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August 22-Sept 2, 2019
Maryland State Fair
Timonium, Maryland

August 22-September 2, 2019
Eco Experience
Minnesota State Fair, Minnesota

August 30-September 1, 2019
55th Annual Wild Rice Days
McGregor, Minnesota

August 30-September 2, 2019
60th Annual Red Rooster Days - Dassel, Minnesota

August 30-Sept 2, 2019  Western Minnesota Steam Thresher's Reunion
Rollag, Minnesota

August 31-Sept 1, 2019  Annual Big Muddy Brew 'N Que - Winona, Minnesota


September 6-8, 2019  73rd Annual Kellogg Watermelon Festival
Kellogg, Minnesota
This festival takes place along the Mississippi River and has a vintage tractor ride, soap box derby, chicken-que, music and parade. Always a good time!

September 7, 2019  Smokin' Ribfest - Hinckley, Minnesota
BBQ Ribs, Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Wings, Brisket, Beer, Refreshments, Live Music, Craft Vendors, Lots of Family Fun.  Free Admission - Open to the Public.

September 7-8, 2019 - 73rd Annual National Barrow Show
Austin, Minnesota
The annual National Barrow Show is the World Series of Swine Shows. America's premier purebred hog show brings exhibitors and buyers from around the world.

September 7-8, 2019  Wine, Chocolate & Romance
Shakopee, Minnesota
Minnesota Renaissance Festival.  Indulge your sweet tooth this weekend at our Chocolate and Wine festival featuring local chocolatiers and wineries! Participate in one of our many ‘sweet’ events held all weekend including a chocolate pie eating contest and FREE wine tastings.


September 7-8, 2019 - 19th Annual Grape Stomp Festival
Stillwater, Minnesota
Saint Croix Vineyards.  It’s free and fun for the whole family! Take a turn stomping grapes the old-fashioned way or let your kids give it a try. Prizes will be awarded to those with the best grape-stomping style (as determined by audience applause).  Bring a picnic, take a tour of the vineyard and winery, listen to live music, and, of course, enjoy our award-winning wines!  Grape stomping competitions for both kids and adults will be held at approximately 1:00, 3:00, and 5:00 each day. A drawing will be held to determine who will compete in the competitions…please enter your name in the drawing when you arrive. Don’t worry if you are not chosen to compete, everyone will get a chance to stomp grapes between competitions.

September 13-14, 2019  80th King Turkey Day Festival
Worthington, Minnesota
Where else can you find race teams herding their star "athletes" (wild racing turkeys) down main street? The Great Gobbler Gallop is part of Worthington, Minnesota's very own King Turkey Day festival.

September 13-14, 2019  Annual Hullabaloo Music, Beer and Food
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Lace up your foot-stompin’ boots and come thirsty! It’s Indeed Brewing Company’s Annual Hullabaloo. Join us outdoors at the brewery for a zero-waste parking lot party full of good food, live music, and more limited-release, hand-crafted beers than you could shake a stick at.  Autumn is upon us, and we’re celebrating the bounty of the harvest season the best way we know how: with beer, new beer, and lots of it. It wouldn’t be a party without a few surprises, so expect the unexpected when it comes to our full line-up of beers at Hullabaloo.

September 13-15, 2019 - Unplugged & the Birch Bark Bash
Grand Marais, Minnesota
Enjoy a weekend of Autumn colors & celebration filled with music, food, workshops, and viewing traditional craft workmanship by guest artisans. North House Folk School promotes learning & preserving knowledge, skills, & crafts of the past & present.

September 13-15, 2019  Grape Stomp & Fall Festival
Alexandria, Minnesota
Carlos Creek Winery.  Come join us for a weekend filled with wine, food, stomping & shopping! This festival has it all: live music all day for all three days, grape stomping, amatuer wine making contest, over 150 vendors, a man cave with Summit beer and much, much more!

September 14, 2019 - 16th Annual Wild Rice Festival
Roseville, Minnesota
A celebration of wild rice, the Minnesota fall season and Native American culture!  Wild rice sausages, wild rice soup, fry bread, and more. Traditional wild rice harvesting demonstrations.  Native American dance group and story-telling. Children’s games and activities.  Hands-on apple cider pressing. Silent auction, to raise funds to support the Nature Center. And much more!  As usual, there is no admission charge.

September 14, 2019  Pickwick Mill Day - Pickwick, Minnesota
An annual celebration of the history of Pickwick and the 120-year-old flour mill which is on the state historic register.  Food served all day, live music, demonstrations of spinning, blacksmithing, pottery making, and more. Silent auction, homemade pies, log rolling, fire dept water fights, etc.

September 15, 2019 - Twin Cities Veg Fest - St. Paul, Minnesota
Twin Cities Veg Fest will take place at Como Park in St. Paul from 11am to 5pm.  Parking is limited at the venue. We will be providing off-site parking and shuttle service from the Rosedale Shopping Center in Roseville. Please see our location page for details.  Twin Cities Veg Fest is for anyone and everyone – from omnivores to vegetarians and vegans. The festival features a wide variety of exhibitors, speakers, and cooking demos. Enjoy free food samples, delicious vegan cuisine, fun cooking demos, and insightful presentations. This year for the first time ever we’ll host the festival outdoors, making it possible for even more people to attend.  This year we’re excited to work towards making this a zero waste event with the help of our sponsor Eureka Recycling!  Twin Cities Veg Fest is a project of Compassionate Action for Animals.  Attendance: 7,000.

September 19-22, 2019  71st Annual Applefest
La Crescent, Minnesota
The Applefest weekend includes activities such as a Kiddie Parade, Carnival, Apple Pie Stand, President's Reception and Queen Coronation, Pancake Breakfast, King Apple Parade, Craft Show, entertainment in the King Apple (Beer) Tent and the Johnny Appleseed (Family) Tent. Applefest is always held on the 3rd full weekend in September.

