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

07/21/18

Sibley State Park

Telescope Night Sky Viewing on Mt. Tom- CANCELED (Alternative Program Offered)

07/21/18

Interstate State Park

Bats: Mysterious Marvels of the Night

07/21/18

William O'Brien State Park

I See the Moon

07/21/18

Temperance River State Park

Primitive Fire Starting: Test Your Skills

07/26/18

Lake Carlos State Park

Fire Starting Methods

07/27/18

Sibley State Park

Full Moon Walk

07/27/18

Minnesota State Regional Science Center

Star Party

07/27/18

St. Croix State Park

Semi-Fabulous Friday Night Nature Bingo

07/27/18

Tettegouche State Park

Primitive Fire Starting: Test Your Skills

07/27/18

Wild River State Park

Full Moon Paddle

07/28/18

Lake Bemidji State Park

Evening under the Pines: Big Bass Ramblers

08/03/18

Upper Sioux Agency State Park

Stargazing

08/03/18

Temperance River State Park

Primitive Fire Starting: Test Your Skills

08/03/18

Wild River State Park

Star Stories

08/04/18

Afton State Park

Universe in the Park

08/04/18

Lake Bemidji State Park

Evening under the Pines: Wooden Nichols

08/10/18

Minnesota State Regional Science Center

Star Party

08/10/18

Lake Maria State Park

Universe in the Park

08/11/18

McCarthy Beach State Park

Second Annual Dark Sky Festival

08/11/18

William O'Brien State Park

Universe In The Park

08/11/18

Glacial Lakes State Park

Astronomy and Stargazing

08/11/18

Whitewater State Park

Perseid Meteor Shower

08/12/18

Tettegouche State Park

Dark Sky Caravan - Astronomy

08/17/18

Temperance River State Park

Primitive Fire Starting: Test Your Skills

08/18/18

Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park

Night Sky of the Northwoods

08/18/18

Big Bog State Recreation Area

Big Bog Night Sky: Much Ado About Mars!

08/18/18

Temperance River State Park

Primitive Fire Starting: Test Your Skills

08/25/18

Camden State Park

Mars Starwatch Party

08/25/18

Sibley State Park

Full Moon Walk

08/31/18

Sibley State Park

Night Hike

09/02/18

Lake Bemidji State Park

Music under the Pines: DL and the Clean Starts

09/02/18

Sibley State Park

Telescope Night Sky Viewing on Mt. Tom

09/08/18

Glacial Lakes State Park

Astronomy and Stargazing

10/13/18

Glacial Lakes State Park

Astronomy and Stargazing

10/26/18

Sibley State Park

Candlelight Night Walk

11/10/18

Lake Bemidji State Park

T is for "Thirteen Moons on Turtle's Back"...