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.


Sea Life

Meet the Rays at Sea Life Aquarium

January 18, 2016

Sea Life Aquarium, Mall of America

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.

Meet the Rays »


Minneapolis Institute of the Arts

February 29, 2016 - January 1, 2017

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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. 

Click here for exhibits and hours »

Shop sales at TC Premium Outlets

Twin Cities Premium Outlets

February 29, 2016

Eagan MN


Twin Cities Premium Outlets - Shop the fabulous south of the river outlets!  100 outlet stores with great prices and exceptional brand merchandise!  Get a head start on your shopping needs!

www.premiumoutlets.com »

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Minnesota Zoo

February 29, 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!


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Elko Seedway Lakeville, MN

Elko Speedway - NASCAR

May 6, 2016 - October 29, 2016

Elko Minnesota

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

Visit Elko Speedway Website for more information »

Red Barn Farm

Red Barn Farm of Northfield

May 8, 2016 - October 30, 2016

10063 110th Street East, Northfield MN 55057

Pizza every Wednesday 4:30 - 8:30 pm, and 3rd Sunday 11:30 am - 3:30 pm. Bring plates, utensils and blanket for picnic style.

Visit Red Barn Farm of Northfield Website for more information »

Crayola Experience

Crayola Experience - NOW OPEN

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!

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Applewood Orchards

August 1, 2016 - October 31, 2016

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 »

Story Time Yoga

Toddler Tuesdays at MOA

August 2, 2016

Rotunda at Mall of America

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

Visit Mall of America »


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. 

for ticket info »

Vikings Back to Football

Vikings Football

August 28, 2016 - January 1, 2017

US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis MN

AppleWood Orchard

September 1, 2016 - October 31, 2016

near Cedar and 225th St. in Lakeville

Make a trip to AppleWood Orchard and start a new family tradition!  Pick your own Minnesota apples!  FREE ADMISSION.  Hayrides run continuously on fall weekends for a small fee.  Open every day 10 am to 6 pm during apple season.

Visit the orchard's website for more information »

Shrek the Musical

Elephant and Piggies at Children's Theatrre

September 13, 2016 - October 23, 2016

Based on Elephant and Piggies books!  Great for the very young!

Visit the Children's Theatre Website for more information »

Haunt at Valleyscare

Valleyscare - "The Haunt at Valleyfair"

September 23, 2016 - October 30, 2106

Valleyfair Amusement Park

Halloween Haunt at ValleySCARE

Includes Haunt admission and Fright Lane to be used together for a great night of frights, fog, fun and scares.  The Halloween Haunt at ValleySCARE is the most extreme Halloween event in the upper Midwest. At night, a world of terrifying mazes and shocking scare zones will bring your worst fears and phobias to life. Experience seven haunted attractions, spellbinding live entertainment and our signature thrill rides.


During the daytime on Saturdays, all ages will enjoy non-scary activities, attractions and a variety of family and children’s rides.

Visit ValleySCARE website for more information »



September 30, 2016 - February 25, 2017

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

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.

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres »

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Planet Spooky

October 1, 2016 - November 1, 2106

Your little goblins and ghouls will enjoy joining Snoopy and the PEANUTS Gang for Halloween activities, rides and entertainment that are suitable for all ages and the whole family will enjoy! Linus’ Pumpkin Patch, Storytelling Witch Happiness, Hay Bale Maze Designed, Charlie Brown’s Pirate Adventure.   

Visit ValleySCARE website for more information »

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First Thursday Pub Nights at Lakeville Area Arts Center

October 6, 2016 - May 4, 2017

Lakeville Area Arts Center

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.  


For more details click here »

Universe of Lights MOA


October 7, 2016 - October 31, 2015

Mall of America Nickelodeon Universe®

Join us for an experience that will take you on an emotional journey through light and sound.

Holly House Boutique

Holly House Boutique

October 17, 2016 - December 29, 2016

Burnsville Center Kiosks

Fabulous artisans!  New location at the Burnsville Center - kiosk area. 

For more information »

Black Out at Nickelodeon Universe

BLACK OUT at Nickelodeon Universe

October 19, 2016 - October 27, 2106

Mall of America

Lights out!  Experience Nickelodeon Universe in a whole new way with unlit rides, black lighting, and fog effects.  Costume contests, music and make your own crafts for ages 12 and under. Call or visit website for dates and times.

