Free Twin Cities October Family Events & Activities

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With 12 children between them, the parents of the Family Fun Twin Cities team sure appreciate a good deal. And October is filled with them – from FREE Halloween events and fall festivals without admission fees to ongoing family art programs, special grand openings and open houses. For hundreds more ideas on how to find free Twin Cities events & entertainment in October, visit our Family Fun Calendar.


Forever Wild Family Friday | Lebanon Hills Park Visitor Center, Eagan
Oct 2, 7-8:30pm.

Halloween Movie Night – Coco | Riverfront Memorial Park, Anoka
Bring your blanket,chair and enjoy a movie under the stars. Oct 2, movie to start at DUSK (7:20pm).

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. Oct 6, 2020.

Puppet Adventures of Ned the Naturalist | Silverwood Park, St Anthony
Three engaging puppet shows with a park naturalist. Oct 18, 1-3pm.

Free 3rd Mondays | Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska
For family-time inspiration, check out 10 Things For Kids: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Oct 19, 2020. 8am-8pm.

Wargo Fall Festival | Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes 
Pioneer-style games and nature activities. Oct 17, 2-4pm.


First Free Saturday | 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. Tickets must be reserved online in advance. Oct 3, 2020, 10am-3pm.


Minneapolis Institute of Art Virtual Family Day | Minneapolis
Pick up a free Family Day Artist Tote with art supplies then visit the virtual family day link for content and tutorials. Oct 10-11, 2020. 11am-5pm.

Free Twin Cities October Family Events & Activities


FREE Halloween events have made their way into our 2020 Twin Cities Family Halloween Guide. Find our quick list here or click on the graphic to get all the details:

Oct 10, 2020: PunkinMania | Mahtomedi

Oct 25, 2020: Great Pumpkin Halloween Festival | Landmark Center

Oct 24, 2020: Children’s Pumpkin Carving Contest | Peninsula Point Park, Anoka 

Oct 24, 2020: Halloween Family Movie Night – The Addams Family | New Hope Outdoor Theater

Oct 30, 2020: Goblins on Ice | The Rec Center, St. Louis Park

Oct 31, 2020: Anoka Grande Day Parade – Drive By | Anoka
This year, families will “parade” by several decorated locations to enjoy from the safety of their cars. 11-3pm.

Oct 31, 2020: Vadnais Heights Community Halloween Party

Oct 31, 2020: Main Street Trick or Treat | Downtown Stillwater

Oct 31, 2020: Bloomington City-Wide Drive-Thru BOO | Northwestern Health Sciences University

TBA 2020: BareBones Halloween Extravaganza

Free October Family Events


Jump to our huge list of the best Twin Cities pumpkin patches with all the details!

Barten Pumpkins | New Prague – Open mid-Sept through Halloween 2020 during daylight hours. Live music and a bubble machine select weekends.

Country Sun Farm | Lake Elmo – Reservations required for weekend visits. Free petting farm.

Lendt’s Pumpkin Patch | Wyoming – PYO pumpkins daily, 9 am to dusk.

Marshall’s Farm Market | Eden Prairie – Daily, 10am-7pm.

Pleasant Valley Orchard | Shafer – Weekend hayrides to the pumpkin patch ($4/pp). Open daily 10am-6pm.

Tom’s Pumpkin Farm | Lindstrom – PYO pumpkins ($4 any size) and a corn maze ($4-$6/pp). Daily, 10am-dusk.

Peter’s Pumpkins & Carmen’s Corn | Shakopee – Free weekend hayrides to pick-your-own pumpkins from the field and a free corn maze.

Waldoch Farm Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze | Lino Lakes – Open daily, 10am-7pm.


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Want to find things to do in Minneapolis & St Paul this weekend? Find our current Weekend Family Guide, packed with suggestions.

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.

October Free Family Fun Days | Three Rivers Parks
Mississippi Gateway Regional Park Sundays, 1-3pm

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, please check the website first. FREE, donations appreciated.


MOA Toddler Tuesdays | Mall of America Rotunda
Currently screening family-friendly videos in the Rotunda. Ongoing Tuesdays, 10am – noon.

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.

Free Children’s Entertainment | Edinborough Park Amphitheater, Edina
Reserve your space. Ongoing Thursdays, 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.

Free October Family EventsKids Storytimes in the Twin Cities Kid-friendly Coffee Shops
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