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Fall Events and Festivities in Mankato Minnesota

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Posted: September 29, 2020

You can pack a lot of fun this fall right in the heart of Southern Minnesota. Come to Mankato to safely experience fall events, festivities, and spooktacular Halloween fun! 

Mankato PrideFest!

September 10-12

Live out PROUD! You are not alone and we’re here to prove it! SCMN Pride is here to remind all of us that LGBTQ people are flourishing and happy all over this great state. Whether you’re looking for support in coming out, searching for an LGBTQ-friendly community, or looking for a fun event where you can meet new friends, SCMN Pride is working to help bring together a visible and vibrant LGBTQ and allied community in south central Minnesota. Whatever your life circumstances, SCMN Pride is here to support you.

  • Sept. 9 – Mankato Pride Queeraoke 
  • Sept. 10 – Jessica Flatequal Pride Parade + Pride Festival
  • Sept. 11 – Youth Party

Indian Island Grape Stomp & Beer Fest

September 10

This year, 2022, we are excited to announce that we are adding a Beer Tent to our annual Grape Stomp! The beer tent will be open from 1:30-4:30 and will have vendors from various local breweries sampling some of their featured beers as well as a cheese vendor sampling cheeses. Indian Island will also have those same beers available for sale that day so the fun doesn’t have to stop when you have finished sampling!

Symphony on the Prairie

September 10

The City of North Mankato and the Mankato Symphony Orchestra are proud to announce the inaugural concert at Benson Park: Symphony on the Prairie! This event will run from 6:00 – 7:30 pm on Saturday, September 10th, 2022 at the north side of Benson Park.

Families are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and enjoy a beautiful, patriotic concert by the Mankato Symphony. The setlist includes memorable and popular tunes such as the Star-Spangled Banner, Pavane, Over the Rainbow, Stars and Stripes, and more. A 9/11 tribute will also be featured during the performance. This is a FREE event, food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Human Foosball

Human foosball

September 10

Held Saturday, September 10, Greater Mankato Area United Way’s Human Foosball Tournament welcomes teams to participate in a fun-filled day competing on life-sized foosball courts to benefit United Way programs! 

 

This event is free for spectators — all are welcome to cheer on the teams and enjoy the block party. 

Cody Johnson

Cody Johnson

September 15

Get your tickets to see platinum recording artist Cody Johnson featuring Randy Houser and Cory Kent at the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center on Thursday, September 15!

Tickets are on sale now!

Mahkato Wacipi

50th Annual Mahkato Wacipi

September 16-18

Held at Dakota Wokiksuye Makoce (Land of Memories Park)

All tribes welcome; community is invited! Entry is $7.00 for a button good for the entire weekend. Elders and Children 12 and under are free

Grand Entries are as follows: Friday 7:00pm; Saturday 1:00 and 7:00pm; Sunday 1:00pm

Masters of Ceremonies: Jerry Dearly and Bill Taylor                           

Host drum: Maza Kute

Bend of the River Fall Festival

Bend of the River Fall Festival

September 17

Proudly presented by KwikTrip.

Enjoy This all-day, all ages festival will feature a cornhol tourament, festival style foods, beer & beverages, interactive vendors and more! This event is held on the practice fields of Blaslee Stadium, so bring your chair and get ready for a full day of fun!

Rockstar energy collegiate Esports invitational

September 17

Presented by Rockstar Energy Drink and hosted by Maverick Esports in partnership with Version1 and Minnesota RØKKR.

Cheer on invited esports collegiate teams from across the Midwest as they go head to head in Call of Duty: Vanguard, Rocket League, and Super Smash Bros Ultimate crew battles. Plus, enjoy interactive booths from top companies in the industry, meet collegiate players and head coaches, connect with other esports and gaming enthusiasts, and more. 

Crowd at Bier on Belgrade

Bier on Belgrade

September 17

Stop down on Saturday, September 17 – for Bier on Belgrade Octoberfest! 

Enjoy Keg Bowling, Pound the nail into the old log game, life size beer pong, craft and domestic brews, 1 free beer for anyone (21+) wearing Lederhosen or St. Pauli girl clothing.

