Seasons to Savor in Saint Paul
No matter what time of year you visit, Saint Paul’s vibrant spirit and energy are on display at colorful festivals, carnivals, and cultural events taking place in every corner of the city. Winter brings Minnesota Wild hockey and the Saint Paul Winter Carnival. Spring and summer nights mean St. Paul Saints baseball, with the Minnesota State Fair bringing summer to a magnificent close each Labor Day weekend. As the leaves begin to turn, enjoy an Oktoberfest celebration or a pub crawl through downtown.
If you’re visiting Saint Paul in May, the Festival of Nations is the largest and longest running multicultural festival in Minnesota, celebrating cultural diversity with food, music, demonstrations, exhibits and dance for the last 80 years.
Be sure to drop by District del Sol for the Cinco de Mayo fiesta. Enjoy six full blocks of live music, authentic food, and fun-filled events like the Lowrider Car Show, People's Choice Salsa Tasting Contest, and the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Parade.
Catch a St. Paul Saints baseball game at Midway Stadium or grab bleacher seats at Target Field, the gleaming new home park of the Minnesota Twins.
Each July, Highland Village shuts down its main thoroughfare for Highland Fest, a sun-splashed weekend of art fairs, live music on two stages, food, amusement rides, a 5K race, a strongman competition and a craft brew tasting!
Bid summer a fond farewell at the Minnesota State Fair. Wrapping up each Labor Day Weekend, this beloved family-friendly event is 12 straight days of the best music, food, farm animals, rides, and recreation in the North Star State.
Festa Italiana, Minnesota’s first Italian festival, celebrates the state’s rich Italian heritage each September at Saint Paul’s Harriet Island Regional Park. Experience unique and authentic Italian culture, food, music, and entertainment through a kaleidoscope of activities for the whole family.
October in Saint Paul means the running the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, which is known as one of the most beautiful urban marathons in America. Take part in one of the many races offered - from the Diaper Dash and Toddler Trot to the full 26.2-mile course - or join over 300,000 cheering fans along the route at one of the biggest and best events in Saint Paul.
Saint Paul Winter Carnival, also known as “The Coolest Celebration on Earth,” has celebrated all that winter in Minnesota has to offer for more than 125 years. Enjoy parades, ice and snow carving competitions, fireworks and more.
If you’re visiting in December, be sure to visit Rice Park for Saint Paul’s annual holiday season kickoff, which features ice skating, food and hot chocolate, entertainment, the lighting of the 50-foot Christmas tree, and millions of twinkling lights.