Twin Cities Event Calendar
There's plenty to do throughout the year - we hope this makes planning your stay a little easier.
There's plenty to do throughout the year - we hope this makes planning your stay a little easier.
Come curious and prepare your senses for an all-new Stingray Adventure. Only at Mall of America.
Welcome to Stingray Adventure! An all-new touch pool at the SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium that allows you to see, touch and feed stingrays through a hands-on encounter you need to experience to believe.
EXHIBIT: International Moderism: Art in a Fast-Changing World
By the early 1900's people worldwide were transforming their habits, identities, and landscapes more dramatically than ever. Artists and designers inspired by innovations such as radios. skyscrapers and even the development of modern psychology, responded with cutting-edge representations of new and familiar subjects. "International Modernism" explores how this response to modern life evolved through much of the 20th century, from the 1910's through the early 1960s.
Crayola Experience is the only place in the world where the magic of Crayola comes to life! Here you are encouraged to let your creativity run free, to color outside the lines and to play, explore and learn. This one-of-a-kind attraction is where color, chemistry, and technology magically combine to create a colorful adventure for a child's imagination!
NOW at the Mall of America!
Flight simulation ride that brings on a breathtaking, aerial tour of some of the greatest landmarks and regions throughout the United States in virtual flight technology. The attraction is a fully immersive experience including wind, mist and even scents while soaring across some of America's most spectacular sights!
Adaptation of Disney's The Lion King has captured audiences all over the world since debuting in 1997. Bringing to life the timeless tale of young Simba who must find his way back to the Pride Lands to reclaim his throne, the musical comes equipped with many of the film's notable characters.
Come along to the idyllic kingdom of Camelot and the Legend of King Arthur and his beloved Queen Guenevere. Celebrate dashing Sir Lancelot, the gallant knights of the Round Table and and the mystical wizard Merlin. Written by Lerner and Loewes, this multi Tony Award Winner is based on T.H. White's book "The Once and Future King". On the Main Stage.
Come to the Lakeville Area Arts Center for our NEW Pub Nights on the First Thursday of the month from 6 pm - 9 pm. Inhouse bar serving craft beers, wine and pub food. $7 tickets.
October 6 is Relavity The Band playing a variety of popular covers including Fleetwood Mac, Lumineers, Avett Brothers and Indigo Girls.
The shops of historic Downtown Lakeville are not only located in a unique shopping venue, they pride themselves in creating a special experience for each visitor offering one-of-kind and boutique style stores, outstanding items and distinctive services. Independently owned and operated, our Downtown Lakeville shops have seasonal décor and gift items to help with your Christmas list, and they support downtown family events like Holiday On Main and programs at the Lakeville Area Arts Center. Come shop in Lakeville where you are ensured the special attention you deserve!
Two weekends in December. Enjoy a 1900 era Christmas with sleigh rides, era crafts and foods, carols, entertainment, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. 1900 Village with 22 buildings, lite holiday trees and decor. Open 1-8 pm. Or drive through to view the lights any evening in December.
Check out the event calendar at Mall of America for holiday fun! As the nation’s largest retail and entertainment complex, Mall of America® hosts over 400 events. MOA® has earned a national reputation for entertaining guests with celebrity appearances, musical performances, charitable initiatives, product launches, book signings and movie premieres.
Stay at a Lakeville hotel and receive a FREE Mall of America coupon book for your holiday shopping!
Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis reunite for Polar Express, an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.
Get out and explore the Minnesota Zoo. It's an all year, all weather destination! Enjoy a bit of the tropics or a little piece of Hawaii with Discovery Bay and the Tropical Reef. Say "aloha" to the Minnesota Zoo's incredible residents - Hawaiian Monk Seals.
This winter, explore an indoor rainforest that’s 78 degrees every day and home to everything from red pandas to pink flamingos. Touch a real-life shark in Discovery Bay or hit the outdoor trails where a world of wildlife plays in the snow. No matter what the weather brings, the Zoo has the perfect forecast for fun all winter long.
Since 1886, Minnesotan's have been participated in "The Coolest Celebration on Earth!" Festivities include a Grande Day Parade and the Torchlight Parade, Ice Carving & Snow Sculpting competitions and Frozen 5K & Half Marathon races.
Come and enjoy a host of fun activities as part of the celebration including, the Royal Coronation, Grande Day Parade, Outdoor Beer Dabbler, Winter Carnival Medallion Hunt, Kid's Day, Snow Sculpting in Vulcans Snow Park, Ice Sculpture Carving, Klondike Kate Cabarets, Historic Art Exhibit and the Torchlight Parade. Events are held throughout the city, with many centered in downtown Saint Paul in Rice Park and the Landmark Center.
HUMPBACK WHALES OPENS FEBRUARY 3
Take me out to the ballgame!
Target Field is fabulous rain or shine. Show your Twins spirit or check out their schedule for your favorite team.
Escape from the cold and get a taste of the tropics at one of the Zoo’s most popular events. Bring your pail or favorite sand toy and play in Minnesota’s biggest indoor sandbox. Take in a full day of family fun exploring an indoor rainforest teeming with wildlife, along with special activities each weekend.
Gather up your little chicks and celebrate the sights and sounds of spring at the Wells Fargo Family Farm! You’ll coo at adorable piglets, lambs, goat kids, bunnies, chicks and calves. All the cute happens daily, with special family activities each weekend.
