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As Minnesota’s vaccination numbers continue to rise, more events and businesses are starting to go back to their normal operations. While some businesses or events may choose to continue COVID safety precautions, residents should still look forward to lots of ways to explore the Twin Cities and enjoy the fall weather.

Fall Events

(Changes may occur. Check the official websites of your favorite fall events to see specific guidelines or updates.)

Visit a Pumpkin Patch | There are dozens of pumpkin patches around Minnesota, so if you don’t have a favorite or want to try a new one, here’s a list by Explore Minnesota.

Visit an Apple Orchard | The beautiful fall weather paired with scenic apple orchards make them a popular spot in the fall. Plan your own visit with this local guide.

Go on a Scenic Drive | There are many “Rainbow Routes” to explore in Minnesota, so take a drive and enjoy all the colors of fall with this list by Explore Minnesota.

Go Tailgating | The Vikings and Gophers are back for the season, but if you aren’t able to score some tickets, there are lots of places to tailgate around the stadiums.

Attend a Harvest Festival | The Midwest continues to be one of the biggest agricultural areas in the nation, and Minnesota throws harvest festival across the state. Try looking at your city’s website to see if they host one.

Go on a Hike | Minnesota is known for its beautiful nature and sprawling trails for biking and hiking. Visit these Minneapolis hikes or try researching other places to hike if you want to take a short day trip.

Attend an Oktoberfest | The official Twin Cities Oktoberfest will be taking place October 8-9 this year, but many businesses also host their own celebrations as well.

Explore the Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular | Hosted by the Minnesota Zoo, this event features more than 5,000 glowing carved pumpkins. It has not yet been announced if it will be returning this year, so keep an eye on their website for updates.

You can also check out the Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Explore Minnesota tourism sites for any other guides or lists. To finish off, here’s some additional places to see at your own leisure:

Minnesota Zoo

Como Zoo and Conservatory

Science Museum of Minnesota

Minneapolis Institute of Art

Guthrie Theater Shows

Ordway Center Shows

We hope you stay safe and enjoy all the fun fall events and activities that the Twin Cities has to offer!