Mankato Brewery Beer Run

The 2022 Mankato Beer Run 5K & .05K

September 17

THE MANKATO BEER RUN IS BACK!

Feeling competitive and want to run/walk the 5K? Your race will be timed and you’ll be able to meet the rest of the group for your post-race beer provided by the Mankato Brewery after the event! All fitness levels are welcome!

Does half a football field’s length seem more up your alley? Then the Beer Run .05K is just for you! Run, walk, stroll or yog a hot 54 yards then head to the beer garden for your free post-race beer. Stay for the fun and cheer on your fellow 5K participants as they cross that finish line and catch the band in the brewery.

After the race, head over to Bier on Belgrade for more beer, tunes, and fun.

Credit Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery

Toast to Harvest - Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery

September 20-26

From September 20th-26th stop by for incredible specials, recipes, samples, and cocktails!

Monday, 9/20 — Creekside Red
Sampling & Recipe: Harvest Mulled Wine
Special: 10% off bottles of 2019 Creekside Red | Wine Circle Members 15% off

Tuesday, 9/21— Petite Colline
Sampling & Recipe: Fall Sangria
Special: 10% off bottles of 2016 Petite Colline | Wine Circle Members 15% off

Wednesday, 9/22 — Apple Wine
Sampling & Recipe: Mulled Apple Wine
Special: 10% off bottles of Apple Wine | Wine Circle Members 15% off

Thursday, 9/23 — The Marquettes
Special: 10% off bottles of the Marquettes | Wine Circle Members 15% off

Friday, 9/24 — Caramel Apple Mimosa
Cocktail available in the Distilled Spirits Room!
Special: 10% off bottles of the Vodka | Ranch Road Circle Members 15% off


Saturday, 9/25 — Pumpkin White Russian Cocktail
Cocktail available in the Distilled Spirits Room!
Special: 10% off bottles of the Pumpkin Kreme | Ranch Road Circle Members 15% off

Sunday, 9/26 — The Harvester Cocktail
Cocktail available in the Distilled Spirits Room!
Special: 10% off bottles of the Aged & UnAged Apple Brandy | Ranch Road Circle Members

Fall Shop Hop

Fall Shop Hop

September 17

Come enjoy a Beautiful Fall Saturday in Mankato MN!
This is the 1st ANNUAL FALL SHOP HOP.
We are very excited for the Fall Shop Hop to become an annual event too! Each location listed will be offering Fall Fun for Everyone! Please follow the link below to see each individual shop’s specials and goodies they will be offering.
EACH SHOP will be doing a giveaway. You will need to visit each location to be entered into their individual shop’s gift prize. Each shop will draw from the tickets entered at their location.

Fall Festival/Live Music at Autumn Acres

September 24

Experience the fall festivities at Autumn Acres Farm while enjoying live music by Melissa Schulz 10am-12:45pm and In A Bind from 1:30pm -4:30pm. There will be a vendor fair, hay rides, a corn pit, pick-your-own patch, kids’ activities, photo ops and more! INSPIRE will also be there with their food trailer!

Arboretum Fall Festival

October 1 

Join us for our annual Fall Fest in the Arboretum at the Arboretum at Gustavus in St. Peter. Enjoy lawn games, environmental programming, a hay ride, and snacks. Free and open to the public.

Family Fun Night at the Blue Earth County Community Farm

October 1 

Join Living Earth Center at the Blue Earth County Community Farm – 20612 Indian Lake Road – for an afternoon of farm fun! We will have fall crafts, caramel apple dipping, bouquet making, fresh pressed apple cider, and games. There will also be volunteer opportunities for those who would like to offer a hand preparing the farm for winter. All ages are invited for this FREE community event!

