Minneapolis September 12, 2017
9 Harvest Festivals Around Minneapolis That Will Make Your Autumn Awesome
It’s almost autumn, which means it’s time to drink some cider, jump on some crunchy leaves, and follow every corn maze that your heart desires. In Minneapolis, it always feels like autumn is here one day then gone the next, only to leave Minneapolitans in the frigid winter, wondering what to do with all of the pumpkin spice products in our homes. It’s important to make the most of fall here,while it lasts. These nine fall festivals near Minneapolis will make your autumn as awesome as it can be.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Sever's Fall Festival (September 8 - October 29)
Head down to Sever's new location at Canterbury Park to experience a spectacular hay and corn maze, watch pig races, and roll around in the corn pit. Of course autumn inspired food will be readily available. This is the perfect way to spend an autumn day!
Sever's Fall Festival is located at 1100 Canterbury Rd. S, Shakopee, MN 55379.
2. Payne Arcade Harvest Parade (September 23rd)
Get in the fall spirit with the rest of Eastside Saint Paul at the Harvest Parade! Numerous local businesses and organizations will be following the parade, and many dressed in goofy costumes. It'll be fun for the whole family!
3. Twin Cities Harvest Festival (September 23 - October 29)
Do you think you can tackle the largest corn maze in Minnesota? All 20 acres of it? Yes, this is the
actual design of the maze from above! This year the Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze have partnered with the Minnesota Vikings to create this huge wonder. The festival will also have food vendors, a petting zoo, a pumpkin patch, and so much more.
Twin Cities Harvest Festival is located at 8001 109th Ave. N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443.
4. Apple Festival at Gibbs Farm (September 30th)
From 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on September 30th, it'll be one crazy hazy day of fall at Gibbs Farm. Visitors will be able to view a cider making demonstration, go bobbing for apples, make apple-centered crafts and taste test some of the wonderful homemade apple treats Gibbs Farm has to offer. Did we mention they have apples? Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children over the age of three.
Gibbs Farm is located at 2097 W Larpenteur Ave., Saint Paul, MN 55113.
5. Minnesota Landscape Arboretum's Fall Festival (September 30th)
Live music, pumpkin bowling, and a scarecrow building contest; what could be more exciting on a fall day at on the Arboretum's grounds? Fall foliage will set the scene for apple tasting and face painting. making it a fun day for everyone.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is located at 3675 Arboretum Dr., Chaska, MN 55318.
6. Minneapolis Oktoberfest (October 2-4)
Time to put on your lederhosen and drink a boot of beer to celebrate fall like the Germans do! Tickets must be reserved to celebrate Oktoberfest within the festival lines, but know that many bars in Minneapolis and Saint Paul will be celebrating as well!
Minneapolis Oktoberfest is located at 41 N 10th St., Minneapolis, MN
7. Stillwater Harvest Festival (October 14-15)
If you've ever wanted to see a humongous pumpkin plummet to the ground, only to explode into a million orange pieces, then the Stillwater Harvest Festival is for you. They practically make fall festivals into an extreme sport. There's also a pumpkin boat race, where people sit in a giant pumpkin like a boat and row down the St. Croix River.
Stillwater Harvest Fest is held at 101 Water St. S, Stillwater, MN 55082.
8. Fall on the Farm at Eidem Homestead (October 14th)
This completely restored turn of the century farm in Brooklyn Park welcomes families to experience fall on the Eidem homestead. You can watch the farmers press cider the way they would in the late 19th and early 20th century as well as tour the house, where you might just find some autumn treats being made. Everyone on the farm is dressed traditionally, making it a fun and lively history lesson.
Eidem Homestead is located at 4345 101st Ave. N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443.
9. 50th and France Pumpkin Festival (October 29th)
For over 30 years, 50th and France has taken a day to transform the shopping center into a free pre-Halloween party. Stores will allow kids to come in and trick or treat, there's a cake walk, and a costume contest. It's a fun and safe way to begin Halloween celebrations!
Are you ready for the autumn festivities to begin? We can’t wai!. What’s your favorite fall activity near Minneapolis? Let us know in the comments below!
If you’re looking for another autumn adventure, read
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