Have fun with these seasonal pumpkin and corn picking festivals – Twin Cities
Bring out your flannels, candles and fall decor. This list of fall-themed events will provide you with endless opportunities to celebrate your favorite time of year.
Cruise in fall colors. Admire the magnificent cliffs of the St. Croix River in vivid yellows, reds and orange from the Hudson Cruise Line boat. from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and from 3.15 p.m. to 5.15 p.m. on Sundays until October 14; $ 22 for adults, $ 12 for children 10 and under; boarding locations vary; Hudson, Wisconsin and Afton; 651-436-8883; www.stcroixrivercruises.com.
Choose your own pumpkin. Spend a day on the farm picking a pumpkin or two, enjoying hay walks, drinking apple cider, eating cookies, and shopping at the country store. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily until October 21; free entry, $ 3.75 pick your own pumpkin, $ 4.75 pre-picked; Glenna Farms, 1333 120th St., Amery; 715-268-4702; glennafarms.com.
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Fun pumpkin patch for the Badlands Fall family. Wagon rides to the pumpkin patch, petting zoo, apple slingshot, crafts, giant pumpkin trebuchet launch and more. 10 am-5pm Saturdays and Sundays in October; $ 10 includes all activities and a pumpkin; Badlands Sno-Park, 772 Kinney Road, Hudson, Wisconsin; 715-386-1856; badlands-snopark.com.
Have you heard of goat yoga and corn maze. In this corn maze, keep an eye out for the “staff” goats who will be dressed in Halloween costumes as the holidays approach. Food trucks will be available on weekends and pumpkins will be available for purchase. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday to Sunday until October 28; $ 8-10; Have Ya Heard Goat Yoga, 517 County Road SS, Roberts, Wisconsin; 612-816-0722; haveyaherd.biz.
Gertens pumpkin festival. Besides the petting zoo, games and hay walks, bring home your own scarecrow friend and a painted pumpkin. Don’t miss the October 27 costume contest. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Saturday to October 28; free; additional costs for certain games and crafts; Gertens, 5500 Blaine Ave. E., Inver Grove Heights; gertens.com.
Govin’s corn maze. This year’s Govin Farm Corn Maze is sure to be a great family activity, complete with the Pumpkin Cannon, Pumpkin Patch and more. 4-10 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays until October 28; $ 4.25 for ages 2 to 4 and $ 11 for ages 5 and over; Govin’s Farm, N6134 670th St., Menomonie, Wisconsin; 715-231-2377; govinsfarm.com.
The big pumpkin festival. Let Snoopy bring your kid a smile with the Big Pumpkin Parade, hay bale mazes, “That’s the Big Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” screenings and more. from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays until October 28; $ 36 and more; Valley Fair, 1 Valley Fair Drive, Shakopee; 952-445-7600; valleyfair.com.
Sever’s “Dive Under the Sea” Fall Festival. Sever’s has everything from pig races to an exotic petting zoo, and this year’s fall festival will feature a “Dive Under the Sea” theme. Be sure to tackle the corn maze or play in the gigantic corn pit before witnessing the magic and wildlife shows. 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Sunday to October 28, plus 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on October 18 and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on October 19; $ 15 from 4 years old; 1100 Canterbury Road, Shakopee; 952-270-6293; seversfallfestival.com.
Harvest Festival and Twin Cities Labyrinth. Walk through Minnesota’s largest corn maze (this year’s Timberwolves-themed), play in the corn pit, try your hand at pumpkin spear and more during an afternoon that will make smile the whole family. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends until October 28 and October 18-19; $ 10 to $ 12 for children over 3 feet; 8001 109th Ave. N., Brooklyn Park; 952-992-9326; twincitiesmaze.com.
Mystery at the fur post. To solve this family mystery, start with Lizzie 13 as the accused, but speak with others to find out if this is really the case. 7-9 p.m. October 12-13; $ 7.50 to $ 12.50, member discounts; Snake River Fur Post, 12551 Voyageur Lane, Pine City; 320-629-6356; mnhs.org.
Leaf Festival. Celebrate the changing seasons and help create a community art project made of sticks. Throw apples, jump into a huge pile of leaves, hike trails through brightly colored trees, and taste fall treats. 12 pm-4pm October 13; free; Caponi Art Park, 1220 Diffley Road, Eagan; 651-454-9412; caponiartpark.org.