Visit Nickelodeon Universe website for more information »


HowlZooWeen at MN Zoo

October 22, 2016 - October 31, 2016

13000 Zoo Blvd, Apple Valley, MN 55124

Enjoy the fall colors and experience up-close encounters with both cute and creepy critters. From bats and tarantulas to moose and lynx, HowlZooWeen offers something for kids of ALL ages. Participate in hands-on education programs and watch the animals enjoy Halloween-themed treats throughout the Zoo.  Weekends feature even more fun and games – face painting, live musicians, and more.

There has never been a better time to visit or join the zoo! Bring your own little goblins and ghouls to the Minnesota Zoo this fall for some HowlZooWeen fun! 


Click here for more details »

The Girls October 24

GIRLS Just Want to Have Fun!

October 24, 2016

Lakeville Area Arts Center

Join us and have some fun while supporting a great cause: The Lewis House - assisting victims of domestic violence. Your ticket includes two local musical acts on the main stage, hors d'oeuvres and dessert. Anyone purchasing advanced tickets will get a FREE drink! In addition to the music, the evening will be loaded with fun activities throughout the Arts Center. The ticket cost is tax deductible, with the entire amount being donated to The Lewis House/360 Communities.

Music by Erin and Madison, and Andra Suchy!

For more information »

Art in Motion - a Thriller of an Event

October 29, 2016

Lakeville Area Arts Center

 Celebrate Halloween for a special performance event with zombies, Frankenstein, and other ghoulish characters.  Zombie dance, and Spooktacular treats and refreshments after.  Dress in your favorite costume for a chance to win a prize! Tickets $16

For more information »

Shops of Historic Downtown Lakeville

November 18, 2016

Downtown Lakeville on Holyoke Avenue

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!

For more information »


Mall of America Holiday Shopping

November 25, 2016 - December 24, 2016

Mall of America

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.

For events, click here »

St Olaf College

St. Olaf Christmas Festival

December 1, 2016 - December 5, 2016

St. Olaf College, 1520 St. Olaf Avenue Northfield

"The St. Olaf Christmas Festival is one of the oldest musical celebrations of Christmas in the United States. Started in 1912 by F. Melius Christiansen, founder of the St. Olaf College Music Department, the festival features more than 500 student musicians who are members of five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra."

Click here for more details »

Lorie Line: A Merry Little Christmas Holiday Tour

December 3, 2016

Ames Center, Burnsville MN

Saturday, December 3, 2016   3PM & 7:30PM  This year’s show will be one of the most intimate concerts in Lorie’s 27-year touring history. Simple but elegant, Lorie will be playing all of the favorite traditional carols that make her show unique. She will be bringing along her cast of characters, including Santa, and a special featured vocalist.  

Tickets available in person at the John & Betty Adamich Box Office in the Ames Center now.


www.ticketmaster.com »

Holiday on Main

Holidays On Main

December 3, 2016

Holyoke Avenue in Historic Downtown Lakeville

Holidays on Main is a delightful variety of Christmas and Holiday tradions such as Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus visits, carols, entertainment, crafts, live reindeers and sleigh rides!  Some events at the Lakeville Area Arts Center at the corner of Holyoke and 210th Streets. 

Visit Downtown Lakeville website for more information »

Dakota Village Xmas

Christmas in the Village

December 3, 2016 - December 11, 2016

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 »

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Christmas at Dakota Village

December 3, 2016 - December 11, 2016

Farmington - Dakota County Fairgrounds

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. 

Visit Dakota City website for more information »

Winter Carnival

Saint Paul Winter Carnival

January 26, 2017 - February 4, 2017

Downtown Saint Paul St Paul, MN 55102

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.

Visit Winter Carnival website for more information »

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 »

Landscape and Home Expo, Lakeville MN

Landscape And Home Expo/Consumer Showcase

March 11, 2017

Lakeville North High School

Lakeville Area Chamber of Commerce's annual Landscape & Home Expo and Consumer Showcase held at Lakeville North High School features over 160 vendors. 

for more information »

Saint Paul Saints Baseball

Saint Paul Saints

April 29, 2017 - September 2, 2017

CHS Stadium

More than a ball game!

for more information »

Taste of Lakeville

Taste of Lakeville

May 18, 2017

Lakeville Area Arts Center

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.

Visit Lakeville Area Arts Center Website for more information »

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.

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 2, 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. 

For more information »

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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 »

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. 

for more information or to register »

ESPN X Games 2018

July 19, 2018 - July 22, 2018

US Bank Stadium

X Games sports include BMX, motocross and skateboarding. 

For more information »

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Holiday Inn & Suites

20800 Kenrick Avenue
Lakeville, MN 55044

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Baymont Inn & Suites

17145 Kenyon Ave
Lakeville, MN 55044

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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

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Candlewood Suites

21060 Keswick Loop
Lakeville MN 55044

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