It’s all about apples here in the Twin Cities in September and into October. Local orchards and other attractions are open for business and many have special apple festivals and events going on to tickle the taste buds.
13 Twin Cities Apple Festivals & Events in the Twin Cities
Open late August-mid November: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Apple House | Gate fee: $15/pp ages 15 & up | There are at least a dozen more reasons to come out during the fall season, but if it is simply fresh apples you seek, then skip the gate fee and visit the Apple House one mile west of the Arboretum entrance. There you can purchase special varieties cultivated by the U of M.
Sept 8: Johnny Appleseed Day | Bruentrup Heritage Farm, Maplewood
Bouncy house, haywagon rides, cider-making, old-fashioned cars, try to work a peddle tractor, cornhusk craft, butter making and face painting. 11am-4pm, FREE.
Sept 15: Arts & Apples Festival | Woodbury Lakes
Apple sampling, pie eating contest, instrument petting zoo, Madeline musical preview performance, arts and craft stations. 12pm-3pm, FREE.
Sept 21: Excelsior Apple Day | Downtown Excelsior
Tots will love the Happy Apple Kids Corner, parents may like the artisan vendors, music and street dance. 9am-10pm, FREE.
Sept 21: Apple Festival | Gibbs Farm, Falcon Heights
All things apple! Treats, games, crafts, a tour through the orchard, and all food included. Gibbs Farm is a wonderful place for families to take a step back in time. Walk through the historic farmhouse and one-room school, explore how native Minnesotans lived on the prairie, and pay a visit to the farm animals.10am-4pm $5-$8/pp.
Starts Sept 28 & 29: Afton Apple Fest | Afton Apple Orchard, Hastings
Admission includes hayrides, run of the playground and tire hill, petting farm, magician, music and other live entertainment. Weekends only through Oct 13, 2019, 10am-6pm. $4-$5/pp.
Oct 5: Apple Festival | The Landing, Shakopee
Meet with costumed characters living in the village and explore the history of Minnesota apples, play period games, try your hand at a cider press. 10am-2pm, $5-$8/pp.
Oct 5 & 26: Apple Cidering | Richardson Nature Center, Bloomington
Make and taste old-fashioned apple cider. Discover the history of cidering in North America. Walk-ins welcome (space permitting). Pre-Register Event #4RNC3050. 2-3:30pm, $4/pp.
Oct 5-6 & Oct 12-13: Annual Apple Festival | Fischer’s Croix Farm Orchard, Hastings
Activities at the orchard including their wagon rides, straw mountain, farm animals and family-friendly corn maze. 9:30am-5pm. FREE admission, $3/pp wagon ride to the corn maze.
Oct 6: Apple Cidering | Westwood Nature Center, St Louis Park
Explore how plants are getting ready for winter on a leaf and seed hike. Then discover how a cider press changes apples into cider. Finish with a refreshing apple cider treat. 12:30-2pm, $8/pp.
Oct 6 & Oct 13: Apple Cidering | Wood Lake Nature Center, Richfield | 3-4:30 | $3/pp
Oct 6 & Oct 13: Apple Cider Demonstration | Eastman Nature Center, Maple Grove
Make cider with an old-time press and taste the product. Learn about the history of cidering. 1-4pm, FREE.
More apple orchard family fun:
Visit our Apple Orchard Guide to find orchards in all corners of the Twin Cities metro. Most of these locations offer pick-your-own apples along with all manner of fall farm fun!