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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07/19/19

Father Hennepin State Park

Universe in the Park

07/19/19

Forestville Mystery Cave State Park

Forestville Night Hike

07/19/19

Buffalo River State Park

Friday Night Hikes!

07/19/19

St. Croix State Park

Making Fire Starters

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

07/20/19

Tettegouche State Park

NorthStar Trail Travelers Walk at Tettegouche State Park

07/20/19

Interstate State Park

Bats: Mysterious Marvels of the Night

07/20/19

Sibley State Park

Night Hike

07/20/19

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Stories in the Stars: Ojibwe Constellations

07/21/19

Itasca State Park

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

07/21/19

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

NorthStar Trail Travelers Summer Walk

07/26/19

Buffalo River State Park

Friday Night Hikes!

07/26/19

Itasca State Park

A Rocky Start: Geology of the Mississippi Headwaters, Walk

07/27/19

William O'Brien State Park

Universe in the Park

07/31/19

Sibley State Park

CANCELED: New Black Moon Walk - Centennial Celebration Program

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!

08/24/19

Itasca State Park

Itasca's Evening Under the Pines: Kraig James

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!

09/21/19

Itasca State Park

Itasca's Evening Under the Pines: Rebby and the Romantics

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