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.
TBA: CountryFest | St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Oak Grove
Entertainment, kids games and food. FREE. (9/6-8/19)
TBA: Mac-Grove Fest | Groveland Park, St. Paul
Live entertainment, fire truck visit, and crafts. Activities include climbing wall, bounce house, gaga pit, etc. FREE. (9/7/19)
Sept 9-12, 2020: Burnsville Fire Muster
Don’t miss the fire truck demonstrations, annual community and fire truck parade and fireworks. FREE.
Sept 10-13, 2020: 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).
Sept 11-13, 2020: James J. Hill Days | Lake Street, Downtown Wayzata
$5 cruises on the Steamboat Minnehaha, a carnival, parade, and fireworks. FREE.
Sept 12, 2020: Harvest of Art Celebration | Eagan Art House
Short film festival, artist demos and other entertainment. 1-8pm, FREE.
Sept 12, 2020: Minneapolis Monarch Festival | Lake Nokomis, 49th & Woodlawn
Art-making activities, guided nature walks, music & monarch exhibits. 10am-4pm, FREE.
Sept 12, 2020: Plymouth on Parade | Plymouth City Center
The parade kicks off at 10:30 followed by free family activities such as ice skating and swimming. FREE.
Sept 12, 2020: Blaine World Fest | Blaine
Cultural learning booths, and ethnic food vendors and food trucks. 1-4pm. FREE.
Sept 12, 2020: Golden Valley Arts & Music Festival | City Hall Campus
Family-friendly live entertainment, games, art activities and artist vendors to browse.
Sept 12-13, 2020: 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.
Sept 12-13, 2020: Grape Stomp Festival | St. Croix Vineyards
Grape stomping competitions for both children and adults, live music and tours. FREE.
Sept 12-26, 2020: Eagan Art Block | Eagan
Kid-friendly activities include coloring & hot cocoa, CAP Super Saturday, National Dot Day, movie screenings. FREE.
TBA: Scarecrow Festival | Emma Krumbees, Belle Plaine
Admission includes activities like tractor trikes, wagon rides, a slide and the annual Great Scarecrow Display. (They did not updated their website in 2019, but they did host the festival.) Open daily 10am-6pm, $6/pp.
TBA: Johnny Appleseed Day | Bruentrup Heritage Farm, Maplewood
Bouncy house, haywagon rides, cider-making, old-fashioned cars, try to work a peddle tractor, cornhusk craft, butter making and face painting. 12-4pm, FREE. (Sept 8, 2019)
TBA: St Paul Oktoberfest | Historic Schmidt Brewery
Opening parade, bed races and a kids carnival. FREE admission.
TBA: Sever’s Fall Festival | Shakopee
A full lineup of fun – obstacle course, corn maze & pits, petting zoo, magic shows, zip line, playground and jumping pillow; additional activities extra. Open Fri-Sun, $17/pp. (9/13/19-11/3/19)
TBA: Nickle Dickle Day | Waconia
Kid Zone, live music, library sale. FREE. (9/14/19)
TBA: 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. (9/14/19)
TBA: 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. (Mid-weekend of September)
Sept 18-19, 2020: Bayport Derby Days | Lakeside Park, Bayport
Duck Derby, community kickball, kid-friendly activities, bonfire and ice cream social, fireworks over the St. Croix River. FREE admission.
Sept 19, 2020: East Harriet Fall Fest | 40th Street between Lyndale & Aldrich, Minneapolis
Kids activities and facepainting, music, free massages. 11am-4pm, FREE.
Sept 19, 2020: Otsego Prairie Festival | Prairie Park, Otsego
Catch firetruck displays, a carnival and fireworks at dusk. 10am-dusk, FREE.
TBA: Fulton Fall Festival | Pershing Park, Minneapolis
A bike parade, inflatables, carnival games and a petting zoo. 11am-3pm, FREE. (9/14/19)
Sept 19, 2020: Excelsior Apple Day | Downtown Excelsior
Tots will love the Happy Apple Kids Corner, parents may like the artisan vendors, music and street dance. 9am-10pm, FREE.
Sept 19, 2020: Lone Oak Days 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, $2/admission.
Sept 19-20, 2020: Lakeville Art Festival | Downtown Lakeville
70+ exhibitors and a “Young at Art” tent for youth. 10am-5pm, FREE admission.
Sept 20, 2020: Twin Cities Veg Fest | Harriet Island, St Paul
Free samples! 11am-5pm. FREE admission.
TBA: Bloomington Heritage Days | Nativity of Mary Catholic Church grounds
Live music and performing arts, parade. FREE admission. (9/21/19)
TBA: Japanese Garden Festival | Normandale Japanese Garden
Garden tours, sword demos and kids activities. 11am-4:30pm, FREE. (9/21/19)
TBA: 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, $10-$12/pp. (9/21-22/19)
TBA: Delano Oktoberfest | Delano
FREE kinderspiel (kids play) area featuring bounce houses, games of skill & excitement with Oktoberfest prizes. $5/adult. (9/21/19)
Sept 25-27, 2020: Pan-O-Prog – Lakeville’s Summer Festival (Postponed from 7/4-11/20.)
Sept 26, 2020: Fall Raptor Release | Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, Hastings
The Raptor Center releases rehabbed birds at 11am & 2pm plus wagon rides, kids activities and educational displays. 10am-3pm, FREE admission.
Sept 26-27, 2020: Afton Art in the Park | Town Square Park
Art vendors and Franconia Sculpture Park’s free art pavilion for kids with fall crafts and spin art. 10am-5pm, FREE admission.
Sept 27, 2020: 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.
TBA: Art on the Strip | Bass Lake Road and Sherburne Ave N, Crystal
Artists, pefromers, salsa dancing, dane party, create your own lawn signs. 10am-1pm, FREE admission. (9/28/19)
Sept 26-27, 2020: 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.
TBA: 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. $4-$5/pp. (9/28-29; 10/5-6; 10/12-13, 2019)
TBA: Celebrate the Harvest | Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista
Dog shows, pumpkin weigh-off, wagon rides, crafts, cooking demos & more. 9:30am-3:30pm, FREE. (10/5/19)
TBA: Annual Apple Festival | Fischer’s Croix Farm Orchard, Hastings
Activities at the orchard including their wagon rides, straw mountain, farm animals and family-friendly corn maze. 9:30am-5pm, FREE admission. (First 2 Weekends in October)
TBA: Harvest Fest | Frogtown Farm Park, St Paul
Games, festivities and cook off. 4pm-7pm, FREE admission. (10/10/19)
TBA: 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.
TBA: Stillwater Harvest Fest | Downtown Stillwater
Kids activities all day both days, plus don’t miss the pumpkin regatta & giant pumpkin drop. 10am-6pm, FREE. (10/12-13/19)
TBA: A Sibley Site Haunting | Sibley Historic Site
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+/. 7-9pm, $10/pp
For our monstrous list of Twin Cities Halloween events, jump over to our Halloween Guide (if you dare!)