Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation

The Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation is a non-profit membership organization that produces the Saint Paul Winter Carnival.  Thanks to our members, sponsors, fundraisers, donors, and charitable gaming efforts, we have been able to continue this century-long tradition and create fun, family-friendly celebrations each year for the Saint Paul community. 

~ 138th Winter Carnival ~ 

The Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation’s 138th Saint Paul Winter Carnival will run for 10 days – all day on weekends and evenings during the week. From Thursday, January 26 through Saturday, February 3, 2024, the festival will attract 100,000+ people from Saint Paul and beyond to celebrate winter in Minnesota. Landmark Center, located in the heart of downtown Saint Paul, the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, and businesses throughout the city will be venues for event festivities, which include ice carving competitions, family-friendly artistic and educational activities, and much more! 

The festival has expanded each year to provide new programming that reflects changing demographics of the community. Landmark Center features free entertainment activities from diverse cultures: music and dance by local artists, hands-on crafts, and food and merchandise booths from around the world. 

100,000 visitors a year

The Saint Paul Winter Carnival attracts over 100,000 visitors a year and has an approximately $2 – $3 million dollar economic impact to the city of St. Paul and the State of Minnesota.

Foundation Mission

To foster a sense of community, pride, belonging and connectedness by celebrating Saint Paul’s unique history and emerging heritage through fun and educational experiences.


The Saint Paul Winter Carnival, City of Lakes Loppet, and U.S. Pond Hockey Championships are proud founding partners of The Great Northern.

The Great Northern celebrates our cold, creative winters through ten days of diverse programming that invigorate mind and body. In an era of changing climate that threatens our signature season, The Great Northern seeks to create community, inspire action, and share the resilient spirit of the North with the world. www.thegreatnorthernfestival.com