September Weekend Family Fun: Go Play Outside!


September is that glorious month in Minnesota where it’s still possible to run around in shirtsleeves, enjoying the sunshine. We like to make every early fall day count – and prove it with weekends packed full of festivals, craft fairs, farm fun and other reasons to run around in the outdoors. We’ve listed our picks for this weekend below; for more ideas hop over to our September Family Events Guide or our Family Fun Calendar.


September Weekend Family Fun

We can’t get enough of the fresh outdoor fall festivals that populate every corner of the Twin Cities this time of year. Here are two we think are worth your time this weekend; find a dozen more on our Fall Family Festival Calendar.

Sat, Sept 15: Wild Rice Festival | Harriet Alexander Nature Center, Roseville | 10am-4pm
Games for all, activities with Gibbs Farm, Native American dancing and drumming, hands-on demos and much more. FREE admission.

Sat Sept 15: Golden Valley Arts & Music Festival | City Hall Campus
Family-friendly live entertainment, lawn games, kids karaoke, art activities and artist vendors to browse.  Parade steps off at 9:30am. FREE admission.

OUTDOOR PARKS PICK – Silverwood Park, St Anthony

Outdoors, Silverwood offers a combination of natural space and art for independent exploration. If you prefer guided exploration, there are regular free artist and naturalist led hikes. If you need to take a break indoors, the coffee shop is a great place to have adult conversations with kids in tow. There are games and coloring materials available for the kids and art on display everywhere.

September Weekend Family Fun

Sat, Sept 15: Field Trip | 11am-5pm
Celebrating local artisans and the beauty of the park together with the local community has never been so colorful and vibrant.  You will be able to enjoy the park sculptures, build a fort in the woods, play Lawn Jenga, blow bubbles, go on a scavenger hunt, shop at the vendor booths and walk the park paths. Read all about our take on the Field Trip at the link.


Sat, Sept 15: Saturday Mornings on the Farm | Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista 
Calling all farmhands! Help out with chores, spend time with the animals and participate in other fall farm activities. This is the final Saturday Mornings event of 2018 Closed-toe shoes required. 9:30am-12pm, $5/pp.

September Weekend Family Fun

Sun, Sept 16: Leaf Printing | Eastman Nature Center, Maple Grove

Design a t-shirt (bring your own or purchase a child-size for $1) inspired by nature and painted with fall leaves then take a hike outdoors while your new togs dry. Cost is $5 per family. Eastman is located within the beautiful Elm Creek Park Reserve – stay to experience the huge Elm Creek Park Reserve Play Area before the temps drop.

September Weekend Family Fun


Take a break from the chicken fingers and Kraft and head to one of these outdoor events where you just may be able to expand your littles’ palate a bit:

Sat, Sept 15: Eat Street Fest | Nicollet Ave between 25th and 27th street | 1-9pm
Be a part of the first-ever Eat Street Fest, a celebration of the multicultural Whittier neighborhood  in Minneapolis. Enjoy live music, performances, international fare, and activities from the neighborhood’s many arts and cultural organizations.

Sun, Sept 16: Twin Cities Veg Fest | Harriet Island, St Paul | 11am-5pm
Free samples! Try cuisine, take home recipes and watch cooking demos. Think the kids might get bored once their tummies are full? Harriet Island Regional Park has a great playground and is near enough to the Mississippi to (safely) boat-watch.

September Weekend Family Fun

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