Arts & Performance

Marine Village School Production of Annie KIDS

Students in grades K-4 will delight audiences with this beloved tale of pluck and possibility.

Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, 'Annie KIDS' features everyone’s favorite optimist on her quest to find her parents. Full of show-stopping songs and delightful dialogue, Annie KIDS will remind theatergoers young and old that, “the sun will come out tomorrow!” Read more about Marine Village School Production of Annie KIDS

Gingerbread House Building Contest

As part of Stillwater's Hometown for the Holidays Candy Town weekend, the community is invited to pull out their rolling pins, grab a frosting bag and build gingerbread houses for submission in our first ever Gingerbread Building Contest. The contest is free and open to all ages and skill levels.

Entries will be on display from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at the Water Street Inn Ballroom. Open to the public for viewing and voting.

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:
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World Snow Sculpting Championship 2023

The Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the City of Stillwater, is honored to host the 2nd World Snow Sculpting Championship competition sanctioned by the Association Internationale de Sculpture sur Neige et Glace based in Finland. Teams from around the world will travel to Stillwater, Minnesota to create amazing snow sculptures while competing for prize money and the title of the World Champion. This will be a judged event and will include social events, activities, ceremonies, the people's choice award, and will be fun for the whole family. Read more about World Snow Sculpting Championship 2023

Stillwater Nutcracker by St Croix Ballet Opens Thanksgiving Weekend

'The Stillwater Nutcracker,' now celebrating its 31st year, is a family-friendly version of the classic ballet, choreographed to the music of Tchaikovsky, and follows the storyline of a young girl named Clara and her Christmas dream. Our version includes a live narration and the exuberant dancing of children from age five and up who grace the show with beauty and spirit.

November 25, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
November 26, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
November 27 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Read more about Stillwater Nutcracker by St Croix Ballet Opens Thanksgiving Weekend

Hilltop Pumpkin Party 2022

Join us for this free family fun outdoor event now featuring the 69th Annual Rotary Halloween Parade and Costume Contest. Come early and make sure to register for the costume contest starting at 1:30. The Rotary Club of Hudson prizes include cash prizes for the Top 5 "Best Costumes" in four age groups (4 years and younger; 5-7 years; 8-10 years; 11 years and up). Best Group (top 2) receive $45/$25 and Best of Show receives $150.
Families will also enjoy:
  • Horse Drawn Wagon Rides

Stillwater Harvest Fest

Stillwater Harvest Fest, held the second weekend of October each year, is one of the premier events in downtown Stillwater and one of the largest of its kind in the Midwest. Several times, Stillwater Harvest Fest was the number one giant pumpkin weigh off in the world. That is determined by the combined weight of the Top 10 pumpkins brought to the scale. In 2010 we had a World Record pumpkin.

Highlights of Harvest Fest: Read more about Stillwater Harvest Fest

Natural Heritage Art Centre Grand Opening


Mingle during the cocktail hour from 5–6 p.m. amidst the first exhibition in the Heritage Gallery entitled "Becoming" by artist Sara Brokke from Duluth, Minnesota. The show features an incredible collection of Brokke's work that truly brings to life the vibrant future of the Natural Heritage Art Center by visually demonstrating the intersection of art and ecology.


Basque in the rhythm of language from 6:30–7:30 p.m. with a smattering of award-winning poets such as Zoë Fay-Stindt, Thomas R. Smith, Cole Williams, Natalie Deam and friends. Read more about Natural Heritage Art Centre Grand Opening


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