Fall Minnesota Festivals

Find a Minnesota fall festival to attend in 2021. Our events calendar for September, October and November 2021 has things to do across Minnesota including activities in Minneapolis, St. Paul, St. Cloud and Duluth. Our list includes festivals celebrating the local harvest, food, music, beer, Oktoberfest and more.

Last Major Update:

At this point we have checked for 2021 dates on all festival events. Some websites had not been updated at all for this year, but where a date was available or a cancellation confirmed, we've updated our listing. We'll keep looking for new events to add, and we'll be working on updating Halloween and Thanksgiving events as well. We hope you find a fantastic event near you, enjoy!
All events showing 2021 dates need to be verified to confirm that changes to the schedule were not made by the organizers after publication here, due to COVID-19, weather/natural disasters, or other reasons. We do not run these events, and would hate for anyone to go out of their way only to find the event had been canceled after releasing a date. Please click through to the event website to confirm! Be safe and have a great fall!

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2021 Festivals

Minnesota Renaissance Fest - Shakopee, MN - Aug 21 to Oct 3, 2021
50th annual. King Henry and his royal court invite one and all to his 16th Century European village featuring 16 stages of exciting entertainment. Over 250 artisans fill the Festival marketplace to display and sell their handcrafted wares for a truly unique shopping experience. Patrons can interact with hundreds of memorable characters roaming the village streets as well as view live armored jousting throughout the day. Weekends and Labor Day Monday, Festival Friday (final weekend)

Art in Bayfront Park - Duluth, MN - Aug 21 to Aug 22, 2021
Over 100 artists will be set up at Bayfront Harvest Park

Pierz Oktoberfest - Pierz, MN - Aug 22 to Aug 29, 2021
Organized by the Pierz Lions Club, it is generally held on the last Sunday in August unless it falls directly before Labor Day. Start the day with the fun run at Pierz Healy High School for a 2 mile or 5K run for the whole family. Parade generally starts around 11 AM. Following the parade, they hold a festival in the park which includes petting zoo, exotic animals, inflatables, bingo and children’s game. Purchase and wear their button to win one of the prizes in their giveaways. There are also brats & kraut, kettle corn, homemade pie and beer garden. Free shuttle bus transportion to the park from various parking lots – no unauthorized vehicles are allowed on Park Ave near the park. Related events take place for the week prior to the event. On Saturday night, for example, there will be a concert and fireworks. And don’t miss their famous Medallion Hunt, with a $500 award to the winner.

Tribute Fest - Duluth, MN - Aug 26 to Aug 28, 2021
Raising funds to help homeless veterans. Active duty and veterans, and their families, can get in free.

Minnesota State Fair - St. Paul, MN - Aug 26 to Sep 6, 2021
Grandstand shows, live entertainment, food, shopping, agricultural exhibits and competitions, and more! Started as a territorial fair in 1854, it changed its name in 1859 after Minnesota became a state. Always the 12 days leading up to and including Labor Day. Nearly 2 million people attend the event. Held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

American Pottery Festival - Minneapolis, MN - Sep 1 to Sep 5, 2021
Annual fundraising event for the Northern Clay Center, with national artists showcasing their work. Pre-festival workshops and lectures with the main events happening over the weekend.

Duluth-Superior Pride Festival - Duluth, MN - Sep 2 to Sep 5, 2021
Check out all the fun activities at this year’s pride festival taking place in both Duluth Minnesota and Superior Wisconsin – Two beer tents, exhibitors and vendors, plus games and activities for children and families, live entertainment, the Foo Foo Choo Choo, drag show, block party, family picnic, Fruit float, 5K, Pride Parade, White Breakfast, worship service, and more!

St. Paul Oktoberfest - St. Paul, MN - Sep 10 to Sep 11, 2021
The annual Saint Paul Oktoberfest will have German and American beer, live music, polish dancers, dachshund races, bed races, Paulaner Girls and children’s games.

Superior Fall Trail Races - Lutsen, MN - Sep 10 to Sep 11, 2021
Choose a route from 26.2 – 100 miles of rugged, rucky, single track trail with near constant climbs and descents – a real challenge for a real athlete! The race takes place on the Superior Hiking Trail between Gooseberry Falls and Lutsen Mountains, ending in Lutsen MN. Since 1991.

Radio Waves Music Festival - Grand Marais, MN - Sep 10 to Sep 11, 2021
Annual event held at Sweetheart’s Bluff in Grand Marais Recreation Area. It typically features over 30 music performances of various genres, with two stages and a dance floor, food vendors, and a children’s area. Tickets are $10 for the day or $20 for the weekend, and kids under 12 are free.

