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Your Guide To Fun In The Minneapolis-Saint Paul Area

Family Fun

Halloween and Fall Fun in Shakopee

With fall in full swing, it’s time to start making your plans for family fun!

Shakopee is full of fun, fall-themed things to do. Take a look at our top picks for the coming season.

Fall Festivals

  • Sever’s Fall Festival: Beginning on September 13th, the annual Sever’s Fall Festival presents fun for the whole family. Come spend the weekend attempting to navigate your way through the corn maze with an “under-the-sea theme,” or pick out some pumpkins to take home and carve.
  • Autumn Festival: This “Arts and Crafts Affair” is designed to celebrate fall and honor the local talent of Shakopee and surrounding areas. This event runs November 8-11, and has been voted one of the top 100 craft shows in the country. It features hundreds of the nation’s finest artists and crafters who come from all over to display their work.
  • Renaissance Festival: Get ready to step back in time as you attend the country’s largest Renaissance festival. See location grounds transformed into a 16th century village, featuring 250 artisans and over 150 theme-driven food options. The festival takes place every Saturday and Sunday until the last weekend in September.

Seasonal Adventures

  • Minnesota Harvest: Fall is the time to take advantage of an incredible array of fresh produce. From root vegetables like pumpkin and squash, to fresh fruit including apples and pears, you’ll find that supporting your local agricultural producers is as delicious as it is healthy.
  • Apple House at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum: Love apple picking? The Arboretum is the place for you this fall — it’s offering nearly 20 varieties of apples ripe for the picking.

Halloween Events

  • Halloween Haunt: Once a year, Valleyfair becomes ValleySCARE, or the upper Midwest’s largest Halloween attraction. From rides to scare zones, to unexpected monsters roaming around the park, you’re sure to get spooked at least once!
  • Scream Town: For the experienced thrill seekers, this spooky event promises extra-high levels of scary at eight different attractions
  • Trail of Terror: The largest Halloween event in the Midwest, the Trail of Terror runs every weekend starting October 11th. From the Wicked Woods Walk and the Maze of Mayhem, to the less frightening Obsta-Killer Course and the Shakespearean nightmare Escape Room, you’re sure to find something fun for everyone in your group.
  • Great Pumpkin Fest: The fall wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Valleyfair for the family-friendly Great Pumpkin Fest. Complete with entertainment, rides, and lots of Halloween activities, this one-day festival will take place on September 21.

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