Labor Day Activities in Minnesota

In 1894, the U.S. Congress passed legislation that created Labor Day as a national holiday. In a state that calls itself "The Land of 10,000 Lakes," outdoor activities are cherished on Labor Day, the last major holiday weekend before temperatures drop in what is typically one of the coldest regions of the United States. The area offers a large assortment of festivals and activities for all ages.

Minnesota State Fair

The Minnesota State Fair is a 12-day event that ends on Labor Day, attracting more than 1.6 million visitors every year. They feature agriculture, art and industries from across the state, with free entertainment on six stages. Well-known entertainers perform on at least ten of the days, across the 340 acres of fairgrounds. Competitions include fine arts, horses and livestock, an annual milk run and an amateur talent contest. The more unique contests have even delved into mashed potato wrestling and frozen turkey bowling. The grounds are conveniently located between the metropolitan areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Minnesota State Fair 1265 North Snelling Ave. St. Paul, MN 55108 651-288-4400 mnstatefair.org

Minnesota Renaissance Festival

The Minnesota Renaissance Festival takes place three miles south of the town of Shakopee, about 30 miles from Minneapolis. The event offers many family activities, with 16 stages of live entertainment and over 100 artisan booths. Tournaments have a Renaissance theme, with live armored jousting, and competitions like Long Bow and Bocce Ball. Keep an eye out for dragons, fairies and Scottish dancing. Minnesota Renaissance Festival 1244 S. Canterbury Road Ste #306 Shakopee, MN 55379 800-966-8215 renaissancefest.com/mrf

Bayou Boogie

The city of Grand Portage is on the North shore of Lake Superior, just before the crossing into Canada. Labor Day festivities at the Grand Portage Lodge and Casino highlight the early French and Native American culture of the area by putting on a Cajun extravaganza called "Bayou Boogie." Parades mimic Mardi Gras productions with beads and costumes, while storytellers and zydeco musicians weave their magic throughout the grounds. Cajun foods include jambalaya, gumbo and crab cakes. With 95 rooms, an indoor heated pool and a three-story fireplace, the lodge allows visitors to stay for the extended holiday weekend. Bayou Boogie Grand Portage Lodge and Casino P.O. Box 233 Grand Portage, MN 55605 800-543-1384 grandportage.com

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