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7 Fun Winter Festivals in Southeastern Minnesota

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We love our festivals in Minnesota and the change in seasons doesn’t stop us from getting together for fun community celebrations. Add some joy into your winter by attending these area Winter Festivals showcasing the magic of winter with snow, ice, lights, parades, music, fireworks and more! Fesivals are listed below in chronological order.

Bold & Cold | Owatonna

January 26-28, 2024

Owatonna’s Bold & Cold festival is designed to highlight the magic and fun of winter! With snowshoeing, skating events, luminary hike, winter walks, and some indoor activities like family swim and family BINGO to warm up, this fun family event is perfect for all ages.


Pine Island Winter Fest | Pine Island

Saturday January 27, 2024

Pine Island hosts their annual winter community celebration this year on January 27. Cheer on participants in the cardboard sled race, spin around the ice rink, listen to live music while enjoying BBQ, play family BINGO, and ski/snowshoe/walk on the luminary trail. Stay for the soup & chili feed and bonfire!


Stewartville Winterfest | Stewartville

February 7-10, 2024

Stewartville’s Winterfest is fun for all ages! With Blizzard Bingo, Galentine’s Ladies Cocktail Cruise, Kids Craft Night, Daddy & Daughter Dance, Cabin Fever Craft & Vendor Show, there’s plenty for everyone to enjoy. Don’t miss Winterfest Park Night, which features outdoor fun for the whole family: bonfire, live music, juggling show, lighted winter walk, scavenger hunt, sled dogs, alpacas, and fireworks!


Winterfest | Stillwater

February 15-19, 2024

Stillwater’s Winterfest may be slightly out of the local area, but is worth the drive. This picturesque riverside town hosts an epic winter festival every year. This year’s Winterfest will feature live music all day & night, bean bags tournaments, frozen Zumba, winter market, kids activities, cassarole cookoff, and fireworks display, and a whole lot more!

Photo courtesy of Sleigh & Cutter Festival- Waseca

Sleigh & Cutter Festival | Waseca

February 16-18, 2024

Visit the nation’s longest-running sleigh & cutter festival! With ice sculpting, dinner, dance, sleigh & cutter parade, kite show, and more, this is plenty of wintertime fun to enjoy!

Grumpy Old Men Festival | Wabasha

February 23-24, 2024

Wabasha is the home of Grumpy Old Men. That’s right– the iconic movies were filmed right here in Wabasha, MN! To celebrate this legacy, Wabasha hosts their Grumpy Old Men Festival each year. Featuring live music, Plaid Out Your Ride lighted ATV/UTV parade, ice fishing tournament, beer garden, curling tournament, cribbage tournament, the legendary Grumpy Plunge, and more, this unique event is one you won’t want to miss!


Social-ICE | Rochester

February 23-24, 2024

Social-Ice lights up downtown Rochester with illuminated ice sculptures, live music and DJs, ice bars with themed drinks, fire pits, photo booths and photo opps, FAM JAM event for families, and more! Check out our post for Everything You Need to Know About Social-ICE 





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