Minnesota: A state blessed with 10,000 lakes, four beautiful seasons, and countless romantics looking for love in all the right places! What better place to find a perfect happily-ever-after than one of Minnesota’s uniquely fun, flirty, artsy, musical, fishy or, yes, frigid festivals?

Festivals of Love brings you nineteen wonderful love stories, each set at a different local celebration. From finding an honest-to-goodness genie on the banks of the Mississippi during a jazz festival to taking out a handsome sportscaster on a frozen lake during a pond hockey tournament, the heroines and heroes of Festivals of Love will bring you on romantic journeys that go back in time, celebrate contemporary themes, sigh at young love, and even delve into the fantasies that fill all our dreams of romance. 

Join us when a missing WWII soldier shocks the girl who thought she’d lost him; when the magic of Judy Garland brings together two smart, giving, creative men; for a little magic between a singer, an artisan, and their fairy godmother at the Renaissance Festival; and for unrequited love that fuels a food fight between would-be lovers on a pair of parade floats. 

From pond hockey to zombie pub crawls, food trucks to fantastic art in the heart of Minneapolis, and from poignant to fun-filled, the authors of Midwest Fiction Writers who brought you the popular Love in the Land of Lakes anthology, will enchant you with the short stories in their delightful new collection. Come visit these festivals of love with us!