Summer has come to an end. I hope you were able to get out enjoy all of the wonderful things to do in the Twin Cities – and greater Minnesota – this summer. The fair has ended and now we begin the season of pumpkin spice. Enjoy it, winter is not far behind. Autumn is a lovely time of year in Minnesota. Once the kids have settled into the new school routine weekends can be spent exploring corn mazes, petting zoos and apple farms. There is really no better time to enjoy the outdoors than fall – not too hot, not to cold – just right. There are plenty of family friendly events in the Twin Cities this September 2023, see the list below for many of them.

Events in the Twin Cities this September 2023

Aamodt’s Apple Farm Fest
When: September 4 – October 31, 2023
Where: Aamodt’s Apple Farm
6428 Manning Avenue North
Stillwater, MN

Come celebrate our 75th Anniversary Apple Season! Pick your own apples (until supplies last), hay wagon rides, John Deere Tractor Trikes, Hay Bale Maze.

Cruisin’ on the Croix Hot Rod & Vintage Car Cruise
When: September 6, 2023
Where: Lowell Park
201 Water Street North
Stillwater, MN

Cruisin’ on the Croix invites owners and car lovers to exhibit and view vintage, classic, street and hot rod automobiles in a beautiful river town stetting of Stillwater, Minnesota. We have dashboard plaques for the first 100 cars and a terrific crew to welcome owners into the show. From genuine antique cars to sublime ’50s.

Minnesota Renaissance Festival
When: Weekends September 9 – October 1, 2023
Where: Festival Grounds
12364 Chestnut Blvd
Shakopee, MN

7 Weekends of Huzzah & Cheers!

King Henry and his royal court invite one and all to his 16th Century European village featuring 16 stages of exciting entertainment. Over 250 artisans fill the Festival marketplace to display and sell their handcrafted wares for a truly unique shopping experience. Patrons can interact with hundreds of memorable characters roaming the village streets as well as view live armored jousting throughout the day. Come celebrate our 52nd season by visiting the Festival grounds in Shakopee, MN. Huzzah!

Take Me to the River
When: Weekends – September 9 – October 8, 2023
Where: Various venues on the Lower St Croix
Stillwater, MN

The St. Croix: Art at Every Bend in the River
Discover the intersection of Art & Nature in the St. Croix Valley. Explore the region’s many art fairs, festivals and open artists’ studios this fall.

Afton Apple Anniversary Weekend
When: September 9 & 10, 2023
Where: Afton Apple Orchard
14421 90th Street South
Hastings, MN

Join Afton Apple to celebrate their 34th anniversary with giveaways, yard games, concessions, a beer tent and more!

Cocktails at the Castle
When: September 15, 2023
Where: American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN

Cocktails and concerts return to the Twin Cities’ only castle this fall with great music, Nordic-inspired art, and wild surprises. Discover two stages of independent bands, pop-up activities, food, and drinks, and explore the museum galleries at this adults-only fall event awarded ‘Best Event Concept’ by MSP Magazine.

This year’s Cocktails at the Castle features an exciting lineup of Minnesota artists and activities that draws inspiration from artist Claes Larson’s edgy, boundary-pushing handcraft presented Leaving Your Mark: Stories in Wood (opens in new window), ASI’s punk rock woodcarving exhibition on view through October 29. The event features performances by ten bands including local stars Monica LaPlante (opens in new window) alongside up-and-comers Killusonline (opens in new window), a wreck-it room, a chance for attendees to get a real (yes, real!) tattoo from a local artist, fire arts demos, Luchador wrestling, axe throwing, and much more.

American Monsters
When: September 15 – October 31, 2023
Where: Mall of America
200 South Avenue
Bloomington, MN

At this brand-new haunted house experience at Mall of America, guests will enter a nightmare world where they’ll come face to face with the creature called “Onionhead.” Experience supernatural terror in a twisted world of mayhem!

Flower Festival
When: September 16, 17, 23, & 24, 2023
Where: Afton Apple Orchard
14421 90th St S
Hastings, MN

Walk through acres of beautiful Zinnia and sunflower fields. Pick your own blooms and bring them home for some colorful and fragrant décor.

Stillwater Flea & Crafter Market
When: September 23 & 24, 2023
Where: Washington County Fairgrounds
12300 40th St N
Stillwater, MN

It is our 10 year
anniversary already! Our popular
Stillwater Flea & Crafter Market has grown over the years – about 200
vendors and crafters every month!! This
fun outdoor event is held once a month May thru Sept. at the Washington County
Fairgrounds in the Stillwater/Lake Elmo area. (Located just south of Hwy 36 on
Hwy 15, also called Stillwater Blvd.) Our
vendors and crafters have an offering of everything from A to Z!! Find
antiques, household, furniture, garden art, clothing, tools, sports, jewelry,
collectibles, vintage, food, arts and crafts, new, old, rusty and rustic, local
fresh produce and much, much, more. Awesome food vendors on site too! FREE
admission and parking.