Fall into September savings on Twin Cities Family Events – many apple orchards and pumpkin patches offer free admission along with a full harvest of fall festivals.
9/6/19: Forever Wild Family Friday: Park Play | Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Eagan
Get out as a family and hike the fall trails. 7-8:30pm.
9/7/19: First Free Saturday: Dance the Day Away | Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Activities are geared towards kids ages 6-12, but don’t let that stop you from bringing your littler ones! Free gallery admission for the whole family. Get out and explore the new sculpture garden. 10am-3pm
9/7/19: Home Depot Kids Workshop | TC Home Depot locations
The first Saturday of each month kids get a kit to build, apron and pin while supplies last; adults must accompany children. 9am-noon.
9/7/19: Minneapolis Monarch Festival | Lake Nokomis, 49th & Woodlawn
Art-making activities, guided nature walks, music and monarch exhibits. 10am-4pm
9/8/18: Second Saturdays at TPT | Twin Cities PBS, St Paul
Activities are all free but reserving a time slot is required. 8-11am
9/8/19: Minneapolis Institute of Art Family Day | Minneapolis | 11am-5pm
9/13/19: Movies on the Hill: Smallfoot | Hyland Hills Ski Area, Bloomington | 6-10:30pm
9/14/19: Field Trip | Silverwood Park, St Anthony
Make it a family day of art-making, live music, creative play and an outdoor art fair. 11am-5pm.
09/15/19: Eat Street Fest | Nicollet Ave between 25th and 27th
Live music, performances, international fare, and activities from the neighborhood’s many arts and cultural organizations will collectively reflect and celebrate who and what Whittier is at its heart. 1-9pm.
9/28/19: Fall Raptor Release | Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, Hastings
The Raptor Center releases rehabbed birds at 11am & 2pm plus wagon rides, kids activities and educational displays. FREE admission. 10am-3pm.
9/28/19: National Public Lands Day Celebration | Lebanon Hills Park, Eagan
Spend the day participating in park restoration projects followed by a thank-you lunch. Try canoeing and kayaking, enjoy live music, and other activities. Registration for morning restoration projects required.
September is Library Card Sign Up Month. Not only is a Library Card FREE, but you can actually calculate how much the library saves your family each month here. Check out your closest library:
- Anoka County Library / Columbia Heights Library
- Dakota County Library
- Hennepin County Library
- Ramsey County Library
- Saint Paul Public Library
- Washington County Library
Sept 4-7: Burnsville Fire Muster
Sept 5-8: Inver Grove Heights Days
Sept 6-8: James J. Hill Days | Lake Street, Downtown Wayzata ($3 button required for some events)
Sept 6-8: CountryFest | St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Oak Grove
Sept 7: Harvest of Art Celebration | Eagan Art House
Sept 7-22: Eagan Art Block | Eagan
Sept 7: Minneapolis Monarch Festival | Lake Nokomis, 49th & Woodlawn
Sept 8: Open Streets University of Minnesota | Minneapolis
Sept 13-14: St. Paul Oktoberfest | Historic Schmidt Brewery
Sept 14: Fulton Fall Festival | Pershing Park, Minneapolis
Sept 14: Minnesota Children’s Book Festival | Anderson Center, Red Wing
Sept 14: Blaine World Fest | Blaine
Sept 14: St. Louis Park Art Fair | The ROC, St. Louis Park
Sept 14: Open Streets West Broadway | Minneapolis
Sept 14: Otsego Prairie Festival | Prairie Park, Otsego
Sept 14: Golden Valley Arts & Music Festival | City Hall Campus
Sept 14: Nickle Dickle Day | Waconia
Sept 15: Twin Cities Veg Fest | Harriet Island, St Paul
9/15/19: Arts & Apples Festival | Woodbury Lakes
Sept 20-21: Bayport Derby Days | Lakeside Park, Bayport
Sept 21: Bloomington Heritage Days | Nativity of Mary Catholic Church grounds
Sept 21: Excelsior Apple Day | Downtown Excelsior
Sept 21: Japanese Garden Festival | Normandale Japanese Garden, Bloomington
Sept 21: Plymouth on Parade | Plymouth City Center
Sept 21-22: Lakeville Art Festival | Downtown Lakeville
Sept 21 & 28: Rockpoint Church Fall Festival | Lake Elmo (Sat only)
Sept 22: Open Streets on 50th | W 50th Street, Edina
Sept 22: Open Streets Nicollet | Minneapolis
Sept 27-28: Taste of Northeast | St Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral, Minneapolis
Sept 28-29: Afton Art in the Park | Town Square Park
Sept 28-29: Pahl’s Market Fall Festival | Pahl’s Market, Apple Valley
Aamodt’s Apple Farm | Stillwater
Hours: 10am-6pm daily, PYO 10am-5pm daily | Limited free kids activities, fees for additional activities and PYO apples.
Applecrest Orchards | Hugo
Hours: Daily, 9am-7pm | Additional fee for pre-picked apples only, no PYO.
Applewood Orchard | Lakeville
Hours: Daily, 10am-6pm | Limited free kids activities, additional fees for activities and PYO apples.
Apple Jack Orchards | Delano
Hours: August, Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sept-Oct, daily 10am-6pm | Admission and a limited amount of activities (small playground, petting farm and hay bales) are free; most additional activities require a fee.
Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center Orchard | Hastings
Open: Daily, 8am-4:30pm (nature center hours) | Pre-picked apples only.
Deardorff Orchards & Vineyard | Waconia
Hours: Orchard, Tues-Sun, 10am-6pm & Winery Tasting Room, Winery hours: Friday 12-6pm, Saturday 11-6pm, Sunday 12-6pm | Free family activities, food and PYO apples available for purchase.
