Minnesota festivals and fall celebrations throughout the state encourage you to enjoy our Minnesota autumn paradise. Minnesota autumn scenery is also the perfect setting for fall color tours.
Autumn is the time of year when we go to the apple orchards, pumpkin farms and fall festivals all around the state.
From early September until late October you will find celebrations of our autumn scenery and bounty in almost every town and city. Check with the Chamber of Commerce in each town for specific festival dates.
Minnesota Fall festivals in our autumn paradise are a traditional transition from summer to winter. Here is a small sampling of what you will find around the state.
Saint Paul - Oktoberfest on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. This German-themed festival feature brats, beer and entertainment that will celebrate your German heritage....whether you are German or just have some German friends.
Stillwater Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Weigh-Off -Takes place downtown. Featured even is the Pumpkin Regatta featuring hollowed our giant pumpkins being paddled down the St. Croix River. You will see giant vegetables on display, and enjoy food and vendor offering of many types. Early October.Autumn Reading and Fall Fun - A board book, a coloring book and more.
Lanesboro Minnesota Fall Festival - Enjoy harvest activities, wagon rides, special promotions, a farmer's market, cookie walk, used book sale, wine testing at Scenic Valley Winery, Lanesboro trolley tours, and live professional theatre performances. Also, go on to nearby Historic Forestville, an 1899 village, for Harvest Day Saturday, and participate in the corn harvest, quilting bee, seed threshing, cider pressing and more!.
Harmony Fall Foliage Fest in downtown Harmony, MN. Fall decorations, a farmer's market, church and organization dinners, wagon rides, information on great fall color drives, Amish tours, cave tours, artist demonstrations and classes, chainsaw carving, pumpkin decorating and games.
New Ulm Oktoberfest throughout downtown New Ulm. Features musical entertainment, including New Ulm's Concord Singers and bands from Germany, as well as dancing, and lots of German merchandise, food and drink.
Oktoberfest Celebration will be held throughout the northern Minnesota town of Pelican Rapids. This old country Minnesota festival fall family event includes live music and dancing, the "Best of the Wurst" sausage & beer tasting, a Can Drive for the Humane Society, the crowning of Oktoberfest royalty, a wine tasting, silent auction, children's bingo, karaoke, beer gardens, a bonfire, raffle drawing, a Volksmarch, old-fashioned Sunday afternoon polka party and contest, and a German dinner.
Pumpkin Festival at Nelson Family Farm in Litchfield. Some highlights include tractor drawn wagon rides, make-your-own scarecrows, pony rides, a gift shop, a straw maze, farm animals, and home-grown pumpkins, squash, corn shocks, decorative corn and other fall decorations for your yard. Walks through a corn maze are also offered.
Pumpkin Fest in the city of Aurora, near Ely, with craft displays, a quilt show, children's activities, stagecoach rides, great food, clowns, and plenty of pumpkins.
Your favorite Minnesota apple orchard will almost certainly have a fall festival. Activities will vary but apples will definitely be a feature!
Fall Apple Festival at Carlos Creek Winery in Alexandria MN. Highlights include performances by local musicians, hay rides, face painting, pumpkin painting, bobbing for apples, a barn dance, food and craft vendors, contests for the best apple pie, heaviest pumpkin and largest green pepper, and lots of Carlos Creek apples and wines for sale.
Johnny Appleseed Days Festival Lake City will be the site of the annual celebration of the region's spectacular fall foliage and the abundance of apples that are harvested in this area each fall. Activities will include an arts & crafts fair, book sale, farmer's market, children's games, an apple pie and bake sale, basket raffles, a chili cook-off, kids' inflatable rides, and a scarecrow hunt.
Minnesota wineries all across the state celebrate with wine tastings and special events. Check our list.
Moondance Harvest Moon Beer and Wine Tasting Festival in Walker Minnesota. Sample more than 150 types of beer and wine. Enjoy local music, sample yummy food, and relax on the shores of beautiful Leech Lake.
Sever's Corn Maze in Shakopee features an intricate maze, a corn pit, and even a camel! On the grounds you will find a farm market and pumpkin market as well.Richfield Pumpkin Patch: Located at Veterans Memorial Park, Wheel Fun Rentals Pumpkin Patch is the place to go for fall fun for kids! Fun rides like bounce houses and slides, carnival games, pumpkins, fall themed food and more are waiting for you to enjoy!
Village of Yesteryear in Owatonna. Harvest Fest & Cemetery Walk This fall festival features horse-drawn wagon rides, cider pressing, corn shelling, children's activities, pumpkin painting, food stands, and more. And, people from the past will come back to life during the cemetery walk!
Floating Ghost Ship in Duluth. The William A. Irvin Ore Carrier will be transformed into a floating haunted celebration of Halloween.
Boo At The Zoo at the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth with trick-or-treating all throughout the zoo.
Scarecrow Fall-ies will be held throughout the city of Cannon Falls. Highlights include a scarecrow contest, street arts & craft vendors, a farmer's market, concessions, children's activities, and a Harvest Dance.
Haunted Corn Maze & Mill at Farmamerica in Waseca. Ghosts and goblins emerge from the darkness and lurk in the shadows. Adults must accompany any child under 10 years old.
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