Party on the Prairie Fall Festival

October 1 from 2-7pm

Join in Benson Park for this free community event including a corn pit, scarecrow walk, face painting, bounce house, hayrides, fall food, drinks and more! Bring your lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy live music starting at 2 pm,

Deep Valley Book Festival

October 1

The Deep Valley Book Festival gets its name from the setting of the beloved children’s books (Betsy-Tacy) written by Mankato-born author Maud Hart Lovelace. The Festival provides readers the chance to interact with their favorite authors and meet new ones. This FREE family event features authors and illustrators, book sales and signings, a full day of programs, panel discussions, book readings, and childrens’ program

GODSPELL

October 3 – 23

“Godspell was the first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden), and it took the world by storm. Led by the international hit, “Day by Day,” Godspell features a parade of beloved songs, including “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord,” “Learn Your Lessons Well,” “All for the Best,” “All Good Gifts,” “Turn Back, O Man” and “By My Side.”

A small group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques and hefty doses of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, is employed as the story of Jesus’ life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus’ messages of kindness, tolerance and love come vibrantly to life.”

Water Circus Silver Unit

October 6-9 

Cirque Italia set sails & arrives to Mankato October 6-9 at River Hills Mall. Bring the whole family for an amazing experience they will never forget filled with laughs, magic, beautiful acrobatics and more!

Indigenous Peoples Day 2022

Indigenous Peoples Day

October 6-10

Since 2018, the city of Mankato has recognized the second Monday in October as Indigenous People’s Day. Mankato’s Indigenous People’s Day Committee is hosting a weekend full of events October 6-10th. This year’s theme is “Keeping Indigenous History: Growing our Seeds.” 

  • Thursday, October 6 – Community Film Showing: “Gather” at 4PM in Ostrander Auditorium at MSU Campus
  • Friday, October 7 – Food and a Band: Bluedog Band & Upstream Singers Food trucks & vendors from 4-8PM at the HUB Food Park (bring a chair or blanket)
  • Saturday, October 8 – Community Film Showing: “Gather” at 1PM at the Blue Earth County Historical Society
  • Sunday, October 9 – Community Film Showing: “Gather” at 2PM at the Blue Earth County Historical Society
  • Monday, October 10 – Community Read: Diane Wilson’s “The Seedkeeper” from 7-8:30PM at Ostrander Auditorium at MSU Campus
Maker Fair Minnesota

9th Annual Maker Fair Minnesota

October 8 

Maker Fair Minnesota is returning to the Nicollet County Fairgrounds in St Peter, MN in 2022. Hours will be 9am to 4pm. The Maker Fair started in Minnesota in 2012 to celebrate handcrafted arts and foods. The event features a large all-handcrafted fair showcasing artisans selling everything from knitting to stained glass, upcycled furniture to soap, jewelry to pottery, home décor to clothing. Meet the makers and start your holiday shopping by buying local, one of a kind creations. Click the button below to find out how you can have the opportunity to get a Goodie bag filled with coupons and samples from the makers? 

Farmamerica Pumpkin Party

October 8

Farmamerica is a one-stop shop for fall fun on the farm, offering everything from pumpkin carving, tram rides, and a corn maze to trick or treating, kids games, petting zoo, and an antique tractor parade. Plenty of great Instagrammable moments with autumn photo opps available around the historic farm sites. Consessions available from The Lunch Box food truck and fall-flavored sno-cones from B-Lo Zero. Tickets are available in advance, and prices increase at the door
History Fest

History Fest

October 8

Travel back in time at History Fest, held annually at Darby Village on McGowans Farm, where adults and kids can see firsthand what living the farm lifestyle in the 17th century was like. Guests get to see performances by belly dancers, fire-eaters, storytellers, cannon shooters and cider makers. The farm focuses on Irish and Scottish traditions and activities. Families also have a chance to sample centuries-old recipes to get a taste of early farm life.
Mankato River Ramble

The Mankato River Ramble

October 9

Join us on Sunday, October 19, 2022, and discover some of Minnesota’s most delightful bicycling. The Mankato River Ramble celebrates the best bike routes, baked goods and live music to be found in Southern Minnesota. Beyond rivers and lakes, waterfalls and award-winning pies; the city now sports one of the largest artworks in the state — a ten-story-tall silo mural by Guido van Helten that honors Native Americans who have lived here for untold generations.

