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

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03/23/19

Jay Cooke State Park

Moonlight Snowshoe

04/19/19

Sibley State Park

Full Moon Walk - Centennial Celebration Program

05/04/19

Sibley State Park

NEW Moon Walk - Centennial Celebration Program

05/25/19

Tettegouche State Park

Primitive Fire Starting

05/26/19

Itasca State Park

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

06/07/19

Upper Sioux Agency State Park

Through the Telescope

06/08/19

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Evening Concert: Ukulele by the Lake

06/13/19

Interstate State Park

Gentle Evening Yoga

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

06/29/19

Nerstrand Big Woods State Park

Universe in the Park

07/02/19

Sibley State Park

NEW Moon Walk - Centennial Celebration Program

07/12/19

Upper Sioux Agency State Park

Through the Telescope

07/13/19

Tettegouche State Park

Primitive Fire Starting

07/13/19

Lake Maria State Park

Universe in the Park

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

07/20/19

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Universe in the Park

08/03/19

Camden State Park

Starwatch Program

08/09/19

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Universe in the Park

08/10/19

Tettegouche State Park

Universe in the Park

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

08/17/19

Itasca State Park

Itasca's Evening Under the Pines: Basement Brass