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.


Minnesota State Fair

Minnesota State Fair Music

August 27, 2015 - September 7, 2015

Minnesota State Fairgrounds

2016 entertainment includes Don Henley, Charlie Wilson, Dixie Chicks, G-Eazy, Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas, Alabama, Garrison Kellor Show, Weezer, Bonnie Raft and more!

With over 1.5 million attendees every year, the Minnesota State Fair is the largest 12-day fair in North America. This annual celebration features delicious food fair "on a stick", lots of games and rides, daily parades and over 400 free concerts. Be sure to plan ahead and purchase Grandstand tickets to one of the great concert events before they are sold out.

Food is a highlight of the Minnesota State Fair. Find a list of new foods you'll find at this year's fair!

schedule of events »

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First Thursday Pub Nights at Lakeville Area Arts Center

January 7, 2016 - May 5, 2016

Lakeville Area Arts Center

Combine a bit of blues, bluegrass, rock, and a touch of kitchen sink and you end up with a style of music that some fans have come to call "Blues-grass"!

Come to the Lakeville Area Arts Center for our NEW Pub Nights and you'll hear original songs inspired by the styles of Shane McGowan, Johnny Cash, The Rolling Stones, and Bill Monroe.  First Thursday of the month from 6 pm - 9 pm. 

Cocktails and food available!

For more details click here »

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 »

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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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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 »

Twins Baseball at Target Field

Minnesota Twins

April 5, 2016 - August 31, 2016

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 »

Saint Paul Saints Baseball

Saint Paul Saints

April 30, 2016 - September 5, 2016

CHS Stadium

Come for fun to the new CHS stadium!

for more information »

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 »

Elko Traders Market Antiques and Vintage Sale

May 28, 2016 - September 6, 2016

Exit 76 - Coutny Road 2 in Elko New Market

300 booths of vintage and antiques.  Rain or shine.  Free parking.  Admission $6.
Open three weekends this year!  8 am to 5 pm Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm Sunday, and Monday 9 am to 4 pm.

-4th OF JULY WEEKEND July 2-4
-LABOR DAY WEEKEND dates to be announced

Minutes south of Lakeville off I-35 at exit 76.

Website info »

Valley Fair

Valleyfair Amusement Park and Planet Snoopy

May 28, 2016

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 »

Elko Speedway Theater

Elko Speedway Drive-In Theater

June 2, 2016 - October 3, 2016

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 »

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!

Farmers Market Lakeville MN

Lakeville's Farmers Market

June 8, 2016 - October 29, 2016

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 »

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Minneapolis Institute of Art

July 29, 2016 - September 19, 2016

2400 Third Avenue South Minneapolis MN 55404

 This summer, Mia is partnering with Mississippi Park Connection to celebrate 100 years of the National Park Service. In conjunction with "Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection," on view at the museum through September 18, we've placed 19 frames of various sizes at photogenic locations within the Mississippi parks system

Find frame sites here »

Crimes of the Heart

South Pacific at Guthrie Theatre

August 1, 2016 - July 28, 2016

Guthrie Theater

A sweeping musical romance. 

Visit Guthrie Theater Website for more information »

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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 »

Minnesota Renaissance Festival

Minnesota Renaissance Festival

August 20, 2016 - October 2, 2016

12364 Chestnut Blvd, Shakopee

Welcome to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival!  Come and be a part of this long-standing tradition by visiting the
festival grounds in Shakopee, Minnesota, just 20 minutes from Lakeville. 

New:  Wizard's Flight School Zip Line, Whiskey and Scotch Tastings, Dancing with Royals, Bloody Mary Bar, Kings Karpool Competition and Renaissance Bingo!

Open Weekends, plus Labor Day & Festival Days.  9am to 7pm • Rain or Shine and Free Parking!

Visit Ren Fest »

MN state Fair

Minnesota State Fair

August 25, 2016 - September 5, 2016

1265 Snelling Ave N St Paul, MN 55108

The "Great Minnesota Get Together" features 11 nights of big-name Grandstand entertainment, over 75 performers on 5 free stages; nearly 70 rides, thousands of agricultural, livestock and creative competitions; and over 450 foods including more than 50 delicacies on a stick. BIG names for grandstand entertainment!

Visit Minnesota State Fair's website for more information »

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 »

Ryder Cup

Ryder Cup 2016

September 3, 2016 - October 2, 2016

Hazeltine National Golf Club

The 41st Ryder Cup matches will be held in Minnesota at the Hazeltine Golf National Club in Chaska. 

Make your reservations today at one of our 5 Lakeville hotels including the NEW Candlewood Suites (great for extended stays during the event)!

for more information »

Defeat of Jesse James Days

Defeat of Jesse James Days Celebration

September 7, 2016 - September 11, 2016

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 »

Home Improvement & Design Expo

Home Improvement & Design Expo

September 10, 2016 - September 11, 2016

Canterbury Park, Shakopee

 Explore up to 200 exhibitors featuring the latest products and services for starting your home improvement project right from the start. Talk with the experts and get free tips and ideas. Meet builders, remodelers, landscapers, designers and other home improvement professionals. 2-stages of on-going speakers presentations, demonstrations and entertainment.

Visit webpage 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 »

Ramble Jam Country Music Lakeville MN

Ramble Jam Country

September 16, 2016 - September 17, 2016

Dakota County Fairgrounds

Concerts held featuring top names in local and national country talent.

Special hotel rates available at Lakeville hotels:  Holiday Inn and Suites, Quality Inn and AmericInn. 


Visit Ramble Jam's website for more information »

Lakeville Art Fair

Lakeville Area Art Festival

September 17, 2016 - September 18, 2016

Grounds of Art Center 210th St. & Holyoke Ave.
Join us for the annual Lakeville Art Festival in historic downtown Lakeville.  With over 60 premier artist booths, this intimate event is held on the park-like grounds of the Lakeville Area Art Center.  It includes a featured artist exhibit, artist demonstrations, author, youth art tent, performing and literary artists, great food and wonderful camaraderie. Event hours are 10 am to 5 pm Sunday.  There is no admission fee.  The Art Center is located at 20965 Holyoke Avenue, the corner of 210th Street and Holyoke. 


Visit Lakeville Art Fest website for more information »

Lakeville Art Festival Kids Tent

Lakeville Art Festival

September 17, 2016 - September 18, 2016

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 »



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 »

Planet Spooky Lakeville MN

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 »

Imax Suicide Squad

Great Clips Imax Theater

October 13, 2016 - December 31, 2016

Great Clips IMAX Theatre at Minnesota Zoo

Largest screen south of the river!  Check the website for up to date shows!  Suicide Squad - number one movie of the summer! 


Visit the IMAX Website 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 »

Haunted Forest Lakeville MN

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

October 22, 2016

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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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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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 »

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 »

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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