Tourism events around the state of Minnesota, as provided by the Minnesota Office of Tourism. For more information, visit http://www.exploreminnesota.com or call (800) 657-3700 or (651) 296-5029 in the Twin Cities area.
A Festival Of Adventures And Rendezvous will be held at the Aitkin City Park on Saturday and Sunday with a chance to explore the history of AITKIN through authentic music and dance. In addition, there will be costumed living-history interpreters from the fur trade era, days of logging camps and steamboats. For further information, dial (800) 526-8342.
The Carlos Creek Winery in ALEXANDRIA will present A Grape Stomp & Fall Festival on Friday-Sunday. This is the largest winery event of its kind, with a chance to experience grape stomping, as well as take in live entertainment and music, more than 40 craft booths, an 'I Love Lucy' look-a-like contest and a non-denominational church service in the Vineyard on Sunday. An admission fee will be charged. For further information, dial (320) 846-5443 or (800) 235-9441.
Buena Vista Ski Area & Logging Camp in BEMIDJI will be the site of Top Of The World Fall Color Wagon Rides on Saturday, Sept. 22. The rides take place along a high ridge known for centuries as 'The Top of the World.' Along the route are nine lakes and the Leech Lake-Red Lake Trail which is the same route traveled by American Indians, early explorers and pioneers. To find out more, dial (218) 243-2231.
The Blackduck Bluegrass Festival will be held throughout BLACKDUCK on Friday-Sunday with jam sessions at Pine Tree Park, workshops, concerts and a potluck. Groups currently performing include Lonesome Tradition, Blue Mill, Tree 71 String Band, Urban Renewal and Gaels. For more information, dial (218) 835-5241.
The Richardson Nature Center in BLOOMINGTON will be the site of a Grand Reopening And Fall Bird Release on Saturday, Sept. 22. Highlights will include bird releases at noon and 2:30 p.m., as well as wagon rides, arts & crafts, apple cider making, musical entertainment, naturalist-led programs, photo opportunities and drawings for new patrons to win a chance to release a bird. To learn more, dial (763) 559-9000.
DAYTON will present Heritage Days on Saturday with a parade, children's games, a street dance with Jack Knife & the Sharps, helicopter rides and fireworks. For further information, dial (763) 427-4589.
The Annual Hawk Weekend will be offered at Hawk Ridge & UMD in DULUTH on Friday-Sunday. Hawk Ridge is a bird-watchers paradise and has been rated one of United States top 10 spots for viewing hawks. Visitors may expect to see tens of thousands of hawks, eagles and other birds as they migrate south along the Lake Superior shoreline. For more information, dial (218) 722-4011.
Potato Bowl Week will be offered in EAST GRAND FORKS through Saturday with the world's largest french fry feed, as well as a concert, bonfire, dance, pancake breakfast, a parade and football game. To learn more, dial (218) 773-3633.
A Balloon Rally will be held at the Faribault Municipal Airport in FARIBAULT from Friday through Sunday. Featured at this 17th annual airfest will be hot air balloons, antique aircraft displays, glider demonstrations, ultra-lites and a unique nite-glow extravaganza. To learn more, dial (800) 658-2354.
A Main Street Festival will be held along Main Street in HASTINGS on Saturday with Organ Grinder Magic Shows, balloon sculpting, sing-a-longs, arts and crafts, a flea market, Mother Goose parade, clowns, farmers market, sidewalk sales and musical entertainment. To learn more, dial (651) 437-6775 or (888) 612-6122.
Abnet Field in LA CRESCENT will be the site of an Apple Festival today through Sunday. This annual event originated more than 50 years ago to celebrate apple growing in the Apple Capital of Minnesota. To find out more, dial (800) 926-9480.
The Nelson Farm in LITCHFIELD will be the site of A Pumpkin Patch Festival each Saturday and Sunday, including MEA weekdays, from Sept. 22 through Oct. 28. Highlights will include a horse-drawn trolley, tractor-drawn wagons, scarecrow making, pony rides, cornfield maze, straw maze, a pumpkin-chucker-flinger-thinger, a fun house, farm golf, a pumpkin paint shop, corncob golf, farm animals, barrel races, soap box derbies, a pumpkin village, gift shoppe, fall decorations and more. For further information, dial (320) 693-7750.
The Land of Memories Park in MANKATO will be the site of the Mah-Kato Mdewankanton Pow Wow from Friday-Sunday, with Native Americans returning to their ceremonial grounds for a traditional Pow Wow honoring the 38 Dakota executed in Mankato in 1862. Highlights include traditional foods, crafts, and ceremonial dancing. For further information, dial (800) 657-4733.
Restoring Rail With The Hiawatha Line will take place at Hiawatha and Minnehaha Avenues in MINNEAPOLIS on Sunday, Sept. 23, in a celebration of the rail's return to historic Minnehaha Falls, with live music by The Joe Meyer Band, book readings by celebrities, displays, tours of historic places, an art show and more. For further information, dial (612) 215-8251.