Check website for exciting schedule of NASCAR, Eve of Destruction, family nights and bands!
Experience delicious fare from local restaurants, caterers, as well as fine beverage purveyors. You’ll have the opportunity to sample, taste, sip and devour the rich culinary treats. Entertainment and auctions too! On the beautiful grounds of the Lakeville Area Arts Center.
Join kangaroos, emus and wallabies on a real-life Australian walkabout, in the heart of the Minnesota Zoo. Get an up-close look at the outback, with fun activities for kids and families. Hop on over to the Zoo and experience the land down under, up north.
The Edina Art Fair has grown from a few crafters on the corner of 50th and France to more than 300 artists displaying a diverse collection of art. The Edina Art Fair enjoys its position as the Minnesota summer’s first art fair and the second largest art fair in the state. The Fair is located in the quaint 50th and France Quarter, located where Minneapolis and Edina meet and is hosted by the 50th & France Business & Professional Association. This unique neighborhood has a reputation for bringing a lifestyle that caters to distinction– a distinction its members take pride in.
Wednesday – Friday – Double Features. Gates open at 7:30pm – Movies start at dusk. $8 per adult – $5 per child (ages 4-12) ages 3 and under free
Saturday – 1 movie after the Races “Come to the Race and Stay for the Movie” Gates open at 5pm for Racing – Movie starts after the races
The largest one day festival in the Midwest! Entertainment, parades, crafters and so much more.
Featuring fresh, locally grown produce to be sold--directly from the grower to the consumer. Available are bakery goods, meats & sausage, maple syrup, eggs, honey, organic products, flowers, and many other items. Wednesdays noon to 5 pm; Saturdays 8 am to 1 pm.
Join in the Farmington Fun with a Grand Parade, Art Fair & Business Expo, Bean Bag and Softball Tournaments, Bed RaceBed, Beer Brats & Bingo, Car Cruise, Dew Run, Volleyball, Flavors of Farmington, Fun and Games, Kids' Fishing Contest, Medallion Hunt, and Pie Pizza and Dilly Bar Eating Contests!
CELEBRATING 50 YEARS
PAN-O-PROG, Lakeville's week-long festival, began in 1967 as the "Panorama of Progress" to celebrate the success of this growing community. Over 50 celebrations, events and activities take place around July 4. By the masses, residents line up to watch the grand parade, classic car parade and 4th july fireworks!
The Basilica Block Party began in 1995 as a fundraiser to help pay for the structural restoration of The Basilica of Saint Mary. Today, proceeds from the rockin’ and rollin’ fund the continued renovation of The Basilica and its campus and to St. Vincent de Paul outreach program.
The X Games is an annual sports event, controlled and arranged by American sports broadcaster ESPN (with coverage also shown on its sister network ABC), which focuses on extreme sports! Sports include BMX, motocross and skateboarding.
Celebrate "The Best Days of Summer" an Minneapolis hosts about 50 events and brings more than 800,000 people for parades, fireworks and unique water based events.
Some of the nations best in barbecue will converge in Prior Lake Minnesota for the Great Midwest Rib Fest!!
Make a trip to Applewood Orchard a family tradition. Minnesota favorites Honeycrisp, Zestar & Sweet Tango and many other varieties of apples on dwarf trees. Fall raspberries, pumpkins and a corn maze too. Hayrides continuous on weekends for $1 age 12 and older.
There is no admission fee. Located near Cedar Ave. and 225th St. W. in Lakeville.
Open 10 am - 6 pm M-Sun during the apple season.
On September 7, 1876, outlaw Jesse James rode in to Northfield and was determined to rob the bank. Little did he know the infamous Jesse James would soon meet his match. Northfield celebrates its heroes and its victory the first weekend after Labor Day. Join us for food, fun, culture, entertainment, and a grand parade.
Concerts held featuring top names in local and national country talent. Line up includes Old Dominion, Steve Moakler, Lost Highway, Devon Worley, Chris Janson, Granger Smith Feat. Earl Dibbles Jr., Chris Hawkey, Caitlyn Smith, Shane Martin,
Special hotel rates available at Lakeville hotels: Holiday Inn and Suites, Quality Inn and Baymont Suites.
Held the third weekend in September in historic downtown on the beautiful park like grounds of the Lakeville Area Arts Center. Whether you are in the market to purchase art or not, it's a great day. Come enjoy a artisan exhibits, demonstrations, entertainment, youth art tent, food vendors and local talent! Hours are 10 am to 5 pm both days.
5:30-8pm on Saturday 6-8 pm enter the spooktacular Haunted Forest Trail on your own and at your own risk! LOOK OUT! You never know who will be around the next corner. Recommended for 3rd grade and older.
TRICK OR TREAT MAZE FOR LITTLE ONES
5:30-8PM trick or treat - Land of Amazement playground and bring home a pumpkin while supplies last. Ages 8 and under please.
Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens theme with free horse drawn trolley rides! Be transported back in time as you walk the streets of the 1900s village complete with traditions from that time period. Caroling, visit with St. Ncholas, demonstrations of word working and holiday cooking, Presentation of a Christmas Carol will be featured in the Fire Hall by Castle Children's Theater.
First 2 weekends in December at the fairgrounds in Farmington MN. Hours 1-8 pm Saturday and Sunday. $6 for age 13 and up; $3 4-12 and under 3 free. Drive through lit village any evening.
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