Imagine a weekend of wandering through European folk art exhibits, exploring the world of mixed martial arts from Thailand, attending the “Feria de las Flores” from Colombia, and much more—all in the same vicinity. You can do more than imagine! Experience the cultures of the world through dancing, exhibits, performances, and more, all in the beautiful city of Saint Paul, Minnesota. Celebrating its 88th year, the Festival of Nations is the longest-running multicultural festival in the Midwest.
Be a Part of History
The Festival of Nations runs from April 30-May 5, 2020, in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Located at the Saint Paul RiverCentre, you can experience the whole world all in one place. Advanced tickets can be purchased only at the International Institute of Minnesota from March 1, 2020, until April 30, 2020, with sales closing at 5 p.m. You can purchase your tickets on the phone or in person. If ordered over the phone, your tickets will be left at the will-call window for pick up. Prices are $11 for ages 18 and up, and $8 for youth aged 5-17. Children ages five and under are free when accompanied by a paying adult.
During the festival, prices are $13.50 for adults 18 and up, and youth tickets are $8 ages 5-17. Children are free, accompanied by a paying adult. Additionally, a World Pass is available that grants entry on all of the days of the festival. It can only be purchased in advance at the International Institute of Minnesota, and costs $18 for those 18 years and up, and $12 for youths aged 5-17 years old.
For schools, groups, and refund policy, please reference the above link to the Festival of Nations website.
Explore Downtown Saint Paul
You and your family will be able to explore the immensely beautiful downtown Saint Paul area, known for its art, entertainment centers, great cuisines, and gorgeous scenic outdoor spaces. Outside of the festival, be sure to check out the scenic river views from the Padelford Riverboats, or the AAW Gallery of Wood Art for a look at the contemporary and vintage works, as well as a gift shop for keepsakes.
The Cathedral of Saint Paul is a must-see, as it provides a gorgeous sight of architecture and local culture. For a day out with the family, the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory or the Science Museum of Minnesota is perfect to lose yourself in nature during your stay.
Expand Your Taste Buds Here
The food scene in Saint Paul is just as diverse as the Festival of Nations. While you are here, consider expanding your palate with the tasty Latin cuisine of Barrio Lowertown. For more of the local scene, The Bulldog Lowertown has a great happy hour and an extensive list of appetizers to enjoy. If you are looking for a more elevated dining experience, Kincaid’s Fish, Chop & Steakhouse is a great option to sit and enjoy a fabulous meal in a beautiful dining room.
Staying For a Few Days? Try These Hotels
Some downtown hotels in St. Paul include the Hyatt Place St. Paul/Downtown hotel. It is a great stay for families looking to be close to the festival. It’s a good home base to enjoy what Downtown has to offer, too! This sleek and modern hotel provides a cozy and relaxing stay for those looking to stay for a few days, with a breakfast bar, market, and bar available for guests each day. Both a fitness center and a pool that is perfect for swimming laps are available, so there is no reason to leave behind those exercise clothes! With both rooms and suites available, you are sure to find what you’re looking for here.
For more of a fancy experience, the InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront Hotel provides a modern stay overlooking the Mississippi River. Guests will have access to standard and executive rooms and suites and the Citizen Modern American Cuisine & Bar. Additionally, the Holiday Inn St. Paul Downtown gives guests a well-priced stay with an indoor pool, a gym, and an Irish style tavern.
Don’t Forget Your Curiosity
Your stay in Saint Paul will be unforgettable with the Festival of Nations. Explore cultures you never have before, and delve into the vibrant local culture while you are here! With plenty of activities to choose from and a festival to attend, there is no reason to put off booking your stay. Hurry to buy your tickets for the Festival of Nations now. Don’t forget to pack an open mind!