Welcome to the weekend! In search of some inspiration on how to spend what’s predicted to be a lovely couple of fall days with colors close to peak and Halloween creeping ever closer? We’ve spotlighted some best bets for October Weekend Family Fun — fall festivals, pumpkin patch rambles and not-so-spooky holiday treats with a road trip thrown in if you’re feeling extra adventurous. For more ideas for this weekend and beyond, zip over to our Family Fun Calendar, packed with both free and budget family activities.
FALL FESTIVAL PICKS:
10/13-15: Pumpkin Nights | Minnesota State Fairgrounds, Falcon Heights | Fri-Sat 6:30pm-midnight | $16-20/pp, $64/family packs include 2 adults & 2 kids | Family highlights: A mile-long walking path lined with 3,000 hand-carved pumpkins in 12 themed worlds to create a multi-sensory Halloween experience. Our family has loved this experience!
10/14-15: Apfelfest | The Landing, Shakopee | 10am-5pm | $5-$8/pp | Meet with costumed characters living in the village and explore the history of Minnesota apfels (Germanspeak for apples). Trolleys provide transportation through the site.
For more fall festivals, jump over to our Twin Cities Fall Family Festival Calendar.
PUMPKIN PATCH PICKS:
Patches are in full swing this weekend, and we’ve got the details on 14 we think are worth checking out for their fall activities, farm animals, and fresh produce. Here’s a quick look at what Wheel Fun Rentals pumpkin patches have to offer families; for more options try Pick One: Twin Cities Pumpkin Patches or click the graphic.
Wheel Fun Rentals Pumpkin Patches | 2 Twin Cities locations: Veteran’s Memorial Park, Richfield & Como Lake, St Paul | Open weekends, 10am-sunset | Admission wristbands $3-$9/pp | Activities vary at each patch and include mini golf, inflatables, a hayride and more plus PYO pumpkins.
HALLOWEEN EVENT PICK:
10/15/17: Family Art Sunday | Banfill-Locke Center for Arts, Fridley | 1-3pm | Drop in for a Funky Pumpkin craft, take an art scavenger hunt in the galleries and have a spooky snack.
For dozens of additional Halloween events & activities, try FFTC’s Guide to Twin Cities Halloween Fun.
FALL WEEKEND ROAD TRIP PICK:
Oktoberfest in New Ulm, Minnesota
Enjoy the peak of fall colors en route to this south central Minnesota town a couple hours’ drive from the Twin Cities. Oktoberfest in New Ulm, running Oct 13-14 is rocking with a festival, parade and activities reflecting the city’s proud Germanic heritage! Other nearby attractions with a stop for families are the Harkin Store, Schell Brewery and Flandrau State Park.
FALL SHOWTIME PICK:
Spookley the Square Pumpkin | Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins | Oct 14-15 | $16/pp | Follow the adventures of a misfit pumpkin. Grab your tickets while you can!