Get ready for a bumper crop of fall festivals in the Twin Cities!
Early September-Late October: 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 33rd annual Great Scarecrow Display.
9/5/18-9/8/18: Burnsville Fire Muster | Family highlights: Don’t miss the fire truck demonstrations, annual community and fire truck parade and fireworks. FREE admission.
9/7/18-9/9/18: James J. Hill Days | Lake Street, Downtown Wayzata | Family highlights: $5 cruises on the Steamboat Minnehaha, a carnival, parade, and fireworks. FREE admission.
9/7/18-9/9/18: CountryFest | St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Oak Grove
9/7/18-9/9/18: 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).
9/7/18-10/28/18: Sever’s Fall Festival | Shakopee | Fri-Sun | $14-$15/pp | Family highlights: Admission includes a full lineup of fun – obstacle course, corn maze & pits, petting zoo, magic shows, zip line, playground and jumping pillow; additional activities extra.
9/8/18: Minneapolis Monarch Festival | Lake Nokomis, 49th & Woodlawn | 10am-4pm | Art-making activities, guided nature walks, music and monarch exhibits.
9/8/18: Fulton Fall Festival | Pershing Park, Minneapolis | 11am-3pm | Family highlights: A bike parade, inflatables, carnival games and a petting zoo.
9/8/18: Harvest of Art Celebration | Eagan Art House | 1-8pm | Family highlights: Short film festival, artist demos and other entertainment.
9/8/18-9/9/18: 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.
9/8/18-10/28/18: 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 33rd annual Great Scarecrow Display.
9/9/18: Johnny Appleseed Day | Bruentrup Heritage Farm, Maplewood | $3-$4/pp | Family highlights: Farm tours, wagon rides, cider-making and face painting.
9/14/18-9/15/18: 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,
9/14/18-9/15/18: St Paul Oktoberfest | Historic Schmidt Brewery | Family highlights: Opening parade, bed races and a kids carnival.
9/15/18: 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.
9/15/18: Otsego Prairie Festival | Prairie Park, Otsego | 10am-dusk | Family highlights: Catch firetruck displays, a carnival and fireworks at dusk. FREE
9/15/18: Bloomington Heritage Days | Nativity of Mary Catholic Church grounds | Family highlights: Live music and performing arts, parade. FREE admission.
9/15/18: Golden Valley Arts & Music Festival | City Hall Campus | Family highlights: Family-friendly live entertainment, games, art activities and artist vendors to browse. FREE
9/15/18: Nickle Dickle Day | Waconia | Family highlights: Kid Zone, live music, library sale. FREE
9/15/18: Wild Rice Festival | Harriet Alexander Nature Center, Roseville | 10am-4pm | Family highlights: Games for all, activities with Gibbs Farm, Native American dancing and drumming, hands-on demos and much more. FREE admission.
9/15/18: Rockpoint Church Fall Festival | Lake Elmo | 11am-3pm | FREE ADMISSION | Family highlights: The annual Fall Festival is free event open to all in the community and beyond. Corn maze, corn cannon, pedal karts, carnival games, food trucks, wagon rides, live music, photobooth, bowling alley, and more! Also held 9/22 & 9/29.
9/15/18-9/16/18: Lakeville Art Festival | Downtown Lakeville | 10am-5pm | Family highlights: 70+ exhibitors and a “Young at Art” tent for youth. FREE admission.
9/16/18: Twin Cities Veg Fest | Harriet Island, St Paul | 11am-5pm | Family highlights: Free samples!
9/22/18: Autumnfest | Woodbury Lakes | Family highlights: Free donuts, storytime, lawn games & musical performances.
9/22/18: Japanese Garden Festival | Normandale Japanese Garden, Bloomington | Family highlights: Garden tours, sword demos and kids activities.
9/22/18: Excelsior Apple Day | Downtown Excelsior | 9am-10pm | Family highlights: Tots will love the Happy Apple Kids Corner, parents may like the artisan vendors, music and street dance. FREE.
9/22/18: Fall Raptor Release | Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, Hastings | 10am-3pm | Family highlights: The Raptor Center releases rehabbed birds at 11am & 2pm plus wagon rides, kids activities and educational displays. FREE admission.
9/22/18: Party in the Prairie | Richardson Nature Center, Bloomington | 3-8:30pm | $7-$9/pp | Family highlights: SO much to do – climbing wall, live music for all ages, lawn games, scavenger hunt, live animals and a story stroll.
9/22/18: Plymouth on Parade | Plymouth City Center | 10:30am-2pm | The parade kicks off at 10:30 followed by free family activities such as ice skating and swimming.
9/22/18: Harvest Fest | Frogtown Farm Park, St Paul | 11am-2pm | Family highlights: Horse-drawn wagon rides, fall food samples, recipe take-homes and pumpkin painting.
9/22/18-9/23/18: Afton Art in the Park | Town Square Park | 10am-5pm | Family highlights: Art vendors and Franconia Sculpture Park’s free art pavilion for kids with fall crafts and spin art. FREE admission.
9/22/18-9/23/18: Lone Oak Days Fall Festival | Holz Farm, Eagan | 11am-4pm | Family highlights: Old fashioned fun farm includes pedal tractors, kids coin hunt, animals in the barn, fun farm chores & more. $2/admission.
9/22/18-10/28/18: Twin Cities Harvest Festival & Maze | Brooklyn Park | Open weekends 10am-6pm | $10-$12/pp | 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.
9/23/18: Open Streets on 50th | W 50th Street, Edina | 1-5pm | Visit the shopping district for food samplings, free fitness activities, music, games and more.
9/29/18-9/30/18: Pahl’s Market Fall Festival | Pahl’s Market, Apple Valley | 9am-5pm | Family highlights: Pick a pumpkin, send the kids through the straw maze and corn box, enjoy storytime, face painting and more.
9/29/18-10/14/18: 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.
10/4/18-10/14/18: Fall 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.
10/6/18: UFC Farm Supply Harvest Festival | Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista | 9:30am-3:30pm | Family highlights: Dog shows, pumpkin weigh-off, wagon rides, crafts, cooking demos & more. FREE.
10/6/18 & 10/13/18: 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.
10/6/18-10/7/18 & 10/13/18-10/14/18: Annual Apple Festival | Fischer’s Croix Farm Orchard, Hastings | 9:30am-5pm | Family highlights: Activities at the orchard including their wagon rides, straw mountain, farm animals and family-friendly corn maze. FREE admission.
10/7/18: Fall Color Blast | Warner Nature Center, Marine on St Croix | 12-5pm | Family highlights: Celebrate with a canoe paddle, live music, and bee hive demos.
10/13/18-10/14/18: 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.
10/20/18: Harvest Haunting | LeDuc Historic Estate, Hastings | 5-7pm | $6/pp or $25/family | Press apple cider and roast smores around the bonfire, plus activities just for kids.