Skip to main content

A World's Fair in Minnesota? State will make its bid for Expo 2023

  • Author:
  • Updated:

A Superbowl in 2018, an NCAA Final Four tournament in 2019 – and a World's Fair in 2023?

It could be in the cards for Minnesota.

According to the Expo2023 Facebook page, a committee of Minnesota business leaders and boosters on Friday announced that they have begun planning to submit the formal bid to host the 2023 event. The bid will center on the theme "Healthy People, Healthy Planet: Wellness and Well-Being for All."

Minnesota World’s Fair Bid Committee Co-Chairs are Marilyn Carlson Nelson and Lois Quam, who met with reporters on Friday as the effort was launched. Bid director and former Secretary of State Mark Ritchie also attended the event.

Ritchie said the effort will be privately funded and that he doesn't expect the state or federal governments to chip in any financial help.

The Expo2023 website predicts the event would bring 12 million visitors to Minnesota, and calculates that they would bring $4 billion in tourism dollars with them.

The Star Tribune notes that the 2023 event, which would be staged from mid-May to mid-August, would be the first World's Fair in the U.S. since 1984. The World's Fair is more than 150 years old and traditionally attracts millions of visitors.

Minnesota's bid is for a smaller event that is scheduled between the bigger ones that are held every five years.

The bid committee hasn't yet determined where in the Twin Cities they'd put the fair, but the events -- and the visitors -- would be expected to fan out to other parts of the state.

Next Up

2 (3)

Focus is on family fitness at this year’s Twin Cities Marathon

Don’t miss out on the running, racing and all the fun things to do for the whole family

Screen Shot 2022-08-18 at 2.29.47 PM

Family's tributes to mother killed by partner in St. Paul murder-suicide

The 30-year-old was killed by her partner, who then killed himself.


Eagan man killed after crashing into traffic signal

The 30-year-old crashed into a traffic light early Wednesday morning.

Melvin Carter

What's in Mayor Melvin Carter's budget proposal?

Here's what the St. Paul mayor is putting his focus on for the upcoming year.

WCCO building

Digital, streaming employees at WCCO-TV vote to unionize

The 15 employees will join on-air talent and producers as members of the SAG-AFTRA union.


Police arrest man suspected of sexual assault, weapons threat in Eagan

The investigation prompted a SWAT response in an Eagan neighborhood on Tuesday.


Minnesota's COVID-19 update for the week ending Tuesday, August 16

The latest reporting period averaged just under 1,300 new cases per day.


Jason and Carly Zucker sell Edina home for $4.18M

The property was bought in 2020, months after Jason Zucker was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Legacy Lot Random (1 of 6)

Gallery: Luxury living is par for the course here

Cragun’s Golf Resort Communities Offer Stunning Views Along with Resort-Style Living