Twin Cities Fall Family Festival Calendar

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Get ready for a bumper crop of fall festivals in the Twin Cities!

9/6-9: Burnsville Fire Muster | Family highlights: Don’t miss the fire truck demonstrations, annual community and fire truck parade and fireworks (9/9). New in 2017 – FREE admission.

9/8-10: James J. Hill Days | Lake Street, Downtown Wayzata | Family highlights: $5 cruises on the Steamboat Minnehaha, a carnival, parade,  and fireworks. FREE admission.

9/8-10: Inver Grove Heights Days | Family highlights: Community Family Fun Night, kids treasure hunt, grand parade and fireworks. FREE admission.

9/8-10/29: Sever’s Fall Festival | Shakopee | Fri-Sun | $14-$15/pp | Family highlights: Admission includes a full lineup of fun – obstacle course, corn maze & pits, petting zoo, magic shows, zip line, playground and jumping pillow; additional activities extra.

9/9-10: Energy Fair | Harriet Island | Family highlights: 80 Workshops and 60 exhibits (including family-friendly topics) are FREE and open to the public!.

9/16/17: Otsego Prairie Festival | Prairie Park, Otsego | 10am-dusk | Family highlights: Catch firetruck displays, a carnival and fireworks at dusk. FREE admission.

9/9-10/29: Scarecrow Festival | Emma Krumbees, Belle Plaine | Open daily 10am-6pm | $6/pp | Family highlights: Admission includes activities like tractor trikes, wagon rides, a slide and the 33rd annual Great Scarecrow Display.

9/15-16: St. Paul Oktoberfest | Historic Schmidt Brewery | Fri 4-10pm, Sat 10am-10pm | Family highlights: Authentic Munich-style celebration. Family-friendly by day. FREE admission.

9/16/17: Bloomington Heritage Days | Nativity of Mary Catholic Church grounds | Family highlights: Live music and performing arts, parade. FREE admission.

9/16/17: Excelsior Apple Day | Downtown Excelsior | 9am-10pm | Family highlights: Tots will love the Happy Apple Kids Corner, parents may like the artisan vendors, music and street dance. FREE.

9/16/17: Golden Valley Arts & Music Festival | City Hall Campus | Family highlights: Family-friendly live entertainment, games, art activities and artist vendors to browse. FREE admission.

9/16/17: Nickle Dickle Day | Waconia | Family highlights: Kid Zone, live music, library sale. FREE admission.

9/16/17: Wild Rice Festival | Harriet Alexander Nature Center, Roseville | 10am-4pm | Family highlights: Games for all, activities with Gibbs Farm, Native American dancing and drumming, hands-on demos and much more. FREE admission.

9/16-17: Lakeville Art Festival | Downtown Lakeville | 10am-5pm | Family highlights: 70+ exhibitors and a “Young at Art” tent for youth. FREE admission.

9/23/17: Fall Raptor Release | Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, Hastings | 10am-3pm | Family highlights: The Raptor Center releases rehabbed birds at 11am & 2pm plus wagon rides, kids activities and educational displays. FREE admission.

9/23/17: Party in the Prairie | Richardson Nature Center, Bloomington | 3-8:30pm | $7-$9/pp | Family highlights: SO much to do – climbing wall, live music for all ages, lawn games, scavenger hunt, live animals and a story stroll.

9/23/17: Plymouth on Parade | Plymouth City Center | 10:30am-2pm | The parade kicks off at 10:30 followed by free family activities such as ice skating and swimming.

9/23-24: Afton Art in the Park | Town Square Park | 10am-5pm | Family highlights: Art vendors and Franconia Sculpture Park’s free art pavilion for kids with fall crafts and spin art. FREE admission.

9/23-24: Lone Oak Days Fall Festival | Holz Farm, Eagan | 11am-4pm | Family highlights: Old fashioned fun farm includes pedal tractors, kids coin hunt, animals in the barn, fun farm chores & more. FREE admission.

9/24/17: Open Streets on 50th | W 50th Street, Edina | 1-5pm | Visit the shopping district for food samplings, free fitness activities, music, games and more.

9/24/17:  Joni and Friends Day at the Maze | Rockpoint Church, Lake Elmo | 2 pm-6 pm | Family (with Special Needs) highlights: Wagon rides, shooting a corn cannon, and the corn maze. A hotdog dinner will be provided. RSVP Joni and Friends 952-933-7777 or

9/23-10/29: Twin Cities Harvest Festival & Maze | Brooklyn Park | Open weekends 10am-6pm | $10-$12/pp | Family highlights: This destination festival includes a mega corn maze (and a mini one for kids!), corn pit, petting zoo and hayrides. Additional activities available for an extra fee.

9/30/17: Apple Festival | Gibbs Farm, Falcon Heights | 10am-4pm | $5-$8/pp | Family highlights: All things apple! Treats, games, crafts, a tour through the orchard, and all food included.

9/30/17: Rockpoint Church Fall Festival  |  Lake Elmo | 11am-3pm | FREE ADMISSION | Family highlights: The annual Fall Festival is free event open to all in the community and beyond. It’s a fun Fall activity for you and your family/friends to enjoy. corn maze, corn cannon, pedal karts, carnival games, food trucks, wagon rides, live music, photobooth, bowling alley, and more!

9/30-10/15: Afton Apple Fest | Afton Apple Orchard, Hastings | Weekends only, 10am-6pm | $4-$5/pp | Family highlights: Admission includes hayrides, run of the playground and tire hill, petting farm, magician, music and other live entertainment.

10/5-15: Fall Fair | Afton Alps, Hastings | Family highlights: Family entertainment at Afton’s annual Ski & Snowboard Swap includes chairlift rides, inflatables, live music, movies and more. FREE.

10/7 & 10/14: Family Fun Saturdays | Barten Pumpkins, New Prague | 10am-2pm | Family highlights: Play free pumpkin bowling and and take the kids for free pony rides, hay rides, and caricature drawings. FREE admission.

10/7-8 & 14-15: Annual Apple Festival | Fischer’s Croix Farm Orchard, Hastings | 9:30am-5pm | Family highlights: Activities at the orchard including their wagon rides, straw mountain, farm animals and family-friendly corn maze. FREE admission.

10/14/17: Fall on the Farm | Eidem Homestead, Brooklyn Park | 12-3pm | $4-$6/pp, 4 & under free | Family highlights: Join in harvest time, cider pressing, pumpkin carving and more.

10/14-15: Stillwater Harvest Fest, Downtown Stillwater | 10am-6pm | Family highlights: Kids activities all day both days, plus don’t miss the pumpkin regatta & giant pumpkin drop. FREE.

10/14-15: Prospect Park 2nd Annual Harvest Festival | Prospect Park Garden, Minneapolis | 5-8:30pm | Family highlights: Food fresh from the garden and live entertainment! FREE.

10/15/17: Wargo Fall Festival | Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes | 2-4pm | Family highlights: Play pioneer games, try cider pressing and take nature walks. FREE.

TBD: Johnny Appleseed Day | Bruentrup Heritage Farm, Maplewood | 11am-3pm | $3-$4/pp | Family highlights: Admission nets you hayrides, a petting zoo, butter-making, games and crafts. Tour the historic farmhouse and new exhibits.

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Anne Kingston

If we left it up to Anne to write her own bio, it would never get posted. She doesn't enjoy talking about herself, but Anne does love exploring the Twin Cities with her family and sharing her finds here. She, her husband and their four kids are lifelong residents of St. Paul.


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