10 Fall Activities in the Twin Cities


Break out the sweaters, the pumpkin-flavored-everything, fall is officially on the horizon. We’ve gathered some activities in and around the Twin Cities to help you make the most of arguably the most wonderful time of the year in Minnesota.

1. Tipi Camping (anytime)

Be extra adventurous and head to Blue Mounds State Park or Upper Sioux Agency State Park and camp in a bonafide Tipi. Learn more >

2. Lakeside Dining (hurry, closing beginning of October!)

Make it a priority to grab a bite at one of Minneapolis’s lakeside dining options before closing for the season, most likely the beginning of October. We suggest the Famous Tin Fish Tacos at Tin Fish, or a sandwich at Lake Harriet’s Bread & Pickle.

3. Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze (Sept 23-Oct 29)

Spanning nearly 20 acres, Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze boasts Minnesota’s largest corn maze. Honor the Minnesota Vikings, jump in the corn pit, stroll through the straw bale maze, and enjoy live music, a petting zoo, hayrides, and much more.  Learn more >

4. Bike Adventure on Cannon Valley Trail (anytime before it snows)

Sweat amongst scenic beauty on a 19.7-mile-long trail in picturesque southeastern Minnesota on the Cannon Valley Trail. Learn more >

5. Pumpkin Nights at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds (Oct 13-29)

Taking place at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, Pumpkin Nights invites visitors to experience the essence of Halloween while walking through ten immersive lands created with over 3,000 hand-carved pumpkins. Includes plenty of food options, seasonal beverages, movie screenings, and activities for the whole family. Tickets sold for specific dates and times. Learn more >

6. Run your first 5k (multiple dates)

What better weather than fall to lace-up and run? A plethora of options exist, from Beer Runs (yes, there is beer at the end) to the Terror Run. Learn more >

7.  MCAD’s 20th Annual Art Sale (Nov 16-18)

Your chance to buy one-of-a-kind art created by students and recent graduates at unbeatable prices from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Learn more >

8. Horseback Riding (anytime)

Humor your inner cowboy for a day and take in the crisp fall air via horseback. Learn more >

9. Zombie Pub Crawl (Oct 14)

Participate in the “world’s first and largest festival of crawling, partying, dead” in this Warehouse District event. Costumes, food, live music and much more. This is definitely an event you have to see to believe. Learn more >

10. If all else fails, start planning your Super Bowl Party

There is no denying the exciting amp up to our state’s turn at hosting the big game. A historic downtown Minneapolis building, The Armory, will be transformed into a 300,000-square-foot, multi-tiered night club that can hold about 8,000 people. They will play host to concerts by A-list performers 3 nights leading up to the Super Bowl and host a big post-game after party. Last rumor had tickets going on sale in October. Learn more >

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