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27 of the COOLest Fall Festivals & Events in Minnesota

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 2016 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. 2, 2016
Location: 12364 Chestnut Blvd., Shakopee, MN 55379
Website: http://renaissancefest.com/

2. Sever’s Corn Maze

Dates: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Sept. 9 through Oct. 30, 2016, and Oct. 20-21 (See the website for specific hours.)
Location: 1100 Canterbury Rd., Shakopee, MN 55379
Website: http://www.severscornmaze.com/

3. Halloween Haunt at Valleyscare

Dates and Times: 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays Sept. 17 through Oct. 26, 2016, and Thursday, Oct. 20
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. 24 through Oct. 30, 2016, and Oct. 20-21
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. 24 through Oct. 30, 2016, and noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 20-21
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. 7-30, 2016
Location: 3525 145th St. W., Shakopee, MN 55379
Website: http://www.trailofterrormn.com/

7. Anoka Halloween

Date and Time: Various events from Oct. 14 through Oct. 31, 2016 (See the full schedule of events for specific dates and times.)
Location: Anoka, MN 55303
Website: http://anokahalloween.com/

8. Apple Fest 2016

Dates and Times: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Oct. 1-16, 2016
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. 7-11, 2016 (See the full schedule of events for specific times.)
Location: Downtown Northfield
Website: http://www.djjd.org/

10. James J. Hill Days

Dates: Sept. 9-11 (See the full schedule of events for specific times.)
Location: Lake Street in Downtown Wayzata
Website: http://jamesjhilldays.com/

11. Washington County Bluegrass Festival

Date and Time: 2-6 p.m. Sept. 10, 2016
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: Beginning at 11 a.m. Sept. 10, 2016
Location: Various locations near downtown Walker, MN
Website: http://ethnicfest.com/

13. Unplugged: The Northern Harvest

Date and Time: Sept. 15-18, 2016
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. 16-18, 2016 (See the full schedule of events for specific times.)
Location: Rice Park, 109 4th St. W., St. Paul, MN 55102
Website: http://www.saintpauloktoberfest.org/

15. 2016 Grape Stomp

Dates: Sept. 16-18 (See the full schedule for specific times.)
Location: Carlos Creek Winery, 6693 County Road 34 NW, Alexandria, MN 55308
Website: http://www.ccwgrapestomp.com/

16. Boats and Bluegrass Festival

Dates: Sept. 22-24, 2016 (See the full schedule for specific times.)
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. 25, 2016
Location: Downtown St. Joseph, MN 56374
Website: http://www.millstreamartsfestival.org/

October Events

18. Big Island Rendezvous and Festival

Date and Time: Oct. 1-2, 2016 (Gates open at 9 a.m. each day.)
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. 1, 2016; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 2, 2016
Location: North Lowell Park, 201 Water St. N., Stillwater, MN 55082
Website: https://stillwaterfallartfair.com/

20. Fall Festival of Arts

Dates: Oct. 8-9, 2016
Location: Downtown Red Wing, MN 55066
Website: http://www.redwingartsassociation.org/fall-festival/

21. Stillwater Harvest Fest

Dates: 10-6 p.m. Oct. 8-9, 2016
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. 15, 2016
Location: Warehouse District, Downtown Minneapolis, MN 55403
Website: http://zombiepubcrawl.com/2016-minneapolis/

23. Great Pumpkin Festival

Date and Time: 1-4 p.m. Oct. 15, 2016
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. 22, 2016
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. 3-6, 2016 (See the full schedule of events for specific times.)
Location: Canterbury Park, 1100 Canterbury Rd., Shakopee, MN 55379
Website: http://hpifestivals.com/

26. 26th Annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend

Dates: Nov. 4-6, 2016 (See the full schedule of events for specific times.)
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. 12-13, 2016
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

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 2016 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. 2, 2016
Location: 12364 Chestnut Blvd., Shakopee, MN 55379
Website: http://renaissancefest.com/

2. Sever’s Corn Maze

Dates: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Sept. 9 through Oct. 30, 2016, and Oct. 20-21 (See the website for specific hours.)
Location: 1100 Canterbury Rd., Shakopee, MN 55379
Website: http://www.severscornmaze.com/

3. Halloween Haunt at Valleyscare

Dates and Times: 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays Sept. 17 through Oct. 26, 2016, and Thursday, Oct. 20
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. 24 through Oct. 30, 2016, and Oct. 20-21
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. 24 through Oct. 30, 2016, and noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 20-21
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. 7-30, 2016
Location: 3525 145th St. W., Shakopee, MN 55379
Website: http://www.trailofterrormn.com/

7. Anoka Halloween

Date and Time: Various events from Oct. 14 through Oct. 31, 2016 (See the full schedule of events for specific dates and times.)
Location: Anoka, MN 55303
Website: http://anokahalloween.com/

8. Apple Fest 2016

Dates and Times: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Oct. 1-16, 2016
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. 7-11, 2016 (See the full schedule of events for specific times.)
Location: Downtown Northfield
Website: http://www.djjd.org/

10. James J. Hill Days

Dates: Sept. 9-11 (See the full schedule of events for specific times.)
Location: Lake Street in Downtown Wayzata
Website: http://jamesjhilldays.com/

11. Washington County Bluegrass Festival

Date and Time: 2-6 p.m. Sept. 10, 2016
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: Beginning at 11 a.m. Sept. 10, 2016
Location: Various locations near downtown Walker, MN
Website: http://ethnicfest.com/

13. Unplugged: The Northern Harvest

Date and Time: Sept. 15-18, 2016
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. 16-18, 2016 (See the full schedule of events for specific times.)
Location: Rice Park, 109 4th St. W., St. Paul, MN 55102
Website: http://www.saintpauloktoberfest.org/

15. 2016 Grape Stomp

Dates: Sept. 16-18 (See the full schedule for specific times.)
Location: Carlos Creek Winery, 6693 County Road 34 NW, Alexandria, MN 55308
Website: http://www.ccwgrapestomp.com/

16. Boats and Bluegrass Festival

Dates: Sept. 22-24, 2016 (See the full schedule for specific times.)
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. 25, 2016
Location: Downtown St. Joseph, MN 56374
Website: http://www.millstreamartsfestival.org/

October Events

18. Big Island Rendezvous and Festival

Date and Time: Oct. 1-2, 2016 (Gates open at 9 a.m. each day.)
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. 1, 2016; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 2, 2016
Location: North Lowell Park, 201 Water St. N., Stillwater, MN 55082
Website: https://stillwaterfallartfair.com/

20. Fall Festival of Arts

Dates: Oct. 8-9, 2016
Location: Downtown Red Wing, MN 55066
Website: http://www.redwingartsassociation.org/fall-festival/

21. Stillwater Harvest Fest

Dates: 10-6 p.m. Oct. 8-9, 2016
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. 15, 2016
Location: Warehouse District, Downtown Minneapolis, MN 55403
Website: http://zombiepubcrawl.com/2016-minneapolis/

23. Great Pumpkin Festival

Date and Time: 1-4 p.m. Oct. 15, 2016
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. 22, 2016
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. 3-6, 2016 (See the full schedule of events for specific times.)
Location: Canterbury Park, 1100 Canterbury Rd., Shakopee, MN 55379
Website: http://hpifestivals.com/

26. 26th Annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend

Dates: Nov. 4-6, 2016 (See the full schedule of events for specific times.)
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. 12-13, 2016
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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