speakers and seminars about skiing, sled-dog racing and ice-climbing as well as camping, backpacking and other year-round adventures.