PunkinMania. Bring your own punkins to pick up your fall pumpkins for the season at this family-friendly event, complete with crafts, a petting zoo and more. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. October 13; free entry; Veterans Memorial Park, 93 Mahtomedi Avenue, Mahtomedi; 651-773-3598.
Acres Fresh Corn Maze. Visit Fresh Acre’s first corn mazes, with one for kids under 8 and one for everyone else. All activities included in the ticket price. 10 am-6pm, Oct 13-14, 17-21, 27-28; $ 12 for adults, $ 8 for children from $ 3 to $ 12; Fresh Acres, 7385 Jason Ave. NE, Monticello, Minn .; 763-290-0156; Freshacresmn.com.
Apple festival. Celebrate the harvest at the Carpenter Nature Center with hay rides, music, live animal programs, apple kids, pumpkin decorations, a bake sale, cider-making demonstrations and more. Shop for jams, jellies, squash, honey and more at the Apple Shack. 10 am-5pm Oct 13-14; free; Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S., Hastings; 651-437-4359; carpenternaturecenter.org.
Stillwater Harvest Festival. Enjoy the best of the harvest with chili cuisine, beer garden, giant pumpkin weigh-in and more at this family-friendly event. 10 am-6pm Oct 13-14; 101 Water Street S., Stillwater; Harvestfeststillwater.com.
10th Anniversary Valley Vine & Harvest Throwdown. Eight former event champions will take part in an epic culinary competition to see who is the best of the best, with the goal of raising funds for local mental health programs, addiction programs, crises, trauma and housing unstable. Each competing chef will prepare a mini starter and accompany it with a good wine. After tasting each dish, guests will vote for their favorite to receive the coveted Champion of Champions award. 4 pm-7pm on October 14; $ 100 per ticket; Lake Elmo Inn Event Center, 3712 Layton Ave. N., Lake Elmo; canvashealth.org/events.
Autumn harvest festival at the Saint-Casimir church. Come celebrate fall with a festival, silent auction and raffle – everyone is welcome! 10.30am-2pm Oct 14; free entry; Church of Saint Casimir, 934 Geranium Ave. E, St. Paul; 651-774-0365; stcasimirchurch.org.
Afton Orchard Apple Festival. Along with the apple picking, petting zoo, hay rides, corn maze, and unique playgrounds that Afton Apple Orchard already offers, its Apple Festival features demonstrations of cider pressing, magic, music and more. 10 am-6pm Saturdays and Sundays until October 14; Entrance to the orchard is $ 5 for children 5 and over, $ 4 for children 4 and under, additional fees for certain activities; Afton Apple Orchard, 14421 S. 90th St., Hastings; 651-436-8385; aftonapple.com.
Harvest days. Bring the harvest to Kelley Farm by helping with field work, harvesting garden produce, making corn husk dolls and more. 10 am-5pm Oct 18-21; $ 6 to $ 12, free for members of the Minnesota Historical Society; Oliver Kelley Farm, 15788 Kelley Farm Road, Elk River; 763-441-6896; mnhs.org.
Pumpkin Express Train & Bash. Board a train from Osceola to Dresser, Wisconsin, where your ticket gets you free pumpkins, wagon rides, games, and a marshmallow roast to fill you up for the train ride back. Departure times 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. October 19-21; $ 20 for children 3 and over, free for children 2 and under; Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway, 114 Depot Road, Osceola, Wisconsin; 651-228-0263; transportmuseum.org.
Apple cider pressing day. Often referred to as ‘the farmer’s champagne’, discover how apple cider is handcrafted on the farm. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., October 20; $ 6 to $ 8, free for members of the Minnesota Historical Society; Historic Forestville, 21899 County Road 118, Preston; 507-765-2785; mnhs.org
Pumpkin carving from Silverwood Park. Pumpkins, decorations, and carving tools are provided; you bring the imagination. After you carve your pumpkin, end the evening with pumpkin mass lighting and a marshmallow roast. 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. October 24; $ 8; Silverwood Park, 2500 County Road E., St. Anthony; 763-694-7707; threeriversparks.org.