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Events for "St. Paul, MN"

January

  • Winter Carnival (Jan. 24 – Feb 3)

    St. Paul, MN

    See ice sculptures in Rice Park and snow sculptures at the Fairgrounds, go down the snow slide, compete in a jigsaw-puzzle contest, take a free fire-truck ride and watch barstool ski races and lawn-mower races.

    There are three parades: the Moon Glow Pedestrian Jan. 24, Grande Day Jan. 26 and Vulcan Victory Torchlight Feb. 2, followed by fireworks.


March

  • St. Patrick's Day parade (Mar. 16)

    St. Paul, MN

    In this traditionally Irish city, the noon parade runs along Fourth Street to Rice Park.


April

  • Easter Egg Hunt (Apr. 14)

    St. Paul, MN

    Children ages 2-7 can hunt for eggs on the lawn of the James J. Hill House on Summit Avenue. Visitors can win prizes, get a small snack and look around the first floor of the mansion. Reserve in advance.


  • Easter Egg Hunt (Apr. 20)

    St. Paul, MN

    Children ages 2-7 can hunt for eggs on the lawn of the James J. Hill House on Summit Avenue. Visitors can win prizes, get a small snack and look around the first floor of the mansion. Reserve in advance.


  • Minnesota Horse Expo (Apr. 26 – 28)

    St. Paul, MN

    There's a parade of breeds daily at noon, free horse, pony and carriage rides and a rodeo Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoon. At the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.


  • St. Paul Art Crawl (Apr. 26 – 28)

    St. Paul, MN

    Tour the studios of more than 300 artists in 17 buildings in the Lowertown and downtown neighborhoods.


May

  • Festival of Nations (May 2 – 5)

    St. Paul, MN

    Enjoy food, music, crafts and dance from 90 different ethnic groups at the downtown RiverCentre.


  • Cinco de Mayo (May 4)

    St. Paul, MN

    This fiesta on the West Side (just south of downtown) features a parade, low-rider car show and lots of food, music and dancing.


  • Soundset (May 26)

    St. Paul, MN

    This hiphop festival is at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.


June

  • Twin Cities Jazz Festival (Jun 20 – 22)

    St. Paul, MN

    Listen to jazz in Mears Park, in St. Paul's Lowertown.


July

  • Highland Fest (Jul 19 – 21)

    St. Paul, MN

    This street fair in St. Paul's Highland Park neighborhood includes an arts fair, music, carnival rides, wiener-dog races and an all-Ford car and truck show.


  • Lowertown Blues & Funk Festival (Jul 19 – 20)

    St. Paul, MN

    This free, all-ages festival is in Mears Park.


August

  • Irish Fair (Aug. 9 – 11)

    St. Paul, MN

    This big heritage fest on the banks of the Mississippi includes Irish Got Talent and best legs in a kilt contests, hurling demonstrations, dancing and lots of music.


  • IndiaFest (Aug. 10)

    St. Paul, MN

    On the State Capitol grounds, watch Bollywood dance and a parade of cultures, eat East Indian food, get your hands painted with henna and learn the principles of cricket and yoga.


  • Minnesota State Fair (Aug. 22 – Sep 2)

    St. Paul, MN

    Try flights at the Craft Beer Hall, eat food on a stick, listen to free concerts and watch the 2 p.m. daily parade.


September

  • Flugtag (Sep. 7)

    St. Paul, MN

    Red Bull comes to Harriet Island Park with its goofy flying-machine competition, in which showmanship and craft creativity are at least as important as flight distance (usually the homemade craft plunge straight into the water).


  • St. Paul Classic Bike Tour (Sep. 8)

    St. Paul, MN

    Ride a 15-, 30- or 45-mile route along the Mississippi, lakes Como and Phalen and St. Paul parkways, starting and ending at the University of St. Thomas and punctuated by food and live music.


  • Oktoberfest (Sep. 13 – 14)

    St. Paul, MN

    The Germanic American Institute is producing this version of St. Paul's Oktoberfest at Schmidt Brewery in the West End. There will be a beer-wagon parade, a human glockenspiel, bed racing, dachshund racing, a stein-hoisting contest and a real German wedding in addition to music and dancing.


October

  • St. Paul Art Crawl (Oct. 11 – 13)

    St. Paul, MN

    Stop by the studios of more than 400 artists in Lowertown and the Raymond-University area.