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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.

DInner and a Movie: Finding Nemo
Enjoy the children's film with a meal and dessert provided, plus group games for children after the film.
When: 6:15-8:45 p.m.
Where: Linden Hills Park Recreation Center, Minneapolis
Cost: $8 for Minneapolis residents; $12 for non-residents
Contact: 612-370-4913
Website: minneapolisparks.org
Lakeville Art Festival
More than 70 artists, alongside live music and food vendors, will help kids explore their creative side at this art festival, including special appearances by cartoonists and caricature artists.
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Lakeville Area Arts Center, Lakeville
Cost: FREE
Website: lakevilleartfestival.org
Excelsior Apple Day
Celebrate apples at this lakeside festival with a pie-eating contest, a kid's corner, live music, a boat show and more.
When: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Lake and Water streets, Excelsior
Cost: FREE
Contact: 952-474-6461
Website: excelsior-lakeminnetonkachamber.com
Nature Family Fun
Make nature discoveries while meeting new friends at this program for parents and their children, ages newborn to 5 years.
When: 10-11:30 a.m.
Where: Maplewood Nature Center
Cost: $5 per child
Contact: 651-249-2170
Website: maplewoodnaturecenter.com
Kid Flix
Children's music artist Duke Otherwise will perform songs from his debut album, Creepy Crawly Love, before a show of selected shorts from the New York International Children's Film Festival.
When: 10:30 a.m.
Where: Minneapolis Central Library
Cost: FREE
Contact: 612-543-8000
Website: hclib.org
Sundays at Landmark
This cultural series celebrates community with arts experiences for families on select Sundays Sept. 7 through May 10. September events include a Mid-Autumn Moon Festival Sept. 7 and a Landmark Center Nook and Crannies Building Tour Sept. 21.
When: 1 p.m.
Where: Landmark Center, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Contact: 651-292-3225
Website: landmarkcenter.org
Washburn Games
Children ages 4-12 are invited to try out two dozen different sports activities - such as cricket, football, lacrosse, soccer and more. Every participant will go home with a T-shirt, medal and goodie bag in this fifth-annual fundraiser for the Washburn Center for Children.
When: 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Where: Bryn Mawr Meadow Park, Minneapolis
Cost: Kids are encouraged to raise $100 for the event or make a $10 minimum donation.
Website: washburngames.org
Bark and Rec Day
This outdoor event for dogs and dog lovers features children's activities, demonstrations and vendors raising money for homeless companion animals, plus a Wiggle Butt 5K Fun Run.
When: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Harriet Island, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: mars.dojiggy.com
Lakeville Art Festival
More than 70 artists, alongside live music and food vendors, will help kids explore their creative side at this art festival, including special appearances by cartoonists and caricature artists.
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Lakeville Area Arts Center, Lakeville
Cost: FREE
Website: lakevilleartfestival.org
Acorns and Animals
Listen to a fall-themed story, take a nature hike and discover the important role acorns play in the lives of squirrels, blue jays and weevils as they prepare for winter.
When: 10-11:15 a.m.
Where: Maplewood Nature Center
Cost: $5 per child. Register online by Sept. 21
Contact: 651-249-2170
Website: maplewoodnaturecenter.com
Paw Pals
A trained four-legged friend joins story time at this relaxed event for ages 6 to 12.
When: 12:15-1:15 p.m.
Where: Central Library, St. Paul
Cost: FREE. Registration is required.
Contact: 651-266-7034
Website: sppl.org
Dakota/Ojibwe Family Day: Toys and Games
Test your hand-eye coordination, improve your math skills and practice handicrafts with the toys and games of the Dakota and Ojibwe tribes. Kids will learn good sportsmanship, patience and other life skills.
When: Noon-4 p.m.
Where: Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Cost: Print free advance tickets at smithsonianmag.com/museumday
Contact: 651-259-3000
Website: mnhs.org
Fall Public Raptor Release
See rehabilitated raptors released back into the wild and meet some of the Raptor Center's education birds. Birds will be released in two groups (once in the morning and once in the afternoon).
When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, Hastings
Cost: FREE
Website: raptor.cvm.umn.edu
Get Out and Grow!
Open to all ages and abilities, St. David's Center Fun Run and Festival celebrates the great outdoors with family-friendly activities such as horse-drawn wagon rides, mini golf and nature crafts.
When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: St. David's Center, Minnetonka
Cost: FREE
Contact: 952-939-0396
Website: stdavidscenter.org/5K
Minnesota Parent Education Fair
Meet representatives from the best early learning, school and after-school programs in the Twin Cities - and have some fun with a professional photo booth, face painting and giveaways.
When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Como Park Zoo and Conservatory Visitor's Center, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Contact: 612-825-9205
Website: minnesotaparent.com/ed-fair