September During Gather in the GreenSeam
FarmAmerica Fall Festival
Come to Farmamerica for the Fall Festival where there will be lots of fun activities to enjoy together as a family! Enjoy the corn maze, Prairie Fairy, food trucks, vendor fair, tram rides, games for kids including old-fashioned school-yard games & scavenger hunt.
Indian Island Grape Stomp
Indian Island Winery’s 10th Annual Grape Stomp will be held Saturday, September 14. There will be four heats of 20 grape stompers at 2:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:00pm, and 3:30pm. Grape stompers will compete in groups of 2. There will be prizes for the top 4 groups. There will also be a costume contest for the best dressed group. The grape stomp times will be scheduled according to those who sign up first. You will be able to choose times until the heats are filled up. At that point, you will be scheduled where there are available spaces.
Old Town Art Fair
Come celebrate the 9th annual 2019 Old Town Art Fair!
A day filled with fun, authentic local art experience that you won’t want to miss! Come out, bring your friends, and show your support for your community and for the arts!
Mankato Farmer's 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. 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.
- Best Buy Saturday Sept. 14 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- Best Buy Tuesday Sept. 17 from 3:30 to 6 p.m.
- The Hub Food Park Thursday Sept. 19 from 3:30 to 6 p.m.
- Best Buy Saturday Sept. 21 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- Best Buy Tuesday Sept. 24 from 3:30 to 6 p.m.
- The Hub Food Park Thursday Sept. 26 from 3:30 to 6 p.m.
- Best Buy Saturday Sept. 28 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery Harvest Week
Celebrate harvest with a week filled with incredible fall themed drinks featuring our wines and spirits! Each day we will feature a different wine, spirit or Krem product accompanied by a recipe and samples during the week days.
River Hills Mall Fall Fling 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 in the mall’s common area.
Bethany Lutheran Fall Festival
Join Bethany Lutheran College during the weekend of September 20–22, 2019, for the Bethany Fall Festival–A Homecoming Weekend. This event includes activities for all ages and alumni reunions. Celebrating anniversary years of alumni with a ending number of “4” or “9” in their class year. All alumni and friends are invited to be part of the weekend. Enjoy athletic contests, live music, and more!
Oktoberfest, Bier on Belgrade
Business on Belgrade presents our miniature version of German heritage and fun. Join us for our 7th annual Bier on Belgrade located in the Central Business District of Historical and Unique Beautiful Lower North Mankato.
We will have a fun filled day of activities, food vendors, live music, Bier sampling from local and world renown brewery’s. Ceremonial first beer with city officials, bean bag toss and keg.
Mankato Beer Run
The beers will be flowing, the music will be jumpin’, and the folks will be running and walking through the finish on their way to victory. Then, head on over to Central Business District of Historical and Unique Beautiful Lower North Mankato for the 6th annual Bier On Belgrade! 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 free post race beer after the event! All fitness levels welcome. Don’t feel like racing the full 5k? Sign-up for the .05k (a hot 54 yards!) and enjoy all the awesome perks and get your own little 30 second race to the beer garden!
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.
Oktoberfest at LocAle!
The last weekend in September LocAle will be hosting their 1st annual Oktoberfest, starting with the tapping of their Oktoberfest bier on Friday, Sept. 27. Enjoy beer specials, food music and more.
The Harvest Bowl combines football and farm fun! The Minnesota State University, Mankato (360° virtual tour) Mavericks take on Winona State in a football match-up during the third annual Harvest bowl at Blakeslee Stadium. The start time is scheduled for 1 p.m. and a host of events and activities lead up to the kick-off. The line-up includes tractors, a mechanical bull and a coloring contest with cheer/dance.
Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery Uncorked
One night, three incredible performances! Grab your friends and enjoy your favorite adult beverage while listening to a variety of classic songs!
Pumpkin Junction at Blue Skye Farms
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.