Tourism events around 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.
Spooky Saturday will take place at the Runestone Museum in ALEXANDRIA from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Featured will be Halloween theme games, prizes, treats and entertainment for the whole family. Food shelf donations are encouraged. For further information, dial (320) 763-3160.
Buena Vista Ski Area & Logging Camp in BEMIDJI will be the site of a Ski Preview & Open House on Saturday, with a chance to buy or sell new and used equipment. In addition, there will be specials offered by area businesses, educational videos and free drawings. To learn more, dial (800) 777-7958.
DULUTH and the William A. Irvin Ore Boat will present A Ship Of Ghouls today through Wednesday. The William A. Irvin will be transformed from an ore carrier to a floating ghost ship, with a theatrical nightmare featuring special effects. To learn more, dial (800) 438-5884.
A Fall Harvest And Craft Festival will be offered at the Thorn Crest Farm in DUNDAS on Friday through Sunday. Highlights will include pick-your-own pumpkins, a grass maze, apples, farm animals, children's games, face painting and three sheds with crafts, gifts, dried flowers and antiques. To learn more, dial (507) 645-4182.
A Downtown Holiday Open House will be offered in EAST GRAND FORKS from Friday, Nov. 9, through Sunday, Nov. 11, with local specialty and gift shops offering free cider & cookies, as well as other festivities. For further information, dial (701) 746-5500.
The fifth annual Haunted House Tours will be offered at the Hidden Valley Chalet in ELY on Friday, Saturday and Wednesday. To find out more, dial (800) 777-7281.
The West Farmington Middle School in FARMINGTON will be the site of A Hometown Holiday Boutique on Saturday, Nov. 3, with more than 100 crafters from around the state featuring handmade items ranging from jams and quilts to holiday decorations. For further information, dial (651) 460-6444.
GRAND MARAIS and the Northern Lights Tourism Alliance will host a Birding Festival in Grand Marais from Friday through Sunday. Featured will be field excursions to view migratory birds, as well as speakers, presenters, vendors and a birding game show. To learn more, dial (888) 922-5000.
The South Metro Home & Garden Show will be held at the HASTINGS Armory on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3 & 4. To learn more, dial (651) 438-3815.
The Nelson Farm in LITCHFIELD will be the site of a Pumpkin Patch Festival on Saturday and Sunday. Highlights will include a horse-drawn trolley, wagon rides, scarecrow making, pony rides, a cornfield and straw maze, a pumpkin-chucker, 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.
A Norsefest Celebration will be held throughout downtown MADISON on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9 & 10. Highlights include a lutefisk-eating contest, outhouse races, a craft fair, Scandinavian Arts Fair and talent show. For further information, dial (320) 598-7301.
The Minneapolis Convention Center in downtown MINNEAPOLIS will present The Women's Health & Fitness Expo from Friday through Sunday where women can discover hundreds of medical resources and find out about Minnesota stress-free getaways. For further information, dial (952) 924-0643.
The Center Mall in MOORHEAD will hold a Baby Fest on Saturday with baby-related booth displays with information, samples and door prizes. To learn more, dial (218) 233-6117.
A Haunted Corn Maze will be offered in OLIVIA at Memorial Park from Monday through Wednesday. Featured will be a guided tour through a corn maze filled with ghosts and goblins. To find out more, dial (888) 265-2676.
A Great Pumpkin Carve Up will be offered at the Lake Carlos Environmental Center in OSAKIS on Saturday. To find out more, dial (800) 422-0785.
The Owatonna Arts Center in OWATONNA will offer a Halloween Costume Party on Saturday with refreshments and live entertainment. For more information, contact the Owatonna Chamber of Commerce at (800) 423-6466.
Visitors may view the American Queen Steamboat as it docks at Colvill Park in RED WING today. In addition, there will be a picnic lunch, musical entertainment and old-fashioned river city fun. To learn more, dial (800) 498-3444.
Tweite's Pumpkin Patch just west of ROCHESTER in Byron will offer a gift barn, living maze, pumpkins, wagon rides and more Friday through Sunday. To find out more, dial (507) 634-4848.
A Fall Food Fest will be offered by The Kahler Grand Hotel in ROCHESTER on Friday through Sunday, Nov. 2-4. This 2 1/2-day event for food lovers includes seminars and cooking classes from some of the nation's and Minnesota's finest culinary talents. To find out more, dial (800) 533-1655.
In addition, each Friday through Sunday, Nov. 2-18, the Mayowood Mansion in Rochester will be the site of Christmas At The Historic Mayowood, with tours of the historic mansion all decked out for the holidays. For more information, dial (507) 282-9447.
