Things to do in Minneapolis & St Paul this weekend!
This Twin Cities Family Weekend Guide covers the weekend of September 4-5, 2021 – Labor Day Weekend. To find our most recent guide, click here.
This weekend is another chance to visit the MINNESOTA STATE FAIR. If you choose to go, we have some ideas for having a great time with the family. If you’re waiting until next year, we hope you’ll check back with us when it rolls around again. And if you’ve never been a fan of the Fair, we have plenty of other ideas for this weekend. You can SEPTEMBER FAMILY GUIDE or our fully-stocked FAMILY FUN CALENDAR for more last-chance summer fun ideas on what to do this weekend in the Twin Cities with your kids!
going to the minnesota state fair?
The Minnesota State Fair is in full swing this weekend and we’ve got a family guide for you bursting with tips and our picks for the best FREE family entertainment on the Fairgrounds. Discount admission and ride tickets are still available through Wednesday, Aug 25. Skip to our quicklinks:
- Minnesota State Fair 2021: 20 Ideas for Free Family Fun
- Best Bets for Live Family Entertainment at the 2021 Minnesota State Fair
- 50 Things To Do For Families at the Minnesota State Fair
More Family Festivals this weekend in the twin cities
fun outdoor activities in the parks this weekend
Featured here for the weekend is just a taste of all that’s going on across the incredible Twin Cities park systems. You can get more ideas on our FAMILY FUN CALENDAR or browse the links below to search for local fun events & things to do with kids this weekend in the parks.
SOME FUN FAMILY IDEAS FOR THIS WEEKEND
MISSISSIPPI GATEWAY REGIONAL PARK in Brooklyn Park is connected to COON RAPIDS DAM REGIONAL PARK by an exciting walk across the dam. So it’s really a double feature – two parks in one straddling the river with things to do on both sides including a visitor center, nature play area, bike trails and a playground.
Each Sunday in September, Mississippi Gateway hosts a FREE FAMILY FUN DAY with drop-in activities from 1-3pm. This weekend the theme is “leaf art”. Take note if you’re from the SW Metro: RICHARDSON NATURE CENTER in Bloomington also hosts this program.
Want to explore more nature centers? Check out the links on our big list of Twin Cities nature & interpretive centers for all the details.
Featured Twin Cities Park Events this weekend
This gem tucked away in Maplewood is open one Sunday & Monday/month in the summer for FREE. Labor Day is the final chance to visit! There are some fun exhibits for kids, including a fire truck to climb on, and volunteers typically offer a craft and guide you through the farmhouse. Sept 5-6, 11am-2pm.
GALE WOODS FARM invites you and your kids to visit the animals and explore the barn, gardens, greenhouses and pastures. Reservations required. Sept 4, 9am-12pm, $5/pp.
Drop in between 1-3 to see the great horned owl in his new home, learn about owls and make an owl craft. Stay to explore the nature center, nature play area & boardwalk area. Located in ELM CREEK PARK RESERVE, Maple Grove. Sept 5.
Hands-on living history programs fun and free of charge located in POND DAKOTA MISSION PARK in Bloomington. New themes each Saturday. Drop in Sept 4 from 1-4pm.
Catch the final strains of the summer concert series at the LAKE HARRIET BANDSHELL. Bring a picnic dinner and let the kids have the run of the playground. Music performed Sat-Mon, Sept 4-6.
Visit a twin cities apple orchard this weekend
VISIT THE APPLE ORCHARD LABOR DAY WEEKEND!
Apple Jack Orchards | Delano
Fall Harvest Orchard | Montrose
more ideas for things to do this weekend in the twin cities with kids
August is on the way out but this list of 30 Things To Do in the Twin Cities Before Labor Day still might inspire a fun family outing this weekend.
A kickoff party to the fall with outdoor music & dancing. Pick up an art kit to do a project in the Sculpture Garden or take home. Free gallery admission for the whole family. Tickets required in advance. 10am-3pm.