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Twin Cities Jazz Festival - The Twin Cities Jazz Festival is a summer treat for all jazz-loverís! Come, join us for legendary jazz artists who will be sure to leave you wanting more!

Art-A-Whirl - This highly anticipated annual event welcomes local and regional visitors to the Arts District in Northeast Minneapolis to see the art being made in this area and to meet the artists. As visitors come to see the art over the three-day weekend they also experience the unique and welcoming community of Northeast Minneapolis.

City of Lakes Loppet - The City of Lakes Loppet is a cross-country ski festival featuring the beautiful trails and lakes of the Twin Cities. Join us on the first weekend in February for this celebration of winter in Minnesota!

Grand Old Day - St. Paul's annual first rite of summer takes place along historic Grand Avenue. Grand Old Day features activities for all ages! Don't miss out on this great tradition each year as summer is ushered in.

Heart of the Beast Theatre May Day Parade - Each February we host our first public brainstorming sessions, when we invite all to share ideas and images towards developing the specific theme for the year. The thoughtful themes of the past years echo the pulse of our south Minneapolis neighborhoods, and as such, the chronology of themes tells a peculiarly imaginative history of the times.

Holidazzle Parade - Once again it's time to bundle up the kids, pick up the grandparents and head to the Target Holidazzle Parade. Every year since 1992, when the first parade marched down Nicollet Mall, over 300,000 spectators converge on downtown Minneapolis to join the sparkling fun.


Lake Hiawatha Neighborhood Festival - The festival has it all: inflatable games available for young children to enjoy as well as face painting, hair painting and a clown with balloon animals. Make a bird feeder or bird house to take home for free, pony rides for children age 10 and younger. For the adventurous, there is a climbing wall, and canoe rides on Lake Hiawatha.

Loring Park Art Festival - The Festival consists of 140 visual artists displaying their original work in 12x12 booths, strolling musicians, scheduled stage performances, children's activities and food booths. The art work presented will be from a variety of media including painting, photography, printmaking, handmade paper, wood, jewelry, clay, sculpture, fiber, mixed media and glass.

Minneapolis Aquatennial - Aquatennial is the official civic celebration of the City of Minneapolis. Minneapolis residents, workers, and tourists have come to love and appreciate all that the City of Minneapolis has to offer during the Aquatennial Festival.

Minnesota Fringe Festival - Minnesota Fringe is a Minneapolis-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to connect adventurous artists with adventurous audiences. The biggest way we do this is by organizing the Minnesota Fringe Festival, an annual eleven-day performing arts extravaganza.

Powderhorn Festival of Arts - For two days each summer, white tents dot the landscape around Powderhorn Park bringing individuals from all over the country together to enjoy an abundance of creativity and skill that flows through the artists participating in the Powderhorn Art Fair.

Twin Cities Marathon - The 26.2 mile course begins near the HHH Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis, and finishes at the State Capitol in St. Paul. The course is flat to rolling, mostly asphalt and very scenic with mile after mile of parkways, lakes, rivers and tree-lined boulevards. Over 250,000 spectators make the marathon a treat to experience!