MEA Weekend Family Guide: Oct 15-18, 2020

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Things to do in  Minneapolis & St Paul this weekend!

MEA Weekend is fast approaching, so if you like to plan ahead Family Fun Twin Cities has compiled a list for you to use as a starting point for this fabulous, fall four-day weekend.  If you plan more spur of the moment like me, these options will be on our October Family Events & Activities Guide for quick access. Also, be sure to check our Family Fun Calendar and Fall Fun Family Guide for dozens more ideas.

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Pick your pumpkin – plus more fun fall festivities, many with special MEA hours!

Patches are in full swing this weekend, and we’ve got the details on 15 we think are worth checking out for their fall activities, farm animals, and fresh produce. Some of our favorites include Country Sun Farm (Lake Elmo), Lendt’s Pumpkin Patch (Wyoming), Peter’s Pumpkins & Carmen’s Corn (Shakopee) and — it’s a splurge but classic fall fun — Pinehaven Farm. Jump over to Pick One: Twin Cities Pumpkin Patches or click the graphic for more outing ideas.

Get our complete guides to Twin Cities apple orchards and pumpkin patches!


Love them, fear them, however you feel about corn mazes, they are a staple of outdoor fall fun in Minnesota. Several are opening this weekend, or are already open to challenge you with their latest design. Here are a handful of our favorites:

  • Twin Cities Harvest Festival Corn Maze | Brooklyn Park
    This is the king of all Minnesota corn mazes at 20 acres. Please note: In 2020, only the pumpkin patch, sunflower field, market & corn maze will be open. General admission is free; corn maze tickets are $6-$8/pp. Daily, Sept 19-Nov 1, 2020. Weekends 10-6pm.
  • Afton Apple Orchard | Hastings
    3 levels of difficulty suit all ages at this 15-acre corn maze. The orchard has more to explore, like pick-your-own apples and pumpkins. Maze open Sept 19 – Oct 31, 2020. Sat 10am-10pm, & Sun 10am-6pm. $8-$10/pp, under 3 free.
  • Fischer’s Croix Farm Orchard | St. Croix Trail South, Hastings
    Corn maze suitable for what we would call “beginners” (like us). Plus pick-your-own apples. Weekends, 11am-4:30pm. Free admission to orchard, $3 to ride the tractor to the corn maze.

Find more of our suggestions for Twin Cities corn mazes.

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Wargo Fall Festival | Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes
Play pioneer games, try cider pressing and take nature walks. Oct 17, 2-4pm, FREE.

Lantern Lit Trails | Richardson Nature Center, Bloomington
Hike on a lit trail, relax around a campfire and follow a new Story Stroll provided by Hennepin County Libraries each week. Bring your own s’mores supplies. Oct 15, 6-8pm. FREE.

Free Family Fun Day: Patterns in Nature | Mississippi Gateway Regional Park,
Dress for the weather and drop in anytime between 1-3pm. Oct 18, FREE.


So many not-so-scary ways to celebrate with the family! Need a complete list of the different options? We have it for you in our monster Twin Cities Halloween Fun Guide. Notable special events during MEA Weekend include:

Pumpkin Parking Lot Bingo  | Zanewood Activity Center, Brooklyn Park
Play bingo to win pumpkins and tickets to Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze. Pre-registration required. Oct 15, 4-5pm.

Pumpkin Pursuit in the Parks | Fridley Parks
Interactive, team scavenger hunt Price: $25/team of up to 8 players. Choose your mission: Video, Photo, Text, and GPS. Oct 16-17, learn more and register here.

Scavenger Hunt | Peninsula Point Two Rivers Park, Anoka 
Clues Give at the time of the event and will cover a large part of Anoka. Registration required, all ages. Oct 17, 1pm-3pm, FREE.

DIY Clay Haunted House | Rumriver Art Center, Anoka 
Hand build your own clay haunted house. Registration required. Oct 17, 10am-12pm, Price: $30/pp. (Find more Rumriver Halloween Themed events here).

Halloween Medallion Hunt | Anoka 
$500.00 to the winner of the 2020 Medallion Hunt. Clues posted at 1pm on Facebook Page. Oct 17, Price: $3/pp.

Halloween Family Fun Day | Weaver Lake Pk, Maple Grove
Nearly 20 activities including monster inflatables, Dizzy Mummy, Enchanted Castle, Scarecrow Jump, Witches Ring Toss, Pumpkin Rolling, fishing in the Bottomless Well, and more. Treat bags, crafts, scream contest and a fashion show. Oct 17, 1-4pm. $6/child ages 2-8; pre-registration is required.

Waconia Scarecrow Tour
Self-guided tour. Ballots available at area businesses. Vote for your favorite scarecrow for a chance to win a night at AmericInn Waconia! Through Oct 18, 2020.


Please keep in mind that there will likely be visiting restrictions and other safety precautions, including possible required reservations to limit the number of visitors.

Minneapolis Institute of ArtNOW OPEN, FREE BUT TICKET REQUIRED.

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden – adjacent to the Walker Art Center. Follow the link to reserve your required tickets to visit the museum.


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