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27 of the COOLest Fall Festivals & Events in Minnesota – Updated 2017

Coolest Fall Festivals and Events in MN

School is back in session. The nights are getting cooler. The leaves are beginning to change color. That’s right. Fall is on its way. And if you’re looking to get out and enjoy this wonderful season, there are dozens of festivals and events happening around the state.

As part of our ongoing series featuring some of the COOLest restaurants, activities and events Minnesota has to offer, we’ve dug up 27 fall festivals, events and fun things to do.

Here’s your guide to fun fall events happening throughout Minnesota during the 2017 fall season.

Long-Running Events & Things to Do

1. Minnesota Renaissance Festival

Dates: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays now through Oct. 1, 2017
Location: 12364 Chestnut Blvd., Shakopee, MN 55379
Tickets: General admission: $20.95 for adults. $12.50 for kids. Discounts and specialty tickets available online.
Website: http://renaissancefest.com/

2. Sever’s Corn Maze

Dates: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Sept. 8 through Oct. 29, 2017, and during MEA, Oct. 19-20 (See the website for specific hours.)
Ticket Prices: $15 for ages 4+. $12 discount tickets available for groups. Coupon available online.
Location: 1100 Canterbury Rd., Shakopee, MN 55379
Website: https://seversfallfestival.com/

3. Halloween Haunt at Valleyscare

Dates and Times: 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays Sept. 16 through Oct. 28, 2017, and Thursday, Oct. 29
Ticket Prices: $29.99 online if you visit early. See website for more details.
Location:
1 Valleyfair Dr., Shakopee, MN 55379
Website: https://www.valleyfair.com/haunt

4. Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze

Dates and Times: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Sept. 23 through Oct. 29, 2017, and Oct. 19-20
Ticket Prices: $10 online & $12 at the gate. Kids under 36″ are free.
Location: 8001 109th Avenue. N., Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
Website: https://twincitiesmaze.com/

5. Nelson Farm Pumpkin Patch Festival

Dates and Times: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays Sept. 23 through Oct. 29, 2017, and MEA, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 19-20
Ticket Prices: $9.00 general admission. Kids 2 and under are free.
Location: Nelson Farm, 23618 CSAH 1, Litchfield, MN 55355
Website: http://www.nelsonfarm.com/

6. Trail of Terror

Date and Time: 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m Fridays and Saturdays; 7-11 p.m. Sundays. Oct. 13-29, 2017
Ticket Prices: $23.95 general admission. Special promotions and coupon outlet locations available online.
Location: 3525 145th St. W., Shakopee, MN 55379
Website: http://www.trailofterrormn.com/

7. Anoka Halloween

Date and Time: Various events from Oct. 8 through Oct. 30, 2017 (See the full schedule of events for specific dates and times.)
Ticket Prices: Prices vary by event. See website for details.
Location: Anoka, MN 55303
Website: http://anokahalloween.com/

8. Apple Fest 2017

Dates and Times: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Sept. 30-Oct. 15, 2017
Ticket Prices: Vary by event.
Location: Afton Apple Orchard, 14421 So. 90th St., Hastings, MN 55033
Website: http://www.aftonapple.com/apples.html

September Events

9. Defeat of Jesse James Days

Dates: Sept. 6-10, 2017 (See the full schedule of events for specific times.)
Ticket Prices: Varies by event.
Location: Downtown Northfield
Website: http://www.djjd.org/

10. James J. Hill Days

Dates: Sept. 8-10 (See the full schedule of events for specific times.)
Ticket Prices: Varies by event.
Location: Lake Street in Downtown Wayzata
Website: http://jamesjhilldays.com/

11. Washington County Bluegrass Festival

Date and Time: 2-6 p.m. Sept. 9, 2017
Ticket Prices: Vehicle permit is $7 daily or $30 annual.
Location: South Picnic Park Pavillion at Lake Elmo Park Reserve, 1515 Keats Ave. N., Lake Elmo, MN 55042
Website: https://www.co.washington.mn.us/1559/Bluegrass-Festival

12. Ethnic Fest

Date and Time: Friday Sept. 8, 2017, 7 p.m. Calgary Fiddler Concert. Saturday, Sept 9, 2017, 11a.m. to last stage performance at 7 p.m.
Ticket Prices: Buttons are $8 or 2 for $15
Location: Various locations near downtown Walker, MN
Website: http://ethnicfest.com/

13. Unplugged: The Northern Harvest

Date and Time: Sept. 14-17, 2017
Location: North House Folk School, P.O. Box 759 – 500 Highway 61 West, Grand Marais, MN 55604
Website: http://www.northhouse.org/programs/events/unplugged.htm

