Get ready for a bumper crop of Twin Cities Fall Festivals! Find these fun family events near the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area all through the fall.
9/4/19-9/7/19: Burnsville Fire Muster
Family highlights:Don’t miss the fire truck demonstrations, annual community and fire truck parade and fireworks. FREE admission.
9/5/19-9/8/19: Inver Grove Heights Days
Family highlights: Community Family Fun Night, kids treasure hunt, grand parade and fireworks. FREE admission. ($3 Button required for many events, including Family Fun Night and Kids Treasure Hunt).
9/6/19-9/8/19: James J. Hill Days | Lake Street, Downtown Wayzata
Family highlights: $5 cruises on the Steamboat Minnehaha, a carnival, parade, and fireworks. FREE admission.
9/6/19-9/8/19: CountryFest | St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Oak Grove
Family highlights: Entertainment, kids games and food.
9/7/19: Harvest of Art Celebration | Eagan Art House
Family highlights: Short film festival, artist demos and other entertainment. 1-8pm.
9/7/19: Mac-Grove Fest | Groveland Park, St. Paul
Family highlights: Live entertainment, fire truck visit, and crafts. Activities include climbing wall, bounce house, gaga pit, etc.
9/7/19: Minneapolis Monarch Festival | Lake Nokomis, 49th & Woodlawn
Art-making activities, guided nature walks, music and monarch exhibits. 10am-4pm.
9/7/19-9/8/19: Edina Fall into the Arts Festival | Centennial Lakes Park, Edina
Family highlights: A nice excuse to enjoy the outdoors while the weather is still nice while viewing works by local and regional artists.
9/7/19-9/8/19: Grape Stomp Festival | St. Croix Vineyards
Family highlights: Grape stomping competitions for both children and adults, live music and tours.
9/7/19-9/22/19: Eagan Art Block | Eagan
Family highlights: Kid-friendly activities include coloring & hot cocoa, CAP Super Saturday, National Dot Day, movie screenings.
9/7/19-10/27/19: Scarecrow Festival | Emma Krumbees, Belle Plaine | Open daily 10am-6pm | $6/pp | Family highlights: Admission includes activities like tractor trikes, wagon rides, a slide and the annual Great Scarecrow Display. (They haven’t updated their website, but we have verified that the Festival is going)
9/8/19: Johnny Appleseed Day | Bruentrup Heritage Farm, Maplewood | FREE | Family highlights: Bouncy house, haywagon rides, cider-making, old-fashioned cars, try to work a peddle tractor, cornhusk craft, butter making and face painting.
9/13/19-9/14/19: St Paul Oktoberfest | Historic Schmidt Brewery
Family highlights: Opening parade, bed races and a kids carnival.
9/13/19-11/3/19: Sever’s Fall Festival | Shakopee (Note new address in 2019)
Family highlights: A full lineup of fun – obstacle course, corn maze & pits, petting zoo, magic shows, zip line, playground and jumping pillow; additional activities extra. Fri-Sun, $14-$15/pp
9/14/19: Blaine World Fest | Blaine
Family highlights: Cultural learning booths, and ethnic food vendors and food trucks. 1-4pm.
9/14/19: Golden Valley Arts & Music Festival | City Hall Campus
Family highlights: Family-friendly live entertainment, games, art activities and artist vendors to browse.
9/14/19: Nickle Dickle Day | Waconia
Family highlights: Kid Zone, live music, library sale. FREE.
9/14/19: Wild Rice Festival | Harriet Alexander Nature Center, Roseville
Family highlights: Games for all, activities with Gibbs Farm, Native American dancing and drumming, hands-on demos and much more. 10am-4pm, FREE admission.
9/14/19: Minnesota Children’s Book Festival | Anderson Center, Red Wing
Family highlights: One of Family Fun Twin Cities favorite annual events! Meet local children’s book authors, hear them read from their books and purchase a signed copy. There are also games, activities and art projects and it is always a beautiful drive.
9/14/19: Otsego Prairie Festival | Prairie Park, Otsego
Family highlights: Catch firetruck displays, a carnival and fireworks at dusk. 10am-dusk, FREE.
9/14/19: Fulton Fall Festival | Pershing Park, Minneapolis
Family highlights: A bike parade, inflatables, carnival games and a petting zoo. 11am-3pm, FREE.
9/15/19: Twin Cities Veg Fest | Harriet Island, St Paul
Family highlights: Free samples! 11am-5pm.
9/20/19-9/21/19: Bayport Derby Days | Lakeside Park, Bayport
Family highlights:Duck Derby, community kickball, kid-friendly activities, bonfire and ice cream social, fireworks over the St. Croix River.
9/21/19: East Harriet Fall Fest | 40th Street between Lyndale & Aldrich, Minneapolis
Family highlights: Kids activities and facepainting, music, free massages. 11am-4pm, FREE.
