Minneapolis has a thriving arts and culture scene and there are many annual events and festivals taking place across the city each year, so new arrivals will never have to look far to find a new and interesting experience.

Below we've listed some of the city's most popular yearly events.


Annual events in Minneapolis

Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival (April)

This annual film festival is one of the most popular in the Midwest and one of the oldest in the US. Over two weeks, the festival presents a diverse range of more than 200 local and international movies, documentaries and short films.

Twin Cities Pride (June)

One of the largest LGBTQ+ festivals in the country, the Twin Cities Pride celebration is attended by close to half a million people each year. The festivities feature parades, fireworks and free music concerts on several stages.

Minnesota State Fair (August)

The Minnesota State Fair takes place over 12 days with fun and entertainment for the whole family, including live music, food stalls, games and thrill rides.

Minnesota Fringe Festival (August)

The Minnesota Fringe Festival is a celebration of live stage performances, including theatre, dance, performance art, puppetry and comedy. Performances take place in venues across the Twin Cities over 11 days in August.

Minnesota Renaissance Festival (August/September)

The city's Renaissance Festival is a celebration of medieval times with live entertainment, armoured jousts and markets. More than 320,000 people attend the festival each year, many of them in costume as wizards, knights, witches and fair maidens and there is food and fun to be had for the whole family.

Twin Cities Marathon (October)

The Twin Cities Marathon is known as one of the country's most beautiful urban marathons and is great fun for spectators and participants alike. The course passes a number of the city's lakes and follows the Mississippi River for several miles before culmination at the State Capitol in downtown Saint Paul.

Holidazzle Parade (November/December)

This annual festival is a celebration of the holiday season in Minneapolis and runs for a month over November and December. Highlights include festive activities such as s'mores-making stations, 'meet Santa' events, and outdoor movie nights.