Don't miss the Red Bull Crashed Ice on January 19-20, taking place in St. Paul. This skating competition is contested on a 1,600-foot-long track with a drop of 12 stories in front of the Cathedral of Saint Paul!
Warm up inside at the Omnitheater at the Science Museum, where you'll ride along on the Rocky Mountain Express! Better yet, take in all their shows during Omnifest, now through March 1st!
Get your exercise at the Wells Fargo Winter Skate in Rice Park, and skate under the beautiful Christmas Tree and spectacular lights! Free and skate rental is $4. Open daily. Hours vary by day.
You do NOT want to miss the Night Trains at the Twin Cities Model Railroad Museum in St. Paul. The lights are turned down, and the make-believe town of Matlin is all lit up for Christmas. The trains are spellbinding, and the whole family, from the very youngest to the oldest, will love this event! Saturdays, through February 24th.
Are you a sky watcher? We've got two great events this month! First, the Perseid Meteor Shower, on August 12 and 13 (they should be especially active in the wee hours of the morning). And don't forget the (nearly) total solar eclipse on August 21. The Twin Cities will have 83% coverage; if you want to see the full eclipse, you can road trip to one of these great locales. Just a reminder: never look directly at the sun. Buy your eclipse safety glasses here!
Cooking the Market! Not your ordinary cooking class! Come to Midtown Global Market and work in teams with a chef, who will take you on a shopping trip of Midtown Market, and will help each team create a dish based on their purchases! Start with a champagne cocktail and appetizers and end with dining on your wonderful creation! Midtown Global Market, Mpls. Wednesday, March 15th from 5:30 - 9:30.
Golden Dragons Acrobats! The Golden Dragons are recognized throughout the US and abroad as THE premier Chinese acrobatic touring company. Come see for yourself, at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center, Wednesday March 15th.
City of Lakes Loppet! Get out and enjoy the Minnesota winter, with this fun winter festival! Theodore Wirth Park, Minneapolis. February 3 - 5.
Indoor Inline Skating at US Bank Stadium. Get your workout in without freezing! Bring your inline skates and skate the stadium! February 3, 6, 12, 23, 27, from 5:00 - 7:00. $10 Adults, $5 kids 12 and under.
Winter Lights at the Arboretum! Chaska. The Minnesota premier of international artist Bruce Munro is the first large-scale outdoor light installation at the Arboretum, and features an illuminated winter landscape after dark. Thursday - Sunday, $12 - $17.
Brews & Bulbs! Enjoy a tour of holiday lights and craft breweries, from the comfort of a luxury motor coach! Thursday through Saturday. Minneapolis and St. Paul, $75.
Thanksgiving Reinvented! Want to shake up your Thanksgiving feast this year? Learn some new tricks at this cooking class, sponsored by Cooks of Crocus Hill and taking place at Roth Living in Minnetonka. Wednesday, November 9. $55
Wine Fest! Held at Running Aces Racetrack in Columbus, you'll sample reds, whites and sparklings while shopping for hand-crafted gifts and listening to music. Just in time for the holidays! Saturday, November 12. $25
Autumn Craft Festival! The Twin Cities premier craft show takes place at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, from Thursday, November 10 through Sunday, November 13. Wear comfortable shoes...this show is huge!
Free Park Friday! All 75 Minnesota State Parks have free admission the day after Thanksgiving! If Black Friday shopping isn't your thing, get out and enjoy the beauty of our state parks! Friday, November 25.
Holidazzle! Beginning the day after Thanksgiving, this year's Holidazzle takes place in Loring Park. Eat, drink, shop, and participate in a variety of festival activities. This is a free event, and even your pets are welcome if they are on leashes!
Ghost Tour of Anoka! Billed as the Halloween Capital of the World, Anoka has more than its share of spooky haunts! Take this guided walking tour and experience them for yourself...if you dare! Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays throughout October.