Kellogg Watermelon Festival - Kellogg, MN - Sep 10 to Sep 12, 2021
Come on down to downtown Kellogg for a parade, the crowning of Miss Kellogg, and a variety of other events including a bean bag tournament, 5k, carnival, kiddie parade, beer crawl, soap box derby, live music and so much more!

Ely Harvest Moon Festival - Ely, MN - Sep 10 to Sep 12, 2021
A three day festival in Whiteside Park that attracts more than 10,000. Arts & crafts, live music, blueberry pancake breakfast, walleye dinner and more. Held annually on the first weekend after Labor Day.

Lake Superior Harvest Festival - Duluth, MN - Sep 11, 2021
For almost 30 years, the Lake Superior Chapter of SFA has put on this premier event, connecting producers and consumers. Located in Bayfront Festival Park in downtown Duluth, Harvest Festival features one of the best and largest farmers’ markets in the region, along with live music, crafts, nonprofit showcase, educational exhibits, family activities and more! The best part is that it’s all locally focused, locally grown, and locally sourced. Free parking and admission.

Monarch Festival – Festival de la Monarca - Minneapolis, MN - Sep 11, 2021
Celebrate the monarch butterfly at Lake Nokomis community center. Features music, food, hands-on art, plant sales, and workshops about this butterfly that migrates 2000 miles from Minnesota to Mexico.

Fall into the Arts - Edina, MN - Sep 11 to Sep 12, 2021
250+ exhibitors, artists, sponsors and food vendors attend the event at Centennial Lakes Park. Nearly 20,000 attendees expected.

St. Paul Classic Bike Tour - Saint Paul, MN - Sep 12, 2021
Annual event benefiting BikeMN’s education programs. More than 6,000 riders, live music, refreshments and beautiful views of St. Paul. Riders can choose a 15, 32, or 47 mile route, and there is a minimal amount of traffic along the routes, as well as rest stops with beautiful views, hot and cold beverages, treats, live music and more.

WISSOTA 100 Stock Car Racing at I-94 Speedway - Fergus Falls, MN - Sep 14 to Sep 18, 2021
Auto Expo, Stock car races, bean bag tourney, vendors and more, all held at the Dakota State Fair Speedway

Twin Cities Book Festival - St. Paul, MN - Sep 16 to Oct 16, 2021
For 2021, a month of virtual events before an in person day. See the event’s website for details. Normally: Join 5000 of your fellow book lovers for this annual event in the Progress Center building at the State Fairgrounds from 10 AM to 5 PM. Author readings, exhibitors, used book fair and children’s pavilion. Free admission!

Arts and Crafts Festival - Hutchinson, MN - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2021
Annual event for more than 40 years. Located at Liberty Square Park. Free admission and parking. Plenty of food vendors and arts and craft exhibits.

Carlos Creek Winery Grape Stomp - Alexandria, MN - Sep 17 to Sep 19, 2021
Three day event featuring over 300 teams stomping 10,000 pounds of grapes. Enjoy 12 bands on 4 stages, wine tasting, man cave featuring August Schell’s & Fargo Brewery, logging camp show and vendors with food, juried art show, and more. Free shuttle from Douglas County Fairgrounds and several area hotels, plus on-site parking.

Duluth Oktoberfestival - Duluth, MN - Sep 17 to Sep 19, 2021
Das Zelt (tent) with beer and food, arts & crafts, children’s activities and more!

Unplugged and Birch Bark Bash - Grand Marais, MN - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2021
The fall fundraiser for the North House features crafts, storytelling, music, and community along the lakeshore.

Utepils Oktoberfest - Minneapolis, MN - Sep 17 to Sep 25, 2021
Friday and Saturday two weeks in a row. They are going to have a mass vow renewal ceremony as part of the Oktoberfest revelries, as well as music, games, great food and beer.

Lakeville Art Festival - Lakeville, MN - Sep 18 to Sep 19, 2021
Held the third weekend in September on the grounds of the Lakeville Area Arts Center, visitors can enjoy over 90 artists in a park-like setting. There will also be artist demonstrations, a Youth Art tent, performing and literary artist, food and more.

Wild Rice Festival - Roseville, MN - Sep 18, 2021
A celebration of wild rice, Native American culture and Minnesota’s harvest season. Pancake breakfast, live entertainment, food trucks and vendors. Located at the Harriet Alexander Nature Center.

