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From the Winter Carnival in January to the Holidazzle Parade in December, there are major events, parades, festivals and sporting events every month. Here's a year planner of major events in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

January

Winter Carnival The last week and a half of January. Ice carving, Minnesotan foods, and a grand parade in downtown St. Paul.

February

City of Lakes Loppet is held in the first weekend of February. Cross country ski races on Minneapolis' lakes and trails attract local, national and international competitors. The Loppet is a very popular spectator event.

March

St. Patrick's Day Parade, on or around March 17. The St. Patrick's Association has been organizing the downtown St. Paul parade for over 40 years. Around 10,000 people come to see the parade and turn St. Paul green.

April

Earth Day is April 22. The Twin Cities are renowned for being one of the greenest metropolitan areas in the nation, and there's always a lot going on for Earth Day.

May

In the Heart of the Beast Theatre May Day Parade, the first weekend in May. May Day is famous for the annual puppet parade and festival in Minneapolis' Powderhorn Park.

Cinco De Mayo Fiesta, around May 5. The District del Sol, in St. Paul's West Side is home to a large Mexican population, who celebrate with a street festival of food, music and a car show.

Art-A-Whirl, the third weekend in May. Northeast Minneapolis artists host art studio tours and open houses in Northeast Minneapolis.

June

Grand Old Day, the first Sunday in June. A parade on St. Paul's Grand Avenue, and events and entertainment all day.

Juneteeth, around June 19. Minneapolis hosts one of nation's largest Juneteenth festivals with food, music and a parade in Minneapolis' Theodore Wirth park.

The Stone Arch Festival of the Arts, Father's Day weekend. Art, music, cars and entertainment in the Minneapolis Riverfront District.

Twin Cities GLBT Pride Celebration, end of June. Almost half a million people attend the annual parade and festival.

City of Lakes Tri-Loppet, end of June. Cheer on the racers as they kayak, run and bike around Minneapolis in the summer's answer to the cross country ski Loppet in February.

July

July 4 used to be A Taste of Minnesota festival on St. Paul's Harriet Island. The festival's organizers went bankrupt in 2010 and the City of St. Paul is looking for a replacement Fourth of July event...

 

Minneapolis Aquatennial, third week of July. Milk carton boat races, the Torchlight Parade, sandcastle sculpting contests, live music and fireworks in the biggest free summer festival in the Twin Cities.

 

August

Art Fair Weekend, beginning of August. The Loring Park Art Festival, the Uptown Art Fair and the Powderhorn Art Fair are all held on the same weekend. Fine arts, local crafts, and everything in-between is for sale at these three art fairs.

 

Minnesota Fringe Festival, beginning of August. Hundreds of music, dance and theater performances are shown at venues across the Twin Cities.

Irish Fair of Minnesota, beginning of August. A free festival in Harriet Island, St. Paul with sports, dancing, music and all kinds of Irish-themed fun.

Minnesota State Fair, end of August. The "Great Minnesota Get-Together" is the twelve days up to Labor Day every year. Farm animals, thrill rides, live music, food on a stick, and all the fun of the fair.

September

Renaissance Festival, weekends in September. Visit wenches, wizards, knights, snake charmers, see medieval entertainment, and indulge in food and drink at one of the nation's largest renaissance festivals.

October

Twin Cities Marathon, first Sunday of October. Over 10,000 runners follow the course from the Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis to the State Capitol in downtown St. Paul, with half a million spectators cheering them on.

Halloween, October 31. We love Halloween in the Twin Cities and there's plenty of haunted houses and Halloween parties around the Metro area.

November

Macy's Santaland November and December. Every year, the former Dayton's store on Nicollet Mall creates an impressive animated Holiday display.

December

Holidazzle Parade, Thanksgiving weekend, and December weekends before Christmas. The annual parade with millions of lighted floats and performers in downtown Minneapolis is a family favorite.
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