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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05/24/19

Buffalo River State Park

Friday Night Hikes!

05/25/19

Tettegouche State Park

Primitive Fire Starting

05/25/19

Rice Lake State Park

Jupiter, Saturn, and the Moon

05/26/19

Itasca State Park

Itasca's Evening Under the Pines: Julie and Bill Kaiser

05/26/19

Sibley State Park

Night Hike

05/31/19

Buffalo River State Park

Friday Night Hikes!

06/01/19

Glacial Lakes State Park

Astronomy and Stargazing

06/07/19

Upper Sioux Agency State Park

Through the Telescope

06/07/19

Buffalo River State Park

Friday Night Hikes!

06/08/19

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Evening Concert: Ukulele by the Lake

06/08/19

Tettegouche State Park

Primitive Fire Starting

06/13/19

Interstate State Park

Gentle Evening Yoga

06/14/19

Buffalo River State Park

Friday Night Hikes!

06/15/19

Interstate State Park

Stealthy Hunters of the Night

06/16/19

Itasca State Park

Itasca's Evening Under the Pines: Jacob Mahon

06/17/19

Sibley State Park

Full Moon Walk - Centennial Celebration Program

06/21/19

Lake Maria State Park

Universe in the Park

06/21/19

Buffalo River State Park

Friday Night Hikes!

06/23/19

Itasca State Park

Itasca's Evening Under the Pines: Park Rapids Area Community Band Concert

06/25/19

Brown's Creek State Trail at Hazel Ave

Evening Walk in the Gorge

06/28/19

Buffalo River State Park

Friday Night Hikes!

06/29/19

Nerstrand Big Woods State Park

Universe in the Park

07/02/19

Sibley State Park

NEW Moon Walk - Centennial Celebration Program

07/07/19

Itasca State Park

Itasca's Evening Under the Pines: Unpolished

07/12/19

Upper Sioux Agency State Park

Through the Telescope

07/12/19

Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park

Night Sky of the Northwoods

07/12/19

Afton State Park

Universe in the Park

07/12/19

Afton State Park

Universe in the Park

07/12/19

Buffalo River State Park

Friday Night Hikes!

07/13/19

Tettegouche State Park

Primitive Fire Starting

07/13/19

Lake Maria State Park

Universe in the Park

07/13/19

Glacial Lakes State Park

Astronomy and Stargazing

07/14/19

Itasca State Park

Itasca's Evening Under the Pines: Northern Bass

07/19/19

Father Hennepin State Park

Universe in the Park

07/19/19

Buffalo River State Park

Friday Night Hikes!

07/20/19

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Universe in the Park

07/20/19

Lake Bemidji State Park

Music under the Pines: DL and the Clean Starts

07/21/19

Itasca State Park

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

07/26/19

Buffalo River State Park

Friday Night Hikes!

07/27/19

William O'Brien State Park

Universe in the Park

08/02/19

Buffalo River State Park

Friday Night Hikes!

08/03/19

Camden State Park

Starwatch Program

08/03/19

William O'Brien State Park

Universe in the Park

08/03/19

Glacial Lakes State Park

Astronomy and Stargazing

08/04/19

Itasca State Park

Itasca's Evening Under the Pines: Menten, Thunem & Nye

08/09/19

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Universe in the Park

08/09/19

Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park

Night Sky of the Northwoods

08/09/19

Buffalo River State Park

Friday Night Hikes!

08/10/19

Tettegouche State Park

Universe in the Park

08/10/19

Whitewater State Park

Perseid Meteor Shower

08/11/19

Itasca State Park

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

08/15/19

Sibley State Park

Full Moon Walk - Centennial Celebration Program

08/16/19 - 08/18/19

McCarthy Beach State Park

3rd Annual Dark Sky Festival

08/16/19

Buffalo River State Park

Friday Night Hikes!

08/17/19

Itasca State Park

Itasca's Evening Under the Pines: Basement Brass

08/23/19

Buffalo River State Park

Friday Night Hikes!

09/01/19

Itasca State Park

Itasca's Evening Under the Pines: Unpolished

09/06/19

Buffalo River State Park

Friday Night Hikes!

09/07/19

Glacial Lakes State Park

Astronomy and Stargazing

09/13/19

Buffalo River State Park

Friday Night Hikes!

09/20/19

Buffalo River State Park

Friday Night Hikes!

09/28/19

Itasca State Park

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

10/05/19

Glacial Lakes State Park

Astronomy and Stargazing