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Minnesota Parent welcomes information about events for families throughout the state of Minnesota. Calendar listings are FREE and can submitted here.

You can submit a listing at any time, but the deadline for possible inclusion in the print publication is six weeks prior to the month of the publication. (For example, June 15 for the August issue.)

All events are subject to change. Be certain to check with the event sponsor either by visiting the website or calling, to ensure the featured event is still viable.

Events taking place for more than one weekend in length will be listed in our "Ongoing" area.

Physics Force at the State Fair
The Physics Force is an outreach program through the University of Minnesota, generating an interest in science in K-12 students.
When: 10 and 11 a.m.
Where: Carousel Stage or the University of Minnesota Stage, Minnesota State Fairgrounds
Cost: FREE with State Fair admission
Website: physicsforce.umn.edu
Music in the Zoo Concert Series
The lineup features a blend of fan favorites and new artists to the Zoo, ranging from Rosanne Cash to Belle and Sebastian. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and take place on the Sue McLean Stage in the Weesner Family Amphitheater at the Minnesota Zoo.
Where: Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley
Cost: Varies
Website: suemclean.com/zoo
Club Kiddo PLAY
A new Minneapolis-based kid apparel and art company, Club Kiddo, is launching with a pop-up art event. Inspired by ticketed attractions such as New York City's Color Factory and San Francisco's MUSEUM OF ICE CREAM, the event is an immersive, interactive, Instagram-ready experience designed for kids and their families.
Where: Co Exhibitions, 1101 NE Stinson Blvd., Minneapolis
Cost: Half-hour timeslots cost $5 for ages 12 and younger; $10 for 13 and older.
Website: clubkiddo.co/play
FriendChip Farm
Julane Severson, a retired educator, created FriendChip Farm to introduce kids ages 3-9 to fresh, wholesome foods by working them into fun, educational activities including scavenger hunts, a book club and other games at the Market, and a take-home guide to help kids continue learning at home.
Where: Saint Paul Farmers' Market
Cost: FREE
Website: friendchipfarm.com
Leo Lionni's Inch by Inch - Theatre for the Very Young
The youngest theatregoers will meet up with an inchworm who can measure anything under the sun. They will then help him cleverly solve the dilemma of how to measure the song of the hungry nightingale. Run time is approximately 40 minutes with no intermission.
Where: Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins
Cost: $12
Website: stagestheatre.org/upcoming-shows/2018-2019-season/inch-by-inch/
Minnesota Renaissance Festival
Explore a 16th-century European village featuring 16 stages of live entertainment, more than 250 marketplace artisans, kid-friendly rides and games, a petting zoo, artist demonstrations, roaming characters and live armored jousting, plus beer, wine and food vendors.
Where: 12364 Chestnut Boulevard, Shakopee
Cost: $24.95 for adults, $15.95 for ages 5-12 and free for ages 4 and younger; advance tickets cost $21.95/$13.50.
Website: renaissancefest.com
Farm to Fair Weekend
Explore the historic farmstead's "machinery hill" and sample some 1860s premium-winning recipes in the historic house's kitchen. At the Farm Lab, visitors can test their judging skills on vegetable entries, plus baked and canned goods.
Where: Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River
Cost: Included with $6-12 site admission/MNHS members free
Website: mnhs.org/event/6814
Minnesota State Fair
Minnesota's biggest event, by far, will once again feature unusual foods on a stick, rides, animals, exhibits, shows and much more.
Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds, Falcon Heights
Cost: $12 admission online, pre-fair
Website: mnstatefair.org
JoyFest 2019! Foster Care Fundraiser
This third annual show combines local musicians, storytellers, and comedians to celebrate the important work of foster care. In addition to raising awareness on the need for good foster families and the resiliency of our thriving foster kids, we'll also raise funds for the nonprofit Foster the Love MN.
Where: Sisyphus Brewing, Minneapolis
Cost: $10-$15 (sliding scale). Kids FREE
Website: facebook.com/events/538965969974674/
Free Kids Fest
Pony rides, face painting, balloon animals with Skippy the Clown and bubble fun with The Baron of Bubble are among the free activities. Kids also can dance to music by Kidsdance.
Where: Midland Shopping Center, New Hope
Cost: FREE
Website: midlandshoppingcenter.com
Kids Make Sculpture Workshop
During each workshop, children spend the afternoon creating sculptures with the assistance of Franconia's resident artists and artist interns. Materials (usually lumber and other wood), tools, and technical assistance are provided to accomplish virtually any construction.
Where: Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer
Cost: $50
Website: franconia.org
Summer Show or Sell; Youth Art Pop-Up Sale
Youth artists are invited to show or sell their work at this one-time pop-up. Courageous heARTS will also have coloring books and ice cream floats for sale, and be accepting donations to support its mission to illuminate youth as leaders
Where: 2235 E. 38th Street Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Website: courageous-hearts.org/
Autism and Sensory Friendly Early Entry Day
Como Zoo will open at 9 a.m. for an inclusive experience for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. Those attending will have the opportunity to spend time exploring exhibits, and participate in activities designed specifically for them.
Where: Como Zoo and Conservatory, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: comozooconservatory.org/education/kids/sensory-friendly-mornings
Physics Force at the State Fair
The Physics Force is an outreach program through the University of Minnesota, generating an interest in science in K-12 students.
When: 10 and 11 a.m.
Where: Carousel Stage or the University of Minnesota Stage, Minnesota State Fairgrounds
Cost: FREE with State Fair admission
Website: physicsforce.umn.edu
Music in the Zoo Concert Series
The lineup features a blend of fan favorites and new artists to the Zoo, ranging from Rosanne Cash to Belle and Sebastian. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and take place on the Sue McLean Stage in the Weesner Family Amphitheater at the Minnesota Zoo.
Where: Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley
Cost: Varies
Website: suemclean.com/zoo