Fall Harvest Orchard | Montrose
Hours: Thurs-Sun, 10am-6pm | Many children’s activities, small fee for additional activities and PYO apples.
Fisher’s Croix Farm Orchard | Hastings
Hours: Tues-Sun, 9:30am-5pm | Fees for additional family activities.
LuceLine Orchard | Watertown
Hours: Weekends, 10am-4pm | Some free children’s activities, fees for additional activities.
Minnetonka Orchards | Minnetrista
Hours: Daily, 10am-7pm | Admission is free on weekdays, $7/pp on weekends
Pleasant Valley Orchard | Taylors Falls
Hours: Daily, 10am-6pm | Limited free children’s activities, extra fee for PYO apples available on select weekends only.
Sponsel’s Minnesota Harvest | Jordan
Hours: Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm & Sat-Sun, 9am-6pm | Limited free children’s activities, additional fee for PYO apples.
Sunrise River Farm | Wyoming
Hours: Tues-Sun, 10am-6pm | Free admission and kids activities, additional fee for PYO.
Victoria Valley Orchard | Shoreview
Hours: 9am-6pm | Pre-picked apples only.
Whistling Well Farm | Hastings
Hours: Daily, 9am-6pm | Limited free children’s activities.
Barten Pumpkins | New Prague
Open mid-Sept through Halloween 2019, 9am to 7 pm. Free admission, thousands of pumpkins are $1 to $6. Free pony rides (see website for day and time), free hay rides (see website for day and time), free natural play area every day.
Country Sun Farm | Lake Elmo
Open daily, 9am-7pm weekdays & 9am-5pm weekends starting mid-Sept thru Halloween, 2019. Free admission with a charge for all fall activities with the exception of the petting farm and outdoor display photo ops.
Lendt’s Pumpkin Patch | Wyoming
Open daily, mid-Sept thru Halloween 2019 – 9 am to dusk. PYO pumpkins/$4 ea. Weekend hayrides $3/pp.
Marshall’s Farm Market | Eden Prairie
Open daily 10-6:30. Free admission, pumpkins range from $1-$12.
Pleasant Valley Orchard | Shafer
Open daily 10am-6pm. Admission is free; extra fee for weekend hayrides to the pumpkin patch ($3/pp).
Tom’s Pumpkin Farm | Lindstrom
Open daily, 10am-dusk mid-Sept thru Halloween, 2019. Free admission, pick-your-own pumpkin and carry it out, $3.99 any size.
Peter’s Pumpkins & Carmen’s Corn | Shakopee
Open weekdays 11am – 6pm, weekends 9am – 6:30pm. Free admission and hayrides to pick-your-own pumpkins from the field. Enjoy the working farm and free face painting on October weekends.
Waldoch Farm Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze | Lino Lakes
Open daily, mid-Sept thru Halloween 2019; 10am-7pm. Hayride to the pumpkin patch is complimentary, pumpkins are sold by size and starting at $3. You can also tour Joyer Barnyard without paying an admission fee.
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory | St Paul
Seasonal events include the Fall Flower Show in the Conservatory’s sunken garden, storytime at noon, and animal programs throughout the day. Daily, 10am-6pm, suggested donation of $2/child & $3/adult, but all welcome whether or not you choose to donate.
Nature Rocks! Open House | Eden Prairie Outdoor Center, Eden Prairie
Enjoy free family-friendly activities such as hiking, hands-on interaction with live animals, craft projects and more. Ongoing Saturdays, 9am-noon.
Saturday Live! | George Latimer Central Library, St Paul
Fresh entertainment every Saturday including live music, puppetry, magicians and more. Ongoing Saturdays, 11:15am.
Open House at Pond Dakota Mission Park | Bloomington
Come by the historic Gideon Pond house in the park for tours, living history lessons and other interactive activities. Ongoing Sundays, 1:30-4pm.
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory | St Paul
Seasonal events include the Fall Flower Show in the Conservatory’s sunken garden, storytime at noon, and animal programs throughout the day. Daily, 10am-6pm | suggested donation of $2/child & $3/adult, but all welcome whether or not you choose to donate.
Parent/Tot Time & Preschool Open Gym | Apple Valley Community Center
Burn off some energy with other kids, develop motor skills and coordination. A special tot time for tykes ages 2 & under is held from 9-9:30am followed by open play for 5 & under until 11. Ongoing Mon/Wed/ Fri, 9:30-11am | Ages 5 & under w/ caregiver
Wee Wednesdays | Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis
In the past, MGM has offered dance troupes, cooking lessons, and live animals to entertain kids. Stay for lunch — there are many tasty ethnic vendors to choose from, and several offer specials on Wednesdays. Park in the adjacent Midtown Exchange Ramp up to 1.5 hrs. free with validation. Ongoing Wednesdays, 10:30am – 1pm.
MGM is also offering free fall Neighborhood Nights Thursdays, Sept 12-Oct 24, 2019 with family entertainment and puppet performances by Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre. Family Fridays run year-round with live music and other activities for families from 5:30-7:30pm at the market.
Lil Explorer Thursdays | Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St Paul
The hall between the Visitor Center and the Conservatory is filled with hands-on activities, manipulatives, art projects and games perfect for the 4 & under set. Explore a different theme each week. Ongoing Thursdays starting through April 2020, 10am-noon.
FREE WEEKLY TWIN CITIES ACTIVITIES
Free abounds in the Twin Cities. Many local bookstores, libraries and other businesses offer free storytimes during the week. Local coffee shops & cafes serve parents with free dedicated play spaces. Nature centers are wonderful places that offer free admission and hands-on exhibits and outdoor play opportunities most days of the week. And dozens of St Paul & Minneapolis recreation centers offer free open gyms and tot times to run your littles ragged during the cooler months. Explore from our links below.
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