Whether you're into art, animals or ice fishing, you're sure to find an event worth traveling to this year in Minnesota. Find even more fun in the Festivals & Events calendar.
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Parades, snow sculptures, ice palaces and an outdoor beer festival are among the highlights of this 130-year-old seasonal celebration.
The longest sled dog race in the lower 48, the nearly 400-mile event starts in Duluth and is a qualifier for the Iditarod in Alaska.
Cross-country skiers of all ages can participate in the City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival in Minneapolis, which also features skijoring (skiing with dogs) and a fat tire bike race.
Curling, pond hockey, cornhole and more are among the family-friendly festivities at this annual celebration on the ice.
One of the ugliest fish in the world draws more than 10,000 people to attend its namesake festival on Leech Lake, complete with eelpout curling, a polar plunge and nightly fish fries.
Ice fishing, minnow races and a hot dish luncheon anchor an event named after the beloved Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon film.
Use your snowmobile as a golf cart and play nine holes on Gull Lake, followed by a tent party with live music and an ice bar.
Celebrate traditional Celtic culture, food, music and more at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead, where bagpipes and kilts are par for the course.
Owl lovers flock to this Houston festival to get up close with live owls, eat owl-themed treats and watch the kids hooting contest.
Piglets, goat kids, chicks and bunnies up the cute factor at the Minnesota Zoo’s family farm every day in April.
Held in Rochester, an annual celebration of world cultures includes a parade, fashion show, stage performances and foods from around the globe.
More than a dozen towns between Hastings and Winona come together to collectively sell their treasures the first weekend in May.
A weeklong music festival featuring 200 local acts at venues around Duluth. The music is supplemented by art shows, poetry slams and a kickball tourney.
St. Paul celebrates Hispanic/Latino culture with a family-friendly festival spanning six blocks known as the District del Sol.
A parade, family bike ride, petting zoo and pancake breakfast add to the fun of this trout-themed festival in southeast Minnesota.
Detroit Mountain serves as headquarters for birding workshops, field trips, exhibitors and more during the annual spring migration.
Judy Garland’s hometown of Grand Rapids sings her praises year-round, but especially during the annual festival that pays homage to her most famous film.
A pet parade, train rides, medallion hunt and, of course, turtle races, make this central Minnesota festival a family favorite.
The birthplace of waterskiing, Lake City, celebrates its popular invention with water ski shows, a parade and three days of festivities.
Minneapolis welcomes revelers from all walks of life for a GLBT-proud celebration with a family picnic, festival, parade and rainbow run in Loring Park.
Check out St. Cloud’s annual celebration of summer sun and warm weather, which includes a 5K, fishing derby, classic car show and historic pub crawls.
Pay homage to everyone’s favorite lumberjack with a Paul Bunyan lookalike contest, art show, minnow races and more in downtown Akeley.
The Olympics of extreme sports will play out at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, with four days of skateboarding, BMX riding, Moto X jumping and other exciting entertainment.
Cheer for your favorite costumed porker in this fun race, accompanied by a beer garden and activities for the kids.
The Nobel Prize-winning author’s hometown of Sauk Centre hosts five full days of activities, including a treasure hunt, concerts in the park and the Miss Sauk Centre Pageant.
Another famous Minnesota author, Laura Ingalls Wilder, is the subject of live outdoor performances for three weekends in July.
Festivities at the annual community festival in central Minnesota range from canoe and kayak races to a hog roast and tennis tournament.
Peruse original art and handcrafted items from more than 250 exhibitors at this outdoor festival in Ely, which also features blueberry pie and pancakes, and activities for the kids.
Starting in New London and ending in New Brighton, a 120-mile drive features pre-1916 vehicles, including cars, bikes and motorcycles, with special events before and after the ride.
Celebrate the history and culture of the Red River Valley in East Grand Forks with an antique tractor pull, parade and historical reenactments.
Journey back in time at this longstanding, seven-week festival in Shakopee, where revelers will be in good company among mermaids, knights, fairies, pirates and other colorful characters.
The granddaddy of them all, the Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul is the second-largest state fair in the country, renowned for its exhibits, grandstand performances and just about any food you can think of served on a stick.
Taking place every Labor Day weekend since 1954 in Rollag, this celebration honors the good ol’ days of steam engines, gas tractors and threshing machines.
Witness a thrilling reenactment of the attempted bank raid that led to the demise of the notorious James-Younger Gang in downtown Northfield.
Explore the towns along the Root River Trail, which include Fountain, Lanesboro, Peterson and Houston, on three Saturdays in September, where you can sample local fare and partake in other activities.
Held at Carlos Creek Winery in Alexandria, the fall harvest celebration centers around a grape stomp competition, with live bands, art and food vendors, and a “man cave” for the beer drinkers.
A three-day event honoring the Dakota people with traditional music and dancers, food and handicrafts in Mankato’s Land of Memories Park.
Considered one of the prettiest urban marathons in the country, the annual race is worth the trip even if you’re just a spectator.
New Ulm hosts one of the best Oktoberfests in the country, with two full weekends of Schell's beer, live polka and German food.
Known as the “Halloween Capital of the World,” Anoka celebrates the Oct. 31 holiday all month long with ghost and cemetery tours, a haunted house, pumpkin-carving contest, parade and much more.
A 128-foot animated tree, dozens of light displays and visits from Santa bring 200,000 people to Duluth’s Bayfront Festival Park between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.
A holiday celebration on Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis features free family entertainment and a European-inspired holiday market selling gifts, mulled wine and German fare.
Night We Light
Known as the first city on the Mississippi, Bemidji brightens up the winter nights with an illuminated parade and tree-lighting ceremony the day after Thanksgiving.
Kick off the holiday season in Baudette with a craft fair, downtown window walk and a light parade featuring floats and fish houses.
Find handmade gifts at the craft show and take in performances at the historic Palace Theatre in southern Luverne the first weekend in December.
Stroll through charming downtown Northfield by candlelight, where you’ll find Santa, Rudolph, horse-drawn wagon rides, carolers and holiday shopping galore.
A holiday gathering with food, kids crafts and fellowship takes place in the Iron Range town of Embarrass, where ice candles are lit to remember loved ones in the Finnish tradition.