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Minnesota Parent welcomes information about events for families throughout the state of Minnesota. Calendar listings are FREE and can submitted here.

You can submit a listing at any time, but the deadline for possible inclusion in the print publication is six weeks prior to the month of the publication. (For example, June 15 for the August issue.)

All events are subject to change. Be certain to check with the event sponsor either by visiting the website or calling, to ensure the featured event is still viable.

Events taking place for more than one weekend in length will be listed in our "Ongoing" area.

Pop-Up STEAM
Explore the intersection between art and engineering with these facilitated activities, which encourage kids to use their artistic skills by designing projects that they can take home.
Where: The Works Museum, Bloomington
Cost: Included with museum admission of $9
Website: theworks.org/kids-activities-events-2/
Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4014 at Union Depot
Union Pacific's historic Big Boy steam locomotive #UP4014 will be stopping at Union Depot in St. Paul to commemorate the transcontinental railroad's 150th anniversary. Also enjoy food trucks, model train sets, local rail vendors and family activities including life-size board games, coloring stations and a photo booth.
Where: Union Depot, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: uniondepot.org/up4014/
National Puppetry Festival
More than 400 puppet artists and aficionados will gather to hone their skills and practice their art through over 50 workshops which provide attendees with hands-on creation or physical skill development, as well as lively, interactive discussions, lectures and demonstrations. The festival will also feature over 20 public performances from national and international artists ranging from traditional to experimental.
Where: University of Minnesota, West Bank Campus, Minneapolis
Cost: $15 ($20 adult/child pair) for most performances; Saturday community day is FREE
Website: puppeteers.org/national-puppetry-festival-2019/performances/
White Bear Lake Marketfest
More than 130 local businesses and vendors offer a wide variety of food, merchandise, art, and handcrafted goods. And there are numerous activities for children including a petting zoo and games.
Where: Downtown White Bear Lake
Cost: FREE
Website: marketfestwbl.com
Youth Science Day
Discover the exciting world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), meet the youth of the KAYSC and other youth organizations, and see the work they do to improve our communities through STEM. This event is hosted by young people, for young people. Occurring from 3 to 5 p.m., Vocation Vibes is for high school-aged and young adult-aged individuals ages 16-25 who are interested in career options in STEM fields.
Where: Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul
Cost: Buy one full-price adult ticket, receive up to four free tickets for youth between the ages of 4-17. Vocation Vibes is a free event (though registration is required), but museum admission is not.
Website: smm.org/youthscienceday
Twin Cities River Rats
The Twin Cities River Rats put on themed water ski shows all summer long on the Mississippi River in the heart of Northeast Minneapolis, just south of the Broadway Avenue bridge. The team began back in the 1970s and has grown over the years into a 100+ member, nationally ranked team.
Where: 1758 West River Rd N, Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Website: tcriverrats.com/events
Raspberry Festival
Check out live music, a family day, a senior day, an arts and craft fair, a car show, a soap box derby, fireworks (July 20) and a finale parade (on July 21).
Where: Hopkins
Cost: Most events are FREE.
Website: raspberrycapital.com
Lyngblomsten Mid-Summer Festival
The day includes an arts showcase featuring works created by older adults, make-and-take art activities, live music and entertainment, wellness opportunities, food, games, and more. Admission is free, and food and activities are priced for affordable fun.
Where: 1415 Almond Avenue, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: celebratemsf.com
Raspberry Festival
Check out live music, a family day, a senior day, an arts and craft fair, a car show, a soap box derby, fireworks (July 20) and a finale parade (on July 21).
Where: Hopkins
Cost: Most events are FREE.
Website: raspberrycapital.com
National Puppetry Festival
More than 400 puppet artists and aficionados will gather to hone their skills and practice their art through over 50 workshops which provide attendees with hands-on creation or physical skill development, as well as lively, interactive discussions, lectures and demonstrations. The festival will also feature over 20 public performances from national and international artists ranging from traditional to experimental.
Where: University of Minnesota, West Bank Campus, Minneapolis
Cost: $15 ($20 adult/child pair) for most performances; Saturday community day is FREE
Website: puppeteers.org/national-puppetry-festival-2019/performances/
Karaoke for All Ages
Come sing your heart out, enjoy the participatory sing-a-longs and spontaneous dance parties, cheer on other singers, and it's all ages! Hosted by the always amazing Silly Miss Tilly (pictured).
Where: Can Can Wonderland, St. Paul
Cost: $2
Website: cancanwonderland.com
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Mr. Fox is smart, clever and rather fantastic, but can he save his family and friends from a trio of spiteful, nasty, smelly farmers who are out to get them?
Where: Sidekick Theatre, Bloomington
Cost: Adult: $18, children (17 & younger): $16, lap pass (2-4 years old): $5
Website: sidekicktheatre.com
Behind the Scenes
Learn what makes the Science Museum tick. See research labs, learn about active research projects, meet scientists and volunteers, and more.
Where: Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul
Cost: Standard admission: $18.95 adults, $12.95 ages 4-12 and seniors
Website: smm.org/behindthescenes
Highland Fest
Popular traditions of Highland Fest include live music from fun local bands, a juried art fair on Saturday and Sunday featuring the creative works of dozens of artists, St. Paul Police K9 Unit demos, weiner dog races, Movie in the Park, a business fair, a community village, a home improvement village, 5K run, a wide array of food vendors, and a beer tent featuring an assortment of varieties from our exclusive partner, Summit Brewing. The All-Ford Car and Truck Show on Sunday will commemorate the 88-year history of the Twin Cities Ford Assembly Plant.
Where: Ford Parkway, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: highlandfest.com
Shrek the Musical
Enjoy a tale of love and self-acceptance and let your freak flags fly.
Where: Shakopee High School Auditorium
Cost: $10 / $15
Website: rivervalleytheatrecompany.com