14. St. Paul Oktoberfest

Dates: Sept. 15-16, 2017 (See the full schedule of events for specific times.)
Ticket Prices: Varies by event.
Location: Rice Park, 109 4th St. W., St. Paul, MN 55102
Website: http://www.saintpauloktoberfest.org/

15. 2017 Grape Stomp

Dates: Sept. 15-17, 2017 (See the full schedule for specific times.)
Ticket Prices: $25/team Friday & Sunday, $35/team Saturday. Must be 16+ to particpate.
Location: Carlos Creek Winery, 6693 County Road 34 NW, Alexandria, MN 55308
Website: http://www.ccwgrapestomp.com/

16. Boats and Bluegrass Festival

Dates: Sept. 21-23, 2017 (See the full schedule for specific times.)
Ticket Prices: $119.99 and up.
Location: Prairie Island Park and Campground, 1120 Prairie Island Rd., Winona, MN 55987
Website: http://www.boatsandbluegrass.com/

17. Millstream Arts Festival

Date and Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 24, 2017
Ticket Prices: Varies by event.
Location: Downtown St. Joseph, MN 56374
Website: http://www.millstreamartsfestival.org/

October Events

18. Big Island Rendezvous and Festival

Date and Time: Oct. 5-6, 2017 (Education days) and Oct. 7-8, 2017 (Public days). Gates open at 9 a.m. each day
Ticket Prices: $12 for adults. $7 ages 6-11. Kids under 5 are free.
Location: Bancroft Bay Park in Albert Lea, MN 56007
Website: http://www.bigislandfestivalandbbq.org/Rendezvous/rendezvous.htm

19. Fall Colors Fine Art & Music Festival

Dates and Time: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 7, 2017; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 8, 2017
Ticket Prices: Free with plenty to buy for art and eats.
Location: North Lowell Park, 201 Water St. N., Stillwater, MN 55082
Websitehttp://rivertownfallartfestival.com/ 

20. Fall Festival of Arts

Dates: Oct. 14-15, 2017
Ticket Prices: Free.
Location: Downtown Red Wing, MN 55066
Website: https://www.redwingartsassociation.org/new-cover-page/

21. Stillwater Harvest Fest

Dates: 10-6 p.m. Oct. 14-15, 2017
Ticket Prices: Varies by event.
Location: 101 Water St. S., Stillwater, MN 55082
Website: http://www.harvestfeststillwater.com/full-schedule.html

22. Zombie Pub Crawl

Date and Time: Beginning at 5 p.m. Oct. 14, 2017
Ticket Prices: Free.
Location: Warehouse District, Downtown Minneapolis, MN 55403
Website: http://zombiepubcrawl.com/

23. Great Pumpkin Festival

Date and Time: 1-4 p.m. Oct. 21, 2017
Ticket Prices: Free.
Location: Gregory Park, 424 N. 5th St. Brainerd, MN 56401
Website: http://www.ci.brainerd.mn.us/339/Great-Pumpkin-Festival

24. Hutchinson Pumpkin Fest

Date and Time: Noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 28, 2017
Ticket Prices: Free.
Location: Crow River Winery, 14848 Highway 7 East, Hutchinson, MN 55350
Website: https://www.crowriverwinery.com/events/pumpkin-festival

November

25. Autumn Festival: An Arts & Crafts Affair

Dates: Nov. 9-12, 2017 (See the full schedule for specific times.)
Ticket Prices: Adults $9. Seniors $8. Kids under 10 are free.
Location:
Canterbury Park, 1100 Canterbury Rd., Shakopee, MN 55379
Website: http://hpifestivals.com/

26. 26th Annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend

Dates: Nov. 3-5, 2017 (See the full schedule of events for specific times.)
Ticket Prices: $20 for Saturday’s concert. Workshops are $7 each or $30 for the day.
Location: Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior, 570 W. Highway 61, Duluth, MN 55612
Website: http://www.northshoremusicassociation.com/bluegrass.php

27. Holiday Harvest Wine & Food Festival

Dates and Times: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 11-12, 2017
Ticket Prices: Advance tickets are $25 for Saturday and $20 for Sunday.
Location: Great River Road Wine Trail, self-guided tour of 11 wineries in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa.
Website: https://www.greatriverroadwinetrail.org/holiday-harvest-wine-food-festival/

We truly hope you’re able to get out and enjoy Minnesota’s fall season. If you find your way to one of these spots, please share a photo or two with us on Facebook or Twitter. If you think we missed a great event, share the details in the comments section below.

And of course, we like to think of ourselves as the COOLest heating and cooling company in town. If you’re in need of HVAC repairs, maintenance or just have questions, get in touch with us today.

