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.
TWIN CITIES FALL FESTIVALS IN SEPTEMBER 2021
September Weekends, 2021: Minnesota Renaissance Festival | Shakopee
Explore the Fairy Wing Forest and Mermaid Cove, take in a maypole dance, craft a wand or pirate hat, learn to juggle and much more. Open weekends 9am-7pm. $12.50+.
September – October, 2021: Scarecrow Festival | Emma Krumbees, Belle Plaine
Scarecrow displays, rides, food, weekend entertainment, tractor-pulled wagons to the orchard and pumpkin patch. Admission is $6.50/pp.
September 4-6, 2021: Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes | Maple Grove
Chalkfest Family Zone is set aside for families to create together, plus games, music and food.
September 7-11, 2021: Burnsville Fire Muster
Medallion Hunt starts Tuesday, City block party Wednesday evening, car show Thursday, Festival Friday & Saturday. Don’t miss the fire truck demonstrations, annual community and fire truck parade and fireworks on Saturday. FREE.
September 8-12, 2021: Inver Grove Heights Days
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.
September 10-11, 2021: Oktoberfest | GAI, St. Paul
Two days of music, food and German culture. FREE.
September 10-12, 2021: James J. Hill Days | Lake Street, Downtown Wayzata
Carnival, logrolling, parade, and fireworks. FREE.
September 10-12, 2021: CountryFest | St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Oak Grove
Entertainment, kids games (Saturday 2-5pm) and food. Youth block party Friday evening. FREE.
September 10-October 31, 2021: Sever’s Fall Festival | Shakopee
A full lineup of fun – obstacle course, corn maze, petting zoo, magic shows, zip line, playground and jumping pillow; additional activities extra. Open Fri-Sun & MEA Weekend, $17/pp.
September 11, 2021: Open Streets West Broadway | Minneapolis
A portion of West Broadway will be closed to traffic and open to people to explore their community. 11am-5pm.
September 11, 2021: St. Louis Park Art Fair | The ROC, St. Louis Park
Shop local art, enjoy food trucks, entertainment, demos, and community art projects. Free.
September 11, 2021: Minneapolis Monarch Festival | Lake Nokomis, 49th & Woodlawn
Art-making activities, guided nature walks, music & monarch exhibits. 10am-4pm, FREE.
September 11, 2021: Mac-Grove Fest | Edgcumbe Rec Center, St. Paul
Music and dance, food trucks, arts & crafts, and more. 11am-4pm. FREE.
September 11, 2021: Blaine World Fest | Tom Ryan Park, Blaine
Cultural learning booths, and ethnic food vendors and food trucks. 1-4pm. FREE.
September 11, 2021: Fulton Fall Festival | Pershing Park, Minneapolis
A bike parade, inflatables, carnival games and a petting zoo. 11am-3pm, FREE.
September 11-12, 2021: Edina Fall into the Arts Festival | Centennial Lakes Park, Edina
A nice excuse to enjoy the outdoors while the weather is still nice while viewing works by local and regional artists. FREE.
September 11-12, 2021: Grape Stomp Festival | St. Croix Vineyards
Grape stomping competitions for both children and adults, live music and tours. FREE.
September 11-25, 2021: Eagan Art Block | Eagan
Kid and family-friendly activities, over 30 events in the 15 days. FREE.
September 17-18, 2021: Bayport Derby Days | Lakeside Park, Bayport
Duck Derby, community kickball, kid-friendly activities, bonfire and ice cream social, fireworks over the St. Croix River.
September 18, 2021: Otsego Prairie Festival | Prairie Park, Otsego
Catch firetruck displays, a carnival and fireworks at dusk. 10am-dusk, FREE.
September 18, 2021: Nickle Dickle Day | Waconia
Kid Zone, duck races, live music, library sale. FREE.
September 18, 2021: Linden Hills Festival | Linden Hills Park, Minneapolis
Live music, food vendors and fun. FREE.