Halloween Fun at Valley Fair! There is something for everyone at Valleyscare 2016! Mazes,pumpkin patches and rides for the little ones, and scare zones and spooky experiences for those a little older! Fridays and Saturdays throughout October, Shakopee.
Stillwater Harvest Fest! This family-oriented event includes a chili cook-off, a kids' costume parade, live music and more! October 8 and 9.
FlyOver America! Can't get away for a cross-country road trip? Here's the next best thing! In this new immersive experience, you'll feel like you're flying over America's most iconic landscapes. Mall of America in Bloomington. Open Daily. Adults $16.95/ Kids $12.95.
St. Paul Oktoberfest! Celebrate St. Paul's North End neighborhood's Germanic heritage with food, beer, cultural events, and...bed racing! Rice Park, September 16 - 18. Admission is free!
Wild Rice Festival - Roseville! Celebrate Native American culture and Minnesota's harvest season! Food, music, demonstrations and hands-on activities for the whole family. Saturday, September 17.
Apple Picking! 'Tis the season for pick-your-own apples! Various orchards throughout the Twin Cities provide food, entertainment and fun activities for the whole family, while you pick your own apples. Open daily, but for the most fun, go on the weekend!
Uptown Art Fair!Art, music, food, family and fun! August 5-7, Uptown Minneapolis.
Dinosaurs at the Minnesota Zoo! Get up close and personal with life-sized roaring and moving dinosaurs! Daily through Labor Day. Admission $12-$18, Apple Valley.
Blaine Family Fun Night - Aquatore Park, Blaine. Tuesday, July 19 at 6:00 PM. Free admission, fun for whole family!
Minneapolis Aquatennial - Minneapolis. Parades, fireworks, water skiing shows...there's something for everyone! Wednesday, July 20 - Saturday, July 23.
The Great Midwest Ribfest - Mystic Lake Casino, Prior Lake. Want some of the best ribs in the country, an art show AND free concerts too? Come down to Mystic Lake on Friday, July 22 - Sunday, July 24! All ages are welcome and admission is free.
Loring Park Art Fest - Loring Park, Minneapolis. 140 artists, stage performers, strolling musicians, food trucks and kids activities! Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31st.
Skyline Golf on the Roof! Play mini golf in the shadow of the Minneapolis skyline! Walker Art Center rooftop, Mpls. Tuesday - Sunday, 11-5. $12 adults, $9 kids.
Homemade Ice Cream at Historic Gibbs Farm - St Paul. It's Ice Cream Sunday on June 19th! From 10-4, the price of admission includes homemade ice cream. $8 adults, $5 kids.
Visit Lake Harriet! Walk, bike or blade around Lake Harriet and stay for the show at the bandshell. Then head over to nearby Sebastian Joe's for some of the best ice cream in the Twin Cities!
Cascade Bay Water Park in Eagan. Voted the best water park in Minnesota for 2015, this park has something for everyone! Opens June 10th. $10 42" or taller, $8 under 42".
Art-a-whirl - Northeast Minnapolis. The largest open studio tour in the country. Tour artist studios and purchase original art! Friday, May 20 - Sunday May 22.
Visit a local Farmer's Market. For locally grown fruits, vegetables, flowers and more, head out to the one of the many local farmers markets in the Twin Cities. Times vary depending on location.
Take a Bike Ride! Minnesota has 4000 miles of paved bike trails and many are located right here in the Twin Cities. Get out on your bike and enjoy the beautiful spring weather! Check out Nice Ride MN as an easy way to rent a bike.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Wander through the 1137 acres of gardens and parks, or take a class from a gardening master! Chaska, open daily from 8am to 8pm. $12 for adults and kids 12 and older.
Minnesota Twins Home Opener! Be there when the Twins beat the White Sox on April 11, Target Field , Minneapolis and maybe take a game day tour.
The Wild Rumpus Bookstore - Linden Hills, Minneapolis. A great rainy day getaway for kids of all ages! You'll find animals roaming freely, canoes on the ceiling, and books everywhere. Your kids will beg you to come back!