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27 of the COOLest Fall Festivals & Events in Minnesota – Updated 2017

Coolest Fall Festivals and Events in MN

School is back in session. The nights are getting cooler. The leaves are beginning to change color. That’s right. Fall is on its way. And if you’re looking to get out and enjoy this wonderful season, there are dozens of festivals and events happening around the state.

As part of our ongoing series featuring some of the COOLest restaurants, activities and events Minnesota has to offer, we’ve dug up 27 fall festivals, events and fun things to do.

Here’s your guide to fun fall events happening throughout Minnesota during the 2017 fall season.

Long-Running Events & Things to Do

1. Minnesota Renaissance Festival

Dates: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays now through Oct. 1, 2017
Location: 12364 Chestnut Blvd., Shakopee, MN 55379
Tickets: General admission: $20.95 for adults. $12.50 for kids. Discounts and specialty tickets available online.
Website: http://renaissancefest.com/

2. Sever’s Corn Maze

Dates: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Sept. 8 through Oct. 29, 2017, and during MEA, Oct. 19-20 (See the website for specific hours.)
Ticket Prices: $15 for ages 4+. $12 discount tickets available for groups. Coupon available online.
Location: 1100 Canterbury Rd., Shakopee, MN 55379
Website: https://seversfallfestival.com/

3. Halloween Haunt at Valleyscare

Dates and Times: 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays Sept. 16 through Oct. 28, 2017, and Thursday, Oct. 29
Ticket Prices: $29.99 online if you visit early. See website for more details.
Location:
1 Valleyfair Dr., Shakopee, MN 55379
Website: https://www.valleyfair.com/haunt

4. Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze

Dates and Times: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Sept. 23 through Oct. 29, 2017, and Oct. 19-20
Ticket Prices: $10 online & $12 at the gate. Kids under 36″ are free.
Location: 8001 109th Avenue. N., Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
Website: https://twincitiesmaze.com/

5. Nelson Farm Pumpkin Patch Festival

Dates and Times: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays Sept. 23 through Oct. 29, 2017, and MEA, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 19-20
Ticket Prices: $9.00 general admission. Kids 2 and under are free.
Location: Nelson Farm, 23618 CSAH 1, Litchfield, MN 55355
Website: http://www.nelsonfarm.com/

6. Trail of Terror

Date and Time: 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m Fridays and Saturdays; 7-11 p.m. Sundays. Oct. 13-29, 2017
Ticket Prices: $23.95 general admission. Special promotions and coupon outlet locations available online.
Location: 3525 145th St. W., Shakopee, MN 55379
Website: http://www.trailofterrormn.com/

7. Anoka Halloween

Date and Time: Various events from Oct. 8 through Oct. 30, 2017 (See the full schedule of events for specific dates and times.)
Ticket Prices: Prices vary by event. See website for details.
Location: Anoka, MN 55303
Website: http://anokahalloween.com/

8. Apple Fest 2017

Dates and Times: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Sept. 30-Oct. 15, 2017
Ticket Prices: Vary by event.
Location: Afton Apple Orchard, 14421 So. 90th St., Hastings, MN 55033
Website: http://www.aftonapple.com/apples.html

September Events

9. Defeat of Jesse James Days

Dates: Sept. 6-10, 2017 (See the full schedule of events for specific times.)
Ticket Prices: Varies by event.
Location: Downtown Northfield
Website: http://www.djjd.org/

10. James J. Hill Days

Dates: Sept. 8-10 (See the full schedule of events for specific times.)
Ticket Prices: Varies by event.
Location: Lake Street in Downtown Wayzata
Website: http://jamesjhilldays.com/

11. Washington County Bluegrass Festival

Date and Time: 2-6 p.m. Sept. 9, 2017
Ticket Prices: Vehicle permit is $7 daily or $30 annual.
Location: South Picnic Park Pavillion at Lake Elmo Park Reserve, 1515 Keats Ave. N., Lake Elmo, MN 55042
Website: https://www.co.washington.mn.us/1559/Bluegrass-Festival

12. Ethnic Fest

Date and Time: Friday Sept. 8, 2017, 7 p.m. Calgary Fiddler Concert. Saturday, Sept 9, 2017, 11a.m. to last stage performance at 7 p.m.
Ticket Prices: Buttons are $8 or 2 for $15
Location: Various locations near downtown Walker, MN
Website: http://ethnicfest.com/

13. Unplugged: The Northern Harvest

Date and Time: Sept. 14-17, 2017
Location: North House Folk School, P.O. Box 759 – 500 Highway 61 West, Grand Marais, MN 55604
Website: http://www.northhouse.org/programs/events/unplugged.htm

