Twin Cities Fall Festivals – Family Calendar

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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.


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.

TBA 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 10, 2022)

TBA 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 10-11, 2022)

TBA 2023: Victoria Volksfest

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. 

TBA 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 10-11, 2022)

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: 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.

Girl playing at the Harriet Alexander Nature Center in Roseville, Minnesota
Harriet Alexander Nature Center

September 16, 2023: Delano Oktoberfest 

FREE kinderspiel (kids play) area featuring bounce houses, games of skill & excitement with Oktoberfest prizes. $5/adult. 

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 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. 

TBA 2023: Bloomington Heritage Days 

Live music and performing arts, parade. FREE admission. (September 17, 2022)

September weekends: Rockpoint Church Corn Maze

The full corn maze is back this year and comes with pedal cars, the corn cannon, and a wagon ride. 11am-4pm. FREE.

TBA 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 17-October 30, 2022)

TBA 2023Linden Hills Festival

3100 W 43rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55410
Live music, food vendors and fun. FREE. (September 17, 2022)

September 23, 2022: Plymouth on Parade

Plymouth City Center, 15600 36th Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 5544
Family activities 9:30-12:30pm, parade at 10:30. FREE. 

TBA 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 17, 2022)

TBA 2023: White Bear Township Day 

Family-friendly activities, music, vendors, car show and fireworks to end the night. (September 17, 2022)

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. 

Holz Farm

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.

TBA 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 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.


TBA 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)

TBA 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.

TBA 2023: Golden Valley Arts & Music Festival

Family-friendly live entertainment, games, art activities and artist vendors to browse. 


October weekends 2023: 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.

October 1, 2023: Minnesota Renaissance Festival 

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 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. 

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.

TBA, 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. $7/pp. 

TBA 2023: Fall on the Farm

Eidem Homestead, 4345 101st Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
Join in harvest time, farm chores and other demonstrations, and house tours. 11am-2pm, $50/family of 4; $5 for additional members. Pre-Register for 2-hour Time Slot: Activity #180003.

TBA 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 8-9, 2022)

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.

TBA 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 8-9, 2022)

TBA 2023: Wargo Nature Center Fall Festival 

7701 Main St, Lino Lakes, MN 55038
Play pioneer games, try cider pressing and take nature walks. FREE. (October 15, 2022)

TBA 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 15, 2022)

Girl playing in fall leaves at Caponi Art Park in Minnesota
Playing in the Leaves at Caponi Art Park


3 thoughts on “Twin Cities Fall Festivals – Family Calendar”

  1. Marie Meierhofer

    Is there any way to get a chart list with the below example?

    Month/date(s). Festival. Location

    This would make it help for me to print a couple of pages, vs a whole reem of paper, for future planning.

    1. Hi Marie. We don’t currently have the resources to do that. However, if you scale your print-job to 50% and only print the pages with festivals on them (1-7) double-sided, you can get down to 4 pages with this information. Or, when I need to print something from a website, I’ll often copy and paste it into an email to myself, delete the photos and information I don’t need, then print the email from myself.

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