Longville Oktoberfest - Longville, MN - Sep 18, 2021
Downtown Longville will have a German beer garden with music, arts and crafts on Saturday from 11 AM to 2 PM. The Longville Fire Hall will follow from 5-11 PM with its Oktoberfest Dinner Dance. Enjoy Friday nights karaoke entertainment and dinner specials at the Anchorage Inn.

Blue Moose Oktoberfest - East Grand Forks, MN - Sep 18, 2021
the biggest celebration of beer in the Valley! Weiner dog races, free beer tastings, stein holding competitions, a pretzel toss, German food and a HUGE selection of Oktoberfest beers are all on tap for the outdoor Oktoberfest celebration at The Blue Moose Bar and Grill! Bring the family as this event is family friendly with lots of games for the kids too!

Delano Oktoberfest - Delano, MN - Sep 18, 2021
The tents will go up at Delano Central Park! Oktoberfest beers, food, and music. $5 for 21+ with a commemorative mug for the first 500 paid adults; under 21 is free.

Boats and Bluegrass - Winona, MN - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2021
A family friendly music festival on the shores of the Mississippi River. Three day passes available for adults include camping. Kids 16 and under are free with adult.

Junk Bonanza - Shakopee, MN - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2021
A place for antiquers, junkers, and flea market lovers to enjoy shopping experiences, guest appearances, workshops, and giveaways.

Septemberfest - Eagan, MN - Sep 24 to Sep 26, 2021
A family event with food truck, games, face painting, photo booth, 3 bands and more. Put on by Faithful Shepherd School.

Black Forest Inn Oktoberfest - Minneapolis, MN - Sep 24 to Oct 3, 2021
Ten days of alphorns, live music, food and beer, and more!

Art Along the Lake - Cook County, MN - Sep 24 to Oct 3, 2021
Enjoy the fall colors and meet artists in their studios with a driving tour of home studios and galleries.

Oktoberfest Pub Crawl - Grand Forks, MN - Sep 25, 2021
Visit Downtown Grand Forks on Saturday for the second annual Downtown Oktoberfest Pub Crawl! 2-10 PM. Up to 13 participating locations.

Twin Cities Arab Film Festival - Minneapolis, MN - Sep 29 to Oct 3, 2021
TCAFF 2021 is a hybrid film festival, screening independent Southwest Asian and North African (SWANA) cinema virtually for audiences across the United States and in-person at the Trylon Cinema in Minneapolis. The festival seeks to provide Arab American and Arab film artists support and exposure, build the local Arab American community, and present to the general public the diverse ways in which Arabs view themselves and the world they live in through the powerful and accessible medium of film.

New Ulm Oktoberfest - New Ulm, MN - Oct 1 to Oct 9, 2021
This annual Minnesota Oktoberfest will take place at four locations in New Ulm on the first two weekends in October (Friday and Saturday). The four locations are the Best Western Plus, Downtown New Ulm, Morgan Creek Vineyards and Schell’s Brewery. This has been ranked one of the top 25 events in Minnesota for many years. The Best Western Plus has two indoor band stage areas with German-style polka and bands playing party favorites for dancing. Downtown activities include horse-drawn trolley rides, hometown bands and tours of various buildings including the John Lind House, Hermann Monument, Schell’s Brewery and the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame. Don’t miss the 45 foot Musical Glockenspiel which is setup in the downtown area. Morgan Creek Vineyards generally has a Grape Stomp on the first Saturday of the festival.

Gull Lake Oktoberfest Pub Crawl - Gull Lake, MN - Oct 2, 2021
Free shuttle service between locations, commemorative mugs and lots of great food and music are all part of the event.

Minnesota Renaissance Fest Oktoberfest Weekend - Shakopee, MN - Oct 2 to Oct 3, 2021
Oktoberfest weekend at the Ren Fest includes bier pong, plus contests for the best beard, lederhosen and dirndl, sauerkraut eating, stein hoisting, dachsund races; and more!

Moorhead Sausage Fest - Moorhead, MN - Oct 2, 2021
A BIG sausage meal from NDSU Meat Science and Wurst Bier Hall, cheap craft beer from Swing Barrel Brewing Co. plus other beverages, live music, Fall vendor market, bouncy house, games and activities for all ages!

Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon - Minneapolis, MN - Oct 3, 2021
5k, 10k, 10 mile, marathon, family events and health expo

Twin Cities Oktoberfest - Falcon Heights, MN - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2021
This Minneapolis-St. Paul Oktoberfest provides two days of live music, dancers, games, authentic German food and a wide range of beer, including multiple varieties of Marzen style beer. The event is held at the historic Progress Center of the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

Pelican Rapids Oktoberfest - Pelican Rapids, MN - Oct 9, 2021
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. NormallyBe sure not to miss the lead up events, including the search for the Oktoberfest medallions and hunt for Mr & Ms Oktoberfest If you can solve the clues, you win a prize of Pelican Bucks. In the past, Thursday events have included the crowning of Mr. & Ms. Oktoberfest, open house at the fire department with light supper served, bingo at the VFW, and a wine & beer tasting with live music. Friday has held the largest pumpkin contest, chainsaw sculpting, more bingo and a salute to the troops with live music at the VFW. Saturday included the Lions pancake breakfast, 5K and 10K run, farmer’s market and food court at the Pelican Rapids Fire Hall, pinochle tournament, live auction and more. Kids events included hay rides, pumpkin decorating and games at the PR Fire Hall. Or participate in the VolksMarch Walk for 11K. On Sunday, enjoy the “best of the wurst” sausage & beer sampling as well as the old-fashioned polka party. Proceeds go toward community beautification projects. Pelican Rapids is located in western Otter Tail County.

Pumpkinfest - Aurora, MN - Oct 9, 2021
Held indoor and outdoor at the Aurora Community Center. Features lots of pumpkins, craft vendors, quilt show, children’s games, wagon rides, and festival foods and a 5k pumpkin run.

Schell’s Oktoberfest - New Ulm, MN - Oct 9, 2021
Between 11 am and 5 pm, enjoy German food, dancing, music and plenty of Schell’s Oktoberfest beer inside the beer tent. Lots of fun activities for kids. Tickets are $10, kids free – tickets sold at the gate, and a portion of proceeds will be donated. Schell’s is America’s second oldest family owned brewery, started in 1860 by August Schell. It survived Prohibition and has been passed down through six generations of the family. They make German craft beer. In 2013, their Oktoberfest beer took home a bronze medal in the American-Style Lager category at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. Since most Germans don’t celebrate Oktoberfest for just one day, they even remind you to check out New Ulm’s Oktoberfest downtown, which takes place the weekend before and the same weekend as theirs.

Stillwater Harvest Fest - Stillwater, MN - Oct 9 to Oct 10, 2021
Chili Cook-Off, microbrew tasting, Giant Pumpkin weigh-Off, pumpkin regatta, live music, kids costume parade, food vendors, kids pumpkin pull, face painting, pie eating contest, and more.

MetaCon - Minneapolis, MN - Oct 15 to Oct 17, 2021
Minneapolis’s comic book convention brings exhibitors, guest starts, interactive events, artists and entertainers, and costuming together in a three day celebration of geek culture and nerd life.

Great Pumpkin Festival - Brainerd, MN - Oct 16, 2021
This annual event runs from 1-4 PM with free admission. Pie throwing, pie eating, sack races and a variety of other kids and parent/children activities. Small fee for horse rides.

Ruttgers Oktoberfest - Deerwood, MN - Oct 22 to Oct 24, 2021
The Oktoberfest will have breakfast buffets, dinner shows, an arts & crafts fair with over 150 vendors, kids activities and polka dancing. Live music and entertainment will happen in two tents and there will be children’s activities in the Kids’ Kamp building. Eat dinner at the buffet featuring German music and end the evening with a free admission polka dance. Held at Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge, which has been inviting guests to the lake and their resort for five generations of the Ruttger family since it opened in 1898.

Moose Madness Festival - Grand Marais, MN - Oct 22 to Oct 23, 2021
Moose-related activities are planned throughout the weekend for both adults and children. Activities range from the athletic to the artistic with kids winning “moose bucks” for participation in scavenger hunts, races and arts activities.

Autumn Festival: An Arts and Crafts Affair – Shakopee - Shakopee, MN - Nov 11 to Nov 14, 2021
Hundreds of artists and crafters, plus music, gift certificates, food and drink and more, with free parking.

Past Events

We know that you want current events. But we often don’t have dates for the current year. We leave those events with their link here so that you can look for the new dates yourself. We hope you don’t mind!

Wild Waters Music Fest - Duluth, MN - Aug 16, 2019
Live concert at Bayfront Festival Park to save the boundary waters

German Kulturefest - Moorhead, MN - Sep 14, 2019
Celebrating German cultural heritage with a combination of folk arts and modern performances and demonstrations.

