Free Twin Cities September Family Events & Activities

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.


9/3/19: Free Tuesday @ Washington County Parks 
Explore Washington County Parks free on the first Tuesday of every month (non-holiday). No vehicle permit required. Find a listing of parks here.

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: Free Family Music Series: Jack Brass Band | MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis
Join in for performances at 10:15 & 11:15am, sample classes, instrument play, crafts and snacks.

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.

9/15/19: Target Free 3rd Sunday | Minnesota Children’s Museum, St Paul
Explore the revamped museum FREE of charge; expect to wait in line for admission. 9am-5pm.

9/16/19: Free 3rd Mondays | Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska
For family-time inspiration, check out 10 Things For Kids: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. 8am-8pm.

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.

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Free Twin Cities September

Sept 4-7Burnsville 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 7-8: Edina Fall into the Arts Festival | Centennial Lakes Park, Edina

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 14: Wild Rice Festival | Harriet Alexander Nature Center, Roseville

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: Fall Raptor Release | Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, Hastings 

Sept 28-29: Afton Art in the Park | Town Square Park

Find More Information in our Fall Festival Guide


apple orchards - Free Twin Cities September

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.

Deardorff Orchards - Free Twin Cities September

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
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

Minnetonka Orchards - Free Twin Cities September

Pine Tree Apple Orchard | White Bear Lake
Hours: Click here for current hours | Free admission, additional fees for activities. Apples are pre-picked only.

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.


Minneapolis Institute of Arts | Minneapolis | Daily, 11am-5pm

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.

Lakeshore Learning Free Crafts for Kids | TC locations | Ongoing Saturdays, 10am-3pm.

Saturday Live! | George Latimer Central Library, St Paul
Fresh entertainment every Saturday including live music, puppetry, magicians and more. Ongoing Saturdays, 11:15am.

Drop-in Discoveries | Tamarack Nature Center, White Bear Lake
Stay to play in the amazing outdoor nature playground Discovery Hollow while you still can! Ongoing Saturdays, 10am-12pm.

Discovery Hollow - Bald Eagle-Otter Lakes Regional Park - Free Twin Cities September

September Free Family Fun Days | Three Rivers Parks
Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park (Brooklyn Park side of the river) select Sundays, 1-3pm
Richardson Nature Center select Sundays, 3-4pm

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

MOA Toddler Tuesdays | Mall of America Rotunda
Live entertainment and activities guaranteed to excite the stroller set. Upcoming event schedule here. Ongoing Tuesdays, 10am – noon

Free Tuesday Nights | Minnesota History Center, St Paul | Ongoing Tuesdays, 3-8pm

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.

Games Galore | Union Depot, St Paul
Play giant-sized versions of classic games including chess, checkers, Connect Four, Dominoes and more. Ongoing Wednesdays, 10am-8pm.

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 Children’s Entertainment | Edinborough Park Amphitheater, Edina
Ongoing Thursdays starting mid-September, noon.


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.

Top Kids Storytimes in the Twin CitiesKid-friendly Twin Cities Coffee Shops
Twin Cities Nature CentersSt Paul & Minneapolis Free Tot Times



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