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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02/01/20

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

Itasca State Park

02/08/20

Moonlit Owl Prowl

Whitewater State Park

02/08/20

Candlelight Night Ski/Snowshoe/Hike

Wild River State Park

03/07/20

Full Moon Snowshoe

Jay Cooke State Park

05/23/20

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star!

William O'Brien State Park

05/24/20

Snake Discovery Evening Program

Interstate State Park

05/24/20

Night Sky of the Northwoods

Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park