There’s always something to do in the Twin Cities, and the fall months are no different! We’re here to help you keep your sanity by bringing these activities all together in one easy guide. In 2017, we’ve been providing you with monthly event guides so you don’t miss a thing! This is month #9, and it’s packed with things to do! We’ll update with new additions as they come.
Thru September 4: Minnesota State Fair | 6am-Midnight Also known as the Great Minnesota Get-Together, the Minnesota State Fair features 12 days of food on a stick, agricultural exhibits, parades, entertainment, rides, animals and more.
September 2-4: Threshing Weekend at Oliver Kelley Farm | 10am-5pm Threshing the grain harvest was the culmination of an entire growing season’s toil. Join the Kelley farmhands as they bring grain bundles in from the fields, thresh the grain in an 1856 horse-powered Cox and Roberts threshing machine, help bag up the grain and rake away the straw.
September 2-4: Corn Feast @ Valleyfair | 11am-7pm Guests can treat themselves to over 30,000 lbs of FREE corn on the cob (while supplies last). Bring the entire family and eat as much corn as you want, all weekend long!
September 6-9: Burnsville Fire Muster | Varies Features wine and beer tasting, entertainment, fireworks, carnival rides, kids activities, local restaurants, emergency personnel demonstrations, and of course, the fire truck parade that started it all. FREE admission this year!
September 7-10: Happy Days Festival | Varies The Ramsey Happy Days Festival hosts a large array of family friendly activities and events during the day. When the sun goes down, live music and an impressive fireworks show takeover. Most events are free thanks to the contributions of our generous sponsors.
September 8-10: Inver Grove Heights Days | Varies Annual city wide celebration. Featuring a parade, coronation, fireworks and more! This annual event is run by volunteers from the community and area businesses.
September 8-10: James J. Hill Days | Varies A fun festival in Wayzata featuring a parade, carnival, logrolling, live music, food, and more!
September 9: Washington County Bluegrass Festival | 2-6pm The annual Washington County Bluegrass Festival fuses community, the great outdoors and homegrown bluegrass music. It’s their way of celebrating a successful summer season and giving thanks to everyone for supporting Washington County Parks.
September 9: Taste of White Bear Lake | 2-5pm Enjoy a fall afternoon in the beautiful Pine Tree Apple Orchard while sampling some of the finest foods and spirits in the White Bear Lake area while helping raise fund for Rotary projects.
September 9: Nordic Music Festival | 10am-5pm Musicians and dancers dressed in colorful costumes will liven the event that is free for all to attend. Delicious food and beer too! FREE.
September 9-10: Grape Stomp Festival | Varies Come enjoy a traditional grape stomp at St. Croix Vineyard or enjoy a free tour or live music. And, of course, wine!
September 9: Edina Fall into the Arts Festival | 10am-6pm Each year, more than 250 artists, food vendors, sponsors, and art enthusiasts celebrate the last days of summer as we move into fall. FREE.
September 10: St. Paul Classic Bike Tour | 7:15am The Saint Paul Classic is a showcase for the handsome parks and parkways of Saint Paul. The 23rd annual Saint Paul Classic Bike Tour will take place on September 10, 2017. Don’t miss this family-friendly Saint Paul tradition!
September 10: Grandparents Day @ MN Zoo | Normal Hours Grandparents receive free Zoo admission! Bring the grandchildren and enjoy your day at the Zoo.
September 15-17: Septemberfest | Varies Visit Eagan’s SeptemberFest’s Rock with the Flock concert featuring Arch Allies and Hairball! Great music, drink specials and food truck court!
September 15-16: St. Paul Oktoberfest | Varies Eat the wurst, drink the best, and enjoy the centuries-old German tradition with bed races, polka, and, of course, beer and games! Cast your vote for your favorite Oktoberfest beer made by a local craft brewer in the Kaiser’s Choice Award. Admission is FREE!
September 15-16: Ramble Jam Country Music Festival | Varies Ramble Jam is produced by the Rotary Club of Farmington as their annual fundraiser to support both local and international service projects. Features great music, food and drinks.
September 16-17: Lakeville Art Festival | 10am-5pm Considered to be one of the finest art festivals south of the river, the Lakeville Art Festival is held the third weekend in September in historic downtown Lakeville, Minnesota on the grounds of the Lakeville Area Arts Center. Featuring over 90 artists on the park-like grounds allow the unique use of a circular type arrangement of artist booths, providing an intimate and accessible setting.
September 16: Excelsior Apple Day | 9am-10pm Apple Day is a lakeside festival featuring locally produced foods, art, antiques, crafts and a good-old-fashioned street dance in historic downtown Excelsior.
September 16: Golden Valley Arts and Music Festival | 9:30am Gather with friends and family while enjoying food, beer, wine, live music and dancing, featured work of local artists, games and interactive arts for the whole family.
September 16: Wild Rice Festival | 10am-4pm A celebration of wild rice, the Minnesota fall season and Native American culture! Highlights include children’s games and activities, hands-on apple cider pressing, Native American dance, drums and story-telling, traditional wild rice harvesting demonstrations, wild rice sausage, wild rice soup, fry bread and other tasty treats, and much more! FREE.
September 21-24: Payne Arcade Harvest Festival 2017 | Varies Payne/Arcade Harvest Festival is an East Side Celebration! And is one of St Paul’s oldest festivals. It’s a neighborhood celebration put on by everyone in the area and promoted by PABA and the East Side Lions Club.
