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

04/22/18

Sakatah Lake State Park

Cancelled-Volunteer to Help Stop Invasive Garlic Mustard!

04/28/18

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Creatures of the Night

04/29/18

Sibley State Park

Full Moon Walk

05/06/18

Glacial Lakes State Trail-Spicer

Volunteer to Help Stop Invasive Garlic Mustard!

05/06/18

Interstate State Park

Garlic Mustard Pull

05/06/18

Glacial Lakes State Trail-Spicer

Cancelled- Volunteer to Help Stop Invasive Garlic Mustard!

05/07/18

Luce Line State Trail

Cancelled-Volunteer to Help Stop Invasive Garlic Mustard!

05/12/18

Glacial Lakes State Park

Astronomy and Stargazing

05/12/18

Upper Sioux Agency State Park

Volunteer to Help Stop Invasive Garlic Mustard!

05/13/18

Lac qui Parle State Park

Volunteer to Help Stop Invasive Garlic Mustard!

05/19/18

Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail

Volunteer to Help Stop Invasive Garlic Mustard!

05/26/18

Interstate State Park

Meet the Turtles Evening Program

05/26/18

Jay Cooke State Park

Strawberry Moon

05/26/18

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Stories in the Stars: Ojibwe Constellations

05/26/18

Sibley State Park

Full Moon Walk

05/26/18

William O'Brien State Park

A Starry Starry Night

06/09/18

Glacial Lakes State Park

Astronomy and Stargazing

06/15/18

Upper Sioux Agency State Park

Stargazing

06/15/18 - 09/07/18

St. Croix State Park

Semi-Fabulous Friday Night Nature Bingo

06/21/18 - 06/22/18

Whitewater State Park

The River Starts Here: A Workshop for Educators

06/23/18

Interstate State Park

Snake Discovery Evening Program

07/07/18

William O'Brien State Park

Universe In The Park

07/07/18

Lake Bemidji State Park

Evening under the Pines: Lost River Band

07/14/18

Afton State Park

Universe in the Park

07/14/18

Lake Bemidji State Park

Evening under the Pines: Bluebird

07/14/18

Glacial Lakes State Park

Astronomy and Stargazing

07/27/18

Sibley State Park

Full Moon Walk

07/28/18

Lake Bemidji State Park

Evening under the Pines: Big Bass Ramblers

08/03/18

Upper Sioux Agency State Park

Stargazing

08/04/18

Afton State Park

Universe in the Park

08/04/18

Lake Bemidji State Park

Evening under the Pines: Wooden Nichols

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

08/18/18

Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park

Night Sky of the Northwoods

08/25/18

Camden State Park

Mars Starwatch Party

09/02/18

Lake Bemidji State Park

Music under the Pines: DL and the Clean Starts

09/08/18

Glacial Lakes State Park

Astronomy and Stargazing

10/13/18

Glacial Lakes State Park

Astronomy and Stargazing