.005K Pub Run 2022

The Original .005K Pub Run

October 13

Get ready for the most competitive and grueling race of the season, The Original .005K Pub Run with Summit Brewing! This 16-foot race has bested many a brave competitor, and this year looks to be no different. Taking place at Pub 500 in downtown Mankato, The Original .005K Pub Run features a 16 foot race (complete with hydration station halfway through to fuel your run and provide some liquid courage), complimentary merch and AMAZING beer from Summit Brewing. Be sure to register and join us for the race of your life!

Funds raised go directly towards feeding and fueling area youth through the BackPack and Power Pack Food Programs.

Mankato Marathon start line

Mankato Marathon

October 14-15

The Mankato Marathon, presented by Mayo Clinic Health System, is the boldest race in the Midwest showcasing dynamic courses and determined runners. Our courses are the perfect blend of Mankato’s scenic countryside, trails and historical urban landscape, highlighting the beautiful Minnesota River Valley.

We have a race for everyone: a full marathon, relay, half marathon, 10K, 5K, KidsK and Bold Challenges.

Schell's & New Ulm Oktoberfest Bus Tour

October 15

Join Oktoberfest Bus Tour (New Ulm and Schell’s Brewery) from Mankato at Pub 500 on October 15th for a trip to Oktoberfest in New Ulm. Start the day at 8:30am at Pub 500 for a breakfast buffet then at 9:45am board buses to New Ulm.

Jack-o-lantern walk

October 15

Join us on Saturday, October 15th from 6-9pm for a Jack-O-Lantern Walk in Bluff Park! Bring your family and enjoy all the different Jack-O-Lanterns as well as a fall food stand! This is a free event, donations appreciated to go towards future library programming.
 
No need to register to attend this event. Only if you plan to submit a Jack-O-Lantern for the walk.

Jake Owen

October 20

Jake Owen is coming to Mayo Clinic Health Systems Event Center on Thursday, October 20th with special guests Travis Denning and Mackenzie Carpenter.

Tickets are on sale now!

Farmamerica Harvest Hustle

Farmamerica Self Guided Tours

September – October (by appointment only)

Explore Minnesota farm life from the 1850s to 1930s with a log cabin, sod-roof house, red dairy barn, one-room schoolhouse, and more. Discover how rural families survived the 1900s, and re-connect with nature on a leisurely one-mile stroll back in time during a self-guided walking tour at Farmamerica. Download our free app to enhance the tour experience. Call 507-835-2052 for tour availability. $8/adult. $6/kid

Jack-o-lantern walk

October 16

Join us on Saturday, October 16th from 6-9pm for a Jack-O-Lantern Walk in Bluff Park! Bring your family and enjoy all the different Jack-O-Lanterns as well as a fall food stand! Presented by The North Mankato Taylor Library.

Haunted car wash

October (21, 22, 28, 29)

It’s time for the 4th annual Haunted Car Wash at Snell Auto Wash … and it’s our scariest one yet! Brace yourselves as you enter our terrifying tunnel and meet your favorite creepy characters. We can only promise your car will come out clean during this soapy, spooky thrill. You better roll those windows up for the best haunted house experience of the year.
Hours are from 7-9pm

Halloween camp er' treat

October 23

Halloween Camp Er’ Treat – Trick or Treating has come to the campground for our 3rd Annual Camp Er’ Treat! Campsites are encouraged to decorate their sites in a Halloween or fall theme and be open to spooky visitors. In a safe and fun environment, families are encouraged to visit the campground and get an early start on Trick or Treating.

Haunted library

October 23

The North Mankato Taylor Library is putting on a Fairy Tale themed Haunted Library with a not so happily ever after twist! Recommended for teens and adults. This is a free event. This event is also subject to changes based on COVID-19 precautions. 

Store it mn spooktacular

October 28
 
Join STORE IT for thier 3nd annual SPOOK-TACULAR event presented by Minnesota Valley Credit Union! This event is free and open to the public.
 
