St Paul Events
This past weekend I went to the drive through light show that I blogged about here last year, Holiday Lights in The Park at Phalen Park. The displays light up at 5:30 and shut down at 10pm nightly through January 1st. The fee is $10 per car and rates are discounted to $8 Sunday through Thursday nights. I’d advise going during the week if you are able since it will likely be less busy. Remember that all proceeds go to Second Harvest Heartland, Union Gospel Mission, St Paul Parks Conservancy and Under Construction. Here are some pictures I took while we drove through. Enjoy!
It is that time of the year again. The James J. Jill House is gearing up for the annual Easter Egg Hunt. This year the hunt will take place on Saturday, April 7th at 10am. The event is for children ages 2-7 and takes place on the lawn of the historic home located at 240 Summit Avenue in St. Paul. For $6 ($2 for Minnesota Historical Society members), your little ones can hunt for eggs, win prizes and enjoy a snack. You will also be allowed to view the first level of the home. Reservations are encouraged, call: 651.297.2555. Also, each child must bring a basket. For more info on James J. Hill, click here.
4th Annual St Patrick’s Irish Traditions 5k – Celebrating Active Friendship/Love/Loyalty
Get your friends and family together to partake in the St Patrick’s Irish Traditions 5k! Walk and/or run around the gorgeous Como Lake in St. Paul to start off your St Patty’s Day celebrations. With registration, you’ll receive a commemorative shirt and you can look forward to Irish music, refreshments and great spirits during the event.
Event date: March 17th, 2012
Run begins at 9am, check-in at 8.
For registration and fee info, visit: http://www.charitieschallenge.org
Annual Irish Music and Dance Association – St Patrick’s Day Celebration at the Landmark Center
Indulge yourself with Irish Culture at the Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul on St. Patrick’s Day! From 10:00am-5pm, you can celebrate! There will be music, dancing, food and much more! At 3:10, Sherry Ladig and Don from Dunquin will be performing as well.
For the entire family… The ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE
Looking for more of a party?
Thousands of people stop by O’Gara’s each year to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. From 8am to Close, drink specials will be offered and other festivities! A large outdoor tent will be set up to accommodate everyone. There is a new area called the “Shanty”, which has shuffleboard, TV’s and events on most nights of the week.
“St Paddy’s Party” – begins at noon. They have three levels, plus an enclosed patio and a huge tent they will be putting in the parking lot. Entertainment includes three DJs in three different areas. The daily special will be corned beef and cabbage.
Whether you are Irish, or Irish for the day, remember to be safe and take advantage of the free Metro Transit rides around the city!
“May you always have walls for the winds,
a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire,
laughter to cheer you, those you love near you,
and all your heart might desire.”
Back in 1967, locals sparked the idea to have a St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Put together in just two months, the first parade was a roaring success and the tradition has kept on for nearly half a century! Who is St. Patrick, you ask? He was a Patron Saint of Ireland whom brought Christianity to Ireland back in the 5th century. He had a tough upbringing, during which he was kidnapped and enslaved for many years. Despite his hardships, he kept his faith and wanted to spread it. In his adult years, St Patrick spread the gospel and used a three-leafed symbol to signify the Trinity. This symbol was the shamrock which represented God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost. March 17th marks the anniversary of when St. Patrick died and every year we celebrate in his memory.
The 46th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is on March 17th, beginning at noon! Click here for more events in St Paul on St Patrick’s Day.
Because of construction on 4th street, the parade will be on 5th street this year. Here is a map of the parade route.
Now that the holiday weekend is over, it is time to think about next weekend’s big plans! How will you spend your New Year’s Eve this year? Here are some events going on over the weekend to help you bring in the New Year.
The Como Zoo
The Como Zoo is hosting their NOON Year’s Eve Party this year on 12/31 and 1/1. Disney radio and KidsDance will provide entertainment over the weekend. There will also be hat making, story time and kids will be able to learn about the animals. The event starts at 10:00am and there will be a countdown to noon, at which point beach balls will be dropped from the ceiling! Visit the Como Zoo website for more details on ringing in the “zoo” year!
The Children’s Museum
The Children’s Museum in downtown St Paul is hosting a New Year’s Eve Sparkle-rama. On 12/31, from 6-9pm, your kids will be able to dance the night away with music from Will Hale. For $14 ($10 if you are a member), you’ll be able to explore the exhibits, make a sparkly hat, see the Tadpole Parade and enjoy the ball drop at 8pm. Snacks and parking are included in the entrance fee. Reservations are required and sparkly NYE attire is encouraged!
The Artists’ Quarter
For 17 years, people from all over have spent their NYE with Carole Martin & Friends at The Artists’ Quarter. The event begins at 9pm and the cost is $45. Spend your New Year’s Eve at the jazz club and it is sure to be a memorable night. Grab dinner before the show at one of the surrounding area restaurants and make this night-out complete!
