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August 24-September 4, 2017  Minnesota State Fair - Falcon Heights, Minnesota

September 1-4, 2017 - Annual Wild Rice Days
McGregor, Minnesota
Highlights include music, arts and crafts, a parade, prizes, wild rice education tent, family fun run & walk, an antique car show, kiddie parade, corn feed, wild rice pancake breakfast, and a book sale at the library.


September 1-4, 2017
64th Western Minnesota Steam Thresher's Reunion
Rollag, Minnesota
Every Labor Day weekend since 1954, generations of threshermen & women get together to relive the tradition of the good ol’ days and bring the past to life for the enjoyment of young and old alike.

September 1-4, 2017  58th Annual Red Rooster Days
Dassel, Minnesota
Farmer's market, lots of Kids Activities, Pie Social, Brat Feed, Largest Chicken BBQ in Minnesota, Tractor Pull, Quilt Show, and much more!

September 2-3, 2017  2nd Annual Big Muddy Brerw '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 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 8-10, 2017  71st 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 8-13, 2017  71st 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 9, 2017 - Twin Cities Veg Fest - St. Paul, Minnesota
Twin Cities Veg Fest 2017 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.

September 9, 2017 - Pickwick Mill Celebration
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 9, 2017  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 9-10, 2017 - 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 9-10, 2017  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 13-18, 2017  Unplugged
Grand Marais, Minnesota
Enjoy a weekend of Autumn colors & celebration filled with music, food, traditional fish boil, and viewing traditional craft workmanship by guest artisans. North House Folk School promotes learning & preserving knowledge, skills, & crafts of the past & present.

September 14-17, 2017  69th 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 15-16, 2017  78th 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 15-17, 2017  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 16, 2017  Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee!
Willmar, Minnesota
The outdoor festival is presented each fall by the Willmar Arts Council. The tradition continues with artist demonstrations, children's tent activities, a juried art exhibition and art sale, food court, free coffee, and continuous entertainment from the outdoor stage.

September 16, 2017  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 16, 2017  14th 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 16, 2017 - Annual Autumn Brew Review - Minneapolis, Minnesota
This annual outdoor fall festival is one of the biggest beer festivals in the state, with 100+ breweries from all over the U.S. entertaining and educating 3,000 attendees on the great craft beer brewed in this state and beyond. ABR also has live music and food trucks to enhance the lively atmosphere brought by attendees at this Minneapolis favorite.

September 16, 2017  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 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.

September 23-Oct 29, 2017  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 29-October 1, 2017  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 30-Oct 15, 2017  Apple Festival
Hastings Area, Minnesota
Weekends, Sept 30-Oct1, Oct 7-8; and Oct 14-15. 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!

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.

2014 MINNESOTA - SEPTEMBER 2014 - Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events
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.  Twin Cities top chefs love guest-cooking at the Arboretum! Meet other good food fans during a delicious dinner with three wine tastings that complement the menu. In addition to getting insider cooking tips from the chefs, you'll receive recipes, sommelier wine notes and recommendations on where to find the best ingredients. You can just sit back, watch the meal unfold, sip some wine and dine.

September 20, 2014 - Getting to Know Weird Vegetables from the Farmers Market
MN Landscape Arboretum, Chaska, Minnesota
Kris James, Culinary Herbalist and Instructor, accomplished chef, cookbook author  Fall harvest produce is flavor and nutrient-rich and some are strangers to us! Are you curious about some of the unfamiliar produce you see beautifully displayed at the market but haven't a clue what they are or what to do with them? These produce underdogs are undiscovered gems. In class we'll ask, "What the heck is this?" and actually get answers! You'll learn how to prepare and cook with them. When you taste these in Kris's recipes you'll want to go back for more. Could include unusual and uncommon fellows such as Chayote Squash, (also known as Buddha's Hand or a Mirliton), Burdock root, turmeric root, black garlic, and more.

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.

2010 MINNESOTA - SEPTEMBER 2010 - Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events
events still waiting for new dates

September 14, 2010  RCA District Dietetic Association - Roseville, Minnesota
2nd Annual RCA North Central Region & MN Twin Cities District Dietetic Association.



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