The October fun continues this weekend with a slew of art, book, film, and oyster fests, and an event in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Additionally, we’ve highlighted choice fall-themed events taking place in St. Paul this weekend to help you enjoy the beauty of the season, now in full bloom in the Twin Cities. See Pumpkins, caramel and more; Twin Cities fall fun for more fall happenings.
The 12th Annual Black Film Festival is back and better than ever! The festival showcases the works of independent filmmakers of color, offering an opportunity for the community to see their works, as well as industry professionals. This year’s fest kicks off on Thursday with a Shonda Rhimes’ #TGIT viewing party in Minneapolis, and continues into the weekend with a fashion show, and film offerings like “CRU” featuring Keith Robinson, “Muted” starring Chandra Wilson, Lupita Nyongo’s “In her Genes,” and Jay Z and Ron Howard’s documentary “Made in America,” to name a few. Go here to view the schedule and buy tickets.
Radisson Blu Mall of America
2100 Killebrew Drive, Bloomington
1 Day $30
$10 Individual films
Spend a fall afternoon with a bowl of chili, a game of BINGO and plenty of good times with family, friends and community members. The event is sponsored by the Duluth & Case Booster Club and St. Paul Parks and Recreation, and all proceeds go towards recreational sports, programming and special events.
1020 Duluth Street, St. Paul
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
$3/Bowl of chili
The 23rd anniversary of the St Paul Art Crawl gets underway this weekend, highlighting works of over 300 exhibiting artists at 21 building locations throughout Lowertown, University and Grand avenues, and Eastside and West 7th neighborhoods in St. Paul. Go here to download a free Metro Transit pass.
Various locations in St. Paul; See location of buildings map for details
(Poster artwork “New Day in Lowertown” by Tom Reynen – Fall 2014 Poster Competition Winner)
Get your best tweed and flask ready — it’s time for the 6th Annual Tweed Ride! This stylish autumnal fete, organized by Cult Collective, features prizes for the most dapper gents and ladies and bicycle fun for all. Visit the Facebook page to RSVP and receive updates.
4135 W Lake Harriet Pkwy, Minneapolis
5:30 pm – 2 am; Ride departs at 6 pm
This is a 21+ event; Free
The Twin Cities Book Festival, advertised as the largest and most important literary gathering in the Upper Midwest, kicks off this weekend, offering a day-long celebration highlighting the thriving literary community in the Twin Cities. The festival, sponsored by Rain Taxi, brings together local literary stars, publishers, magazines, booksellers to connect over real-live books and conversations, Scrabble Board Poetry and more.
Minnesota State Fairgrounds – Progress Center
1265 Snelling Ave N, St Paul
10 am – 5 pm
Gather friends and family and enjoy the smells, colors, and tastes of autumn at Grand Harvest, Grand Avenue’s new autumn community celebration. Businesses along Grand Ave. will host special autumn sales and activities to celebrate the harvest season with the community. Festivities include activities for kids, like pony rides, a petting zoo, a scarecrow contest and more.
Grand Avenue, St. Paul
Pony Rides: 10 am – 3 pm; Keller Williams Office, 1460 Grand Ave
Petting Zoos: 10 am – 3 pm; 2 Locations: Frattallone’s Ace Hardware (east), 650 Grand Ave., and SUBWAY (west), 1820 Grand Ave.
Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month by walking, donating, or cheering survivors at the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides of Twin Cities walk. This is not a race and walkers do not need to complete the entire walk if unable. Pets and bikes are not allowed, but wheelchairs, wagons, strollers, and walkers are welcome.
4955 West Lake Nokomis Pkwy, Minneapolis
Go here to register or donate. You can also register to walk the day of the walk
Rain or shine event
The Highland Park Water Tower Open House provides another opportunity for fall fun in St. Paul this weekend. The tower, built in 1928 and designed by Clarence Wigington, widely seen as the first African-American municipal architect in Minnesota, is a 127-foot tower that provides a great bird’s-eye view of the fall colors along the Mississippi and beyond.
S Snelling Ave, St. Paul
9 am – 5 pm (Both days)
Free and open to the public
Oyster lovers gather ‘round! Oysterfest is back and better timed to coincide with the beginning of oyster season. This year’s festival will feature the talent of South Side Aces, and the Rowe Family Singers, plus celebrity chefs for the 4th Annual Oyster Shucking Showdown and more.
410 St. Paul Street, St. Paul
12 pm – 8 pm
Rain or shine event
(Poster artwork by Kirsten Peterson)
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