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Fall Events and Festivities in Mankato Minnesota

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

Wednesday – Sunday 
Pleasant Grove Pizza Farm is located outside of Waseca, Minnesota. We offer 10 main pizzas, 14″-16.” 10″ Gluten Free. You bring everything including snacks, dessert, a garbage bag, alcohol 21+, no pets allowed, located on gravel. Live music on Sundays, 5-7p, weather permitting. Pleasant Grove sits on 55 acres of prairie grassland, surrounded by beautiful oak trees and wildlife. We invite you to bring all of your picnic-style dining necessities to include seating, utensils, beverages, and your choice of dining surface while you take in the alluring views during dinner. We also encourage you to stroll along the nature trails through our natural prairie and oak-filled woods.
Live music on Sundays, 5-7p, weather permitting.
Pumpkin Junction in Good Thunder

Pumpkin Junction at Blue Skye Farms

September 12 – October 18

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. 12-13
  • Sept. 19-20
  • Sept. 26-27
  • Oct. 3-4
  • Oct. 10-11
  • Oct. 16-17-18

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

Mankato Farmers Market

Mankato Farmer's Market

September 14 – October 28

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 Tuesdays & Saturdays, and at 512 N Riverfront Dr in The Hub Food Park on Thursdays.

River Hills Mall Craft & Vendor Fairs

September 18 – November 22

The Craft & Vendor Markets are special events where local businesses, crafters, artisans and more can come into River Hills Mall to sell or advertise products and services. These tabling events are in the mall’s common area.

  • September 18 – 20
  • October 2 – 4
  • October 16 – 18
  • November 6 – 8
  • November 20 – 22
Fall Sports and Recreation in Mankato Minnesota

2020 october River Ramble diy

October 1-31

Escape the Twin Cities to some of the best bicycling Minnesota has to offer. Join us for the 10th annual event all October long in 2020. Don’t miss this fun for all fall tradition. It’s free

Fall crafts-to-go kits

Monday’s October – November

Stop down to the library each week in October and November to pick up a Fall Craft to-go Kit that will include crafts, learning activities and games! Pick up your kit anytime during the week. New kits will be available each Monday. Recommended for ages 2-6. No registration required. Stop by or call the library at 507-345-5120 to pick up your kit.

Tuesday on tap

Tuesday’s in October

Join us once again as Minnesota 93 and Mankato Brewery bring back Tuesday on Tap during the month of October to celebrate Country Music Month.

Schedule is as follows:
10/6- Fat City All Stars, Food: Ettlin’s Cafe
10/13- The Whiskies, Food: Pizzeria 201
10/20: Matt Graunke, Food: S&B BBQ
10/27: Jeremy Poland, Food: Ettlin’s Cafe


The last 5 years

October 9 – 25

An emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years, the show’s unconventional structure consists of Cathy, the woman, telling her story backwards while Jamie, the man, tells his story chronologically; the two characters only meet once, at their wedding in the middle of the show.

Farmamerica Harvest Hustle

Farmamerica Pumpkin Party

October 10

Enjoy fall on the farm, pumpkin style! Trick or treating, pumpkin carving, family fun, and more.

Marketfest St. peter

October 10

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 2nd & 4th Saturday Aug 22 – Oct 24th. Additional vendors will be coming to town for your BONUS EXPERIENCE in St. Peter!

trunk or treat @halloween express mankato

October 10
FREE Trunk or Treat & costume event
Saturday October 10th 12pm- 2pm.
FREE Trick-or-treating OUTDOOR event off Madison Ave. Social distancing required.
“Trunks” hosted by locally owned businesses in the Mankato area!
Mankato Marathon

The Virtual Mankato Marathon

October 12-26

We want to give everyone the opportunity to experience the Mankato Marathon. Run (or walk) the distance you pick wherever you want. We will ship your runner’s swag and medal right to you or you can stop by the Scheels Sport & Health Expo and pick up your packet. The Scheels Sport & Health Expo will be held at the River Hills Mall October 16 from 11am – 7pm and October 17 from 11am – 3pm.

Farmamerica Harvest Hustle

Farmamerica fall open hours

October 15-17

Trying to stay busy over MEA break? Farmamerica can help! Open on October 15-17 from 9 am to 3 pm daily.

