Special Events in Minnesota

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    Grumpy Old Men Festival

    • This is the actual event that inspired the famed films starring the late Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon. The event is designed so that folks can enjoy a bit of what makes their grandfathers tick. Participants an enjoy an ice fishing contest, pet pageant, bingo, cribbage tournament, Raghetti's Spaghetti, stretch raffle and a number of live bands and other performers. The event takes place on the last weekend of February every year. Make sure to bundle up, as weather in Minnesota gets very cold. Families are welcome. The event is held in Wabasha, which is located 80 miles south on Highway 61 from the St. Paul/Minneapolis area.

      Grumpy Old Men Festival

      Mississippi Parkside Marina

      Wabasha, MN 55981

      651-565-4158

      exploreminnesota.com

    Bayfront Blues Festival

    • Duluth, Minnesota has hosted this event for more than 22 years, and it grows progressively larger every year. The event takes place on the second weekend of August at Bayfront just off of Harbor Drive in Duluth. The festival provides free shuttle service from a variety of places in the city. In 2009, more than 30 acts converged upon the city for the event. Local bars, restaurants, hotels and campsites offer special events and pricing for festival attendees. Bring lawn chairs and blankets to the event. Photography and recording are not allowed.

      Bayfront Blues Festival

      302 43rd Ave.

      East Superior, WI, 54880

      715-394-6831

      bayfrontblues.com

    Minnesota State Fair

    • The Minnesota State Fair is an annual showcase of the best of the state. The fair takes place from the last weekend of August to the first weekend of September in Saint Paul. It showcases agriculture and offers events for every age group. These include talent contests, thrill rides, concerts, carnival games, exhibits, competitions and a livestock show and sale, along with arena events such as monster truck races and a destruction derby. Each county in the state has the chance to display the key features of what it has to offer.

      Minnesota State Fair

      1265 Snelling Ave. N

      St Paul, MN 55108-3099

      651-288-4400

      mnstatefair.org

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