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Events for "Minneapolis, MN"

January

  • City of Lakes Loppet (Jan. 30 – 31)

    Minneapolis, MN

    For recreational skiers, the highlight of this big cross-country ski festival are the nightly Luminary Loppets on Lake of the Isles, with glowing ice pillars and "ruins.'' 

    There are also classical and free-style races, orienteering, fat-tire, snowshoeing and skijoring races in Theodore Wirth Park, location of most events.

     

     

     


February

  • City of Lakes Loppet (Feb. 5 – 7)

    Minneapolis, MN

    For recreational skiers, the highlight of this big cross-country ski festival are the nightly Luminary Loppets on Lake of the Isles, with glowing ice pillars and "ruins.'' 

    There are also classical and free-style races, orienteering, fat-tire, snowshoeing and skijoring races in Theodore Wirth Park, location of most events.

     

     

     


April

  • Outdoor Easter at the Castle (Apr. 3)

    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. Register by March 22.


May

  • Virtual Wordplay Book Festival (May 2 – 8)

    Minneapolis, MN

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

     


  • Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival (May 13 – 23)

    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.

    It's postponed in 2020.


  • Art-A-Whirl Studio and Gallery Tour (May 14 – 16)

    Minneapolis, MN

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


  • Doors Open Minneapolis (May 15 – 16)

    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 – 20)

    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 9 – 10)

    Minneapolis, MN

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


  • Aquatennial (Jul 21 – 24)

    Minneapolis, MN

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


August

  • Uptown Art Fair (Aug. 6 – 8)

    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.


November

  • Art Attack (Nov. 5 – 7)

    Minneapolis, MN

    In the northeast arts district, 350 artists open their studios and offer demonstrations and workshops.