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Events for "Minneapolis, MN"

January

  • Winter Trails Day (Jan. 11)

    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 Shanty Projects (Jan. 18 – 19)

    Minneapolis, MN

    Frozen Lake Harriet hosts two dozen artist-designed ice houses and lots of fun art antics. Check for scheduled events and ice conditions.

     

     


  • Art Shanty Projects (Jan. 25 – 26)

    Minneapolis, MN

    Frozen Lake Harriet hosts two dozen artist-designed ice houses and lots of fun art antics. Check for scheduled events and ice conditions.

     

     


  • Art Sled Rally (Jan. 25)

    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. 25)

    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. 30 – Feb 2)

    Minneapolis, MN

    For recreational skiers, the highlight of this big cross-country ski festival is the Feb. 1 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 Trailhead in Theodore Wirth Park, location of most events.

     

     

     


February

  • Art Shanty Projects (Feb. 1 – 2)

    Minneapolis, MN

    Frozen Lake Harriet hosts two dozen artist-designed ice houses and lots of fun art antics. Check for scheduled events and ice conditions.

     

     


  • Art Shanty Projects (Feb. 8 – 9)

    Minneapolis, MN

    Frozen Lake Harriet hosts two dozen artist-designed ice houses and lots of fun art antics. Check for scheduled events and ice conditions.

     

     


March

  • FIS Cross Country Ski World Cup Sprint Finals (Mar. 17)

    Minneapolis, MN

    The world's best nordic skiers will compete in Wirth Park for the first time in two decades on U.S. soil. There's also a block party, expo, parade and live music.


April

  • Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival (Apr. 9 – 25)

    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.


  • Easter at the Castle (Apr. 11)

    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. 6.


  • Spring Outdoor Adventure Expo (Apr. 24 – 26)

    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

  • Wordplay Book Festival (May 9)

    Minneapolis, MN

    The Loft Literary Center hosts this family-friendly festival, featuring dozens of authors.


  • Art-A-Whirl Studio and Gallery Tour (May 15 – 17)

    Minneapolis, MN

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

     


  • Doors Open Minneapolis (May 16 – 17)

    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.


June

  • Stone Arch Bridge Festival (Jun 19 – 21)

    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.


July

  • Basilica Block Party (Jul 10 – 11)

    Minneapolis, MN

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


  • Aquatennial (Jul 22 – 25)

    Minneapolis, MN

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


  • ArtBike + ArtCar Parade (Jul 25)

    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.


August

  • Powderhorn Art Fair (Aug. 1 – 2)

    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.


  • Uptown Art Fair (Aug. 7 – 9)

    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.


September

  • Monarch Festival (Sep. 12)

    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. 20)

    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.


November

  • Art Attack (Nov. 6 – 8)

    Minneapolis, MN

    In the northeast arts district, 350 artists open their studios and offer demonstrations and workshops. There's music, too.


  • Outdoor Adventure Expo (Nov. 20 – 22)

    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.