Get ready for a bumper crop of fall festivals in the Twin Cities!
9/6-9: Burnsville Fire Muster | Family highlights: Don’t miss the fire truck demonstrations, annual community and fire truck parade and fireworks (9/9). New in 2017 – FREE admission.
9/8-10: James J. Hill Days | Lake Street, Downtown Wayzata | Family highlights: $5 cruises on the Steamboat Minnehaha, a carnival, parade, and fireworks. FREE admission.
9/8-10: Inver Grove Heights Days | Family highlights: Community Family Fun Night, kids treasure hunt, grand parade and fireworks. FREE admission.
9/8-10/29: 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.
9/9-10: Energy Fair | Harriet Island | Family highlights: 80 Workshops and 60 exhibits (including family-friendly topics) are FREE and open to the public!.
9/16/17: Otsego Prairie Festival | Prairie Park, Otsego | 10am-dusk | Family highlights: Catch firetruck displays, a carnival and fireworks at dusk. FREE admission.
9/9-10/29: 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.
9/15-16: St. Paul Oktoberfest | Historic Schmidt Brewery | Fri 4-10pm, Sat 10am-10pm | Family highlights: Authentic Munich-style celebration. Family-friendly by day. FREE admission.
9/16/17: Bloomington Heritage Days | Nativity of Mary Catholic Church grounds | Family highlights: Live music and performing arts, parade. FREE admission.
9/16/17: 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.
9/16/17: Golden Valley Arts & Music Festival | City Hall Campus | Family highlights: Family-friendly live entertainment, games, art activities and artist vendors to browse. FREE admission.
9/16/17: Nickle Dickle Day | Waconia | Family highlights: Kid Zone, live music, library sale. FREE admission.
9/16/17: 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.
9/16-17: Lakeville Art Festival | Downtown Lakeville | 10am-5pm | Family highlights: 70+ exhibitors and a “Young at Art” tent for youth. FREE admission.
9/23/17: 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.
9/23/17: 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.
9/23/17: 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.
9/23-24: 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.
9/23-24: 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. FREE admission.
9/24/17: Open Streets on 50th | W 50th Street, Edina | 1-5pm | Visit the shopping district for food samplings, free fitness activities, music, games and more.
9/24/17: Joni and Friends Day at the Maze | Rockpoint Church, Lake Elmo | 2 pm-6 pm | Family (with Special Needs) highlights: Wagon rides, shooting a corn cannon, and the corn maze. A hotdog dinner will be provided. RSVP Joni and Friends 952-933-7777 or email@example.com
9/23-10/29: 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.
9/30/17: Fall Harvest Festival | Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska | 10am-5pm | $15/adults, under 15 free | Family highlights: Crafts, games, apple tasting, live music and face painting plus the opportunity to enjoy the fall setting at the arboretum.
9/30/17: 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. It’s a fun Fall activity for you and your family/friends to enjoy. corn maze, corn cannon, pedal karts, carnival games, food trucks, wagon rides, live music, photobooth, bowling alley, and more!
9/30/17: FallOut at Edge | Edgcumbe Recreation Center, St Paul | 5-8pm | Lawn games, crafts, music, bingo, climbing wall and refreshments. FREE.
9/30-10/15: 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.
10/1/17: Fall Color Blast – 50th Anniversary Event | Warner Nature Center, Marine on St Croix | 12-5pm | Family highlights: Celebrate Warner’s 50th anniversary with a canoe paddle, live music, bee hive demos, and Lift Bridge Brewery is providing root beer! FREE.
10/1: 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.
10/1-10/29: 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.
10/5-15: 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.
10/7/17: Harvest Fest | Frogtown Farm Park, St Paul | 11am-2pm | Family highlights: Horse-drawn wagon rides, fall food samples, recipe take-homes and pumpkin painting.
10/7/17: 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.
10/7 & 10/14: 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.
10/7-8 & 14-15: 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.
10/14-15: 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.
10/14-15: Prospect Park 2nd Annual Harvest Festival | Prospect Park Garden, Minneapolis | 5-8:30pm | Family highlights: Food fresh from the garden and live entertainment! FREE.
10/14-15: 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.
10/20-21: Autumn Harvest in the Village | Dakota Heritage Village, Farmington | 1-8pm | $4-$6/pp
10/21/17: Harvest Haunting | LeDuc Historic Estate, Hastings | 5-7:30pm | $6/pp | Family highlights: The cider press will be out along with a bonfire, smores, storytelling and other family entertainment.