Festivals and Fairs

The word "boring" just isn't in our vocabulary. Minneapolis is a city that likes to celebrate, and we're one of the best in the nation at doing it. We have the largest 12-day state fair in the nation - The Minnesota State Fair  - where over 450 different types of food can be found; deep fried, on a stick or even in a bucket. There are larger state fairs (Texas for example)…but it's a month long, and they count attendance differently. Iowa is a 10-day fair. Indiana is also a 10-day fair. You can step back in time to the days of fair damsels and court jesters with the Renaissance Festival, a seven week ode to the olden times where you can eat oversized turkey drumsticks and cheer on your favorite jouster. In the winter, we light up the streets with the nationally - acclaimed Holidazzle Parade - a three week celebration of the serene beauty of the holiday season.

Whatever the season, whatever the day, you're bound to find a celebration breaking out in the streets of Minneapolis.

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  • Every Saturday 8am to 1pm, this market is not only a fun neighborhood and destination spot for Minnesota residents, but another way to share the many benefits of local sustainable and organically produced foods.
  • The Annual Minneapolis Home + Garden Show, only place for you to experience what's new in home, gardening, remodeling, home decor, and more! You'll have the opportunity to meet over 1,000 experts and experience thousands of products and services.
  • The Fringe Festival is an annual 11-day performance festival featuring theater, performance art, puppetry, spoken word, dance and visual arts. The festival is presented in 20+ venues throughout Minneapolis each August.
  • Journey back in time to an 16th Century European village at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, located in Shakopee. The 2013 Festival will commence Weekends August 17 through September 29, plus Labor Day and Festival Friday, September 27. Gates are open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., rain or shine. King Henry and his court invite one and all to experience the magic of our Realm with 16 stages of live entertainment and live armored jousting! Over 250 artisans fill the Festival marketplace to display and sell their handcrafted wares for a truly unique shopping experience. Patrons can interact with hundreds of memorable characters roaming the village streets and enjoy 7 themed weekends, food and fun for the whole family, and much more! The Festival is located seven miles south of Shakopee on Hwy 169. Free parking is provided and discount tickets are available online. For more information visit www.renaissancefest.com.
  • This annual exposition is Minnesota's best-attended event. Plus, fairground buildings are available for off-season rental. They can handle large-audience events that others cannot.
  • Twin Cities In Motion is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization promoting healthy lifestyles through running events and community outreach since 1982. Our goal is simple--to inspire millions of miles and create billions of smiles among runners, friends, families and communities we reach.
  • The Twin Cities Pride Celebration includes a festival, parade along Hennepin Avenue, boat cruise, picnic, block party and much more with 400,000 plus attendees.
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