Store It is opening up its indoor, climate controlled facility to offer a safe and fun trick-or-treating environment. This year, they we are elevating the experience for the kids making this an event you do not want to miss. Be prepared for an EPIC Dance Party, treats and giveaways. Your family and friends can enjoy trick-or-treating inside while enjoying an atmosphere that is sure to WOW!
 

dance express "spooktacular" halloween party

October 29
 

Join us in the DXP parking lot from 6-8pm for an evening of “Trunk or Treating”, socially distanced games, a STREET DANCE, costume parade, costume contests and MORE! Donations at the door are appreciated! The Spooktacular is a fundraiser hosted by the NHSDA, and proceeds will go to “Darby’s Dancers”.

Trunk or Treat Snell Motors

Trunk or Treat at Snell Motors

October 28

The 4th annual Trunk-or-Treat event is at Snell Motors! On October 28th from 2-6pm, along with several other local businesses, they will be hosting their FREE family Halloween Event in their 70-car indoor showroom!
Bring your little goblins and ghouls for a safe and warm evening of trunk-or-treating, activities, candy and more!

pub 500 halloween costume contest

October 30

Start your City Center Halloween party at Pub 500. Spooky drinks and a Costume Contest at 10 p.m. The contest winners will be by crew member vote so get here early and be seen.
First place is $100 bar tab, $50 bar tab for second and $25 for third. Cheers!
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2022 Trunk or Treat

October 28

Join us for our 3rd Annual Community Trunk or Treat. We will be setting up shop by the ball fields in Sibley Park. We will have show cars, trucks, race cars, and more with decorations, costumes, lights and of course lots of candy. Trunk or treating starts at 7:00. Bring your family and friends and join us for a night of fun, cars, and friends. Can’t wait to see you out Friday, October 28.
Chankaska Halloween

Halloween at Chankaska

October 28

Join us for a night of tricks and treats, and celebrate Halloween at Chankaska with your favorite wine and “spirits.” You bring your dancing shoes, and we’ll provide the “Boo’s”!
 
Entertainment will be provided by Drag Me With a Spoon and Triple Falls DJ. Dance the night away in between performances from some of Mankato’s best drag entertainers! Be sure to come dressed in your finest costume for a chance to win one of our costume contests.
Doors open at 7pm and the party continues until 11pm. Tickets are $25. Food will be available to purchase from S&B BBQ.

a night at the speakeasy

October 29

Return to the Roaring 20s with the Blue Earth County Historical Society’s Annual fundraiser hosted by Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery. This one-of-a-kind event celebrates the past, present and future of history. The entertaining evening includes Live Jazz Music, Prohibition-inspired Cocktails, Auction and Activities with a few mysteries and surprises along the way.

Day of the Dead 2022

Old town Mankato: day of the dead

October 29

Join us for this FREE family cultural event in Old Town Mankato! Experience Day of the Dead in our community!
– Mariach Estelar Mariachi Band
– Zamora Folklore Dancers
– Aztec Dancers
– Street Performers and Musicians
– Mexican Wrestling Ring
– Car Show
– Authentic + Local Food Trucks
– Makers Market
– FREE activities + treats for families sponsored by Old Town Association and community businesses.
Haus of Raw - Raw Fusion

Raw Fusion 2022

October 29

Mark your calendars. More information will be coming soon!
Raw Fusion, presented by the MN River Builders Association, is a high-energy, abstract fashion show dedicated to bringing attention to the local building industry while raising funds and awareness for a local cause. Utilizing raw building materials as the inspiration for their outfit ensemble, each is judged for their uniqueness and flair.
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Spooktacular Youth Social

October 29

Bring your friends to enjoy a themed night with games, crafts, swimming, snacks, music and much more! This month’s SPOOKTACULAR Youth Social is one of our most popular! Experience our biggest haunted house yet, carnival games and other spooky activities! Wear your Halloween costume!
Youth Socials take place between 7-9:30pm and are open for members and non-members, grades 3 – 6. Pre-registration is preferred, but not required!
puck drop

