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Unmissable Events in the Land of 10,000 Lakes

Whether you love sports, are looking for a relaxing getaway, or simply seek a fun day out with the family, Minnesota serves up plenty of fun events for everyone. Encounter the local wildlife, admire extraordinary artworks, and get loose to the sound of jazz. Whatever floats your boat, you're bound to find it at these must-see events in Minnesota.

Events in Minnesota: Top Accommodations

House Ottertail
Feb 8 - Feb 15
$189 per night
House ∙ 12 guests ∙ 5 bedrooms

House in Ottertail with Patio & Sauna + Incredible Views

Ottertail, Otter Tail Township, Minnesota
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Villa North Shore
Mar 23 - Mar 30
$151 per night
Villa ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Villa in North Shore

5.0
Outstanding (6 ratings)
North Shore, Duluth, Minnesota
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House Grand Marais
Nov 16 - Nov 23
$405 per night
House ∙ 32 guests ∙ 5 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Grand Marais with Grill, Patio & Sauna + Lake Views

4.5
Excellent (21 ratings)
Grand Marais, West Cook, Minnesota
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Best Family-Friendly Events in Minnesota

Best Family-Friendly Events in Minnesota

Throughout the year, families can look forward to fun events across the state. Animal lovers, culture enthusiasts, and foodies are all catered to at these great family-friendly events:

  • 1. Raptor Release

    This May event is a unique opportunity to see rehabilitated raptors being released into the wild. Organized by the State's University Raptor Center at Hyland Park, it offers much more than the raptor release, with educational activities for the kids and music featuring too. You'll also get the rare chance to get up close with live hawks, eagles, falcons, and owls.

  • 2. Art In Bloom

    Be wowed by dazzling artistic creations at this vibrant cultural event which takes place in the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Free for the public, it features over a hundred floral interpretations of works from the collection, while you're greeted by the amazing scents that permeate the venue. What's more, kids and adults alike can get hands on with flower arranging demonstrations.

  • 3. Cinco de Mayo

    This event is held on May 5th each year in remembrance of the 1862 victory of the Mexican army over the French Empire in the infamous Battle of Puebla. The Cinco de Mayo celebration occurs across many locations within the state, with the Saint Paul celebration being one of the most notable. Families get to relish in the exotic Mexican culture, complete with Mexican food, music, dance performances, and special kids' events.

Best Places to Stay for Events in Minnesota

House Breezy Point
Mar 1 - Mar 8
$122 per night
House ∙ 16 guests ∙ 5 bedrooms

Rental House in Breezy Point with Yard, Grill & Patio

4.5
Excellent (188 ratings)
Breezy Point, Crow Wing County, Minnesota
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House Cotton
Aug 10 - Aug 17
-24%
$1,124
$850 per night
House ∙ 16 guests ∙ 7 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Cotton with Grill

4.5
Excellent (21 ratings)
Cotton, Cotton Township, Minnesota
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Cabin Waubun
Mar 2 - Mar 9
-26%
$366
$271 per night
Cabin ∙ 10 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms

Cabin in Waubun with Grill + Lake Views

5.0
Outstanding (6 ratings)
Waubun, Mahnomen County, Minnesota
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Best Outdoor Events in Minnesota

Best Outdoor Events in Minnesota

From its stunning nature to its charming cities, Minnesota is a great place to get out and about in. Enjoy the fresh air and friendly atmosphere at these fantastic must-see events in Minnesota:

  • 1. Saint Paul Winter Carnival

    Winters in Minnesota may be on the chilly side but that doesn't stop its residents throwing together this amazing winter event. Dating back to 1886 when a reporter from New York described St. Paul as a place that was virtually inhabitable and just ‘another Siberia’, this fun fixture in the calendar is actually a series of events, all pitched at families. Go and see amazing ice sculptures, take a ride down the snow slide, or test yourself in a barstool ski race.

  • 2. Minnesota State Fair

    This August event is one of the most popular state fairs in America, bringing in close to 2 million visitors. Its main objective is to raise funds for the maintenance of State Fair buildings and infrastructure. Beyond this, games, entertaining performances, auctions, and more abound. There really is never a dull moment at this mighty state fair.

