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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 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 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 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.

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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 8, 2018  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 8, 2018  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 8-9, 2018 - 18th 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 13-16, 2018  70th 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 14-15, 2018
79th 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 15, 2018
Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee!
Willmar, Minnesota
This is the 21st 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 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 15, 2018
Fall Festival, Smokin' Hot BBQ Challenge, & Crafter's Market
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 15-16, 2018 - 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 24, 2018  Chefs for Change - Minneapolis, Minnesota
People Serving People is pleased to announce Chefs for Change, a unique dining event that provides the opportunity for local foodies and chefs to give back to their community.  Attendees are invited to People Serving People’s shelter dining hall to enjoy a chef’s table experience provided by Republic. Republic is an award winning, locally-owned and independent craft beer bar whose scratch kitchen specializes in top-notch contemporary gastropub fare. Each course will be paired with a beer, making this the first ever Chefs for Change Beer Dinner. Chef JD Fratzke and Republic have donated their time, as well as the food and beer pairings for each meal, meaning 100% of the Chefs for Change dinner proceeds go towards helping children and families at People Serving People.  Dinner guests are invited to arrive at 6:30 pm for a tour of People Serving People’s facility. Located in Minneapolis, People Serving People is the largest and most comprehensive, family-focused homeless shelter in Minnesota. People Serving People’s 99 emergency housing units for children and families experiencing homelessness provided shelter to 3,093 individuals from 1,104 families in 2017.

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!

September 28-30, 2018  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 29-Oct 14, 2018  Apple Festival - Hastings Area, Minnesota
Weekends, Sept 29-30, Oct 6-7; and Oct 13-14, 2018. 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 29-October 28, 2018  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!

September 30, 2018  Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation is the nation's premier culinary benefit, featuring top chefs and mixologists -- all of whom are coming together to donate their time, talent and passion to end childhood hunger in America.

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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

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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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events still waiting for new dates

September 6, 2014  Caledonia Rotary Brewfest - Caledonia, Minnesota
Spend a  relaxing afternoon sampling domestic and international brews and wines.  It’s a great time to socialize, relax and enjoy some good entertainment.  Admission is $20.00.  Proceeds from Brewfest will be used to support community projects.

September 11, 2014  Dinner with Chef - Chaska, Minnesota
At MN Landscape Arboretum.

September 20, 2014 - Getting to Know Weird Vegetables from the Farmers Market - MN Landscape Arboretum, Chaska, Minnesota
At MN Landscape Arboretum.


events still waiting for new dates

September 27, 2012  13th Annual Winemaker’s Dinner
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Benefiting Children’s Home Society and Family Services, the evening will include a four-course dinner paired with exceptional wines, and a fabulous auction and raffle.

September 28-29, 2012  MBWA Fall Conference - Duluth, Minnesota
Minnesota Beer Wholesalers Association.



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