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.
- Saint Paul, Minn. in Saint paul, MN
In 1885, a reporter from New York critiqued Saint Paul in Winter as "another Siberia, unfit for human habitation." The very next year the city offered its defiant response, the Saint Paul Winter Carnival. Today, 75 events are featured both indoors and out. Snow carving, an ice palace, and even golf on ice celebrate Winter in the far North.
- Wabasha, Minnesota in Wabasha, MN
Wabasha was the site for the filming of "Grumpy Old Men," a hilarious movie featuring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon. Ice fishing was a much-beloved pastime for those grumpy old men. Today's festival features golfing on snow, an ice shanty contest, frisbee frivolity, and even bird watching. Enjoy the feeling of community at the spaghetti dinner.
- St. Paul River Centre Saint Paul, MN 55101 in Saint Paul, MN
A name as grand as the "Festival of Nations" demands a big-time event. Saint Paul delivers with the nation's very largest multicultural event at the Saint Paul RiverCenter. Over a hundred ethnic groups contribute dancers, cuisine, music, crafts, and folklore to this jam-packed four-day event. This is truly a festival that celebrates the diversity of America.
- Duluth, Minnesota in Duluth, MN
Over a hundred-and-fifty acts contribute to this most "home-grown" of festivals that first began as a simple birthday party. Local talent playing roll devil, rawk, and other in-demand music delights attendees year-after-year. The event even attracts some filmmakers and other artists.
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.