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 2023
September Weekends, 2023: Minnesota Renaissance Festival
3525 145th St W, Shakopee, MN 55379
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. $13.50-$22.50.
September 5-9, 2023: Burnsville Festival 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 6-10, 2023: 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 8-9, 2023: St Paul Oktoberfest
Twin Cities Germanic-American Institute, 301 Summit Ave, St Paul, MN 55102
Two days of music, food and German culture. FREE admission, food available for purchase.
September 8-10, 2023: James J. Hill Days
Carnival, logrolling, parade, and fireworks. FREE.
September 9, 2023: St. Louis Park Art Fair
SLP Rec Center, 3700 Monterey Blvd, St Louis Park MN 55416
Shop local art, enjoy food trucks, entertainment, demos, and community art projects. Free.
September 9, 2023: Minneapolis Monarch Festival
Lake Nokomis, 49th & Woodlawn
Art-making activities, guided nature walks, music & monarch exhibits. 10am-4pm, FREE.
September 9, 2023: Fulton Fall Festival
Pershing Park, 3523 W 48th St, Minneapolis, MN 55410
A bike parade, inflatables, carnival games and a petting zoo. 11am-3pm, FREE.
September 9, 2023: Mac-Grove Fest
Edgcumbe Recreation Center, 320 Griggs St S, St Paul, MN 55105
Music and dance, food trucks, arts & crafts, and more. 11am-4pm. FREE.
September 9-10 2023: CountryFest
St Patrick’s Catholic Church, 19921 Nightingale Street NW, Oak Grove, MN 55011
Entertainment, kids games (Saturday 2-5pm) and food. Youth block party Friday evening. FREE.
September 9-10, 2023: Edina Fall into the Arts Festival
Centennial Lakes Park, 7499 France Ave S, Edina, MN 55435
A nice excuse to enjoy the outdoors while the weather is still nice while viewing works by local and regional artists. FREE.
September 9-10, 2023: Grape Stomp Festival
St Croix Vineyards, 6428 Manning Ave N, Stillwater, MN 55082
Grape stomping competitions for both children and adults, live music and tours. FREE.
September 9-23, 2023: Eagan Art Block
Kid and family-friendly art activities, over 30 events in the 15 days. FREE.
September 15-16, 2023: Bayport Derby Days
Lakeside Park, 95 Central Avenue, Bayport MN
Activities at this fall festival include the Duck Derby, community kickball, kid-friendly activities, bonfire and ice cream social, fireworks over the St. Croix River.
September 16, 2023: Open Streets West Broadway
A portion of West Broadway in Minneapolis will be closed to traffic and open to people to explore their community. 11am-5pm.
September 16, 2023: Fiesta Latina
797 7th St E, St Paul MN 55106
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. 12pm-4pm.
September 16, 2023: Blaine World Fest
Tom Ryan Park, 10802 Town Square Dr NE, Blaine, MN 55449
Cultural learning booths, and ethnic food vendors and food trucks. 1-4pm. FREE.
September 16, 2023: Otsego Prairie Festival
Catch firetruck displays, a carnival and fireworks at dusk. 10am-dusk, FREE.
September 16, 2023: Waconia Nickle Dickle Day
Waconia City Square Park, S Spruce St, Waconia, MN 55387
Kid Zone, duck races, live music, library sale. FREE.
September 16, 2023: White Bear Township Day
Polar Lakes Park, 1280 Hammond Rd, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Family-friendly activities, music, vendors, car show and fireworks to end the night. 2-8pm.
September 16, 2023: Harriet Alexander Nature Center Wild Rice Festival
2520 Dale St N, Roseville, MN 55113
Games for all, activities with Gibbs Farm, Native American dancing and drumming, hands-on demos and much more. 10am-4pm, FREE admission.
September 16, 2023: Delano Oktoberfest
Delano Central Park, 650 River St N, Delano, MN 55328
FREE kids activities, food to purchase, Sgt. Sauerkraut’s Beatles style Polka Band, and more entertainment. $5/adult.
September 16, 2023: Minnesota Children’s Book Festival
Anderson Center, 163 Tower View Dr, Red Wing, MN 55066
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 16-17, 2023: Excelsior Art & Apples on the Lake
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 16-17, 2023: Lakeville Art Festival
70+ exhibitors and a “Young at Art” tent for youth. 10am-5pm, FREE admission.
September 16-October 8, 2023 (weekends): Rockpoint Church Corn Maze
A corn maze is back again this year and comes with pedal cars, the corn cannon, and a wagon ride. 11am-4pm. FREE.
