September During Gather in the GreenSeam
There’s a crisp chill seeping into the air…it must mean fall is upon us! Autumn brings about beauty in the landscape: from vibrant changes of the leaves in the trees to endless growing of the pumpkins in the field. Celebrate all the agriculture wonders of this dazzling season with these fall favorites!
Gather in the GreenSeam Sponsors:
Mankato Farmers Market: 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. Vendors at our market are required to make or produce their goods wholly or substantially from within 40 miles of Mankato. This stipulation keeps food miles, waste, and resource use to a minimum. They believe in healthy soils, foods, and families, practices that positively affect our community. 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. More>
Date: Tuesday, September 18 & Thursday, September 20 from 3:30 to 6 p.m.; Saturday, September 22 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Tuesday, September 25 & Thursday, September 27 from 3:30 to 6 p.m.; Saturday, September 29 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Food Evolution Screening and Panel Discussion: The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance will host a screening of Food Evolution, a documentary set amidst a polarized debate marked by fear, distrust and confusion: the controversy surrounding GMOs and food. Traveling from Hawaiian papaya groves, to banana farms in Uganda to the cornfields of Iowa, Food Evolution wrestles with the emotions and the evidence driving one of the most heated arguments of our time. Along with the screening we will be hosting a panel discussion to spark an open and honest conversation about role of biotechnology in food and farming practices. More>
Date: Tuesday, September 18
River Hills Mall Craft & Vendor Fair: 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 located in the mall’s common area. More>
Date: Friday, September 21 through Sunday, September 23
Oktoberfest, Bier on Belgrade: Business on Belgrade presents its version of German heritage and fun. The 6th annual Bier on Belgrade is located in the Central Business District of Historical and Unique Beautiful Lower North Mankato. There is a fun filled day of activities, food vendors, live music, Bier sampling from local and world renown breweries planned. Ceremonial first beer with city officials, bean bag toss and keg bowling. Wear your Lederhosen and receive an extra free beer ticket with $15 admission. Must be 21 years of age to attend. More>
Date: Saturday, September 22 from 2 to 8 p.m., with beer sampling from 3 to 6 p.m.
Mankato Symphony Orchestra’s Oktoberfest: Join in supporting our local Symphony! There will have three bands, the 507 Food Truck, Bavarian Pretzels and, of course, BEER! More>
Date: Thursday, September 27 from 5 to 9 p.m.
Terrace View Fall Festival: Exciting things are happening at Terrace View Fall Festival! You can easily spend an entire day at the festival, and even pick up your pumpkins, gourds, squash, and other fall decor! Terrace View Fall Festival attractions include a large corn pit and straw bale maze, a toddler straw bale maze, tire tractor mountain, pumpkin launch, pumpkin patch and so much more! More>
Date: Weekends from September 28 through October 14; Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mankato Maker’s Market: The Mankato Makerspace hosts the Mankato Maker Market, a showcase and market of locally made or sourced arts, crafts, production and harvests! Hosted on the final Sunday of each month, the market will be your source for local, whether it be fine art, home decor, coffee, produce. Stop on down any time between 12-5 pm to check out the selection behind the Mankato Makerspace at 1700 3rd Ave. Rain days will be moved inside the Makerspace. More>
Date: Sunday, September 30 from 12 to 5 p.m.
September Gather in the GreenSeam Partners:
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Indian Island Winery Grape Stomp & Vendor Show: Grape stomps are an annual tradition at wineries, and the one at Indian Island Winery near Janesville Sept. 15 is no exception! What makes it even more exciting is the competition for wine prizes and the best costume award. Come watch and cheer others on and vote for your favorite costume! A vendor show, live music by Train Wreck Duet, Amy Manette and High Strung, and just $2 admission accompanies the grape stomp! More>
Date: Saturday, September 15 from 12 to 9 p.m.
Harvest Bowl at Minnesota State University, Mankato: The Harvest Bowl combines football and farm fun! The Minnesota State University, Mankato (360° virtual tour) Mavericks take on Concordia-St. Paul in a football match-up. The start time is scheduled for 1 p.m. and a host of events and activities lead up to the kick-off starting at 11 a.m. The line-up includes tractors, a mechanical bull and a coloring contest with cheer/dance. More>
Date: Saturday, September 15 at 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery’s Uncorked: Free admission to a great night of music led by multiple Minnesota Music Award winner Mick Sterling honoring legendary artists with a full night of recognizable and classic songs! Nestled into the lush rolling hills and fertile soil of the Southern Minnesota River Valley, lies the award-winning Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery. “Chankaska,” a native Dakota Indian name meaning “forest enclosed,” perfectly illustrates the unique and inviting environment it offer visitors. Embedded deep within the earth and soul of this natural landscape, Chankaska’s handcrafted wines and artisan techniques capture the transformative journey from vine to table. More>
Date: Saturday, September 15 from 4 to 11 p.m.
Incentive: Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery offers 10 percent off a glass of wine all day Friday, September 14 and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, September 15.
Farm to Friesen’s: With the amazing skills of Executive Chef Sarah Haayer on full display, we offer a five course meal highlighting LOCALLY-sourced items. Guests are welcome to bring their own adult beverage. Tickets: A pair of tickets $65 plus tax. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for ticket availability. Large groups can be accommodated, but space is limited. So book your spot early! Gluten Free options are available. More>
Date: Saturday, September 15 from 6 to 7:45 p.m.
Taste & Tour of Old Town
Date: Saturday, September 15
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The Hub Food Park: Dine on local fare during the Taste & Tour of Old Town. More>
Old Town Chalk Park: Connect with your community by channeling your inner kid with playground chalk! To promote expressive arts to all ages, Lindsey Schaefer and Macey Page, two local artists and early childhood educators teamed up to build a public Free Chalk Box located in the Old Town. More>
Artists on Main performances: These artists will lead creative placemaking projects designed to activate the alleyways in Old Town Mankato. Catch the performances popping up in alleys from 2:30 to 5 p.m. More>
Seeds of Old Town Community Mural: The Institute of Environmental Assessment is teaming up with Bellissimo Paint and Coatings in welcoming the public to participate in a free family-friendly community mural. More>
Old Town Art Fair: There will be music, artists, dancers, and coffee throughout the day! More>