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.
- Downtown Front Street Barnesville in Barnesville, MN.
You say "Po-ta-to," I say "Po-tah-to," but we all have a blast at the kid-friendly Potato Days. The mashed potato wrestling event is a "can't miss." The potato peeling contest is good plain fun. The street fair is massive; it includes a flea market, arts and crafts, and endless vendors. The Food Court will satiate anyone and everyone.
- 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.
- Shakopee, MN in SHAKOPEE, MN.
Costumed tour guides and interpreters welcome visitors back in time at 19th century area homes. Horse-drawn trolley rides help further to re-create an old-time holiday feeling at The Landing, a living history museum. Santa arrives with live reindeer, no less, at the Village Christmas Pageant. Folk musicians and ethnic dancers further contribute to the magic of the season.