  • 3. John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon

    A qualifier for Alaska’s Iditarod, this marathon invites participants and spectators alike to an unforgettable experience. The longest race in the lower 48 states, it usually takes place in late January. Expect plenty of adrenaline pumping action, a friendly crowd, and spectacular scenery.

  • 4. Sister Cities Day

    This July event features a wide array of activities and is great for a family day out in the open-air. Founded by U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower to promote citizen diplomacy, the program has partnered with a dozen cities across the world. Kids will especially love the free ice cream, the community picnics, and dazzling fireworks.

Recommended Accommodations for Events in Minnesota

House Payne - Phalen
Apr 20 - Apr 27
$281 per night
House ∙ 10 guests ∙ 5 bedrooms

Family Friendly Vacation Home in Payne - Phalen with Grill, Patio & Yard + Lake View

4.9
Outstanding (96 ratings)
Payne - Phalen, Saint Paul, Ramsey County
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House Macalester - Groveland
Aug 10 - Aug 17
$484 per night
House ∙ 16 guests ∙ 6 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Macalester - Groveland with Grill & Patio

4.9
Outstanding (35 ratings)
Macalester - Groveland, Saint Paul, Ramsey County
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Cottage Arden Hills
May 4 - May 11
$225 per night
Cottage ∙ 8 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Cottage in Arden Hills with Grill & Patio + Incredible View

4.6
Excellent (25 ratings)
Arden Hills, Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States
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Best Music Events in Minnesota

Best Music Events in Minnesota

Whether you're a lifelong music lover, or simply looking for an exciting day out, these brilliant music-focused events are sure to entertain:

  • 1. Grand Old Day

    The biggest one-day music event in the Midwest, Grand Old Day is a 'street party' like no other with food trucks, art, 6 festival gardens, and a family fun area.

  • 2. The Twin Cities Jazz Fest

    Going on for close to two decades, this amazing Saint Paul festival celebrates jazz in all its forms, and brings together an eclectic group of people, whether they are Jazz fans or not. The vibrant atmosphere and silky sounds with definitely have you hooked.

  • 3. Basilica Block Party

    This Minneapolis event originally began as a church fundraiser but evolved into a grand annual gathering. Featuring many of the state’s top music acts, it all takes place on the Basilica’s front lawn.

  • 4. Rock the Garden

    With a carefully curated line-up and happening across two stages, this intimate one-day festival brings together cutting-edge artists from the genres of rock, indie, jazz, and beyond. The setting is something truly special too, overlooking the Minneapolis sculpture garden and the city skyline.

Top Offers for Events in Minnesota

House Pequot Lakes
May 18 - May 25
-27%
$355
$258 per night
House ∙ 12 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms

Beautiful Vacation Home in Pequot Lakes with Grill & Patio + Water View

4.9
Outstanding (14 ratings)
Pequot Lakes, Crow Wing County, Minnesota
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Lodge Carlos
Mar 2 - Mar 9
-40%
$501
$301 per night
Lodge ∙ 16 guests ∙ 5 bedrooms

Lodge in Carlos

4.5
Excellent (9 ratings)
Carlos, Carlos Township, Minnesota
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House Crosslake
Jan 24 - Jan 31
-39%
$387
$235 per night
House ∙ 7 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

House in Crosslake with Grill, Yard & Patio + Lake View

4.6
Excellent (15 ratings)
Crosslake, Crow Wing County, Minnesota
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Information about Must-See Events in Minnesota

💳 Highest rates in September
🥳 Busiest month January
🛏️ Popular home types House rental and Cabin
🌡️ Hottest months 84 °F in July and August
❄️ Coldest months 9 °F in January and February
🌧️ Rainiest months April and January

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of vacation homes can I find for Must-See Events in Minnesota?

There is a lot of Cabin and House rental that are great for Must-See Events in Minnesota.

Must-See Events in Minnesota: What is the nightly cost of a stay?

The average cost for a rental in Minnesota is usually between $296 and $397 per night.

Can I find a vacation home for a large group for Must-See Events in Minnesota?

The average size for a House rental is 211 m² and can fit 9 guests on average which is ideal for large groups.

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