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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07/11/20Fire StarterFort Snelling State Park
07/11/20Universe in the Park -CANCELEDTettegouche State Park
07/26/20CANCELED: Itasca's Evening Under the Pines: Northern BassItasca State Park
07/31/20Universe in the Park Father Hennepin State Park
07/31/20S'mores Stories: Sophie's Night Sky AdventureLake Bemidji State Park
08/01/20Universe in the Park Mille Lacs Kathio State Park
08/03/20Full Moon HikeForestville Mystery Cave State Park
08/07/20Night Sky with the Naked EyeGooseberry Falls State Park
08/07/20Canceled Universe In The ParkWilliam O'Brien State Park
08/15/20S'mores Stories: Night-Time AnimalsLake Bemidji State Park
08/21/20 - 08/22/20Dark Sky FestivalForestville Mystery Cave State Park
08/22/20DL and the Clean StartsLake Bemidji State Park
09/02/20Full Moon Hike Forestville Mystery Cave State Park
09/19/20Itasca's Evening Under the Pines: Northern Bass, Sunset ConcertItasca State Park
09/26/20Itasca's Evening Under the Pines: Jim and Molly BauerItasca State Park