Puck Drop in the City Center

October 29

Come celebrate the beginning of the Maverick Hockey season with us at City Center. Join us for an outdoor tailgate before the Mavericks take on Bowling Green at 6:07pm. There will be music, food vendors, yard games, and more fun, all thanks to our friends at Snell Motors! 
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Treat or Treating on Commerce

October 29

Annual Trick or Treating on Commerce 2-4pm Sat. Oct. 29th – FREE!
Look for orange & black balloons at participating businesses.
makerspace

Mankato Makerspace Halloween Bash

October 29

One great Halloween party with Live Music, Costume Contest and Limited Edition Halloween Screen Printed Shirt. 
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Trick or Treat with the Mavericks

October 30

Trick or treat with the Mavericks on Sunday October 30th from 2-4! Junior Maverick Club members get early access at 1:30. Come show off your costume to your favorite Maverick student-athletes, play games, and get some candy!
Judas Priest

Judas Priest

October 30

Judas Priest “50 Heavy Metal Years” Tour is coming to Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center on Sunday, October 30th with special guest Queensrÿche!
Tickets are on sale now!
north kato trunk or treat

North Mankato Taylor Library Trunk or Treat

October 31

Trick or Treat safely with the city of North Mankato from 5-7pm in the library parking lot! Wear your best costume and join in the candy, games and fun!
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Halloween Story time & Crafts

October 31

Come read some spooky stories with us dressed in your finest Halloween attire! Afterwards, we’ll have a variety of spooky crafting stations, such as paint-your-own-pumpkin and witch’s brew slime-making. On your way out, be sure to “trick-or-treat” at our staff desk for a piece of candy!

Chankaska Event Spaces around Greater Mankato

Toast to Women

November 5

Grab the girls for a day of wine, shopping, and fun as we Toast to Women! Chankaska Creek Ranch Winery & Distillery’s Semi-annual Toast to Women event is back! Enjoy shopping local vendors, sip award-winning wine and see the newest fashions in our beautiful Event Center!
 

5K Turkey trot

November 24

Join us November 24, 2022 at 8 AM for our 2nd Annual Turkey Trot 5k. This a family friendly event that we are inviting all members and non-members to participate. Our goal is to raise money, food, and awareness to the Echo Food Shelf. We ask that everyone brings a non-perishable food item or to round their registration up $5 for the Echo Food Shelf.

Minneopa Waterfall in fall

Minneopa Free entrance Day

November 25

Take advantage of FREE admission to Minneopa State Park on Friday, November 25. The sounds of nature are calling your name! Go experience the Minneopa in the summer and see the waterfall, wildlife, the Seppman Mill and of course the bison!
Kiwanis Holiday Lights

Kiwanis Holiday Lights

November 25 – December 31

Walk or drive into this wonderful winter experience! The biggest holiday event in Mankato is the Kiwanis Holiday Lights celebration in Sibley Park from November 25 – December 31. Families are invited to walk or drive through the route of more than 1.8 million holiday lights. Other on-site activities include ice skating (rentals available), reindeer encounters, an illumination show with LED lights, Santa visits, ice sculptures and more.

Boy petting goat

Goofy goat farm

Always Open

Visit the Goofy Goats, feed them and enjoy the view.

23888 610 Ave Madison Lake, MN 56063

Welsh Heritage Farms

Open Daily 11AM – 5PM

Apple Orchard and Pie Shop specializing in locally grown apples. We have a bakery producing more than 5 varieties of fresh pie, apple bars, crisp, cobbler, turnovers, strudel, and apple cider donuts. Welsh Heritage Farms carries and variety of jams, jellies, salsas, soups, relishes, mustards, and apple chips. Stop in and try Minnesota’s best caramel apples.

20758 528th Ave Lake Crystal, MN 56055

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Pleasant grove pizza farm

September: Thursday – Sunday / October: Friday – Sunday
 

See website for hours of operation. 

