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Events for "St. Paul, MN"

March

  • St. Patrick's Day parade (Mar. 17)

    St. Paul, MN

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


  • Easter Egg Hunt (Mar. 25)

    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 (Mar. 31)

    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.


April

  • Minnesota Horse Expo (Apr. 27 – 29)

    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. 27 – 29)

    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 3 – 6)

    St. Paul, MN

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


  • Cinco de Mayo (May 5)

    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 27)

    St. Paul, MN

    This hiphop festival is at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.


June

  • Grand Old Day (Jun 3)

    St. Paul, MN

    This popular Grand Avenue street party has four zones: entertainment, family fun, local artisans and sports and wellness. A parade starts at 9:30 a.m. at Dale Street.


  • Twin Cities Jazz Festival (Jun 21 – 23)

    St. Paul, MN

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


July

  • Highland Fest (Jul 20 – 22)

    St. Paul, MN

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


  • Lowertown Blues & Funk Festival (Jul 20 – 21)

    St. Paul, MN

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


August

  • Irish Fair (Aug. 10 – 12)

    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. 18)

    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. 23 – Sep 3)

    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

  • St. Paul Classic Bike Tour (Sep. 9)

    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. 14 – 15)

    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.


  • Summit Hill House Tour (Sep. 30)

    St. Paul, MN

    This self-guided tour of homes on one of the nation's best-preserved Victorian streets is held only once every two years. 


October

  • St. Paul Art Crawl (Oct. 12 – 14)

    St. Paul, MN

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


  • Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza (Oct. 20 – 21)

    St. Paul, MN

    This all-ages evening spectacle in Hidden Falls Regional Park features larger-than-life puppetry, fire, song, stilting and, after the performance, food and dancing to the jazz brass bands.

    Suggested donation is $10-$20.


  • Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza (Oct. 26 – 28)

    St. Paul, MN

    This all-ages evening spectacle in Hidden Falls Regional Park features larger-than-life puppetry, fire, song, stilting and, after the performance, food and dancing to the jazz brass bands.

    Suggested donation is $10-$20.


  • Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza (Oct. 31)

    St. Paul, MN

    This all-ages evening spectacle in Hidden Falls Regional Park features larger-than-life puppetry, fire, song, stilting and, after the performance, food and dancing to the jazz brass bands.

    Suggested donation is $10-$20.


November

  • European Christmas Market (Nov. 30 – Dec 2)

    St. Paul, MN

    This Christkindlmarkt in Union Depot features choirs, dancers, hot mulled wine, holiday beers, European-inspired food and artisan goods.

     


December

  • Grand Meander (Dec. 1)

    St. Paul, MN

    On Grand Avenue, lined by small shops and restaurants, there will be carolers, soup tasting, a petting zoo, a juried art fair at Ramsey Junior High and a trolley to get from place to place.


  • European Christmas Market (Dec. 7 – 10)

    St. Paul, MN

    This Christkindlmarkt in Union Depot features choirs, dancers, hot mulled wine, holiday beers, European-inspired food and artisan goods.

     


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.