9/21/19: Excelsior Apple Day | Downtown Excelsior
Family highlights: Tots will love the Happy Apple Kids Corner, parents may like the artisan vendors, music and street dance. 9am-10pm, FREE.
9/21/19: Bloomington Heritage Days | Nativity of Mary Catholic Church grounds
Family highlights: Live music and performing arts, parade. FREE admission.
9/21/19: Plymouth on Parade | Plymouth City Center
The parade kicks off at 10:30 followed by free family activities such as ice skating and swimming.
9/21/19-9/22/19: Lakeville Art Festival | Downtown Lakeville
Family highlights: 70+ exhibitors and a “Young at Art” tent for youth. 10am-5pm, FREE admission.
9/21/19: Japanese Garden Festival | Normandale Japanese Garden, Bloomington
Family highlights: Garden tours, sword demos and kids activities.
9/21/19-9/22/19: Lone Oak Days Fall Festival | Holz Farm, Eagan
Family highlights: Old fashioned fun farm includes pedal tractors, kids coin hunt, animals in the barn, fun farm chores & more. 11am-4pm, $2/admission.
9/21/19-10/27/19: Twin Cities Harvest Festival & Maze | Brooklyn Park
Family highlights: This destination festival includes a mega corn maze (and a mini one for kids!), corn pit, petting zoo and hayrides. Additional activities available for an extra fee. Open weekends 10am-6pm, $10-$12/pp.
9/21/19: Delano Oktoberfest | Delano
Family highlights: FREE kinderspiel (kids play) area featuring bounce houses, games of skill & excitement with Oktoberfest prizes. $5/adult
9/22/19: Open Streets on 50th | W 50th Street, Edina
Visit the shopping district for food samplings, free fitness activities, music, games and more. 1-5pm.
9/28/19: Fall Raptor Release | Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, Hastings
Family highlights: The Raptor Center releases rehabbed birds at 11am & 2pm plus wagon rides, kids activities and educational displays. 10am-3pm, FREE admission.
9/28/19: Art on the Strip | Bass Lake Road and Sherburne Ave N, Crystal
Family highlights: Artists, pefromers, salsa dancing, dane party, create your own lawn signs. 10am-1pm, FREE admission.
9/28/19-9/29/19: Afton Art in the Park | Town Square Park
Family highlights: Art vendors and Franconia Sculpture Park’s free art pavilion for kids with fall crafts and spin art. 10am-5pm, FREE admission.
9/28/19-9/29/19: Pahl’s Market Fall Festival | Pahl’s Market, Apple Valley
Family highlights: Pick a pumpkin, send the kids through the straw maze and corn box, enjoy storytime, face painting and more. 9am-5pm.
9/28/19-10/13/19: Afton Apple Fest | Afton Apple Orchard, Hastings | Weekends only, 10am-6pm | $4-$5/pp | Family highlights: Admission includes hayrides, run of the playground and tire hill, petting farm, magician, music and other live entertainment.
10/5/19: Celebrate the Harvest | Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista | 9:30am-3:30pm | Family highlights: Dog shows, pumpkin weigh-off, wagon rides, crafts, cooking demos & more. FREE.
10/5/19-10/16/19: Annual Apple Festival | Fischer’s Croix Farm Orchard, Hastings
Family highlights: Activities at the orchard including their wagon rides, straw mountain, farm animals and family-friendly corn maze. 9:30am-5pm, FREE admission.
10/5/19 & 10/12/19: Family Fun Saturdays | Barten Pumpkins, New Prague | 10am-2pm | Family highlights: Play free pumpkin bowling and and take the kids for free pony rides, hay rides, and caricature drawings. FREE admission.
10/6/19: Fall Color Blast | Warner Nature Center, Marine on St Croix
Family highlights: Celebrate with a canoe paddle, live music, and bee hive demos. 12-5pm, suggested donation of $10/vehicle.
10/10/19: Harvest Fest | Frogtown Farm Park, St Paul
Family highlights: Games, festivities and cook off. 4pm-7pm, FREE admission.
10/10/19-10/13/19: Fall Into Winter Fair | Afton Alps, Hastings | Family highlights: Family entertainment at Afton’s annual Ski & Snowboard Swap includes chairlift rides, inflatables, live music, movies and more. FREE.
10/12/19-10/13/19: Stillwater Harvest Fest, Downtown Stillwater | 10am-6pm | Family highlights: Kids activities all day both days, plus don’t miss the pumpkin regatta & giant pumpkin drop. FREE.
10/19/19: A Sibley Site Haunting | Sibley Historic Site | 7-9pm | $10/pp | A guided flashlight tour of the Faribault basement and the Sibley House with “ghosts” from different eras of the Sibley Site, s’mores and mysterious questions. Recommended for ages 13+/