September 16-October 29, 2023: Sever’s Fall Festival
3121 W 150th St, Shakopee, MN 55379
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, $19/pp.
September 16-October 30, 2023: Twin Cities Harvest Festival & Maze
8001 109th Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
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, $12/pp.
September 17, 2023: Twin Cities Veg Fest
Harriet Island Regional Park, 200 Dr Justus Ohage Blvd, St Paul, MN 55107
Sample the offerings at the Midwest’s biggest plant-based festival. 11am-5pm. FREE admission.
September 23, 2023: Plymouth on Parade
Plymouth City Center, 15600 36th Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 5544
Family activities 9:30-12:30pm, parade at 10:30. FREE.
September 23, 2023: Holz Farm Fall Festival
4665 Manor Dr, Eagan, MN 55123
Old fashioned fun farm includes pedal tractors, kids coin hunt, animals in the barn, fun farm chores & more. 11am-4pm, $3/admission.
September 23, 2023: Fall Raptor Release
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St Croix Trail S, Hastings, MN 55033
The Raptor Center releases rehabbed birds at 11am & 2pm plus wagon rides, kids activities and educational displays. 10am-3pm, FREE admission.
September 23, 2023: St. Louis Park Roctoberfest
Recreation Outdoor Center (ROC), 3700 Monterey Drive, St. Louis Park, Minnesota 55416
Rock and polka music, food, beverages, beer and games/challenges for all ages and prizes. 5-9pm, $5/pp.
September 23, 2023: Pond Dakota River Rendezvous
401 E 104th St, Bloomington, MN 55420
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 24, 2022)
September 23-24, 2023: Afton Art in the Park
Art vendors and free art pavilion for kids with fall crafts and spin art. 10am-5pm Saturday & 11am-4pm Sunday, FREE admission.
September 30, 2023: Gibbs Farm Apple Festival
2097 Larpenteur Ave W, St Paul, MN 55113
All things apple! Treats, games, crafts, a tour through the orchard, and all food included. 10am-4pm, $5-$8/pp.
September 30, 2023: Linden Hills Festival
3100 W 43rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55410
Live music, food vendors and fun. FREE.
September 30-October 1, 2023: Pahl’s Market Fall Festival
6885 160th St W, Apple Valley, MN 55124
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.
September 30-October 15, 2023 (weekends): Afton Apple Fest
Afton Apple Orchard, 14421 90th St S, Hastings, MN 55033
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.
TBA 2023: Golden Valley Arts & Music Festival
Family-friendly live entertainment, games, art activities and artist vendors to browse.
Cancelled for 2023: Bloomington Heritage Days
Live music and performing arts, parade. FREE admission. (September 17, 2022)
TWIN CITIES FALL FESTIVALS IN OCTOBER 2023
October 1, 2023: Minnesota Renaissance Festival
FINAL DAY! 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. $13.50+. Final weekend.
October 6-8, 2023: Fall Into Winter Fair
6600 Peller Ave S, Hastings, MN 55033
Family entertainment at Afton’s annual Ski & Snowboard Swap includes chairlift rides, inflatables, live music, movies and more. FREE admission.
October 7, 2023: Gale Woods Farm Fall Festival
7210 County Rd 110 W, Minnetrista, MN 55364
Sheepdog shows, llamas, textile crafts, meet farm animals & tour the gardens. 9:30am-3:30pm, FREE.
October 7, 2023: Camp St Croix Fall Harvest Fest
YMCA Camp St. Croix, 345 Riverview Drive, Hudson, WI 54016
Explore the camp’s farm with outdoor activities like a build-your-own pizza market, barn dance, hayride, ag demos, climbing wall and more. 2-7pm, suggested donation of $5/pp.
October 7-8, 2023: Carpenter Nature Center Apple Fest
12805 St Croix Trail S, Hastings, MN 55033
Fall fun activities include pick-your-own apples, cider demos, live music & animals and kids activities. 10am-5pm, FREE.
October 8, 2023: Open Streets Lyndale
Minnehaha Avenue in Minneapolis will close to street traffic so people can explore their community in person. 11am-5pm.
October 14-15, 2023: Stillwater Harvest Fest
Kids activities all day both days, plus don’t miss the pumpkin regatta & giant pumpkin drop. 10am-6pm, FREE.
October 14, 2023: Caponi Art Park Leaf Fest
1220 Diffley Rd, Eagan, MN 55123
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 21, 2023: Wargo Nature Center Fall Festival
7701 Main St, Lino Lakes, MN 55038
Play pioneer games, try cider pressing and take nature walks. FREE.