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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  • Imagine a magical collision of the Apostle island ice caves, frozen waterfalls and glaciers. The Ice Castle will feature towering organic archways, tunnels, slot canyons, stalactites and frozen thrones. By day this frozen wonderland glimmers with glacial blues and at night multicolored LED's dance with magical hues. Visit icecastles.com to purchase tickets or more information.
  • Offering everything from heirloom vegetables and organic fruits to flowering plants, pastured meats, dairy, and eggs. Check out Mill City Farmers Market's wide selection of specialty foods including farmstead cheeses, preserves, breads, and more. Weekly kitchen demos, live music, kids' activities, and more! The first farmers market in Minneapolis to focus on locally grown, seasonal foods from the region's finest sustainable, organic farmers, and small businesses. Open every Saturday May 9 through October 31, 8am to 1pm. And monthly winter markets inside the Mill City Museum (Second Saturdays, November through April).
  • 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 a 16th-century village with the Renaissance Festival. This Minnesota tradition features entertainment, artisans, food, history and more!
  • 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.
  • Oktoberfest Minneapolis celebrates its first year as it commemorates this world-famous German harvest-festival tradition. This is a free weekend festival, September 12th-14th.
  • How do we plan to battle the cheesy holiday season? By running with the Ugliest Sweaters you can find! Join thousands of people at the Merriest 5k on the Planet!
  • The zombie apocalypse is upon us. 3 miles of harrowing zombie-infested chaos stands between you and salvation as you join us for The Zombie Run!
  • 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.


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