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The Local Events

Find out what is happening in and around Minneopa

The Friends host many events annually that happen in and around Minneopa. Below are the events and a little description.

Dates are periodically updated as well as announced in the quarterly Minneopa Messenger.

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For the most up-to-date list of events that are going on soon, please visit the DNR website for events and more information about each. Thank you!


Come out to enjoy two candle lit trails marked for cross-country skiers, snowshoers and walkers cutting through a floodplain forest. 
One candle lit trail will lead over to the main campground with a beautiful view of the Minnesota River.  A blazing bonfire along with hot cocoa will be part of this festive, family friendly event.


Park Open House

The Park Open House is always held on the second Saturday of June on National Get Outdoors Day.  The Friends of Minneopa typically sponsor two performances of live animals at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. with a free ice cream social in between.  In the past, the special programs have included the MN Zoomobile, University of MN Raptor Center and Reptile & Amphibian Discovery Zoo.


Harvest Fest

Families will enjoy an evening of old fashioned outdoor fall fun at Minneopa State Park typically held on the fourth Saturday of September.  Held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., you can stay the entire time or join in the fun for an hour.  There will be activities for the kids, an apple press, and marshmallows for everyone.  Guests are invited to bring their own hot dogs, meat or other food to grill.  One of the highlights is taking a horse-drawn wagon ride and don’t forget to walk the trail lighted by candle luminaries.


Bird Banding

The public is welcome to watch and ask questions at the annual bird banding event.  Spring migration will be in full force and this will give people an up-close view of some birds that make Minneopa their home.  Merrill Frydendall of the Friends of Minneopa will be leading the bird banding event.  Dr. Frydendall is a retired biology professor from Minnesota State University, Mankato and had maintained and documented blue bird houses in the park for over 30 years.  Meet at the Group Campground picnic area.  


Summer Solstice

The Friends of Minneopa is celebrating the longest day of the year with a gathering at Seppmann Mill on June 21st.  Bring a picnic lunch and join us for a bonfire and live music.  Summer Solstice is when the sun is at its greatest height.  Around the world the date is recognized by holidays, festivals and rituals. Bring a camp or lawn chair for your comfort.  


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