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. Want to do something different this evening or this weekend? 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


Tettegouche State Park

Primitive Firestarting Skills


Maplewood State Park

NorthStar Travelers Fall Family Fun Walk


Maplewood State Park

NorthStar Travelers Fall Family Fun Walk


Big Bog State Recreation Area

Big Bog Night Sky: Draconids Meteor Shower Beach Party!


Glacial Lakes State Park

Astronomy and Stargazing


Sibley State Park

Candlelight Night Walk


Interstate State Park

NorthStar Trail Travelers Walk


Jay Cooke State Park

Park After Dark - Animals of the Night Walk


Tettegouche State Park

Primitive Fire Starting