The fall season is in full swing, but there’s plenty to do in and around the Twin Cities beyond zombie pub crawls and apple orchards. (However, if you’re looking for fun Halloween activities, do visit our Halloween round-up). Below are just a few of the events happening around town this weekend:
Duluth & Case Recreation Center
1020 Duluth Street, St. Paul
This is a family event to help support Duluth & Case sports, activities, and special events. This event is sponsored by Duluth & Case Booster Club and St. Paul Parks and Recreation. Go here for more information.
6 pm – 9 pm
Maternity of Mary – Saint Andrew School
Maternity of Mary Church (Sirba Hall)
1414 N Dale Street, St. Paul
Tickets: Early Bird Special (purchase your tickets on or before October 2nd): $25 each or two for $45
After October 3rd: $30 each or two for $55
Senior Pricing (65 and older): $20 each
Get your tickets here
“Join for a fun night out at the 5th annual Maternity of Mary-Saint Andrew Harvest Fest”. This food, wine, and beer tasting event features local vendors throughout the Como and outlying communities. All proceeds benefit the Maternity of Mary/Saint Andrew School.”
The 13th Annual Political Theater Festival: “In America We Trust” Presents “Help Wanted,” October 10 – 13
Go here for schedule information
2822 Lyndale Ave. S, Minneapolis
$15 General Admission, $12 Students/Seniors, Groups of 10+
In collaboration with Intermedia Arts Catalyst Series, Teatro de Pueblo presents “In America We Trust,” which focuses on stories of immigrants from Central and South America who’ve encountered challenges as they come to the U.S. in pursuit of their dreams. “Help Wanted,” which runs Thursday, October 10 to Sunday, October 13, is a one-act play written and directed by Virginia McFerran that tells the story of Mexican immigrants who come to Minnesota in search of a better life for themselves and their families.
Grand Avenue, St Paul
Information from the website:
Petting Zoos / 10am – 3pm
Scarecrow Contest Presented By The Wizard of Oz at The Ordway Oct. 1st – 14th
Make friends with some fun & furry animals at both Frattallone’s Ace Hardware locations: 1676 Grand & 650 Grand.
Bounce House / 10am – 2pm
Bounce, jump, and jive in a fun Bounce House in the SUBWAY parking lot at 1820 Grand.
Temperatures are cooler, leaves are changing and crunching underfoot, and it’s one of the most beautiful seasons to enjoy Grand Avenue. Take in the sweet tastes, smells, and colors of the harvest season from apples & caramel to pumpkin & cinnamon during Grand Harvest, Grand Avenue’s new fall event, on Saturday, October 12. Grand Ave businesses will host special autumn sales and activities to celebrate the harvest season with the community.
Highland Park Water Tower Open House: Fall Colors Viewing, Saturday, October 12 to Sunday, October 13
9 am – 5 pm
1570 Highalnd Parkway, St. Paul
The Highland Park Water Tower, a Highland landmark, is located at the intersection of Snelling Avenue and Ford Parkway and is open twice a year. More information below:
The tower’s observation deck provides visitors with a spectacular view of the area, particularly looking down on the changing colors of the trees dotting the Highland Park golf course below and out toward the Mississippi River.In addition to the spectacular view from the top of the tower, the base contains blueprints of the building from the tower’s architect, Clarence Wigington.Wigington is the state’s first African American architect, and the nation’s first African American municipal architect. Wigington worked for the City of Saint Paul from 1915 to 1949 and designed many other important structures in the area, including the Keller Golf Course Clubhouse (1929), the Saint Paul Public Safety Building (1929–30), and Como Park Pavilion (1934).The open house is designed to inform residents about municipal water and the efforts of the utility to preserve and protect water resources.
8 am – 11 am
4955 West Lake Nokomis Pkwy, Minneapolis
$25 pre-registration fee; $35 day-of registration fee.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month! Join the fight against breast cancer by walking three miles around beautiful Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis.
10 am – 5 pm
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, Progress Center
1265 Snelling Ave N, St. Paul
Featuring St. Paul author, Chaunce Stanton and Bi-Coastal humorist, Timothy Hurley, this annual event is a must-attend for book lovers! More information from the website:
“The Twin Cities Book Festival—brought to you by Rain Taxi—is not only the largest and most important literary gathering in the Upper Midwest, it is the annual get-together for the Twin Cities’ devoted literary community.
This free, day-long festival brings around 7000 people together to celebrate our vibrant literary culture. The festival welcomes ‘rock star’ authors, local literary heroes, publishers, kids and book lovers, who connect over real-live books and conversations.”
Exhibition runs Oct 11 – Oct 26
10 am – 6 pm; Free
Jean Stephen Galleries
4811 Excelsior Boulevard, St. Louis Park
RSVP: 612-338 -4333
More information from the website:
“In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’s second book, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, Dr. Seuss’s never-before-seen hat collection will be exhibited at the gallery.
An opening night reception with the curator of the exhibition will take place on Saturday, October 12 from 5-8pm. This exhibition will also feature Dr. Seuss’s little-known Secret Art Collection, a series of Estate authorized works adapted from Ted Geisel’s original drawings, paintings, and sculpture, which will also be available for acquisition. Hats Off to Dr. Seuss! is a rare and exciting exhibition as this is the first time any of these hats have traveled outside the Seuss Estate.”
9 am – 3 pm; Free
Minnesota Air National Guard Museum
670 General Miller Drive (building 670), St. Paul
If you love airplanes, this is the event for you! Visit the website for more information about what types of airplanes will be on display.
10 am – 2 pm
Bell Museum of Natural History, 10 Church St. SE, Minneapolis
$6-$4 (free under three)
(Register to build your own birdhouse for an additional $15 by calling 612- 626-9660)
More information from the website:
“Get close to birds with University of Minnesota professor Keith Barker. Watch him net and band birds at the Bell Museum as part of the museum’s new Saturdays with a Scientist series,designed to introduce the public to the cool work being done by university researchers. This informal, drop-in science lesson will also cover how to identify common Minnesota birds, how to use binoculars and how ornithologists mount specimens. The family day is tied to the new exhibit of Audubon and the Art of Birds .”
11 am – 5 pm
Minneapolis Institute Of Arts
2400 3rd Ave S., Minneapolis
Free on Family Day
More information from the website:
“Discover traditional arts of Japan, suit up like a samurai, get graphic in a printmaking studio, and move like a martial artist. Explore the MIA’s special exhibition, “The Audacious Eye: Japanese Art from the Clark Collections.”
9 am – 4pm
Temple of Aaron Sisterhood
Pottery, woodturning, weaving, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, photography and much more!
12 noon – 8 pm
410 St Peter St, St. Paul, MN 55145
Buy your ticket here
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