Out & About


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.

Free First Saturdays at The Walker
Families can enjoy live performances, films, adventures and art-making, plus free gallery admission. Activities are recommended for ages 6 to 12.
When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Contact: 612-375-7600
Website: walkerart.org/free-first-saturdays
Monarch Festival
Using art, music, dance, games and more, this festival raises awareness about the monarch butterfly's 2,300-mile migration to Mexico. Festivalgoers can get an up-close view at monarch eggs, caterpillars and butterflies - and enjoy food, music and activities.
When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Lake Nokomis Naturescape Gardens, Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Website: monarchfestival.org
Slojd Handcraft Club
Ages 7 to 14 can enjoy art-making activities with a Nordic twist.
When: 1-3 p.m
Where: American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis
Cost: $15. Register in advance online.
Contact: 612-871-4907
Website: asimn.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: 11 a.m.-noon
Where: Landmark Center, St. Paul
Cost: $10 for ages 12 and older, $5 for ages 4-11
Contact: 651-292-3225
Website: landmarkcenter.org
Dear Edwina Junior
Young Edwina Spoonapple gives advice to neighborhood kids through songs in this children's musical.
When: 3 p.m.
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: $12
Contact: 612-874-0400
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Truhaven Wild West Fest
Immerse yourself in the Old West with pony rides, games, whip-cracking demonstrations, re-enactments and food at this fund-raising festival benefiting Truhaven Ranch's youth and equine programs.
When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Truhaven Ranch, Winsted
Cost: $10 for ages 12 and older, $5 for ages 4-11
Contact: 320-485-2449
Website: truhavenranch.org
Mothers, bellies, birth and babies are all celebrated at this fifth-annual yoga festival for expecting mothers, new moms and their families. Enjoy music, dancing, yoga, face painting, vendors and giveaways for all ages.
When: 9-11 a.m.
Where: Lake Harriet Bandshell, Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Website: blooma.com
Tamarack Tykes
Ages 2 to 5 are invited to explore nature themes through crafts, hikes, stories and songs. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration required.
When: 9:30-11 a.m.
Where: Tamarack Nature Center, Maplewood
Cost: $9.75 adult and child, $6.50 additional child, $3.75 additional adult
Contact: 651-407-5350
Website: parks.co.ramsey.mn.us/tamarack
Free Second Saturdays at The Bakken
Fabulous science-related programming and plenty of fun for no charge every second Saturday of the month.
When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: The Bakken Museum, Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Contact: 612-926-3878
Website: thebakken.org/Saturday
Wild Rice Festival
Learn about American Indian cultures and traditions at this celebration featuring food, activities, educational opportunities and exhibits featuring local Native American drumming, dancing, storytelling and ricing methods.
When: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Harriet Alexander Nature Center, Roseville
Cost: FREE
Contact: 651-765-4262
Website: wildricefestival.org
Caponi Art Park Bluegrass Festival
Nationally and regionally touring bands such as The Okee Dokee Brothers, Monroe Crossing, Roe Family Singers and the Blackburn Trio take the stage at this first-ever community celebration of music, a fundraiser for Caponi Art Park.
When: Noon-6 p.m.
Where: Caponi Art Park, Eagan
Cost: $20, FREE for ages 12 and younger
Contact: 651-454-9412
Website: caponiartpark.org
Storywalk at Summit Monument
Pages from books will be on display along the park path to read as you walk on this self-guided tour. This month's book is Leaves by David Ezra Stein (recommended for ages pre-K through early elementary).
When: 1-3 p.m.
Where: Begin at Summit Monument at the intersection of Mississipi River Boulevard and Summit Avenue, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: sppl.org/grade-school/storywalk
Paw Pals
A trained four-legged friend joins story time at this relaxed event for ages 6 to 12.
When: 2-3:30 p.m.
Where: Central Library, St. Paul
Cost: FREE. Registration is required.
Contact: 651-266-7034
Website: sppl.org
Family Day at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Families can make art, go on adventures and meet local musicians, artists and storytellers.
When: 11 a.m.
Where: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Cost: FREE
Contact: 612-870-3000
Website: artsmia.org
Target Free Third Sundays
Explore the museum for free!
When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Minnesota Children's Museum, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Contact: 651-225-6000
Website: mcm.org