The St. Cloud Civic Center in ST. CLOUD will be the site of a large Craft Show on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10 & 11. To find out more, dial (651) 457-8980.
The Mississippi River Caves in ST. PAUL will be the site of the 20th annual Tunnel Of Terror each evening through Wednesday. This scary fund-raiser supports the St. Paul Jaycees community projects and local charities, and offers realistic Halloween haunts and spooky scenes in a damp, dark, twisting, turning labyrinth of caves. Visitors are shuttled from the US Bank parking lot along Shepherd Road. To learn more, dial (651) 602-7982.
Ghosts And Graves Tours will be offered at the Wabasha Street Caves in ST. PAUL today through Saturday and Wednesday. Each one-hour deluxe motorcoach tour is led by two Halloween characters and features the "haunted" history of St. Paul. To learn more, dial 651/292-1220 or (888) 679-9896.
Spooky World, located at Canterbury Park in SHAKOPEE, will be the site of a Horror Theme Park each evening today through Sunday. Featured will be several haunted houses, hayrides, a 3-D TerrorVision, a fright-tanic giant slide, monster mini-golf, booville, live music, a spider bounce, games and food booths. For further information, dial (952) 445-8555.
SHAKOPEE and the Renaissance Festival grounds will be the site of The Trail of Terror today through Wednesday. Highlights of Minnesota's longest indoor fright maze include creepy corridors, horror rooms, a dance club haunt, a Phantom Feast, games and heated Terror Tavern. To find out more, dial (800) 966-8215.
An Old-Fashioned Halloween will be offered at Historic Murphy's Landing in SHAKOPEE on Saturday. Visit the historic homes of an 1890s village under a full moon, while listening to spooky tales by firelight. For more information, dial (952) 445-6901.
The Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Beacon Lighting will take place at the Split Rock Lighthouse in TWO HARBORS on Saturday, Nov. 10. Included will be a film about the Edmund Fitzgerald and the lighting of the beacon. To find out more, dial (218) 226-6372.
Nearby, on Nov. 10, the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center will be the site of the 14th annual Gales Of November, which is the region's premier shipwreck and diving program. This all-day event features speakers on topics such as shipwrecks, lighthouses, diving, research, and other Lake Superior related topics. In addition, Jean Michel Cousteau will be the key note speaker. To learn more, dial (218) 727-2497.
Nov. 3 & 4 is the season opener for Eagle Watch Programs held at the National Eagle Center in WABASHA each Saturday and Sunday through March. To learn more about events and eagle sightings, dial (651) 565-4989.
WORTHINGTON will be the site of Halloween Hauntings on Wednesday with a maze full of spooky surprises, scary ghosts and goblins. For more information, dial 1-(800) 279-2919.
The Bluff Valley Campground in ZUMBRO FALLS will be the site of an A Maze'n Lites Maze daily through Nov. 25. Featured at North America's first Autumn Season Drive-Thru Light Tour & Lite Maze is more than 410 light displays, 11 theme areas, nightly live entertainment and dinner buffet, park & play activities, Night Light Mini-Golf, Night Light Driving Range, wagon tours, and more. For further information, dial (507) 753-2955 or (800) 226-7282.
And, just some of the upcoming concerts & performances in the TWIN CITIES vicinity include: A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor at the Fitzgerald Theatre in St. Paul, each Saturday through Dec. 1; Defending The Caveman at the Historic Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, through Sunday; Kiss Me, Kate at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul, through Sunday; Bob Dylan at the Xcel Energy Center, today; Neil Diamond at the Xcel Energy Center, Friday and Saturday; Avalon at the Historic State Theatre in Minneapolis, Saturday; Natalie Merchant at the Northrup Auditorium in Minneapolis, Saturday; The Isley Brothers at the Historic Orpheum Theatre, Sunday; Widespread Panic at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium at River Centre in St. Paul, Nov. 1; Rod Stewart at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Nov. 3; Tap Dogs at the Historic State Theatre, Nov. 3; Mamma Mia at the Historic Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, Nov. 9-Dec. 4; Jimmy Buffet at the Target Center, Nov. 10; Jean Luc Ponty at the Fitzgerald Theatre, Nov. 12; Dwight Yoakam at the Historic State Theatre, Nov. 13; The Works Of William Shakespeare at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Nov. 15-25; Soul Asylum at First Avenue in Minneapolis, Nov. 21; Harry Connick Jr. at the Historic State Theatre, Nov. 29; Luciano Pavarotti at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Nov. 30.
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