Nighttime Programs and Events

Nighttime activities, a campfire, and sunset at Minnesota State Parks and Trails

Adventures after dark

Minnesota State Parks and Trails are beautiful at all times of day and night. Nighttime events are a great way to see your favorite parks in a whole new light. Get out and experience the allure of outdoor activities after sunset.

  • Lots of parks schedule special events after dusk, such as nighttime hikes, moonlit paddles, or programs about nocturnal critters, or storytelling programs. See the events calendar below for more information!
  • Make a vacation of it! Reserve a campsite or camper cabin and enjoy the full overnight experience.
  • Get to know the night skies with one of the free 90-minute programs presented by the University of Minnesota Astronomy Department. All you have to bring is your cosmic curiosity - telescopes are provided.
  • Seasonal winter candlelight events are a great way to keep your whole family active during the winter. Learn more!

Purchase a vehicle permit today and get a year of unlimited visits to all of Minnesota's state parks and recreation areas.

Events Calendar

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Itasca's Evening Under the Pines: Jim and Molly Bauer

Itasca State Park


Moonlit Owl Prowl

Whitewater State Park


Candlelight Night Ski/Snowshoe/Hike

Wild River State Park


Full Moon Snowshoe

Jay Cooke State Park


Twinkle Twinkle Little Star!

William O'Brien State Park


Snake Discovery Evening Program

Interstate State Park


Night Sky of the Northwoods

Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park