7 major events and festivals in the twin cities in 2022

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

  • Here are the seven main events taking place in the Twin Cities starting this spring.
1. MSP Film Festival

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

Details: The festival takes place from May 5 to 19 at several sites. Check here for updates closer to the event.

Cost : Tickets start at $15+. Get them and full access passes here.

2. Pride of the Twin Cities

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 on June 25 and 26.

Cost : Free to attend.

Pride parties. Photo: Brooke Ross Photography, courtesy of Twin Cities Pride
3. Twin Cities Summer Jam

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

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

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

Blake Shelton on stage
Blake Shelton. Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Bud Light
4. Minnesota Renaissance Party

What: Discover the kingdom through a craft market, food, entertainment, games and rides.

Details: The festival is open on weekends from August 20 to October 2.

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

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

What: Sample some of more than 500 dishes from the show’s menu, including 80 on a stick, organizers say.

Details: This year’s fair runs from August 25 to September 25. 5. The fairgrounds are located at 1265 Snelling Ave. N in St. Paul.

Cost : Discounted pre-show 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 celebration, which includes a parade and more than 180 arts and crafts vendors, are directed to the enhancement of the historic downtown area.

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

Cost : Free to attend.

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

What: Stay warm with local food and drink, fireworks, small business shopping, 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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