September 21, 2019  Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee!
Willmar, Minnesota
This is the 22nd year for our festival and we are excited to announce that we have decided to move the event to Kennedy School.  We moved it last year at the last minute due to bad weather and we received such favorable comments that we decided to move it permanently.  No wind!  No bees! No threat of rain!  We will have a large tent in the parking lot with picnic tables and the food vendors will be around the tent.

September 21, 2019  Fall Festival, Smokin' Hot BBQ Challenge
Nisswa, Minnesota
Join us for Nisswa Fall Festival and Smokin' Hot BBQ Challenge.  Lots of family fun all day long - crafters and market space, kids games, live music, great eats, beer garden, bbq contest, street dance and much more! Want to participate in the BBQ contest, or be a crafter or market space vendor?  We want you to join us!

September 27-29, 2019  The Goose Festival - Middle River, Minnesota
Goose Capital of the North. Highlights include goose-calling contests, a music jam, grand parade, kiddie parade, a flea market, quarter scramble, Community Theater production, and lots of great food!

September 28, 2019 - 8th annual Rochester Craft Beer Expo
Rochester, Minnesota
Graham Arena at Olmsted County Fairgrounds.  This event will allow you to indulge your palate with fine craft brews from across the United States, while also being able to educate yourself on the wonderful styles of beer available to you. Over 40 breweries are expected.  Enjoy education seminars, live music, and food vendors. With brewery and distributor representatives on hand to answer questions, attendees will be able to have an enjoyable and educational experience learning about beer, its components, and flavors.

September 28-October 13, 2019  Afton Apple Orchard Apple Festival
Hastings Area, Minnesota
Weekends, Sept 28-29, Oct 5-6; and Oct 12-13, 2019. You and your family can enjoy an old-fashioned hayride, a petting farm, cider pressing demonstrations, face painting and so much more! It's a great time for young and old!

September 28-Oct 27, 2019  Annual Nelson Farm Pumpkin Patch Festival  - Litchfield, Minnesota
Weekends.  Pumpkin Painting Contest, Scarecrow Contest, Corn Field Maze, Pumpkin Chucker, view the fall colors, see farm animals, and don't forget to pick out and decorate your own pumpkin!

Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events
events waiting for new dates

September 1-2, 2018  3rd Annual Big Muddy Brew 'N Que
Winona, Minnesota
Levee Park downtown Winona. FREE - no admission fee, enjoy the entertainment free of charge. Best In Area BBQ Competition $10 per person - Microbrew Beer Tasting Event and Wine Tasting Event $20 per tasting event - Art & Craft Fair - Cornhole Tournament.

September 7-9, 2018  72nd Annual Kellogg Watermelon Festival
Kellogg, Minnesota
This festival takes place along the Mississippi River and has a vintage tractor ride, soap box derby, chicken-que, music and parade. Always a good time!   (also: )

September 15, 2018 - Critter Day - Grand Rapids, Minnesota
Chickens, goats, sheep, alpacas, horses, lizards, spiders and snakes! When was the last time you saw so many critters together? See animals of all kinds and visit special guests from Lake Superior Zoo, Headwaters Science Center, Cairparavel Alpaca Farm and others.

September 28-29, 2018  Annual Shaktoberfest - Shakopee, Minnesota
What do you get when you pair an Oktoberfest party with Badger Hill Brewing Company located in Shakopee? Shaktoberfest, of course!  Badger Hill Brewing Company is celebrating it's annual Shaktoberfest. This year we're hosting live music in the brewery, too! Stop by the taproom all weekend for hammerschlagen, a 5K and .1K beer run, food trucks and fall activities. We begin the festivities at noon on Friday with the tapping of our Untoberfest Ale which uses the same malt bill as our Oktoberfest Marzen!

Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events
events still waiting for new dates

September 3, 2017 - Porktoberfest Block Party
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Day Block Brewing will be hosting PorktoberFest, an end-of-summer block party at their property located off Washington Avenue and 11th Avenue in the Downtown Minneapolis Mill District. The all-day event will emphasize local food-namely pork selections-as well as several vegetarian options. In addition, there will be plenty of craft beer and a full schedule of live music, which will begin at 2:00pm. This event will be held in the shared Day Block Brewing/Grumpy’s Bar lot located on the South side of the Day Block Building. Limited free parking will also be available.  Food selections include Pork Beer Brats & Sauerkraut, Pork Shank “Wings”, Korean Pork Belly Sliders, Bacon Steak “BLT” Sandwiches & Carolina BBQ Pork Chops on a Stick. For vegetarians, we'll also have Portabella Cap Sandwiches, Giant Pretzels & Beer Cheese, Giant Pickle on a Stick, Corn on the Cob w/ Compound Butter &Seasonal Grilled Vegetable Hash.

September 23, 2017  12th Annual Fall Chili Fest
Princeton, Minnesota
Chili and salsa contests, a craft fair, kids' carnival rides and games, a sidewalk chalk art contest, scarecrow contest, food vendors, a D.J. and Jaycees Beer Garden.

Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

events still waiting for new dates

September 25, 2015  Taste of the Lakes - Excelsior, Minnesota
BayView Event Center.  This year’s event will benefit two charities to touch the lives of even more community members: Metro Friendship Foundation for Autism and Meals on Wheels South Shore.  The event is well-known for featuring the best food the area has to offer with samples from a variety of 14 local restaurants. A mixologist from Prairie Organic Spirits will be serving cocktail samples and beer samples will be served by Excelsior Brewing Company. The event will also include a live and silent auction and live entertainment.



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