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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! 

Goofy goat farm

Always Open

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

23802 610 Ave Madison Lake, MN 56063

Welsh heritage farms

Wednesday – Sunday

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

Pleasant grove pizza farm

September: Thursday – Sunday / October: Friday – Sunday
 
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.
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. 11-12
  • Sept. 18-19
  • Sept. 25-26
  • Oct. 2-3
  • Oct. 9-10
  • Oct. 16-17
  • MEA Weekend October 21-24

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

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 Farmers 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

Mankato PrideFest!

September 10-12

This year we are going back to our radical roots of how Pride came to be. In 1969 riots took place in New York City starting at the Stonewall Inn due to police brutality against LGBTQ+ people. Prominent figures in this movement were BIPOC and trans individuals. Our theme and design for this year’s festival pays tribute to this radical resistance and provides inspiration to move Pride Festivals back to these roots.

  • Sept. 10 – Mankato Pride Queeraoke 
  • Sept. 11 – 2021  Mankato PrideFest!
  • Sept. 11 – Mankato Pride Dance Party
  • Sept 12 – Youth Party

Indian Island Grape Stomp & Beer Fest

September 11

This year, 2021, 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 11

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 11th, 2021 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.

Bier on Belgrade

Bier on Belgrade

September 18

Stop down on Saturday, September 18 from 2pm – 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 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

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

Cirque Italia Water Circus at River Hills Mall

Cirque Italia - River Hills Mall

September 23-26

Gold Unit performers can’t wait to take you back in time to the era of drive-in theaters, muscle cars, and poodle skirts Sept. 23-26 at River Hills Mall. Join us to for an unforgettable weekend. Bring the whole family for a night full of lights, laughs, and so much more. Don’t miss your chance to see the amazing Italian Water Circus.  Get your tickets now and save money!  1 FREE child ticket with every full price adult ticket purchase in level 2 or level 3. USE PROMO CODE: FACEFREE

Fall Festival/Live Music at Autumn Acres

September 25

Experience the fall festivities at Autumn Acres Farm while enjoying live music by Generation Gap from 1pm to 4pm. Inspire Health and Wellness will also be here with their food trailer (including their new pizzas!) from 11:30am to 6:00pm.

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.

 

THE LITTLE GREEN WAGON PUMPKIN PATCH AND FARM

Now until the end of 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

Party on the Prairie Fall Festival

October 2 from 2-7pm

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

Deep Valley Book Festival

October 2

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

Mankato Brewery

Mankato Brewery Hockey Day Minnesota beer release at Pub 500

October 7

Stay tuned for more details!

Schell's & New Ulm Oktoberfest Bus Tour

October 9

Join Oktoberfest Bus Tour (New Ulm and Schell’s Brewery) from Mankato at Pub 500 on October 9th 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.

Maker Fair Minnesota

9th Annual Maker Fair Minnesota

October 9 

Maker Fair Minnesota is returning to the Nicollet County Fairgrounds in St Peter, MN in 2021. 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? 

Fall Sports and Recreation in Mankato Minnesota

The Mankato River Ramble

October 10

Join us on Sunday, October 10, 2021, 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.

The Original .005K Pub Run

October 14

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!

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.

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT

October 8 – 24

Sha la la, Joseph, you’re doing fine! You and your dreamcoat, ahead of your time!” One of the most enduring shows of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers and the coat of many colors.

Told entirely through song with the help of a main character Narrator, the musical follows preferred son Joseph. After being sold into slavery by his brothers, he ingratiates himself with Egyptian noble Potiphar, but ends up in jail after refusing the amorous advances of Potiphar’s wife. While imprisoned, Joseph discovers his ability to interpret dreams, and he soon finds himself in front of the mighty but troubled, Elvis-inspired, Pharaoh. Joseph’s solution to Egypt’s famine elevates him to Pharaoh’s right-hand man and reunites him with his family.

Farmamerica Harvest Hustle

Farmamerica Pumpkin Party

October 16

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
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!

Mankato Marathon

Mankato Marathon

October 15-16

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.

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

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

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 29
 
Join STORE IT for some family fun this Halloween as we offer a safe environment to Trick-or-Treat from 6 feet!
This event is free and open to the public.
STORE-IT SPOOKTACULAR
When: Friday, October 29, 2021
Time: 2pm – 7pm
Where: Store IT
2015 Basset Drive, Mankato, MN
Store It is opening up its indoor, climate controlled facility to offer a safe environment this Halloween.

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”.

a night at the speakeasy

October 21

Return to the Roaring 20s with the Blue Earth County Historical Society’s Annual fundraiser. This year we are excited to be at Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery for our event.

Trunk or Treat at Snell Motors

October 29

Trunk-or-Treat is back at Snell Motors! On October 29th from 2-7pm, along with several other local businesses, we will be hosting our 3rd Annual FREE family Halloween Event in our 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!

Old town Mankato: day of the dead

October 30

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
– Authentic + Local Food Trucks
– Makers Market
– FREE activities + treats for families sponsored by Old Town Association and community businesses.

Raw Fusion 2021

November 5

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.

5K Turkey trot

November 14

Come join us for a free 5k Turkey Trot around Old Town Mankato on Nov. 14th. Before and after the race we will require face masks in the store and encourage runners to socially distance themselves while running. We will head out from River Valley Running at 605 N. Riverfront Dr. Mankato at 7:30 am and take a 3.1 mile trot on a stroller friendly course. Ending back at the store for some treats and hot coffee to warm up with! We can’t wait to see everyone in November for another great run 🦃

For more information on community events, visit greatermankatoevents.com

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