Minnesota State Fair - St. Paul, MN - Aug 22 to Sep 2, 2019
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.
Pierz Oktoberfest - Pierz, MN - Aug 25, 2019
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.
MetaCon - Minneapolis, MN - Aug 30 to Sep 1, 2019
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.
Duluth-Superior Pride Festival - Duluth, MN - Aug 31 to Sep 1, 2019
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!
American Pottery Festival - Minneapolis, MN - Sep 6 to Sep 8, 2019
Annual fundraising event for the Northern Clay Center, with national artists showcasing their work
Ely Harvest Moon Festival - Ely, MN - Sep 6 to Sep 8, 2019
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.
Kellogg Watermelon Festival - Kellogg, MN - Sep 6 to Sep 8, 2019
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!
Superior Fall Trail Races - Two Harbors, MN - Sep 6 to Sep 7, 2019
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 6 to Sep 8, 2019
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.
Fall into the Arts - Edina, MN - Sep 7 to Sep 8, 2019
250+ exhibitors, artists, sponsors and food vendors attend the event at Centennial Lakes Park. Nearly 20,000 attendees expected.
Monarch Festival - Minneapolis, MN - Sep 7, 2019
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.
Harvest Festival - Duluth, MN - Sep 7, 2019
One of the region’s largest farmer’s markets, live music, crafts, exhibits, family activities and more – with free admission and parking
St. Paul Classic Bike Tour - Saint Paul, MN - Sep 8, 2019
25th 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.
Duluth Oktoberfestival - Duluth, MN - Sep 13 to Sep 15, 2019
Das Zelt (tent) with beer and food, arts & crafts, children’s activities and more!
Ramble Jam - Farmington, MN - Sep 13 to Sep 14, 2019
Live country music at the Dakota County Fairgrounds. Camping also available
Carlos Creek Winery Grape Stomp - Alexandria, MN - Sep 13 to Sep 15, 2019
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.
St. Paul Oktoberfest - St. Paul, MN - Sep 13 to Sep 14, 2019
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.
Gasthaus Oktoberfest - Stillwater, MN - Sep 13 to Sep 22, 2019
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.
Unplugged and Birch Bark Bash - Grand Marais, MN - Sep 13 to Sep 14, 2019
The fall fundraiser for the North House features crafts, storytelling, music, and community along the lakeshore.
Arts and Crafts Festival - Hutchinson, MN - Sep 13 to Sep 14, 2019
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.
Wild Rice Festival - Roseville, MN - Sep 14, 2019
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 14, 2019
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.
Fall Festival - St Paul, MN - Sep 14 to Sep 15, 2019
Bingo, chicken dinner, silent auction, vendors, raffles, and more
Septemberfest - Eagan, MN - Sep 20 to Sep 22, 2019
A family event with food truck, games, face painting, photo booth, 3 bands and more. Put on by Faithful Shepherd School.
Gasthof - 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
Lakeville Art Festival - Lakeville, MN - Sep 21 to Sep 22, 2019
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.
Oktoberfest Pub Crawl - Grand Forks, MN - Sep 21, 2019
Visit Downtown Grand Forks on Saturday for the second annual Downtown Oktoberfest Pub Crawl! 2-10 PM. Up to 13 participating locations.
Utepils Oktoberfest - Minneapolis, MN - Sep 21, 2019
They are going to have a mass vow renewal ceremony as part of the Oktoberfest revelries at 11am as well as music, games, great food and beer all weekend.
Delano Oktoberfest - Delano, MN - Sep 21, 2019
The streets will be closed down and the tents will go up! Oktoberfest beers, food, and music.
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.
Boats and Bluegrass - Winona, MN - Sep 26 to Sep 29, 2019
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 26 to Sep 28, 2019
A place for antiquers, junkers, and flea market lovers to enjoy shopping experiences, guest appearances, workshops, and giveaways.
Arab Film Festival - Minneapolis, MN - Sep 26 to Sep 29, 2019
Brings the best current, independent Arab cinema to Minnesota. 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.
Black Forest Inn Oktoberfest - Minneapolis, MN - Sep 27 to Oct 6, 2019
Ten days of alphorns, live music, food and beer, and more!
Art Along the Lake - Cook County, MN - Sep 27 to Oct 6, 2019
Enjoy the fall colors and meet artists in their studios with a driving tour of home studios and galleries.
Minnesota Renaissance Fest Oktoberfest Weekend - Shakopee, MN - Sep 28 to Sep 29, 2019
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!
Strut Your Mutt Minneapolis/St Paul - St Louis Park, MN - Sep 28, 2019
Strut Your Mutt is a fun dog walk and fundraising event that raises money to help save the lives of homeless pets, supporting your choice of one of hundreds of participating shelters, rescue groups, and other animal welfare groups. There are Strut your Mutt events across the country.
Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon - Minneapolis, MN - Oct 4 to Oct 6, 2019
38th annual. 5k, 10k, 10 mile, marathon, family events and health expo
Twin Cities Oktoberfest - Saint Paul, MN - Oct 4 to Oct 5, 2019
10th annual. This Minneapolis-St. Paul Oktoberfest provides two days of live music, dancers, brats and Summit Oktoberfest beer, held at the Progress Center of the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.
New Ulm Oktoberfest - New Ulm, MN - Oct 4 to Oct 12, 2019
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 5, 2019
Free shuttle service between locations, commemorative mugs and lots of great food and music are all part of the event.
Pelican Rapids Oktoberfest - Pelican Rapids, MN - Oct 10 to Oct 12, 2019
Be 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.
Twin Cities Book Festival - St. Paul, MN - Oct 12, 2019
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!
Pumpkinfest - Aurora, MN - Oct 12, 2019
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.
Stillwater Harvest Fest - Stillwater, MN - Oct 12 to Oct 13, 2019
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.
Great Pumpkin Festival - Brainerd, MN - Oct 12, 2019
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.
Schell’s Oktoberfest - New Ulm, MN - Oct 12, 2019
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.
New Bohemia Oktoberfest - Golden Valley, MN - Sep 24, 2016
Craft Brew Village - Duluth, MN - Sep 14 to Sep 15, 2018
Occurring in conjunction with the Duluth Hot Air Balloon Festival, come on down to Bayfront Festival Park to enjoy craft beer and listen to live music! The Craft Brew Villa is designed to promote and further education patrons on the fast-growing local and national craft beer industries. The Duluth region is home to a growing number of microbreweries and brewpubs. Best of all, admission is FREE! Just purchase tickets for the beers you would like to sample.
Gluek’s Bar and Restaurant Oktoberfest - Minneapolis, MN - Sep 20 to Oct 18, 2018
Live music as the Golden Keg is tapped on 9/20 and festivities begin! Free Oktoberfest appetizers, a pint from the Golden Keg, and live polka music, and a closing party on 10/18 with specials, drawings, and a surprise giveaway. In between, enjoy an exclusive traditional Oktoberfest menu and a variety of Oktoberfest beers – and get a FREE giant pretzel for group reservations of 12+ during Oktoberfest!
Rock River Pumpkin Festival - Edgerton, MN - Sep 29, 2018
10th annual. 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
Blue Moose Oktoberfest - East Grand Forks, MN - Sep 29, 2018
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!
Mill City Oktoberfest - Minneapolis, MN - Sep 29, 2018
8 AM to 2 PM. Celebrate Minnesota brewing past and present as Mill City Museum and the Mill City Farmers Market team up for the 12th annual Mill City Oktoberfest. Enjoy the tastes, smells, sights, and sounds of Germany with activities inside the museum, outside in the Ruin Courtyard and at the Farmers Market area in the Train Shed and Chicago Mall next to the Guthrie Theater. Watch a cooking demonstration, enjoy music and dancing, and relax with a Minnesota brew and German fare in the Ruin Courtyard beer garden. View photographs of Minneapolis’ historic riverfront breweries. Other activities include kids’ games, History Player performances, and brewing history. Mill City Museum admission is required for certain activities inside the museum.
Minneapolis Club Oktoberfest - Minneapolis, MN - Oct 13, 2018
Moose Madness Festival - Grand Marais, MN - Oct 19 to Oct 21, 2018
Moose-related activities are planned throughout the weekend for both adults and children. Activities range from the athletic to the artistic with kids winning â€œmoose bucksâ€ for participation in scavenger hunts, races and arts activities.
Ruttgers Oktoberfest - Deerwood, MN - Oct 19 to Oct 21, 2018
The Oktoberfest will have dinner shows, arts & crafts fair, kids activities and polka dancing. The tentative schedule has a harvest buffet dinner show with live music by the Concord Singers and Alpensterne. Saturday and Sunday both start off with a breakfast buffet. On Saturday, over 150 vendors will take part in the Arts & Crafts Fair. 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.
Minneapolis Halloween Half Marathon - Minneapolis, MN - Oct 27, 2018
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!
Terror Trot 5K - Minneapolis, MN - Oct 27, 2018
A family-friendly Halloween themed run around Lake Harriet in Minneapolis. Benefits Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.
Minnesota Monster Dash - St. Paul, MN - Oct 27, 2018
Half marathon, 10 mile and 5K runs on Halloween. Costume contest with prizes for the top three in each division.
Supernatural Official Convention – Minneapolis - Minneapolis, MN - Nov 2 to Nov 4, 2018
The stars of Supernatural, off the screen and in person, will be in town for three days of excitement, music, and fun.
Lake Superior Storm Festival - Grand Marais, MN - Nov 9 to Nov 12, 2018
Learn about Lake Superior and attend the beacon lighting to commemorate the loss of the Edmund Fitzgerald.