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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02/23/24Astronomy Series: Night Sky Viewing BasicsLake Bemidji State Park
02/23/24Snow Moon HikeBuffalo River State Park
02/24/24Candlelight Event ... Walk Mille Lacs Kathio State Park
02/24/24Candlelight HikeForestville Mystery Cave State Park
03/02/24Secret in the Stars Escape RoomLake Bemidji State Park
03/16/24Secret in the Stars Escape RoomLake Bemidji State Park
03/22/24Astronomy Series: Celebrating the EquinoxLake Bemidji State Park
03/30/24Secret in the Stars Escape RoomLake Bemidji State Park
04/08/24See the Solar Eclipse!Wild River State Park
06/16/24Itasca's Evening Under the Pines: R. Mark FogelsonItasca State Park
06/30/24Itasca's Evening Under the Pines: The Park Rapids Area Community BandItasca State Park
07/07/24Itasca's Evening Under the Pines: CaleighItasca State Park
08/17/24Itasca's Evening Under the Pines: Basement BrassItasca State Park

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