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.
Red Bull Flugtag
The high-flying antics of Red Bull Flugtag return to Harriet Island, Sept. 7. Watch from the banks of the Mississippi as teams launch home-made flying machines off a 30-foot high flight deck in hopes of soaring to the wild blue yonder—but, more often than not, plunging into the river below. When you're not taking in the action at Harriet Island, join us for the Flugtag Street Party over on West 7th. This two-block outdoor funfest runs from 2-11 p.m. and features live music (including The Chris Hawkey Band), extreme sports activations from Ride MN, outdoor bars and more.
Saint Paul Classic Bike Tour
Join more than 5,000 riders in exploring the Capital City's gorgeous park system on two wheels at the 25th annual Saint Paul Classic Bike Tour on Sept. 8. Choose from the 15, 32 or 47-mile route and enjoy beverages, treats and live music at rest stops along the way.
Saint Paul Oktoberfest
Kick off Oktoberfest at the Germanic American Institute’s Saint Paul Oktoberfest, Sept. 13-14. Hosted at the iconic Schmidt Brewery, the event will include German music, food, vendors, carnival rides, Dachshund races and lots of beer, of course. The event itself is free, but $5 beer wristbands are required for alcohol purchases.
Rails & Ales: Light Rail Brewery Crawl
Payne Arcade Harvest Festival & Parade
The Payne-Arcade Harvest Festival returns for a whopping 113th year on Sept. 28. Spend the day on the East Side celebrating the cultural significance of the harvest with a Grand Parade, music and more.
Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon
Ignite your inner athlete at the most beautiful urban marathon in America on Oct. 6. 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 starting Saturday, Oct. 5.
Twin Cities Oktoberfest
Don’t put away your lederhosen just yet. Those who didn’t get their Oktoberfest fix in September can soak in the Germanic experience at the 10th anniversary of this two-day celebration, Oct. 4-5 in the Progress Center at the Minnesota State Fair. Grab a general admission ticket or upgrade to a stein package for a free first fill of beer or cider while you enjoy 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 8th annual Oysterfest on Oct. 13. The restaurant will shuck through 25,000 oysters (70 per minute) in all forms—raw, smoked, grilled and fried.
Fall Art Crawl
The Saint Paul Art Crawl returns for its fall installment, Oct. 11-13. This popular event takes you through Lowertown and beyond to explore unique works from talented artists in a variety of Capital City neighborhoods.
The largest Halloween race in the upper Midwest returns to Saint Paul, Oct. 26. Throw on a costume and take on the half marathon, 10-mile, 10K or 5K—the half and 10-mile start at CHS Field, while the 5K and 10K leave from the Cathedral.
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.