Taste of Lakeville


Taste of Lakeville - May

Pan-O-Prog Cruise Night


Pan-O-Prog Festival - July

Minnesota State Fair


Minnesota State Fair - August

Lakeville Arts Festival


Lakeville Arts Festival - September

Discover Lakeville...Where nature meets the Twin Cities

Twin Cities Event Calendar

There's plenty to do throughout the year - we hope this makes planning your stay a little easier.


Crayola Experience

Crayola Experience

June 7, 2016

300 South Avenue Level 3 at Mall of America

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!


Fly Over America NOW OPEN

June 7, 2016

5120 Center Court at Mall of America

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!  

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The Lion King - Orpheum Theatre

August 5, 2016 - July 15, 2017

Orpheum Theatre 910 Hennepin Ave S Minneapolis

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. 

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Story Time Yoga

Toddler Tuesdays at MOA

December 6, 2016

Rotunda at Mall of America

Join in the fun of Toddler Tuessdays at the Mall of America. 

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Minnesota Zoo

December 10, 2016

13000 Zoo Blvd, Apple Valley, MN 55124

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.

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State Capitol Tours

State Capitol Tours

January 4, 2017 - March 31, 2017

75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Bldvd Saint Paul

The Minnesota State Capitol is now open after a 3.5 year restoration project.  Guided tours run from 10 am to 2 pm Monday through Saturday and 1 pm to 3 pm on Sunday.  Tour guides will lead visitors through the building showcasing the renovation effort and providing an overview of the Capitol history, art, architecture and state government. 

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Twins Baseball at Target Field

Minnesota Twins

February 7, 2017 - August 29, 2017

Target Field, Minneapolis

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.

Visit the Twins Baseball Website for more information »

Paisley Park

Paisley Park Tours - Prince

April 24, 2017 - September 4, 2017

7801 Audubon Rd Chanhassen MN
Tours of Prince's Paisley Park extraordinary private estate and production complex. See first-hand what it was like for Prince to create, produce and perform inside this private sanctuary and remarkable production complex.
Throughout the experience, visitors will see artifacts from Prince’s personal archives, including iconic concert wardrobe, awards, musical instruments, artwork, rare music and video recordings and motorcycles.
Tickets are now on sale for tours through September 4, 2017. In addition, Paisley Park has announced that it is expanding and enhancing its tour options by offering new, themed fan experience packages in addition to the current General Admission and VIP tours.
Tickets are only available online and in advance. No tickets are available for purchase on-site at Paisley Park.

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Saint Paul Saints Baseball

Saint Paul Saints

April 29, 2017 - September 2, 2017

CHS Stadium

More than a ball game!

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Elko Seedway Lakeville, MN

Elko Speedway - NASCAR

May 6, 2017 - October 21, 2017

Elko Minnesota

Check website for exciting schedule of NASCAR, Eve of Destruction, family nights and bands!

Visit Elko Speedway Website for more information »

MN Zoo Kangaroo Crossing 2017

MN Zoo Kangaroo Crossing

May 27, 2017 - September 4, 2017

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.

To learn more about these events and everything else happening at the Minnesota Zoo, please do not hesitate to reach out to me with your questions. We look forward to working with you in 2017 and hope the rest of your 2016 is nothing short of amazing. 

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Valley Fair

Valleyfair Amusement Park and Planet Snoopy

May 27, 2017

1 Vallefair Drive Shakopee MN

Valleyfair is the perfect destination for the entire family with over 75 amazing rides and attractions, including Planet Snoopy and Soak City Waterpark (opens May 27).  Check out special events such as ADULT NIGHT, MILITARY DAYS and FOOD TRUCK FEST! 

Visit Valleyfair's Website for more information »

Edina Art Fair

Edina Art Fair

June 2, 2017 - June 4, 2017

France Avenue, Edina

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.


visit Edina Art Fair Website for more information »

Elko Speedway Theater

Elko Speedway Drive-In Theater

June 3, 2017 - October 28, 2017

Elko Speedway

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

Visit webpage for more information »

Grand Old Days Lakeville MN

Grand Old Day

June 4, 2017

Grand Avenue in St. Paul

The largest one day festival in the Midwest!  Entertainment, parades, crafters and so much more. 