14. St. Paul Oktoberfest

Dates: Sept. 15-16, 2017 (See the full schedule of events for specific times.)
Ticket Prices: Varies by event.
Location: Rice Park, 109 4th St. W., St. Paul, MN 55102
Website: http://www.saintpauloktoberfest.org/

15. 2017 Grape Stomp

Dates: Sept. 15-17, 2017 (See the full schedule for specific times.)
Ticket Prices: $25/team Friday & Sunday, $35/team Saturday. Must be 16+ to particpate.
Location: Carlos Creek Winery, 6693 County Road 34 NW, Alexandria, MN 55308
Website: http://www.ccwgrapestomp.com/

16. Boats and Bluegrass Festival

Dates: Sept. 21-23, 2017 (See the full schedule for specific times.)
Ticket Prices: $119.99 and up.
Location: Prairie Island Park and Campground, 1120 Prairie Island Rd., Winona, MN 55987
Website: http://www.boatsandbluegrass.com/

17. Millstream Arts Festival

Date and Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 24, 2017
Ticket Prices: Varies by event.
Location: Downtown St. Joseph, MN 56374
Website: http://www.millstreamartsfestival.org/

October Events

18. Big Island Rendezvous and Festival

Date and Time: Oct. 5-6, 2017 (Education days) and Oct. 7-8, 2017 (Public days). Gates open at 9 a.m. each day
Ticket Prices: $12 for adults. $7 ages 6-11. Kids under 5 are free.
Location: Bancroft Bay Park in Albert Lea, MN 56007
Website: http://www.bigislandfestivalandbbq.org/Rendezvous/rendezvous.htm

19. Fall Colors Fine Art & Music Festival

Dates and Time: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 7, 2017; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 8, 2017
Ticket Prices: Free with plenty to buy for art and eats.
Location: North Lowell Park, 201 Water St. N., Stillwater, MN 55082
Websitehttp://rivertownfallartfestival.com/ 

20. Fall Festival of Arts

Dates: Oct. 14-15, 2017
Ticket Prices: Free.
Location: Downtown Red Wing, MN 55066
Website: https://www.redwingartsassociation.org/new-cover-page/

21. Stillwater Harvest Fest

Dates: 10-6 p.m. Oct. 14-15, 2017
Ticket Prices: Varies by event.
Location: 101 Water St. S., Stillwater, MN 55082
Website: http://www.harvestfeststillwater.com/full-schedule.html

22. Zombie Pub Crawl

Date and Time: Beginning at 5 p.m. Oct. 14, 2017
Ticket Prices: Free.
Location: Warehouse District, Downtown Minneapolis, MN 55403
Website: http://zombiepubcrawl.com/

23. Great Pumpkin Festival

Date and Time: 1-4 p.m. Oct. 21, 2017
Ticket Prices: Free.
Location: Gregory Park, 424 N. 5th St. Brainerd, MN 56401
Website: http://www.ci.brainerd.mn.us/339/Great-Pumpkin-Festival

24. Hutchinson Pumpkin Fest

Date and Time: Noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 28, 2017
Ticket Prices: Free.
Location: Crow River Winery, 14848 Highway 7 East, Hutchinson, MN 55350
Website: https://www.crowriverwinery.com/events/pumpkin-festival

November

25. Autumn Festival: An Arts & Crafts Affair

Dates: Nov. 9-12, 2017 (See the full schedule for specific times.)
Ticket Prices: Adults $9. Seniors $8. Kids under 10 are free.
Location:
Canterbury Park, 1100 Canterbury Rd., Shakopee, MN 55379
Website: http://hpifestivals.com/

26. 26th Annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend

Dates: Nov. 3-5, 2017 (See the full schedule of events for specific times.)
Ticket Prices: $20 for Saturday’s concert. Workshops are $7 each or $30 for the day.
Location: Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior, 570 W. Highway 61, Duluth, MN 55612
Website: http://www.northshoremusicassociation.com/bluegrass.php

27. Holiday Harvest Wine & Food Festival

Dates and Times: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 11-12, 2017
Ticket Prices: Advance tickets are $25 for Saturday and $20 for Sunday.
Location: Great River Road Wine Trail, self-guided tour of 11 wineries in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa.
Website: https://www.greatriverroadwinetrail.org/holiday-harvest-wine-food-festival/

We truly hope you’re able to get out and enjoy Minnesota’s fall season. If you find your way to one of these spots, please share a photo or two with us on Facebook or Twitter. If you think we missed a great event, share the details in the comments section below.

And of course, we like to think of ourselves as the COOLest heating and cooling company in town. If you’re in need of HVAC repairs, maintenance or just have questions, get in touch with us today.

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