As we move toward the prime festival months of summer, spring ushers in many festivals, including lots of outdoor activities. As usual, don’t forget to look through the myriad opportunities offered at the Minnesota Historical Society, which has plenty of its own events to offer.
Festival of Nations
Back for its 78th year, the Festival of Nations celebrates the diversity in Minnesota’s heritage, with 90 different ethnic groups providing music, dance, crafts, and food.
Red Wing to Winona (and into Wisconsin)
The 100-Mile Garage Sale
Bargain hunters and Antique Roadshow dreamers, take note—this annual event is a treasure-hunter’s joy.
Duluth Homegrown Music Festival
This is one serious music festival: over 100 bands, all over the city. Surely there’s something to satisfy every musical taste here.
Cinco de Mayo
OK, not quitey on May 5, but close. St. Paul’s District del Sol has plenty to entertain you with a couple of days earlier. A lowrider car show, fiesta parade, live music, salsa tasting contest, kids’ activities, and plenty of fabulous, authentic Mexican food.
Help keep the Gunflint Trail full of nature and wonder—and bring your loppers and nippers.
Join the St. Paul Audubon Society for a weekend full of informal bird watching and guided bird walks. This is a productive time for bird watchers—it’s not unusual to spot 130+ types of birds over this weekend.
Shepherd’s Harvest Sheep and Wool Festival
Sheep. Llamas. Angora bunnies. Woolen goodies, pre-made or ready to knit/crochet. Food, music, sheepherder dog demonstrations, knitting classes, and plenty of food.
Minnesota Scottish Fair & Highland Games
Traditional Scottish games and competitions (both heavy and light), as well as music, dancing, and food.
Festival of Birds
Serious birders, take note—this festival offers the possibility of seeing any of more than 250 species of birds that live in the Detroit Lakes area. There will be guided tours, educational events, and field trips.
Prowl around NE Minneapolis and explore its growing arts community in this varied collection of local and national artists’ exhibitions.
The Stand-Still Parade
Food, music, games—and a parade that doesn’t move.
Rivertown Art Festival
Stroll along the banks of the St. Croix River and enjoy artwork from local and national artists.
Afton May Fair
Live music, art shows, hot air balloons, kids’ activities, and plenty of food.
Don’t go expecting Dylan himself to be there, but enjoy a Dylan bus tour, enter a creative writing or songwriting contest, literary showcases, and live music.