Festivals, Fairs, & Carnivals in Minneapolis

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Looking for fun things to do this weekend with your family? There's a wonderful tradition in Minnesota of county fairs, festivals, carnivals, summer concerts, art and antique shows and other special celebrations that make the Minneapolis area a wonderful place all year long - winter, spring, summer or fall. The Minnesota State Fair, held each year near Labor Day, is the second largest state fair in the United States. And late summer also brings the Rennaisance Festival in Shakopee that is one of the best in the country. How could you not like the comic antics of Puke and Snot? And be sure to check out our listings of Live Music Venues in Minneapolis for nighttime fun.

Neighbors Resource invites you to explore this schedule of fabulous community events, carnivals, fairs and festivals your family can enjoy together in the greater Twin Cities area of Minneapolis and St. Paul MN, including outdoor concerts, music festivals, movies in the parks, pet shows, car shows, art shows, and antique shows - many with special attractions just for the kids. If you live in the Twin Cities area, there's bound to be a great festival near you this weekend!

November 2018

Plymouth Arts Fair
November 17-18
Quality arts & crafts and hands-on craft activities for children. Many entertainers perform all day. Plymouth Creek Center. Call: 763-509-5200.
Banff Mountain Film Festival
November 16-17
A series of film screenings that transverse the world to bring revelers of action-packed sports films.
Minneapolis Craft'za
November 17
Quality hand-made items from selected artists and craftsmen are featured and sold.
Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt logoExcelsior Christkindlsmarkt
November 23-25
Come for the Grande Parade, open-air market featuring German Christmas traditions, delicious treats, shop for traditional gifts and unique treasures and visit with friends at the beer garden.
Novemebr 23 - December 23
Celebrate the holidays at Loring Park in downtown Minneapolis on Thursdays & Fridays 5PM-9PM, and Saturdays & Sundays 11AM-9PM. Featuring a Winter Wonderland. See Santa, visit the food vendors, and enjoy the outdoor skating rink.
Light Up the Lake Festival logoLight Up the Lake Festival
November 23
Kick off the Holidays with some great family fun events in Wayzata.

December 2018

Chanhassen Holiday Boutique
December 1
The Holiday Boutique features a variety of commercial and handcrafted arts and crafts, jewelry, collectibles, home decor, toys and trinkets for everyone to enjoy!
Plymouth Rockers Sounds of the Season
December 2
A 76-member senior chorus will present a Holiday Concert 3PM at Wayzata Central Middle School. Call: 762-473-4404
Christmas Downtown Excelsior
December 1, 8, 15
Santa Claus and carollers stroll downtowm Excelsior spreading good cheer. Visitors enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides. Call: 952-474-6461.
Plymouth Old Fashioned Christmas
December 08
Enjoy the sight,sounds,smells and the taste of the holidays. Visit Santa, Mrs. Claus, the Elves and reindeer. Nibble on cookies, enjoy hay rides and more!
Christmas with Cantus
December 13-23
Christmas songs from five centuries, includind the acclaimed 'Ave Maria' by Biebi. Various dates and locations. See website for details.
The Nutcracker
December 14-16
Classic holiday ballet performed by the Ashley Ballet Arts Academy.

Neighbors Resource is your local guide to shopping, dining and entertainment in the greater Twin Cities area of Minneapolis and St. Paul Minnesota. We invite you to visit our site often for local government information and community event schedules.

This page was last updated on November 10, 2018