May 2, 2022 - Things to Do

7 big events in the Twin Cities in 2022

A group of ladies ride the Giant Slide together at the Minnesota State Fair

The Minnesota State Fair's Giant Slide. Photo: Leila Navidi/Star Tribune via Getty Images

Festival season is in full swing and we are booked and busy in 2022, folks.

  • Here are the top seven events happening in the Twin Cities starting this spring.
1. MSP Film Festival

What: Enjoy more than 200 films from around the world, plus parties, panels and networking events.

Details: The fest takes place May 5-19 at multiple venues. Check here for updates closer to the event.

C0st: Tickets start at $15+. Get them, along with all-access passes here.

2. Twin Cities Pride

What: Celebrate the LGBTQ+ community at this event with local vendors, a beer garden and music stages.

Details: The annual festival takes place at Loring Park June 25-26.

C0st: Free to attend.

Three people posing for a photo with rainbow flags at a pride event
Pride festivities. Photo: Brooke Ross Photography, courtesy of Twin Cities Pride
3. Twin Cities Summer Jam

What: Catch Blake Shelton, Kane Brown, Nelly and more perform at this music festival.

Details: The fest takes place July 21-23 at Canterbury Park in Shakopee.

C0st: Tickets start at $25+. Get them here.

Blake Shelton performing
Blake Shelton. Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Bud Light
4. Minnesota Renaissance Fest

What: Experience the realm through an artisan marketplace, food, entertainment, games and rides.

Details: The fest is open on weekends from Aug. 20 through Oct. 2.

C0st: Tickets start at $12+. Get them here.

A man demonstrates jousting in renaissance clothing.
Jousting at the festival. Photo: Bruce Bisping/Star Tribune via Getty Images
5. Minnesota State Fair

What: Sample some of the fair's 500+ menu items — 80 of which come on a stick, organizers say.

Details: This year's fair runs Aug. 25-Sept. 5. Fairgrounds are located at 1265 Snelling Ave. N in St. Paul.

C0st: Pre-fair discount admission tickets start at $14+. Buy them here.

A corndog at the Minnesota State Fair
Fair food. Photo: Leila Navidi/Star Tribune via Getty Images
6. Duluth Fall Festival

What: All proceeds from this fest, which features a parade and 180+ arts and crafts vendors, go toward improving the historic downtown area.

Details: The event takes place Sept. 24-25 in downtown Duluth.

C0st: Free to attend.

7. Holidazzle
People gather at a holiday light festival
Holidazzle. Photo: Dusty Hoskovec Photography via Holidazzle.com

What: Keep warm with local food and drinks, fireworks, shopping from small businesses, seasonal entertainment and more.

Details: The event takes place in Loring Park. Check here this fall for more information.

Cost: Free to attend.

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