We offer 10 main pizzas and a weekly feature, GF crust available upon request, pizza prices range from $20-$25. We take CC and cash. One pizza feeds approximately two people as they are 14″-16″ hand rolled. Walk up reservations welcome, you bring everything including a trash bag as we are a clean farm. Alcohol allowed for those over 21+, NO PETS ALLOWED. If we are busy YOUR pizza WAIT may be up to and over 2+ HOURS. We recommend you bring an umbrella or shade tent.

THE LITTLE GREEN WAGON PUMPKIN PATCH AND FARM

July – October

The Little Green Wagon U-Pick Pumpkin patch will be open through the end of October (or until we run out of pumpkins). We have orange pumpkins, gorgeous specialty pumpkins of pink, blue, tan and red, white pumpkins, mini pumpkins, table top pumpkins, and gourds — straw bales, corn shocks, and colored corn. As well as various winter squashes, tomatoes, potatoes, eggs, peppers and firewood!
 
Venture into the patch to find the perfect pumpkin, or select one from the wagons. Play in the straw bale maze and corn pit. And take stunning photos by our vintage truck.
Find us in Mankato on Highway 22 just 2.5 miles north of Menards. Open daily during daylight hours. Cash Venmo and PayPal accepted

Autumn Acres Pumpkin Patch

September 11th-30th; October 1st-30th

See website for hours of operation. 

Autumn Acres Farm is a pumpkin patch located in Southern Minnesota just outside of Mankato, growing over 140 varieties of pumpkins, squash, gourds, and corn. We specialize in offering unique and CLEAN produce. We are also known for our custom design pumpkins for individuals, businesses, and fall weddings, and our one-of-a-kind ghost gourds are always a hit!
We pride ourselves on offering unique produce, beautiful displays, and free activities, games, and photo ops for the kids, and hayrides.
Pumpkin Junction in Good Thunder

Pumpkin Junction at Blue Skye Farms

September 11 – October 24

Pumpkin Junction began in 2016, where a bumper crop of pumpkins allowed for Blue Sky Farms to share the harvest with area families. Enjoy kids games, fun maze, farm activities, concession stand, farmer’s market, hayrides and more!  Pumpkin Junction is held weekends beginning the end of September through October and is FREE.

  • Sept. 10-11
  • Sept. 17-18
  • Sept. 24-25
  • Oct. 1-2
  • Oct. 8-9
  • Oct. 15-16
  • MEA Weekend October 20-23

Hours: Saturdays 10am-5pm; Sundays 12pm-5pm

Pub 500 Live Trivia

Every Thursday

Come enjoy FREE Live Trivia every Thursday 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Bring a team for fun and great prizes. Prizes awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

Music in Mankato

Tuesday Tunes at Mankato Brewery

Tuesday’s in September

Enjoy Live Music Tuesday in September

Schedule is as follows:
9/7 – Tuesday Tunes: Cooper Fuller
9/14 – Luke Smith
9/21 – Chris Bertrand
9/28 – Bully Pulpit

Saturday 10/30 – IV Play

 

Mankato Farmer's Market

Mankato Farmer's Market

May – October

The Mankato Farmers Market has been in Mankato for over 40 years. Shopping at and supporting the farmers’ market circulates money within our community, helping to keep it strong. Local farmers and artisans at the market continue to help our community thrive by recirculating your wisely spent dollars. The main outdoor Market is open every Saturday, rain or shine, through the second Saturday in October. Hours are 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Mankato Farmers’ Market is also open Tuesdays & Thursdays from 3:30 to 6 p.m. The market is located at 1895 Adams Street in the Best Buy parking lot on  Saturday from 8am – noon and Tuesdays/Thursdays 3:30pm-6:00pm

North Mankato Farmers' Market

North Mankato Farmer's Market

June – October

The North Mankato Farmers Market, presented by South Central College, is in the midst of holding its sixth season in 2022. The market is hosted every Monday from 3:00 – 6:00 pm in the South Central parking lot located at  1920 Lee Boulevard in upper North Mankato. The North Mankato Farmers’ Market offers fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables, baked and canned goods, handmade products and more!