September 18, 2021: Fiesta Latina | CLUES St Paul
Usually held in August, this family-friendly community festival celebrating Latin culture through arts, health & wellness, fitness, food and entertainment conveniently falls the first weekend of Hispanic Heritage Month in 2021.
September 18, 2021: Wild Rice Festival | Harriet Alexander Nature Center, Roseville
Games for all, activities with Gibbs Farm, Native American dancing and drumming, hands-on demos and much more. 10am-4pm, FREE admission.
September 18, 2021: Plymouth on Parade | Plymouth City Center
Family activities 9:30-12:30pm, parade at 10:30. FREE.
September 18, 2021: Minnesota Children’s Book Festival | Anderson Center, Red Wing
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.
September 18, 2021: Delano Oktoberfest | Delano
FREE kinderspiel (kids play) area featuring bounce houses, games of skill & excitement with Oktoberfest prizes. $5/adult.
September 18, 2021: White Bear Township Day | White Bear Township
Family-friendly activities, music, vendors, car show and fireworks to end the night.
September 18, 2021: Fall Festival | Holz Farm, Eagan
Old fashioned fun farm includes pedal tractors, kids coin hunt, animals in the barn, fun farm chores & more. 11am-4pm, $3/admission. (Pre-Registration Required)
September 18-19, 2021. Art & Apples on the Lake | Downtown Excelsior
Get creative in the Kids Art Tent. Listen to local music and try out regional food vendors. Tots will love the Happy Apple Kids Corner, parents may like the artisan vendors, music and street dance. 9am-10pm, FREE.
September 18-19, 2021: Lakeville Art Festival
70+ exhibitors and a “Young at Art” tent for youth. 10am-5pm, FREE admission.
Sept 18 & 25, 2021: Rockpoint Church Corn Trail
Downsized to a corn trail (instead of maze) and wagon rides this year, but still free and fun. 11am-4pm.
September 18-31, 2021: Twin Cities Harvest Festival & Maze | Brooklyn Park
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, $7-$11/pp.
September 19, 2021: Twin Cities Veg Fest | Harriet Island, St Paul
Sample the offerings at the Midwest’s biggest plant-based festival. 11am-5pm. FREE admission.
September 21, 2021: East Harriet Fall Fest | Minneapolis
Kids activities and face painting, music, free massages. 11am-4pm, FREE.
September 25, 2021: St. Louis Park Roctoberfest
Rock and polka music, food, beverages, beer and games/challenges for all ages and prizes. 5-9pm, $5/pp.
September 25, 2021: Gale Woods Farm Fall Festival | Minnetrista
Sheepdog shows, llamas, textile crafts, meet farm animals & tour the gardens. $5/pp.
September 25, 2021: Fall Raptor Release | Carpenter Nature Center, Hastings
The Raptor Center releases rehabbed birds at 11am & 2pm plus wagon rides, kids activities and educational displays. 10am-3pm, FREE admission. CANCELLED FOR 2021 – VIRTUAL EVENT ONLY.
September 25, 2021: Gibbs FArm Apple Festival | Falcon Heights
All things apple! Treats, games, crafts, a tour through the orchard, and all food included. 10am-4pm, $5-$8/pp.
September 25-26, 2021: Pond Dakota River Rendezvous
Experience the life of Minnesotans between 1800 and 1870 through story-telling, games and interactive demos. The Pond House is located in Bloomington. 10am-5pm, $10/adults, $5/children.
September 25-26, 2021: Afton Art in the Park | Town Square Park
Art vendors and free art pavilion for kids with fall crafts and spin art. 10am-5pm Saturday & 11am-4pm Sunday, FREE admission.
September Festivals We Are Watching
Open Streets on 50th | W 50th Street, Edina
Visit the shopping district for food samplings, free fitness activities, music, games and more. 1-5pm, FREE. (Sept 27, 2020)
Art on the Strip | Bass Lake Road and Sherburne Ave N, Crystal
Artists, performers, salsa dancing, dance party, create your own lawn signs. 10am-1pm, FREE admission. (9/28/19)
TWIN CITIES FALL FESTIVALS IN OCTOBER 2021
Oct 2, 2021: Oktoberfest at Midtown Global Market
Pop-up German entertainment (music & food) and kids activities (balloon artist, storyteller & crafts). 12-4pm, FREE.
