Saint Paul Festivals & Shows

Saint Paul Festivals & ShowsWhether the weather chooses to be sunny and warm or overcast and cold, Saint Paul residents don’t let it affect them. They’ll party anyways! Join in the fun and festivities by checking out our list of these favorite festivals—both summertime celebrations and winter carnivals. Just remember to dress appropriately.

Minnesota Centennial Showboat
Enjoy a traditional riverboat theater performance on the Minnesota Centennial Showboat. This showboat runs at intervals throughout the year, hosting plays in its intimate jewelbox theater, which seats an audience of 225. The showboat is also available as a rental space year-round for weddings, meetings and other social engagements.

Address: 100 Yacht Club Rd W, Saint Paul, MN 55107 - MAP
Phone: (651) 227-1100
Web: www.theatre.umn.edu

Saint Paul Winter Carnival
When a New York report in 1885 wrote that Saint Paul was "another Siberia, unfit for human habitation" during the winter months, residents were outraged and decided to put on the Saint Paul Winter Carnival to prove this statement wrong. See the festival that embraces the cooler side of Saint Paul culture and transforms the Capital City into a winter wonderland.

Address: Saint Paul, MN - MAP
Phone: (651) 223-4700
Web: www.winter-carnival.com

Irish Fair of Minnesota
Make your way to Harriet Island during August to witness the greenest weekend in Saint Paul at the Irish Fair of Minnesota. Just like St. Patrick’s Day, this fair brings out the Irish in everyone. Come by for music, food, drink and workshops—all designed to share the Irish culture. The proceeds of this festival benefit the new (non-Irish) immigrant projects and other Irish cultural activities throughout the year.

Address: Harriet Island, Saint Paul, MN 55107 - MAP
Phone: (952) 474-7411
Web: www.irishfair.com

Minnesota State Fair
Join in the "Great Minnesota Get-Together," whether you are from the Twin Cities or are just visiting for the weekend fun at the Minnesota State Fair, the second largest fair in the US. Taste a variety of locally grown and homemade food, listen to a wide range of music on the three stages and learn about Minnesota’s evolving agricultural industry—from livestock displays to machinery and science exhibits. You'll feel like a resident of the state after partying at this festival.

Address: 1265 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55108 - MAP
Phone: (651) 288-4400
Web: www.mnstatefair.org

Highland Fest
Celebrate the warm summer months and lovely weather by heading to the Highland Fest for plenty of outdoor fun. Listen to live music from the two concert stages as you wander around the Highland Village area where the festival is held. Take in the art, munch on some yummy food, have a blast on the amusement rides and, for 21 and up, enjoy some of the best craft-brews in the state.

Address: Highland Village, Saint Paul MN 55116 - MAP
Phone: (651) 699-9042
Web: www.highlandfest.com

Rondo Days
Learn about the rich history and contribution of the African American community in Saint Paul and the greater Minnesota area at Rondo Days. The once vibrant and tight-knit Rondo neighborhood was displaced in the 1960s with the construction of I-94; however, the Rondo Days festival preserves the music and energy of that community and shares it with the rest of the city.

Address: 1360 University Avenue #140 - Saint Paul, MN 55104 - MAP
Phone: (651) 459-1078
Web: www.rondodays.com

Cinco de Mayo
Head over to Saint Paul’s West Side for "La Fiesta Mas Caliente de Minnesota"—Minnesota’s Spiciest Celebration—Cinco de Mayo! Mexican and other Latino organizations celebrate their culture by hosting a variety of performances. Aside from delicious food, you can expect to see a colorful parade, a lowrider car show and music to keep the party going all day (and evening) long.

Address: 176 Cesar Chavez St., Saint Paul, MN 55107 - MAP
Phone: (651) 222-6347
Web: www.districtdelsol.com

Selby Avenue Jazz Festival
If you’re feeling the blues, stop by the Selby Avenue Jazz Festival. Since 2002, people from all walks of life have gathered as a community to celebrate the residents and businesses of the area through music, food and other activities. See what the local vendors have to offer, take in the eclectic culture and enjoy the smooth sounds of jazz.

Address: Selby Ave & Milton St., Saint Paul, MN 55104 - MAP
Phone: (651) 645-1340
Web: www.selbyavejazzfest.com

Saint Paul Art Crawl
Join in the seasonal, citywide festival of the arts at the Saint Paul Art Crawl. All along Downtown, Lowertown and Harriet Island, vendors and local artists set up tents and galleries to display their wares. Listen to local bands perform on stage and in the parade during this three-day long extravaganza, watch performances by theater and ballet groups and admire the art and culture of the Capital City.

Web: www.stpaulartcrawl.org