Guided walking tours will be available throughout the weekend, and our giant yard games will be out for everyone to enjoy. You can also explore the historic sites at Farmamerica on your own.

PLUS, if you missed our Pumpkin Party, you have another chance to grab some pumpkins from our patch with your admission!

Haunted car wash

September 12 – October 18

Enter if you DARE! Join us for the second 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
A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the BackPack Food Program.

  • Oct. 16
  • Oct. 17
  • Oct. 23
  • Oct. 24
  • Oct. 29
  • Oct. 30

Hours 7pm – 9pm

Halloween camp er' treat

October 17

Trick or Treating has come to the campground for our 2nd 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.

Jack-o-lantern walk

October 17

Join us on Saturday, October 17th 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.

Trunk or treat at peace!

October 24

Join Peace Lutheran Church for their 3rd Annual Trunk or Treat event! This is a free event and open to the public! All activities will take place outside this year and will include decorated trunks, pick a pumpkin, fun forest, hayrides, photo op, cake walk, free raffle, and the A-MAZE-ing Trail. Concessions will be available for purchase.

Pet costume party

October 27

Participate in our pet costume party either online and/or in person and have a chance to win a $50 or $25 gift card to Pet Expo! Here are all the ways you can get entries into our drawing! 1. Post a picture of your pet on the Facebook Page to get 5 entries! 2. If your pet’s costume is book related, you get another 5 entries! 3. Bring your dog to Spring Lake Park on October 27th between 5-6pm dressed in their costume to receive 10 entries! 4. Post a video of your cat doing a trick for a treat to the Facebook event page for 10 entries! Drawing for gift cards will take place October 28th.

Family-friendly Drive-in movie

October 30

Family-Friendly Drive-In Movie (Early Showing)
SCC North Mankato Student Senate will be hosting a Drive-In Movie on October 30th! Showtimes to be posted closer to the event, but we’ll wait until it’s dark.
Movies will be taking place at the Red Lot of SCC.

later showing Drive-in movie

October 30

Later Showing Night Drive-In Movie
SCC North Mankato Student Senate will be hosting a Drive-In Movie on October 30th!
Movie: Insidious (PG13)
Movies will be taking place at the Red Lot of SCC.

Store it mn spook-tacular

October 30
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.
When: Friday, October 30, 2020
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 30

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”.

trick or treat

October 30
Join us in the Woodside Clubhouse for some trick or treating!
October 30th 🎃
👻 5-7pm
🍭 The Woodside Clubhouse

Oak terrace halloween scavenger hunt

October 31

This is a free family event that includes: scavenger hunt, obstacle course, candy, food & drinks. Let’s have a spooky time!

halloween maskerade

October 31

Not only is Halloween on a Saturday this year, but it’s also a full moon AND daylight savings. Let’s make the most of this year before winter comes and celebrate out on the patio. It also happens to be the last day of our extended temporary patio so dress warm and spooky, drink some spiked hot cider, and howl at the moon with us.

8th annual halloween costume contest

October 31

DJ at 9pm, drink specials and a costume contest for the best face mask with cash prizes!!! Crowd judging at midnight.

trunk or treat

October 31

Trick or Treat safely with the city of North Mankato! There will be a police car, a public works vehicle and more for you to trick or treat at! Wear your best costume and join in the candy, games and fun!

Commerce dr. trick or treat 2020

October 31

Halloween won’t be canceled over the coronavirus pandemic.
Connecting Commerce is going to continue our Halloween tradition. Each business will have its own business social distance practices. We look forward to seeing all the scary costumes.

a night at the speakeasy

November 7

Join BECHS (virtually!) for a night of mystery and glamour. Social hour begins at 6:30 p.m. and program at 7 p.m.
Curious about BECHS A Night at the Speakeasy? Click “interested” on the Facebook Event and be the first to know all the details on this year’s annual fundraiser.

Mankato farmers' market in the greenhouse

November 7

Vendors who have goods to sell will be onsite in Drummers greenhouse on select Saturdays this winter!
Merchandise may include fruit & vegetables, baked goods, honey, jams & jelly, crafts, eggs and meat.

Raw Fusion 2020

November 13

We are excited to be celebrating our 10th annual event on Friday, November 13, 2020. 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 🦃

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