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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.

Minnesota State Fair
The Great Minnesota Get-Together, Aug. 27-Sept. 7, is one of the largest and best-attended expositions in the world, attracting nearly 1.8 million visitors every year, showcasing Minnesota's finest agriculture, horticulture, art and industry, plus carnival rides, games, live music (including a family fun stage) and food vendors aplenty.
Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul
Cost: Advanced tickets start at $10. Daily gate admission is $13 for ages 13-64; $11 for ages 5-12 and 65 and older; and free for ages 4 and younger.
Website: mnstatefair.org
Mary Poppins
The run for this popular musical stage version of the Disney film has been extended through Oct. 24. If you go this summer, you can get a special deal on kids tickets: It's $20 for one child ticket (includes dinner and the show) with the purchase of a full-price adult dinner-and-show ticket. Ages 5 and older are allowed at the dinner theater. Call 952-934-1525 and give the promo code MPKID20 for the summer offer, valid through Sept. 5. Some restrictions apply. See chanhassendt.com for show times. Photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp
Where: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Chanhassen
Cost: $20-$84 through Sept. 5, $50-$84 Sept. 6-Oct. 24
Website: chanhassendt.com
Mary Poppins
The run for this popular musical stage version of the Disney film has been extended through Oct. 24. If you go this summer, you can get a special deal on kids tickets: It's $20 for one child ticket (includes dinner and the show) with the purchase of a full-price adult dinner-and-show ticket. Ages 5 and older are allowed at the dinner theater. Call 952-934-1525 and give the promo code MPKID20 for the summer offer, valid through Sept. 5. Some restrictions apply. See chanhassendt.com for show times. Photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp
Where: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Chanhassen
Cost: $20-$84 through Sept. 5, $50-$84 Sept. 6-Oct. 24
Website: chanhassendt.com
Minnesota State Fair
The Great Minnesota Get-Together, Aug. 27-Sept. 7, is one of the largest and best-attended expositions in the world, attracting nearly 1.8 million visitors every year, showcasing Minnesota's finest agriculture, horticulture, art and industry, plus carnival rides, games, live music (including a family fun stage) and food vendors aplenty.
Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul
Cost: Advanced tickets start at $10. Daily gate admission is $13 for ages 13-64; $11 for ages 5-12 and 65 and older; and free for ages 4 and younger.
Website: mnstatefair.org
Akeelah and the Bee
Akeelah has a crazy passion for words, the more abstruse and labyrinthine, the better. But this gift is almost overwhelmed by the challenge of her daily life in a tough, Chicago neighborhood, and by Akeelah's yearning for a different life. This production, the first theatrical adaptation of the critically acclaimed film, is recommended for grades 3 and older. Performances will be Sept. 1 through Oct. 11.
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $10.
Contact: 612-874-0400
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Space: An Out-of-Gravity Experience
This special exhibition investigates the future of human space travel and how we might adapt to living and working in space. The International Space Station Office of NASA's Johnson Space Center helped develop this exhibit. See the exhibit through Sept. 7.
Where: Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul
Cost: $24 for adults, $15 for ages 4-12 (includes museum admission)
Contact: 651-221-9444
Website: smm.org
Minnesota State Fair
The Great Minnesota Get-Together, Aug. 27-Sept. 7, is one of the largest and best-attended expositions in the world, attracting nearly 1.8 million visitors every year, showcasing Minnesota's finest agriculture, horticulture, art and industry, plus carnival rides, games, live music (including a family fun stage) and food vendors aplenty.
Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul
Cost: Advanced tickets start at $10. Daily gate admission is $13 for ages 13-64; $11 for ages 5-12 and 65 and older; and free for ages 4 and younger.
Website: mnstatefair.org
Minnesota State Fair
The Great Minnesota Get-Together, Aug. 27-Sept. 7, is one of the largest and best-attended expositions in the world, attracting nearly 1.8 million visitors every year, showcasing Minnesota's finest agriculture, horticulture, art and industry, plus carnival rides, games, live music (including a family fun stage) and food vendors aplenty.
Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul
Cost: Advanced tickets start at $10. Daily gate admission is $13 for ages 13-64; $11 for ages 5-12 and 65 and older; and free for ages 4 and younger.
Website: mnstatefair.org
Minnesota State Fair
The Great Minnesota Get-Together, Aug. 27-Sept. 7, is one of the largest and best-attended expositions in the world, attracting nearly 1.8 million visitors every year, showcasing Minnesota's finest agriculture, horticulture, art and industry, plus carnival rides, games, live music (including a family fun stage) and food vendors aplenty.
Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul
Cost: Advanced tickets start at $10. Daily gate admission is $13 for ages 13-64; $11 for ages 5-12 and 65 and older; and free for ages 4 and younger.
Website: mnstatefair.org
Minnesota State Fair
The Great Minnesota Get-Together, Aug. 27-Sept. 7, is one of the largest and best-attended expositions in the world, attracting nearly 1.8 million visitors every year, showcasing Minnesota's finest agriculture, horticulture, art and industry, plus carnival rides, games, live music (including a family fun stage) and food vendors aplenty.
Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul
Cost: Advanced tickets start at $10. Daily gate admission is $13 for ages 13-64; $11 for ages 5-12 and 65 and older; and free for ages 4 and younger.
Website: mnstatefair.org
Minnesota State Fair
The Great Minnesota Get-Together, Aug. 27-Sept. 7, is one of the largest and best-attended expositions in the world, attracting nearly 1.8 million visitors every year, showcasing Minnesota's finest agriculture, horticulture, art and industry, plus carnival rides, games, live music (including a family fun stage) and food vendors aplenty.
Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul
Cost: Advanced tickets start at $10. Daily gate admission is $13 for ages 13-64; $11 for ages 5-12 and 65 and older; and free for ages 4 and younger.
Website: mnstatefair.org
Minnesota State Fair
The Great Minnesota Get-Together, Aug. 27-Sept. 7, is one of the largest and best-attended expositions in the world, attracting nearly 1.8 million visitors every year, showcasing Minnesota's finest agriculture, horticulture, art and industry, plus carnival rides, games, live music (including a family fun stage) and food vendors aplenty.
Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul
Cost: Advanced tickets start at $10. Daily gate admission is $13 for ages 13-64; $11 for ages 5-12 and 65 and older; and free for ages 4 and younger.
Website: mnstatefair.org
Renaissance Festival
Don't miss out on Ren Fest weekends Aug. 22-Oct. 4, plus Monday, Sept. 7 (Labor Day) and Friday, Oct. 2: King Henry and his court invite one and all to his 16th-century European village, featuring 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. Themed weekends include Oktoberfest, Shamrocks & Shenanigans, Highland Fling and more.
Where: Rural Shakopee
Cost: $22.95; $13.95 for ages 5 to 12. Advanced tickets are $11.50-$19.95. Buy online or at local stores to avoid lines at the event.
Website: renaissancefest.com
Stop-Motion Animation Workshops
Explore history or an idea, interpret a poem, tell a story and then turn it into a life-size animated film in this workshop presented by COMPAS artist John Akre. Students will develop a script, create props and then animate a story with a life-size stop-motion animation stage on the floor, a camera mounted on a ceiling and professional animation software. Choose from class dates of Aug. 19, Sept. 16, 19, 21, Oct. 3, 6, 13, 15, 17, 20.
Where: Libraries in the Twin Cities
Cost: FREE
Website: compas.org/events
Junie B. Jones: The Musical
Peek into the Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal of the sassy and lovable Junie B. Jones. Based on four of Barbara Park's best-selling books, this all-ages production is just the thing to get kids in a back-to-school mindset. It tackles best-pal problems, new kids on the bus, trouble reading the blackboard, a friendly cafeteria lady and a kickball tournament. Performances will be Sept. 18 through Oct. 18.
Where: Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins
Cost: $12-16
Contact: 952-979-1111
Website: stagestheatre.org