Welcome to fall! Enjoy it while it lasts, hopefully more than the next two weekends. Now that the air is crisp and the days are getting shorter, it’s even more important to get out and enjoy these family friendly events in October. The Parade of Homes is over, but there’s still plenty to do in the Twin Cities, including the Home Improvement and Design Expo taking place in Woodbury.

Events in the Twin Cities this October

Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend
When: October 4th – 6th, 2019
Where: Minneapolis to St. Paul

We’re planning for an unforgettable, 38th annual Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend. Take part in a celebration of health and fitness in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota!

Health and Fitness Expo
When: October 4th and 5th, 2019
Where: Saint Paul Rivercentre
175 West Kellogg Boulevard
St. Paul, MN

Explore more than 75 exhibitors with the latest in running and fitness gear at the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Health & Fitness Expo. While you’re there, learn more about the most recent equipment and nutrition tips. Bring friends and family! The expo is free and open to the public.

Stock up on exclusive marathon gear at the official Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend Merchandise Store including Brooks® technical gear, posters, apparel, novelty items and more.

Light the Night
When: October 13th, 2019
Where: Harriet Island Park
St. Paul, MN

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk funds treatments that are saving the lives of patients today. LLS is making cures happen by providing patient support services, advocating for lifesaving treatments and pioneering the most promising cancer research anywhere. And it’s all happening now. Not someday, but today. Each year friends, families and coworkers form teams to raise money in support of our mission.

This year, in the fall, these teams and their communities Light The Night at our walks where we gather together to celebrate, honor and remember those touched by cancer.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show
When: Now through November 2nd, 2019
Where: Historic Hamm Building
20 West 7th Place
St. Paul, MN

Let’s do the Time Warp again! Enter a kitschy, campy, sci-fi fantasy with Brad and Janet as they encounter Dr. Frank ’N’ Furter, a vamping, transsexual transvestite from another planet, backed by their band of singing and dancing Phantoms. Mixing rock ‘n’ roll with crazy dance numbers, sex, glitter and corsets, this is a party that’s sure to make you shiver with antici–pation!

When: October 12th, 2019
Where: Mahtomedi District Education Center
1521 Mahtomedi Avenue
Mahtomedi, MN

One of the key fundraisers of the Wildwood Lions Club is PunkinMania, held each year at Triangle Park in downtown Mahtomedi. This annual event features a petting zoo, pony rides, large inflatables, and games of skill for kids, free trick-or-treat bags containing art & school supplies for pre-school & elementary school children, brisket sandwiches, pizza, candy & beverages, and the furnishing of a vast supply of pumpkins & gourds, grown and maintained by the Wildwood Lions Club.

Home Improvement and Design Expo
When: October 19th, 2019
Where: HealthEast Sports Center
Woodbury, MN

Featuring up to 150 local and national exhibitors, including landscapers, interior designers, remodelers, windows, lawn & garden, decks, kitchen, bath and more! Everything to help turn your dream home into a reality. The Home Improvement & Design Expo is the SMART place to start your next home improvement project!

Learn from the experts at the Home Improvement Stage, with seminars running every hour, on the hour!

Prizes and give-aways every hour! Including, restaurant gift cards, tablet computer, Home Depot gift card, and more!

We’ll see you at the show!

Twin Cities Tool Swap and Expo
When: October 19th, 2019
Where: Bloomington Armory
3300 W 98th Street
Bloomington, MN

The Minnesota Woodworkers Guild is happy to announce the Twin Cities Tool Swap and Expo. Events include:

Tool Swap:

We’ll have dedicated space to buy, sell or trade your no longer needed tools and equipment!

Matt Cremona will be there with any slabs that he has available.

MN Tool Library will be selling overstock items and will be happy to take tool donations to support their non profit.

There will be high quality woodworking tools that are new or slightly used. Tools will include a Festool jigsaw, many new Milwaukee cordless power tools, grinders, a biscuit joiner and much more.


We’ve invited some of the best vendors and manufacturers to show you their latest and greatest.

Vendors include Rockler, Woodcraft, Forrest Products Supply, Siwek Lumber and Millwork, local maker spaces, schools and more.

Learning Sessons:

Our classroom schedule includes workshops from makers and builders, as well as hands-on demos from manufacturers and vendors!

Leaf Fest
When: October 19th, 2019
Where: Caponi Art Park
1220 Diffley Road
Eagan, MN

Join us for classic Fall family fun at Caponi Art Park’s Leaf Fest! This year we are looking forward to a variety of family favorites mixing art and nature in what is sure to be a memorable afternoon! More information about this year’s event will be published when made available.

Halloween Spooktacular
When: October 26th – 28th, 2019
Where: Minnesota Children’s Museum
10 West 7th Street
St. Paul, MN

Wear your costume, trick or treat, join the costume parade and enjoy other spooktacular activities at this oh-so-fun, not-so-scary Halloween event.

Artability Art Show and Sale
When: October 25th – 27th, 2019
Where: The Show Gallery Lowertown
346 N Sibley Street
St. Paul, MN

Save the date for our 25th annual Artability Art Show and Sale from October 25-27, 2019 at The Show Gallery Lowertown in St. Paul.

People Incorporated’s Artability program is an annual public celebration of the creativity and contributions of people living with mental illnesses to our community. Artists sell their work at the show and receive 80% of the profits, with the remaining 20% going back to support the Artability program. Writers also contribute their creative work to an anthology available for sale at the show.