Fall Festival - St Paul, MN - Sep 14 to Sep 15, 2019
Bingo, chicken dinner, silent auction, vendors, raffles, and more

Unlabeled Oktoberfest - St Paul, MN - Sep 20, 2019
A blind-tasting beer festival with 48 Minnesota Oktoberfest beers at Upper Landing Park

Gasthof Oktoberfest - Minneapolis, MN - Sep 20 to Oct 12, 2019
Weekends. A Bavarian bar and eatery in Northeast Minneapolis that pitches a massive tent and brings in the picnic tables for a celebration of Germany. They’ll have traditional German beer like Hacker Pschorr, Paulaner, Spaten and Warsteiner. Food options include brats, smoked pork chops, BBQ ribs, german potato salad, sauerkraut, soft pretzels and apfelstrudel. There will be live polka music and dancing, too. No cover charge. Bring your own beer mug or buy one of their 1/2 liter mugs. Tokens are $6. Location: 2300 University Ave NE Minneapolis, MN 55418

Rock River Pumpkin Festival - Edgerton, MN - Sep 21, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: Medallion hunt, 5K, corn maze, pumpkin race, carnival games, hay rides, paintball, pumpkin carving contest, pumpkin eater contest, trebuchet/catapult contest. Most of the activities will be held on Elizabeth Street between 4th and 5th Avenue

Oktoberfest at Voyageur Brewing Co - Grand Marais, MN - Sep 25 to Sep 29, 2019
Grab your dirndls and lederhosen and head to Voyageur Brewing Company for a weekend of German music, food, games, and beer including barrels of a new Oktoberfest brew. Free admission.

Gluek’s Bar and Restaurant Oktoberfest - Minneapolis, MN - Sep 26 to Oct 24, 2019
Live music as the Golden Keg is tapped on 9/26 and festivities begin! Free Oktoberfest appetizers, a pint from the Golden Keg, and live polka music, and a closing party on 10/24 with specials, drawings, and a surprise giveaway. In between, enjoy an exclusive traditional Oktoberfest menu, daily specials, and a variety of Oktoberfest beers – and get a FREE giant pretzel for group reservations of 12+ during Oktoberfest!

Minneapolis Club Oktoberfest - Minneapolis, MN - Oct 5, 2019

Minneapolis Halloween Half Marathon - Minneapolis, MN - Oct 26, 2019
After 20 years, the Mill City Suds Run (aka the Blubber Run) was changed into the Minneapolis Halloween Half Maration, 10K and 5K, starting in 2017. It is part of a year-long MN RUN Series, a total of 7 races throughout the year. The Halloween Half starts and ends at Father Hennepin Park. Costumes aren’t required, but they sure are fun to run in for this one!

Lake Superior Storm Festival - Grand Marais, MN - Nov 8 to Nov 10, 2019
Learn about Lake Superior and attend the beacon lighting to commemorate the loss of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

Cystic Fibrosis Cycle for Life – Minnesota - Maple Plain, MN - Sep 12, 2020
Going virtual for 2020! Normally: CF Cycle for Life is a fully-supported ride with different route options. From breakfast to the cycle post party, you can enjoy fully stocked rest stops every 10-12 miles, bike mechanics for bicycle maintenance and repair, ride marshals to cheer you along the way and plenty of support vehicles to help you complete the ride. This unique event empowers participants to take action and demonstrate their fight in finding a cure for cystic fibrosis in a tangible, emotional and powerful way.

Gasthaus Oktoberfest - Stillwater, MN - Sep 18 to Sep 27, 2020
Canceled for 2021, will return in 2022. Normally: This German restaurant will erect a huge festival tent with German food, beer and live music. Friday and Saturday admission is $5.00 from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Sundays are family days with all ages welcome from noon-6 PM. Activities include free face painting, balloon twister, music, dancing. Be sure to taste the giant pretzels, cinnamon roasted almonds, Hammerschlagen, brats and chops, and of course lots of imported beers.

Crookston Fall Show - Crookston, MN - Oct 16 to Oct 17, 2020
200+ booths showcasing baked goods, arts and crafts that all have a touch of being hand made by the vendors.

Minnesota Monster Dash - St. Paul, MN - Oct 31, 2020
Half marathon, 10 mile and 5K runs on Halloween. Costume contest with prizes for the top three in each division.

Find other fun things to do in Minnesota in fall:

Oktoberfest in Minnesota
Minnesota Corn Mazes
Minnesota Ghost Tours
Haunted Houses in Minnesota
Minnesota Pumpkin Patches

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