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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.

The Last Firefly
Geared toward kids in grade three or higher, this production tells the story of Boom, the son of Thunder, as he sets out on an epic search for his father, ultimately discovering his true self. Showing on select days Sept. 27-Nov. 13.
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $10.
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Eagan Market Fest
This award-winning farmers market event features 60-plus vendors, free art projects for kids, a Kids POP (Power of Produce) Club, concerts in the park (at the adjacent bandshell stage) and playground, plus many theme nights. Hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays June 1 to Aug. 31 and 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays in September.
Where: Eagan Festival Grounds at Central Park, Eagan
Cost: FREE
Website: cityofeagan.com/marketfest
The Last Firefly
Geared toward kids in grade three or higher, this production tells the story of Boom, the son of Thunder, as he sets out on an epic search for his father, ultimately discovering his true self. Showing on select days Sept. 27-Nov. 13.
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $10.
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Elephant & Piggie's We Are in a Play!
Gerald is no good at dancing. But the pessimistic pachyderm has the help of his pal, Piggie, to help him. Based on The New York Times best-selling book series by Mo Willems, this musical for preschoolers is billed as a "jazzy, jolly, and joyful vaudevillian romp," complete with nutty back-up singers, The Squirelles. Showing on select days Sept. 13 to Oct. 23.
Where: Children Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $10.
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Renaissance Festival
Immersive yourself in a 16th-century European village. This festival is open weekends Aug. 20 to Oct. 2, plus Monday, Sept. 5 (Labor Day) and Festival Friday on Sept. 30. Visit 12 stages of musicians, magicians, jugglers and mimes, including more than 500 engaging memorable characters. More than 250 artisans fill the festival marketplace to create a unique shopping experience, now in its 46th year. Themed weekends include Oktoberfest, Shamrocks & Shenanigans, Highland Fling and more.
Where: Seven miles south of Shakopee. The festival will move to a new home in 2020. Cost:
Cost: $23.95; $14.95 for ages 5 to 12, $21.95 for ages 62 and older. Starting Aug. 8, buy tickets online or at local stores to save money and avoid lines at the event.
Website: renaissancefest.com
Forces at Play
This new exhibit is the first of 10 new features coming to the museum as part of a $30 million expansion. Opening Aug. 27, it encourages critical thinking skills through open-ended, hands-on activities. Kids will get to create ball launchers with a variety of hoses, tubes, connectors and valves; test their own contraptions; create and test chain reactions using unusual materials; and imagine new ways to configure water hoses, brushes and sprayers.
Where: Minnesota Children's Museum, St. Paul
Cost: Museum admission is $9.95 for ages 1 and older.
Website: mcm.org
Mockingbird
Maybe you know someone with Asperger syndrome, or maybe you have a child or student on the spectrum. Learn about the inner lives of those who struggle with this developmental disability through the story of Caitlin, an unforgettable character who first appeared in the National Book Award-winning young adult novel of the same name. See the show Sept. 30 to Oct. 16.
Where: Youth Performance Company, Minneapolis
Cost: $12-$15
Website: youthperformanceco.org
Sever's Corn Maze and Fall Festival
Now celebrating its 20th year, this destination features corn and hay-bale mazes, an exotic petting zoo, a giant slide, pumpkin blasters, pig races, zip lines, a gourd walk and many other activities and special events. Visit Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Sept. 9 to Oct. 30, plus Thursday and Friday, Oct. 20-21 (MEA Conference days).
Where: Shakopee
Cost: $15 for ages 4 and older at the door. Go online for discounted tickets and coupons.
Website: severscornmaze.com
Pumpkin Patch Festival
This annual event features numerous fall activities and attractions, including corn and straw-bale mazes, games, farm animals, fun houses, pony rides, face painting, a soap box derby, barrel races and more. Visit weekends Sept. 24-Oct. 30, plus Oct. 20-21.
Where: Nelson Family Farm, Litchfield, 1.5 hours west of the Twin Cities
Cost: $9, free for ages 2 and younger
Website: nelsonfarm.com
Renaissance Festival
Immersive yourself in a 16th-century European village. This festival is open weekends Aug. 20 to Oct. 2, plus Monday, Sept. 5 (Labor Day) and Festival Friday on Sept. 30. Visit 12 stages of musicians, magicians, jugglers and mimes, including more than 500 engaging memorable characters. More than 250 artisans fill the festival marketplace to create a unique shopping experience, now in its 46th year. Themed weekends include Oktoberfest, Shamrocks & Shenanigans, Highland Fling and more.
Where: Seven miles south of Shakopee. The festival will move to a new home in 2020. Cost:
Cost: $23.95; $14.95 for ages 5 to 12, $21.95 for ages 62 and older. Starting Aug. 8, buy tickets online or at local stores to save money and avoid lines at the event.
Website: renaissancefest.com
Sever's Corn Maze and Fall Festival
Now celebrating its 20th year, this destination features corn and hay-bale mazes, an exotic petting zoo, a giant slide, pumpkin blasters, pig races, zip lines, a gourd walk and many other activities and special events. Visit Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Sept. 9 to Oct. 30, plus Thursday and Friday, Oct. 20-21 (MEA Conference days).
Where: Shakopee
Cost: $15 for ages 4 and older at the door. Go online for discounted tickets and coupons.
Website: severscornmaze.com
Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze
This festival, now in its sixth year, boasts Minnesota's largest corn maze - nearly 20 acres. This year, the maze will pay homage to the Minnesota Vikings with stadium and skyline motifs. VIsit Saturdays and Sundays Sept. 24-Oct. 30, plus Thursday and Friday, Oct. 20-21 (MEA Conference days).
Where: 8001 109th Ave. N., Brooklyn Park
Cost: Tickets are $10 online or $12 at the gate. Children shorter than 36 inches tall are admitted for free.
Website: twincitiesmaze.com
The Last Firefly
Geared toward kids in grade three or higher, this production tells the story of Boom, the son of Thunder, as he sets out on an epic search for his father, ultimately discovering his true self. Showing on select days Sept. 27-Nov. 13.
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $10.
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Elephant & Piggie's We Are in a Play!
Gerald is no good at dancing. But the pessimistic pachyderm has the help of his pal, Piggie, to help him. Based on The New York Times best-selling book series by Mo Willems, this musical for preschoolers is billed as a "jazzy, jolly, and joyful vaudevillian romp," complete with nutty back-up singers, The Squirelles. Showing on select days Sept. 13 to Oct. 23.
Where: Children Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $10.
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails
This popular hands-on STEM-centered exhibit is back to teach little engineers problem solving, mathematics, physics, spatial relations and time telling, too, open through Dec. 4. Photo by Bruce Wilcox.
Where: Minnesota Children's Museum, St. Paul
Cost: Museum admission is $9.95 for ages 1 and older.
Website: mcm.org