Minnesota State Fair - St. Paul, MN - Aug 27 to Sep 7, 2020
Grandstand shows, live entertainment, food, shopping, agricultural exhibits and competitions, and more! Started as a territorial fair in 1854, it changed its name in 1859 after Minnesota became a state. Always the 12 days leading up to and including Labor Day. Nearly 2 million people attend the event. Held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.
American Pottery Festival - Minneapolis, MN - Sep 4 to Sep 6, 2020
Annual fundraising event for the Northern Clay Center, with national artists showcasing their work
MetaCon - Minneapolis, MN - Sep 4 to Sep 6, 2020
Minneapolis’s comic book convention brings exhibitors, guest starts, interactive events, artists and entertainers, and costuming together in a three day celebration of geek culture and nerd life.
Fall into the Arts - Edina, MN - Sep 12 to Sep 13, 2020
250+ exhibitors, artists, sponsors and food vendors attend the event at Centennial Lakes Park. Nearly 20,000 attendees expected.
Monarch Festival - Minneapolis, MN - Sep 12 to Sep 12, 2020
Celebrate the monarch butterfly at Lake Nokomis community center. Features music, food, hands-on art, plant sales, and workshops about this butterfly that migrates 2000 miles from Minnesota to Mexico.
Arts and Crafts Festival - Hutchinson, MN - Sep 18 to Sep 19, 2020
Annual event for more than 40 years. Located at Liberty Square Park. Free admission and parking. Plenty of food vendors and arts and craft exhibits.
Lakeville Art Festival - Lakeville, MN - Sep 19 to Sep 20, 2020
Held the third weekend in September on the grounds of the Lakeville Area Arts Center, visitors can enjoy over 90 artists in a park-like setting. There will also be artist demonstrations, a Youth Art tent, performing and literary artist, food and more.
Wild Rice Festival - Roseville, MN - Sep 19 to Sep 19, 2020
A celebration of wild rice, Native American culture and Minnesota’s harvest season. Pancake breakfast, live entertainment, food trucks and vendors. Located at the Harriet Alexander Nature Center.
Boats and Bluegrass - Winona, MN - Sep 24 to Sep 26, 2020
A family friendly music festival on the shores of the Mississippi River. Three day passes available for adults include camping. Kids 16 and under are free with adult.
Junk Bonanza - Shakopee, MN - Sep 24 to Sep 26, 2020
A place for antiquers, junkers, and flea market lovers to enjoy shopping experiences, guest appearances, workshops, and giveaways.
Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon - Minneapolis, MN - Oct 1 to Jan 31, 2020
Virtual for 2020, with events through the end of October. 5k, 10k, 10 mile, marathon, family events and health expo
Twin Cities Book Festival - St. Paul, MN - Oct 15 to Oct 17, 2020
Going virtual for 2020. Se the event’s website for details. Normally: Join 5000 of your fellow book lovers for this annual event in the Progress Center building at the State Fairgrounds from 10 AM to 5 PM. Author readings, exhibitors, used book fair and children’s pavilion. Free admission!
Minnesota Monster Dash - St. Paul, MN - Oct 31 to Oct 31, 2020
Half marathon, 10 mile and 5K runs on Halloween. Costume contest with prizes for the top three in each division.
St. Paul Classic Bike Tour - Saint Paul, MN - Sep 12 to Sep 12, 2021
Annual event benefiting BikeMN’s education programs. More than 6,000 riders, live music, refreshments and beautiful views of St. Paul. Riders can choose a 15, 32, or 47 mile route, and there is a minimal amount of traffic along the routes, as well as rest stops with beautiful views, hot and cold beverages, treats, live music and more.