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.
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.
- 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.
- Harriet Island Regional Park Saint Paul, MN 55102 in Saint Paul, MN
No other Irish festival in the United States surpasses this magnificent celebration of Irish culture that began in 2001. Don't miss the "Best Legs In A Kilt" competition. Enjoy those vying for the title at "Irish Got Talent." Bands, beer, and boiled beef are standard fare at this three-day celebration. The Jameson Whiskey Experience tent is a "must see" for many.
- 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.