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River Valley Makers

September

An ever-growing group of Makers and Vendors in Blue Earth County and surrounding areas. They organize vending events and participate in community outreach programs in the area. This summer the River Valley Makers are hosting events for local small businesses the last Saturday of every month until October at The Hub Food Park in Old Town Mankato. Show your local support and check them out!

Music in the Park

Music in the Park

Thursdays in September

Join at Wheeler Park in North Mankato for music, a food stand and more! Bring your lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy a fun community night with local musical talent.

CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour

CityArt Walking Sculpture TOur

Displayed year-round

CityArt is a partnership of Twin Rivers Council for the Arts and the City Center Partnership to provide free and accessible public art for the community’s enjoyment. This exciting exhibit of outdoor sculptures is displayed year-round in the City Center of Mankato and North Mankato. 

Hub Food Park

the Hub food park

Check Website for Dates

Where love for food and community met. Striving to bring together local food, art, music, and entertainment, The Hub is the ultimate destination for foodies and all families to go! Bring the kids and your friends to experience Mankato’s food park. Find more dates and details on their website.

Maverick Hockey SnowKato Days

MNSU Hockey Games

Check Website for Dates

Enjoy the excitement of a Division I Minnesota State University, Mankato hockey game at the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center in Mankato’s City Center. 

Blue Earth County Historical Society

Blue Earth County Historical Society

Check Website for Dates & Times

Blue Earth County Historical Society (BECHS) is passionate about inspiring lasting connections. They are dedicated to providing a modern approach to preserving and sharing the history of Blue Earth County. To learn more details about exhibits and events, check out their website!

 
Mankato Bike Trails

Fall Colors Tour

September – October 

Join Fun Bike Rides on an E-Bike Fall Colors tour. Three Hour guided tour of the Sakatah Trail or Red Jacket Trail Every Saturday  from September 18 through October 9, 2021. Morning rides will take the Sakatah Trail and evening rides will take the Red Jacket Trail. 

– Saturday, September 18
– Saturday, September 25
– Saturday, October 2
– Saturday, October9

Farmamerica Harvest Hustle

Farmamerica Self Guided Tours

September – October (by appointment only)

Explore Minnesota farm life from the 1850s to 1930s with a log cabin, sod-roof house, red dairy barn, one-room schoolhouse, and more. Discover how rural families survived the 1900s, and re-connect with nature on a leisurely one-mile stroll back in time during a self-guided walking tour at Farmamerica. Download our free app to enhance the tour experience. Call 507-835-2052 for tour availability. $8/adult. $6/kid

Marketfest St. peter

Saturdays in September and October

JOIN US!! We hope to offer the community a fun and safe open-air shopping experience. Our streets will be lined with shopping, food, refreshments and entertainment. Join us every Saturday May 1 – Oct 30. Additional vendors will be coming to town for your BONUS EXPERIENCE in St. Peter!

Haunted car wash

September 15 – October 30

Enter if you DARE! Join us for the third annual Haunted Car Wash! Pack your
friends and family into the car for this spooky, soapy thrill where you
get frightened and your vehicle gets cleaned. Roll those windows up and
come on over for this unique haunted house experience at Snell Auto
Wash!

  • Oct. 15
  • Oct. 16
  • Oct. 22
  • Oct. 23
  • Oct. 29
  • Oct. 30

Hours 7pm – 9pm

For more information on community events, visit greatermankatoevents.com

Where to Stay

Where to Stay

In greater Mankato, you’ll find more than just a comfortable night’s sleep. We have hotels with on-site restaurants; game rooms and swimming pools and more!
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Where to Dine

Where to Eat

Mankato has a strong local food scene where restaurants in the City Center and nearby neighborhoods serve everything from New York style pizza to creative burger creations and local craft beer.
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Where to Play

Where to Play

In Mankato, we know that recreation is a big part of any vacation. Whether you want to stay indoors or conquer the great outdoors, Mankato is your getaway destination in southern Minnesota!
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Visitor Guides

Visitor Guides

Read through the Travel Guides and Explore all there is to do in Greater Mankato including maps of the CityArt Sculpture Tour and Southern Minnesota biking trails and hiking paths along the countryside.
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