Cooler temps signal the end of another eventful summer festival season in the capital city, but there’s still plenty to look forward to as the leaves start to change color.
The world’s premier automobile rally makes a stop in downtown Saint Paul Sept. 6. In addition to all of the extravagant vehicles, the event will feature music from Tim Sigler and a variety of food trucks.
Rails & Ales: Light Rail Brewery Crawl
If you love Twin Cities beer, you won’t want to miss this one. GetKnit’s Sept. 9 crawl will take you to all 16 craft breweries along the Green Line Light Rail. Get your tickets here.
Saint Paul Oktoberfest
Kick off Oktoberfest at the Germanic American Institute’s Saint Paul Oktoberfest, Sept. 15-16. Hosted at the iconic Schmidt Brewery, the event will include German music, food, vendors, carnival rides, Dachshund races and lots of beer, of course.
Payne Arcade Harvest Festival & Parade
The Payne-Arcade Harvest Festival returns for a whopping 111th year on Sept. 23. Spend the day on the East Side celebrating the cultural significance of the harvest with a pancake breakfast, Grand Parade, music and more. Gear up for the event by participating in the treasure hunt, a 10-clue medallion quest beginning on September 9.
Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon
Ignite your inner athlete at the most beautiful urban marathon in America on Oct. 1. The route begins at Minneapolis’ US Bank Stadium and winds around iconic lakes such as Isles, Calhoun, Harriet and Nokomis before crossing into Saint Paul, finishing at the gorgeous Minnesota State Capitol. If 26.2 isn’t for you, the weekend also includes a 5K, 10K, 10-mile and other fun family events.
Twin Cities Oktoberfest
Don’t put away those lederhosen just yet. Those who didn’t get their Oktoberfest fix in September can soak in the Germanic experience at this two-day celebration, Oct. 6-7 in the Progress Center at the Minnesota State Fair. A ticket gets you a stein and your first fill of Summit beer to sip while enjoying traditional foods, performances, games and vendors.
No one in the Twin Cities does oysters quite like Meritage, and they're taking it to the next level with the 7th annual Oysterfest on Oct. 8. The restaurant will shuck through 25,000 oysters (70 per minute) in all forms—raw, smoked, grilled and fried. You'll also get a chance to try Summit's limited-edition Oyster Stout.
Fall Art Crawl
The Saint Paul Art Crawl returns for its fall installment, Oct. 13-15. This popular event takes you through Lowertown and beyond to explore unique works from talented artists in a variety of capital city neighborhoods.
Experience Halloween fun for the whole family at Como Zoo’s Zoo Boo, Oct. 21, 22, 28 and 29. This four-night event provides a safe trick-or-treating alternative with special appearances from the animals, live entertainment and crafts.
In addition to all of these great events, we’ve also got some other ideas for how you can spend a weekend enjoying all the beauty fall has to offer.