Visit Grand Old Day Website for more event information »

Farmers Market Lakeville MN

Lakeville's Farmers Market

June 7, 2017 - October 28, 2017

208th at Holyoke Avenue Lakeville MN 55044

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.

Visit Downtown Lakeville Website for more information »

farmington parade

Dew Days - Farmington MN

June 13, 2017 - June 17, 2017

Dakota County Fairgrounds and city of Farmington

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! 

Click for a schedule of events »

Stone Arch Bridge Festival

Stone Arch Festival of the Arts

June 17, 2017 - June 18, 2017

Stone Arch Festival of the Arts

Father’s Day Weekend on the Minneapolis Riverfront with live music, artists, family activities, etc! 


Visit St. Anthony Website for more information »

Twin Cities Jazz Festival

Twin Cities Jazz Festival

June 23, 2017 - June 25, 2017

Mears Park

Free family friendly event attracts over 40,000 people.

Visit Website for more information »

Pan O Prog Lakeville MN

PAN-O-PROG Celebration

July 3, 2017 - July 9, 2017

Various Lakeville locations


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!

Visit Panoprog website for more information »

Basilica Block Party

Basilica Block Party

July 8, 2017 - July 9, 2017

Basilica in Saint Paul

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. 


Visit the Basilica Block Party's website for more information »

ESPN X Games 2017

July 13, 2017 - July 18, 2017

US Bank Stadium

 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. 

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Minneapolis Aquatennial

July 16, 2017 - July 22, 2017


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.

Visit the Aquatennial website for more information »

Great Midwest Rib Fest

The Great Midwest Rib Fest

July 21, 2017 - July 23, 2017

Mystic Lake Casino Hotel

Some of the nations best in barbecue will converge in Prior Lake Minnesota for the Great Midwest Rib Fest!!

Visit Mystic Lake Casino's website for more information »

applewood orchards lakeville mn

Applewood Orchards

July 31, 2017 - October 31, 2017

22702 Hamburg Avenue Lakeville MN

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.

Applewoodorchard.com/applewood3 »

Defeat of Jesse James Days

Defeat of Jesse James Days Celebration

September 6, 2017 - September 12, 2017

Downtown Northfiled MN 55057

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.

Visit website for more information »

Ramble Jam Country Music Lakeville MN

Ramble Jam Country

September 15, 2017 - September 16, 2017

Dakota County Fairgrounds

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.


Visit Ramble Jam's website for more information »

Lakeville Art Festival Kids Tent

Lakeville Art Festival

September 16, 2017 - September 17, 2017

Lakeville Area Arts Center

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. 

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Haunted Forest Lakeville MN

Lakeville's Haunted Forest October 24 5:30-8pm

October 21, 2017

Steve Michaud Park 17100 Ipava Ave

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.

5:30-8PM trick or treat - Land of Amazement playground and bring home a pumpkin while supplies last.  Ages 8 and under please.


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Dakota Village Xmas

Christmas in the Village

December 2, 2017

Dakota City Heritage Village 4008 220th Street W

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.

DakotaCity.org »

ESPN X Games 2018

July 19, 2018 - July 22, 2018

US Bank Stadium

X Games sports include BMX, motocross and skateboarding. 

For more information »

Holiday Inn Logo

Holiday Inn & Suites

20800 Kenrick Avenue
Lakeville, MN 55044

Baymont Inn Logo Lakeville, MN

Baymont Inn & Suites

17145 Kenyon Ave
Lakeville, MN 55044

Quality Inn Logo

Quality Inn of Lakeville

17605 Kenrick Avenue
Lakeville, MN 55044

Motel 6 in Lakeville, Minnesota

Motel 6

11274 210th Street
Lakeville, MN 55044
(952) 469-1900

Candlewood Suites Logo Lakeville, MN

Candlewood Suites

21060 Keswick Loop
Lakeville MN 55044

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