TC Weekend | Mill City Oktoberfest, Twin Cities Black Film Fest, La Familia Expo, Native American Day Celebration & more!

This week marked the official start of fall, and there are plenty of events, from cultural celebrations to seasonal gatherings, in or around the Twin Cities to celebrate the start of another beautiful autumn season.  Below is a round-up of this weekend’s events:


Twin Cities Black Film Festival, Thursday, September 26, to Sunday, September 29, in St Louis Park (Showplace ICON Theaters)​

From a humorous take on romance, to violence in Chicago, this year’s festival, now in its 11th year, covers a diverse range of topics. The festival includes a local offering, "Firsts: Minnesota’s African-American Groundbreakers,” (short films by Minnesotan filmmakers to follow) as well as parties and a "Scandal"-themed fashion show. A single movie pass is $11.00. Go here for details about this year’s line up. 


 JXTALICIOUS - Last of Summer Happy Hour, Friday, September 27, in Minneapolis

As advertised on the website:

“Join the 1108 Artists in a late summer studio crawl. Stroll through 9 Artist Studios while enjoying refreshments by Tabota Seyon of Right on Thyme Catering on Friday, September 27, 2013 6-9pm JXTA Artists’ Cooperative at 1108 W. Broadway in North Minneapolis. Partake of cocktails, wine, beer and other non alcoholic drinks. Check out our spaces and learn about the diversity of art forms represented in the co-op. Enjoy the delicious vibe of good music, good art, and good people at JXTA’s 1108 Artists’ Cooperative.”  

Visit the Facebook Event page or for more info.


Fall Harvest: Celebrating and Sustaining the Market, Friday, September 28, in Minneapolis

More information from the website:

"Do you love the Midtown Farmers Market–the food, the community, the music? If so, consider supporting the market by attending the Fall Harvest fundraiser event this Friday, September 27 6:00-9:00 pm. The event will feature festive, locally-sourced appetizers, bites and desserts from market vendors, local restaurants, and cafes such as The Birchwood Cafe, Kabomelette, Hola Arepa, Salty Tart Bakery, Common Roots Cafe, Mosaic and May Day Cafes. Wine and beer will be provided, featuring micro brews from Harriet Brewing. The event will take place at Peace Coffee’s cheerful Wonderland Park Coffee Shop."

Go here for more information.


Market to Mississippi Ride & Dine, Friday, September 27, in Minneapolis
This free family-friendly event includes a bike ride from West Broadway Farmers Market to the Mississippi River and a local foods meal at the market. Nice Ride bicycles available for those 16+ with advance registration. Helmets required and available for free from Venture North Bike Shop. RSVP for the event by going to this site or visit the Facebook Event page for more info.




La Familia Expo, Saturday, September 28, in St Paul

This free event held at the Neighborhood House/Wellstone Center, celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month and “La Familia,” the Latino family. The festival includes tasty food, music, a Health & Environment expo area, award presentations, and much more. Go here for more info and a schedule of events.



Native American Day Celebration, Saturday, September 28, in Minneapolis

Come on out to the Midtown Farmers Market and celebrate the 9th annual Native American Day! The celebration will include a health and resource fair, exhibition dancing, NiceRide Bike Tours, cultural festivities, children's activities, food by Famous Dave's and much more! Go here for more information.


Mill City Oktoberfest, Saturday, September 28, in Minneapolis

From the website: "Celebrate Minnesota’s brewing past and present as Mill City Museum and the Mill City Farmers Market team up for their seventh annual Mill City Oktoberfest. Enjoy the tastes, smells, sights and sounds at Germany with activities inside the museum, outside in the Ruin Courtyard, and in the Farmers Market area in the Train Shed and Chicago Mall next to the Guthrie Theater."

Go here for more information. 

Circles of Tradition: Dakota/Ojibwe Family Day, Saturday, September 28, in St Paul This free event runs in conjunction with the Smithsonian Museums Day Live! More information from the website: “Speakers and artists from the Dakota and Ojibwe community will share the traditions of their rich and vibrant cultures.  The family day event features music, dancing, demonstrations, displays, language exchange, games and art activities inspired by Dakota and Ojibwe traditions and symbols.” 


Speaking of which, don't miss Smithsonian Museums Day Live!, an opportunity to gain free admission into participating museums around the nation. More information from the website:

In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, who offer free admission everyday, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian Magazine
in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket... for free.

  • Only an official Museum Day Live! ticket is eligible for free entry. Official tickets can be found here on the Museum Day Live! website soon.
  • One ticket per household, for two people.
  • A ticket will gain entry to only one of the participating museums, excluding parking and special events and exhibits.
  • If museum reaches capacity, museum has the right to limit the number of guests until space becomes available.

Go here to find a museum near you.

Fall Public Raptor Release Saturday, September 28, in Hastings 

Come watch raptors be released to the wild, their rightful habitat, after having been rehabilitated at the University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center. The annual fall event also includes an apple orchard and other fun activities for kids. Releases held 1130 am and 2pm. The event is free; pets are not allowed. Go here for more information.


West African Day, Saturday, September 28, in Minneapolis

As advertised:

"The West African Collaborative, a consortium of Minnesota national groups from West Africa will host its annual West African Cultural and Family Day on Saturday, September 28 starting at noon. The event is free.

The event is presented in conjunction with the Center for Families, a program of the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches. The event incorporates most of the religions prevalent in West African countries including christianity and Islam.

This year’s theme is “Immigration Reform and You“. Paschal Nwokocha, past vice chair of the Minnesota and Dakotas chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) will deliver the keynote address that will focus on the state of immigration reform.

As is tradition there will be cultural performances and dance and traditional food served. There will be a display of cultural artifacts and a soccer match will serve as a finale before the closing ceremony.

Location: Center for Families, 3333 North 4th Street, Minneapolis
Date: Saturday, September 28
Time: Noon – 8 p.m.
Cost: Free, donations accepted"


Free Family Fun Day: Apple Cidering, Sunday, September 29, in Bloomington

Taking place at Richardson Nature Center, Hyland Lake Park Reserve, this fun family event is described as an opportunity to “make apple cider the old-fashioned way. Squeeze apples with a wooden press. Taste the fresh cider as you learn about cidering history and apple varieties.” The event is free and open to all ages. Go here for more information.




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    (paigeelliott [at] tcdailyplanet [dot] net) Paige Elliott was born and raised in south Minneapolis. She currently works as an Editoral Assistant with the Daily Planet, with emphasis on visual storytelling.