Turns out there is more to the season of fall than pumpkin-spiced beverages and flannel shirts. The season brings out the magnificent rust-colored leafs, brisk sunny mornings, and the perfect time of the year for some of the finest events the Twin Cities has to offer.
This fall is shaping up to be another one for the books, we have put together a list of some of the seasonal events you won’t want to miss, and some others that are simply too good not to mention.
Pumpkin Nights: Every night, Oct. 13 – 29
We might as well just start out with one of the most fall events out there, an entire night of activities centered around pumpkins. Pumpkin Nights is exactly what it sounds like! This Halloween display will show off over 3000 hand-carved pumpkins that line a twisting path through the Minnesota Fair Grounds. In addition you will enjoy lots of food, Witches Brew, and nightly movie screenings. This is the perfect Halloween event for families, friends, or anyone looking for a special fall night out of the house.
Twin Cities Oktoberfest: Oct. 6 – 7
This parade of beer, brats, and all things German is in its 15 season, and continues to be a hit with each passing year. Both German and American beers will be flowing through the drinkers steins, and there will be plenty of food and live music throughout the weekend. Summit Brewing is the primary vendor, and of course their heavenly Oktoberfest brew will be available at every turn.
St. Paul Farmers Market – Downtown: Apr. 29 – Nov. 18
Yes, this is not a fall specific event. But there is something exceptional about throwing on a sweatshirt on a cozy saturday morning in the fall, and heading out to buy locally grown, fresh produce. With your piping hot cup of whatever you fancy to keep you warm, you will find yourself browsing the numerous and vast tables with every variety of produce you can think of. So make the trip down to the market, pick up something fresh, and turn it into a savory home-cooked meal, and a warm pie for dessert.
Zombie Pup Crawl – Bauhaus: Oct. 7
I’m going to go on record and say that as an enthusiast of all things fall, this event is a dream come true. Try to wrap your head around this: great beer, costumes, dogs, and a costume contest for dogs. Bauhaus will be serving up their renowned brew while the pups strut their stuff. Come out for this one of a kind event, showing support for the other host of this event, Midwest Animal Rescue Services.
Bob Dylan and His Band: Oct. 25
After a three year absence, Bob Dylan will be returning for a concert in his home state. The Xcel Energy Center will be the host of this special show, and tickets are currently for sale at exceptionally affordable rates. Bob Dylan and His Band are one of those acts you don’t want to miss when they come to town, and surely this homecoming will make for a special weekend this fall.
Some of the best things in life are free, and the season of fall is a perfect example. The shift in the weather, the crunchy leaves under your feet, and the golden and amber color everything seems to take on, few things can top that. So go out and enjoy the scenery, and stop by some of the best fall events in the Twin Cities.