As the birthplace of the Mississippi River, Minnesota has an endless supply of natural beauty. Water plays a major role in the state; there are over 12,000 lakes dotting the landscape of Minnesota. However, visitors and residents don't have to restrict themselves to outdoor attractions; Minnesota plays host to an abundance of festivals, museums, cultural attractions and exciting events throughout the year.
For 70 years, the Aquatennial has been a ten-day, mid-summer event celebrating the numerous lakes within the city limits of Minneapolis. Intrepid competitors race their boats fashioned from milk cartons. Others compete with their artistic sandcastle creations. Water ski shows and beach parties add to the revelry. Enjoy classic cars and fireworks too.
- 700 12th Street SW Austin, MN 55912-1670 in Austin, MN
This six-day county fair is one of the best of its kind in Minnesota. The Mower County Agricultural Society accepts a key mission -- to both educate and entertain through shows, displays, and demos. Dozens of vendors and lots of entertainment contribute to a fair now celebrating over 130 years.
- Duluth, Minnesota in Duluth, MN
Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world, is the backdrop for what has become one of the very largest outdoor music festivals in the entire Midwest. Two concert stages feature non-stop performances by nearly 30 nationally-known acts. The Moonlight Mardi Gras Cruise is unforgettable for those that participate. About 20 local nightclubs feature live Blues throughout the event.
- 1265 Snelling Avenue North Saint Paul, MN 55108 in Saint Paul, MN
This annual twelve-day event convenes the best of Minnesota's artisans, farmers, and entertainers. With the fair's attendance approaching 1.8 million, few other fairs or expositions on the planet can compete with the sheer magnitude and the popularity of the Minnesota State Fair.
There is no other larger renaissance festival in the country than the one in Skakopee that is in its 42nd year. You'll be transported back to medieval times amidst a dozen stages filled by 500 entertainers. Unique crafts are contributed by over 250 artisans and vendors.