September 21-23: Junk Bonanza | Varies An indoor, juried vintage market for purveyors and shoppers of vintage finds, antiques, architectural salvage, artisan-repurposed and upcycled goods! All artfully arrayed for a best-of shopping experience!
September 23: Girl Time: Discover. Dream. Do. | 9am-4pm Explore engineering together at Girl Time, a special day for girls and their families to learn about engineering from real women engineers. Explore hands-on activities and demonstrations and have the opportunity to talk with women working in engineering and girls studying STEM fields.
September 23-24: Northern Grape Stomp | 11am-7pm Join Northern Vineyards Winery in a Celebration of our harvest. Come down and enjoy a traditional grape stomp on the banks of the St. Croix river! Bring a picnic relax with a glass or bottle of wine on our deck while enjoying live music. Ages 21+.
September 24-25: Afton Art in the Park | Varies The 39th Annual two day outdoor fine arts and traditional craft fair takes place in Afton’s quaint, Town Square Park and features over 90 vendors showcasing fine arts, pottery, woodwork, jewelry, photography, sculpture, fiber and more. Plus great food, 2 days of live music, and a kids art pavilion.
September 23-24: Lone Oak Days Fall Festival | 11am-4pm Experience a nostalgic look back to 1940’s era farm life in Eagan at the Lone Oak Days Fall Festival at Holz Farm Park.
September 24: Czech and Slovak Festival | 11am-5pm Ethnic food and beverages, vendors, dance performances, live music, silent auction, children’s games and more! Join us at the historic C.S.P.S. Hall on West 7th Street in St. Paul on September 24 for an afternoon of Czech and Slovak fun! FREE entry and open to all!
September 29: Roseville’s Craft Beer and Wine Fest | Varies Pour for Parks! Help raise money for local parks by sampling some the best local beers and wines and enjoying delicious bites from local food trucks.
September 30-October 1: Prairie Sugar Weekend @ Kelley Farm | Varies Join the Kelley farmhands as they make prairie sugar, also known as sorghum molasses. Help strip the leaves off the sorghum canes, press the canes through a horse-powered press to extract the juice and stir the juice as it boils down to make a sweet, syrupy molasses. Then, enjoy a sweet treat of molasses confections such as gingerbread and molasses candy.
September 22: Field to Fork Moms Night Out by Twin Cities Moms Blog | 6-8:30pm Join us as we partner with CommonGround Minnesota for an incredible Moms Night Out at Anderson Farms! Enjoy an evening of wine and craft beer, appetizers, mingling, a full 3 course meal that is truly field to fork, and a chance to meet new moms and hear more about this fabulous organization!
Space is extremely limited for this event and we expect tickets to go fast! Tickets go on sale on Thursday, September 7 at 8:30pm sharp!
Aamodt’s Apple Farm Fall Fun: September 1 – October 31 | Aamodt’s Apple Farm Peak Fall Season Activities may include hay wagon rides, honeycrisp express kids train, hay bale maze, apple picking, apple goods shop in apple barn, and John Deere tractor trikes. Varies based on harvest season.
Minnesota State Fair: August 24 – September 4 | Also known as the Great Minnesota Get-Together, the Minnesota State Fair features 12 days of food on a stick, agricultural exhibits, parades, entertainment, rides, animals and more.
Renaissance Festival: August 19 – October 1 | 9am-7pm The Minnesota Renaissance Festival is celebrating its 46th Season! Come and be a part of this long-standing tradition by visiting the festival grounds in Shakopee.
Story Time Trolley in Stillwater: June 3- October 28 | This event for families includes a short ride on the trolley with an author or storyteller! Your $5 registration includes a token to board the trolley, a discount for 20% off a children’s book the day of the event and a snack after your ride.
Kangaroo Crossing @ MN Zoo May-September | Regular Hours The Minnesota Zoo is bringing the “Land Down Under” up north this summer with an immersive walkabout experience along the Northern Trail. It will leave you feeling like you were just hiking in Australia, as you explore the multi-species habitat and see these animals up close. You literally walk through the exhibit with these outback ambassadors!
Three Rivers Park District: FREE Family Fun Days: Sundays | Various Times Three Rivers offers family fun at Kroening Interpretive Center or Richardson Nature Center. Discover all the fun that life in and around the river and woods has to offer. FREE.
Music in the Mall @ MOA January -November | Select Dates and Times Mall of America® has an exciting opportunity for school and community groups to perform and share their talents with Mall guests through the MOA Music in the Mall. This series runs January through mid-November and is available on select days each month.
Toddler Tuesdays at MOA Tuesdays | 10am-Noon Toddler Tuesdays is a program that provides events, free entertainment and discounts especially for toddlers. Events include special character appearances, arts and crafts, story time and much more! FREE.
Wee Wednesdays at Midtown Global Market Wednesdays | 10:30am-1pm Wee Wednesdays showcase free educational programming, fun crafts and great meal deals each Wednesday morning at Midtown Global Market! Dance with them, experience live puppet theater, learn to cook fun items together in the kitchen, and even pet live animals from the Como Zoo. FREE.
Kids at the Castle: Third Friday Playdates (American Swedish Institute) In the hour before the museum opens, join ASI for visual play, storytelling, music, movement and crafts inspired by ASI’s current exhibits- activities that will encourage creative minds and active hands. Recommended for ages 2-5. $5 per family. Registration not required; check in at the Information Desk by 11 a.m. on the day of the program. Adult accompaniment required.
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