Looking for more of a party? Tiffany’s Sports Bar in Highland Village is throwing a bash! For $75 you will be able to drink all night and you can choose from ALL the top shelf booze. Appetizers and music will be included in the cost as well. The Trippin Billies, the nation’s largest Dave Mathews tribute band, are booked to perform. Music starts at 7pm.
Feel free to post other NYE events around town in the comments section of the blog. Thanks for reading and I hope you have a happy and safe New Year’s Eve! Tweet
Your last chance to visit the Governor’s Residence during the holiday season is Thursday, December 15th. The gorgeous mansion was built in 1912 and is at home in the stunning Summit Ave neighborhood. The historic home boasts 20 rooms with 8 bathrooms and 9 fireplaces and has a fantastic view of the beautiful Mississippi River. Tours begin at 11am and end at 1pm. It is a self guided tour in which you’ll be able to see the public spaces of the home, as well as the garden area. Throughout the tour, people will be stationed at different locations to answer any questions you may have. Children six years and up are welcome and the tours are FREE. If you can’t make it tomorrow, don’t worry, the home opens up for tours several times throughout the year. Visit the mansion’s website for more info.
Ready for a little magic? Saturday, November 26th kicks off the beginning of Night Trains at the Railroad Museum in St Paul. Every Saturday through February you can experience this magical event. The lights are dimmed and the vintage model village of Mattlin glows with holiday spirit. The buildings, lights and passenger trains light up with life in the blizzard struck town. The town is decorated for Christmastime with miniature holiday decorations throughout! Whether you are a train fanatic or not, let your imagination take over and divulge in the enchanting city scene! It is sure to captivate you with warm childhood excitement and delight. Night Trains is from 6p-9p on Saturdays. Admission is $8/person or $25/family. Kids under 5 are FREE!
This is the third annual “Holiday Lights in the Park” event at Phalen Park in St. Paul, MN. There will be more than fifty colorful, brightly lit up displays. You can expect to see a huge enchanted castle, a prince and princess, a dragon and much more! Each vehicle has a charge varying between $8-10, depending on the night of the week you visit (more $ for limos and buses). Pack up the grandparents and the kids, grab some snacks, hot cocoa and holiday music and enjoy this over one-half mile light display from the comfort of your own car! All proceeds from this event are donated to multiple local charities. Though I have never experienced this particular lights-in-the-park event, I did attend one on the East Coast that seems very similar. I’d say it’s definitely worth experiencing. To check out the charity partners or learn more about the event, click here. If you have personally been to this Holiday Lights in the Park, then please leave your review below! Tweet
Thanks to Lisa Engh for submitting photos of past Holiday Lights in the Park displays
For the kids:
ZooBoo at Como Zoo – October 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30th from 4:30-7:30pm
This annual fund raising event is a non-scary Halloween celebration at the Como Zoo. It is catered to children ages 3-10, but all are welcome. The zoo will be transformed into a magical fairytale land that your kids will adore. There will be over 200 costumed characters to interact with as well many other “Halloween surprises”. The event is held outside and kids are encouraged wear a costume and dress for the weather! Money raised at this event will go to the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. To buy tickets and learn more, click here.
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Dia de Los Muertos – Day of the Dead Celebration – Saturday – October 29, 2011
The Minnesota History Center in St. Paul, MN is putting on their annual Dia de Los Muertos celebration. This fest is a time to remember loved ones that have passed on and retain a strong connection with them. From noon to 4pm, there will be several events to enjoy such as: Aztec dancers, a puppet show, and an alter created by local artist Elizabeth Pangerl. There will be shadow boxes to decorate as well as a clay skull making workshop. There will also be games, prizes, food and more! For more info, visit the Minnesota History Website.
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Lowertown BOOs Bash Bar Crawl – Saturday – October 29, 2011
If you are looking for something to do in Lowertown for Halloween, this is it. The Lowertown BOOs Bash Bar Crawl is the fourth annual Lowertown has seen! Buy a $20 “BOOs Crawl passport” and receive a free drink at all participating bar crawl locations (tickets are $15 if you purchase them in advance). The event goes from 6pm to midnight. Many of the bar crawl locations offer great drink/food specials and have cash prizes for costume contests! Some costume contests include: Sexiest costume, best group costume, scariest and most original costume. Participating locations include: Senor Wong, The Black Dog, Heartland, Station 4, The Bulldog, Barrio Tequila Bar and Trattoria Da Vinci. Click here for more info on the BOOs Bash Bar Crawl. FYI – If you aren’t looking to participate in the Bar Crawl, then visit one of the participating bars on the list, they will be going all out with great deals and events all night long! Be safe!
This yearly music fest began in 2002 and has become a highly anticipated event by many. On Saturday, September 10th, the one day jazz fest will take place in front of Golden Thymes Coffee Café, located at the intersection of Selby Ave and Milton St N. The fest begins at 11am and ends at 8. This is a free event with many great musicians such as Dick & Jane’s Big Brass Band, The Lex-Ham Community Band, Walker West Music Academy, Gerald Albright and more! Aside from great music you can also count on great food, family-friendly activities and many booths to stop by. For a full list of musicians, click here.