Fall in Saint Paul
Top 12 Things to Do this Fall in Saint Paul
Make sure you don’t miss out on any of the fun with this list of things to do throughout Saint Paul this fall.
Whether you want to admire the fall colors, explore the art scene, cheer on the home team or discover new parts of the city, this list is your start to a fantastic fall in Saint Paul.
1. Check Out the Fall Colors
Saint Paul is beautiful in the fall! The change of colors provides many breathtaking views throughout the city, but they don’t stick around long - catch those vibrant hues before they’re gone:
- Take a walk along historic Summit Avenue and see the fall colors of this tree-lined road known for its Victorian architecture.
- Saint Paul is home to one of the country's top parks systems (ranked #2), and these amazing parks are great for leaf-peeping (as well as hiking, biking, paddling and more). Fort Snelling State Park, Hidden Falls Regional Park, Swede Hollow Park and the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary are just a few, offering paved trails and a nature escape without leaving the city.
- If you’re more into taking in the scenery at a faster pace, we’ve got 189 miles of bikeway for you to explore routes along the Mississippi River, the Gateway State Trail, downtown Capital City Bikeway and more.
- Enjoy the riverview with a Fall Siteseeing cruise aboard the Padelford Riverboat. Mississippi River cruises are offered through Oct.
2. Experience Oktoberfest
Break out your lederhosen and get ready for your fill of brats and beer. There is no shortage of Oktoberfest-ivities in Saint Paul - your biggest problem might be which one to choose.
St. Paul Oktoberfest | Sept 9-10
Oktoberfest at Saint Paul Brewing | Sept 23
Waldmann Brewery Oktoberfest |
Sept 23-25 + 30-Oct 2
Twin Cities Oktoberfest | Oct 7-8
3. Get off to a running start with Twin Cities Marathon Weekend
Sept 30 - Oct 2 | One of the most scenic urban marathons around, the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon attracts great runners and offers stunning scenery for spectators.
Starting in Minneapolis, the route makes its way along Saint Paul’s Summit Avenue to the finish line on the State Capitol Grounds.
Whether you’re running, volunteering or cheering, there’s a whole weekend of activities to participate in. Learn more
4. Dine al fresco
Extend your patio season into the fall. Take advantage of the beautiful fall weather and find a restaurant or brewery patio to enjoy. See some of our favorites.
Discover more: Saint Paul's Hottest New Restaurants and Dine Saint Paul Restaurant Guide.
5. Get tickets to the theatre
There are few things like live theatre and Saint Paul stages are ready for you.
The Humans | Park Square Theatre | Sept 14-Oct 9
Buddy! The Buddy Holly Story | History Theatre | Oct 1-30
Weathering | Penumbra Theatre | Oct 11-Nov 6
Fire in the New World | Park Square Theatre | Oct 19-Nov 6
Six | The Ordway | Oct 25-Nov 6
A Servants' Christmas | History Theatre | Nov 19-Dec 18
Beauty & the Beast | The Ordway | Nov 30-Dec 31
7. Savor Fall Flavors
It's pumpkin spice and cider time
Get your pumpkin spice and cider fix. From the caffeinated to a chaider, we have you covered. May we suggest the East Cider from Caydence Records & Coffee or a classic PSL from Backstory Coffee.
Shop the season's bounty at the Saint Paul Farmers Market
Enjoy shopping outdoors at the one and only Saint Paul Farmers' Market, open Saturday and Sundays in Lowertown. Find the freshest of seasonal veggies, fruits and flowers straight from local farmers.
Visit a local taproom to try their seasonal beer
Our local breweries feature seasonal flavors as well - how about an Oktoberfest from Summit, a Mummy Train Ale from Saint Paul Brewing or a Raspberry Anomaly from Bad Weather. Saint Paul has no shortage of great craft beer or seasonal brews.
8. Get in the Halloween Spirit
Looking for ways to get the most wear out of your costume? From music, movies, museums and more, there are all kinds of Halloween-themed events taking place throughout October.
Take a haunted tour
Saint Paul has a long history and some of it… lives on. The ghost stories about sinners, saints, and some of the city’s creepiest sites are sure to come out in these haunted tours.
- Haunted Walking Tours from CynCity Tours
- Gangster Ghost Tour at Landmark Center
Watch a scary movie in the park
Saint Paul Parks and Rec has a full lineup of frightful flicks set for their 2022 Scary Movie Series. Grab your blanket, some snacks and get ready for big-screen frights. Fridays, Sept 30 to October 21.
9. Honor Dias de los Muertos
Saint Paul’s West Side is the place to go for events celebrating the Mexican holiday of Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Celebrate loved ones who have died and honor traditions through creative workshops on Oct 26 and a special ceremony on Oct 31, hosted by the West Side Community Organization.
10. Explore the Art Scene
From open studios to mural exploration, the beauty and creativity of local artists are on display throughout the city this season. Here are a few ways to dive into the art scene and find a new perspective:
- Solidarity Street Gallery Festival Sept 9-10
- Chroma Zone Mural & Art Festival Sept 29-Oct 1
- Visit open studios during the Saint Paul Art Crawl in October
- IM/PERFECT SLUMBERS opens Nov 19 at The M
11. Get in the action at a sporting event
We always love a reason to cheer, and our hometown teams deliver! Baseball, soccer and hockey are on - get tickets to a game and get into the action.
- St. Paul Saints wrap up their regular season at CHS Field on Sept 28
- Minnesota United compete in their final regular season match at Allianz Field on Oct 9
- Minnesota Wild exhibition games start Sept 25 and the home opener is Oct 13 vs NY Rangers
12. Rediscover Downtown
Downtown storefronts are being reactivated through art installations and pop-ups from local businesses, all part of the Grow Downtown initiative. A full calendar of events and activities welcomes you back to downtown - don’t miss this invitation to rediscover beautiful downtown Saint Paul.
What's on your must-do list in Saint Paul this fall? Let us know on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter with #MYSAINTPAUL.
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