Annual Festivals/Fairs in Minneapolis, MN
For the twelve days leading up to Labor Day the Minnesota State Fair grounds comes to life with accompanying sights, sounds and delicious smells. The slogan is "The Great Minnesota Get-Together” for a good reason. As one of the largest state fairs in the United States, this event has something for everyone. Guys love Machinery Hill’s display of motorcycles, cars, trucks, and lawn mowers and the gals love browsing the endless art exhibitors. Expect to see the 4H exhibitors’ to show off their best livestock, local chefs offering cooking lessons, live entertainment, dancing and the best part – a massive variety of food on a stick.
Harriet Island is host to the Festa Italiana. Attendees can’t get enough of the savory Italian delectable’s, festive music and dancing. Couple enjoy strolling the Via dell'Amore or take a relaxing ride on the Mississippi in the authentic Italian gondola. You can participate in the Italian motor bike ride for charity through Saint Paul's historic Italian levee neighborhood or partake in a friendly game of Bocce Ball. And since the Italians are known for their love of children this festival is perfect for the entire family!
This is one festival that you don’t have to worry about your breath since everyone will smell the same! The Minnesota Garlic Festival is the premier event for garlic lovers. Naturally, this festival features flavorful foods but that’s not all! Come to see celebrity chefs, lively music, area artisans, and classic family-friendly festival games. But most of all, go to enjoy the fresh garlic. Minnesota garlic growers are proud to have the first of their fresh 2012 gourmet garlic crop. Fun fact: Over 100 varieties of garlic are grown in Minnesota.
If you’ve never been to Asia, the two-day Dragon Festival is your chance to have an authentic Asian experience. Lake Phalen Park in St. Paul, Minnesota burst into color with traditional dances and live music to showcase the performance arts of Asia. Theatrical performances are beautifully portrayed as each Asian country is featured with a focus on their individual sounds. However, a main highlight of the festival is the dragon boat races. The boats are 40-feet long and under 4-feet wide and each vessel has a drum to provide the rhythm for the paddlers.
Holz farm has not one but three annual festivals: Spring Festival in May, Lone Oak Days in September and Old Fashioned Holiday in December (expect a visit from Santa during this festival!). This old-fashioned property was once a working farm but now it’s kept up by volunteers as a living history farm. The festivals feature free family-friendly activities that are reminiscent of simpler times. Kids delight in rope making, tractor and hay rides, and hot apple cider. The best part of these festivities is the homemade sugar cookies made right there in the 1800's kitchen.