Oct 2, 2021: KidX Flannel Fest | Maplewood Mall
Paint a mini pumpkin and play some fall-themed games. Wear your favorite flannel if you’d like. 1-3pm, FREE.
October 2-3, 2021: Minnesota Renaissance Festival | Shakopee
Explore the Fairy Wing Forest and Mermaid Cove, take in a maypole dance, craft a wand or pirate hat, learn to juggle and much more. Open weekends 9am-7pm. $12.50+. Final Weekend.
October 2-3, 2021: Pahl’s Market Fall Festival | Pahl’s Market, Apple Valley
Pick a pumpkin, send the kids through the straw maze and corn box, enjoy storytime, face painting and more. 9am-5pm, $5/pp admission covers the activities.
Oct 2 & 9, 2021: Rockpoint Church Corn Trail
Downsized to a corn trail (instead of maze) and wagon rides this year, but still free and fun. 11am-4pm.
October 2-3, 9-10 and 16-17, 2021: Afton Apple Fest | Afton Apple Orchard, Hastings
Admission includes hayrides, run of the playground and tire hill, petting farm, magician, music and other live entertainment. Weekends only, 10am-6pm. $6-$8/pp.
Oct 9, 2021: Fall on the Farm | Eidem Homestead, Brooklyn Park
Join in harvest time, farm chores and other demonstrations, and house tours. 12-3pm, $20/family.
October 9-10, 2021: Carpenter Nature Center Apple Fest | Hastings
Fall fun activities include pick-your-own apples, cider demos, live music & animals and kids activities. 10am-5pm, FREE.
October 9-10, 2021: Stillwater Harvest Fest
Kids activities all day both days, plus don’t miss the pumpkin regatta & giant pumpkin drop. 10am-6pm, FREE.
October 10, 2021: Open Streets Lyndale | Minneapolis
Lyndale Avenue will close to street traffic so people can explore and their community in person. 11am-5pm.
October 16, 2021: Wargo Fall Festival | Lino Lakes
Play pioneer games, try cider pressing and take nature walks. 2-4pm, FREE.
October 16: Caponi Art Park Leaf Fest
Enjoy the changing colors of the forest and all the fun that comes with it: the annual leaf pile, arts and crafts activities, make-your-own treats, and more. FREE! More Ways to Enjoy Fall Colors in Minnesota.
October 24, 2021: Open Streets Minnehaha | Minneapolis
Minnehaha Avenue South will close to street traffic so people can explore and their community in person. 11am-5pm.
October Festivals We Hope to Return in 2022
Family Fun Saturdays | Barten Pumpkins, New Prague
This event is not happening in 2021 but families can still stop by the pumpkin patch for entertainment on select weekends such as live bands and antique farm equipment displays.
Harvest By the Lake Festival | Dock & Paddle, Como Park,
Harvest Fest | Frogtown Farm Park, St Paul
Other events taking place at Frogtown Farm this fall include Theater at the Farm and Pizza on the Farm. See the website for more details.
Fall Into Winter Fair | Afton Alps, Hastings
Family entertainment at Afton’s annual Ski & Snowboard Swap includes chairlift rides, inflatables, live music, movies and more. FREE admission.
Watch for These Fall Festivals in 2022
Golden Valley Arts & Music Festival | City Hall Campus
Family-friendly live entertainment, games, art activities and artist vendors to browse. (Sept 12, 2020)
Johnstock | Johnson St NE, Minneapolis
A community neighborhood festival. (Sept 18-19, 2020)
Bloomington Heritage Days | Nativity of Mary Catholic Church grounds
Live music and performing arts, parade. FREE admission.
Open Streets Nicollet | Minneapolis.
In the meantime, three Open Streets dates will go forward in 2021 – West Broadway on 9/11, Lyndale on 10/10 and Minnehaha on 10/24.