The Kanabec Fall Festival will be held along the Snake River in MORA on Saturday with folk art, demonstrations and entertainment for the entire family amidst historic buildings and 37 acres of parkland along the Snake River. To learn more, dial (800) 291-5792.
Dozinky-A Czechoslovakian Harvest Festival will take place along Main Street in Downtown NEW PRAGUE on Saturday. Featured will be a family oriented celebration of Czechoslovakian heritage and the fall harvest, with a farm parade, ethnic music and dance, ethnic crafts and foods, a petting zoo and more. And on Friday there will be an evening Classic Car Cruise. For more information, dial (952) 758-4360.
The city of NISSWA will present A Fall Harvest Festival & Scarecrows On Parade on Saturday, Sept. 22. Featured will be pumpkin and face painting, a haystack coin hunt, pony rides, a petting zoo, horse-drawn wagon rides, scarecrow decorating, food and games. For more information, dial (800) 950-9610.
Fall Color Arts Tours will be offered by the communities of ORR and COOK on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22 & 23, with self-guided motor tours of the fall colors, as well as art exhibits, demonstrations and entertainment throughout the Orr-Cook vicinity. To learn more, dial (800) 357-9255.
Trailside Park in PEQUOT LAKES will be the site of an Arts & Crafts Fair And A Taste Of Pequot on Saturday, with an exquisite collection of craftsmanship by area and visiting artists and crafters. To find out more, dial (800) 950-0291.
The Original Olmsted County Gold Rush will be held at the Olmsted County Fairgrounds in ROCHESTER on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22 & 23, with more than 1,500 dealers from across the United States participating in this unique antique show and flea market. For more information, dial (507) 288-0320.
The Wabasha Street Caves in ST. PAUL will be the site of Twin Towns Tacky Tours, with motorcoach tours of the quirky sites you'll never see on typical city tours. Tours are $20 and will be offered on Saturdays, Sept. 15 & 29, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. In addition, the Wabasha Street Caves will also be the site of A Rivers And Roots Tour, on Saturday, Sept. 22, with a tour of both Twin Cities showing how they grew up around the mighty Mississippi River. To find out more, dial (651) 292-1220.
A Kat Daze Festival will be held at the South St. Anthony Recreation Center in ST. PAUL on Sunday. Featured in this family oriented event will be Kids Kat crafts and games, music, vendors, cat adoption, a "pick of the litter," a kat walk, educational speakers, celebrity guest 'Ruth Koscielak,' pet product giveaways, local book authors and book signings. For more information, dial (651) 642-5900.
An Auto Restorer's Show & Swap Meet will take place at the Nicollet County Fairgrounds in ST. PETER on Sunday. This 24th annual show includes 24 classes of automobiles, a large swap meet, and 500 show cars. To find out more, dial (800) 473-3404.
The city of SHAKOPEE and Mid-America Festivals will present the 31st annual Minnesota Renaissance Festival each Saturday and Sunday through Sept. 30. Highlights of this 16th century fair will include musicians, jugglers, mimes, entertainment on 11 stages, hundreds of artisans and demonstrations. For more information, dial (952) 445-7361 or (800) 966-8215.
Downtown WALKER will be the site of an Ethnic Festival on Friday and Saturday. Featured in this outdoor festival celebrating cultural diversity will be the music, dance, foods and crafts of many cultures. To find out more, dial (800) 833-1118.
The city of WORTHINGTON will present King Turkey Day on Saturday with a "Great Gobbler Gallop," a live turkey race, grand parade, political speakers, free pancake breakfast, family activities, and live entertainment. To learn more, dial (800) 279-2919.
Upcoming concerts & performances in the TWIN CITIES vicinity will include: RIVERDANCE at the Historic Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, through Sept. 23; HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH at the Mall Of America in Bloomington, Friday; ELO at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Tuesday; WEEZER at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul, Sept. 20; THE BACKSTREET BOYS at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Sept. 23; THE CITY PAGES WINE TASTING at the International Market Square in Minneapolis, Sept. 28; The MINNESOTA VIKINGS vs. the TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS at the Metrodome, Sept. 30; A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION with Garrison Keillor at the Fitzgerald Theatre in St. Paul each Saturday from Oct. 6 through Dec. 1; ACOUSTIC ALCHEMY at the Fitzgerald Theatre in St. Paul, Oct. 7; TRISHA YEARWOOD at the Historic State Theatre in Minneapolis, Oct. 11; A FAMILY VALUES TOUR with THE STONE TEMPLE PILOTS at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Oct. 13; AEROSMITH with THE CULT at the Target Center, Oct. 15; DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN at the Historic Orpheum Theatre, Oct. 17-28; THE MINNEAPOLIS SHRINE CIRCUS at the Target Center, Oct. 18-21; TORI AMOS at the Historic State Theatre, Oct. 21; BOB DYLAN at Xcel Energy Center on Oct. 25; NEIL DIAMOND at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Oct. 26 & 27; AVALON at the Historic State Theatre, Oct. 27.
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