What's Happening This Weekend

We have a beautiful September weekend ahead of us, and the Twin Cities has some exciting things in store. Here are a few ideas for getting out of the house while the weather is still on our side!

The Minnesota Renaissance Festival - Sat Sept 8 & Sun Sept 9


  • Irish Village
  • Irish Music & Dancers
  • Kilt Competition
  • Mashed Potato Eating Contest
  • NEW – Speed Dating
  • NEW – Homebrew Competition

Sever's Fall Festival (First Weekend!) - Fri Sept 7 - Oct 28th 

Adjacent to Canterbury Park 

Shakopee, MN 55379

Since 1997, thousands of people have enjoyed our Corn Mazes. We hope that your family gets as much enjoyment out of this year's Corn Maze as we did building it! Come out and visit us at this year's Scuba Sever Corn Maze.

James J. Hill Days - Fri Sept 7 - Sun Sept 9

Lake Street 

Wayzata, MN 

A little history lesson:   Some called him “The Empire Builder,” As James J. Hill expanded his railroad, he wielded his power mercilessly by threatening to bypass Minnesota towns unless they gave him their best real estate for free.Rather than risk being left to obscurity, the town of Wayzata battled the powerful businessman, but finally surrendered to Hill’s tactics and donated prime downtown Lake Minnetonka property to Hill. To be unconnected to the burgeoning railroad system was economic suicide for a town. Every year, Wayzata celebrates James J. Hill Days in September at the most beautiful station on that line that Hill built once he made peace with the town that dared challenge his might. 

Wayzata Beach Bash - Fri Sept 7 - Sun Sept 9

Wayzata Bay, Lake Minnetonka

Friday Night: Jonny Lang

Saturday Night: Toby Keith

Parade: Sunday 2 p.m. along Lake Street

Stage & Street Dance: Saturday 12 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.

Fireworks: Saturday Night 8:45 (Dusk) 

Burnsville Fire Muster  Wed. Sept 5 - Sat Sept 8

Features entertainment, fireworks Saturday night, carnival rides, kids activities, local restaurants, emergency personnel demonstrations, and of course, the fire truck parade that started it all.

Heat of the City 15K, 10K &  5K: 6:45 a.m. Saturday Morning

Community and Fire Truck Parade: Sat. 11 a.m.

Taco Daze - Sat Sept 8

Scandia, MN (Just north of Stillwater)

The Parade is Saturday 4p.m. 

Just before the parade is the Running of the Meatballs is a unique and hilarious downhill race of thousands of "meatballs" (brown painted golf balls). It is not only fun to watch but an important fundraiser for the cities museum's ongoing historic building renovation projects.

Defeat of Jesse James Days - Thurs Sept 6 - Sun Sept 9

Northfield, MN 55057

The townspeople of Northfield re-enact the James-Younger Gang's notorious 1876 bank raid on the town. The event is Minnesota's largest all-volunteer festival.

Bank Raid Re-enactments: Fri 6 & 7 pm,  Sat  11 a.m. & 1:00, 3:00, 5:00pm   Sunday  11 a.m., 12:30 pm

Rodeo: Fri  8 p.m.   Sat 2 & 8 p.m.

Grand Parade is Sunday 2 p.m. on Division Street

Happy Days Festival - Saturday Sept 8

Ramsey, MN 55303

The City of Ramsey's annual hometown festival takes place in early September and is located within The COR complex off Highway 10, just north of Anoka. The festival's events include fireworks, a parade, a car show, a 5K run, live music, food vendors, and business and craft expos.

Paint on the River - Fri Sept 7 

Taylors Falls, MN 55084

Enjoy painting your own canvas aboard one of our authentic paddle wheel boats. Get your friends and family together and make some memories while cruising on the beautiful St. Croix River. We supply everything needed to paint a 16 x 20 inch canvas. No experience is necessary, an artist from Cheers Pablo will guide you step by step through the painting process.

Watermelon Festival - Fri Sept 7- Sun Sept 9

Kellogg, MN 55945  (On Hwy 61 just south of Lake City and Wabasha)

Harvest Moon Festival - Fri Sept 7 - Sun Sept 9

Ely, MN 55731

125+ art & craft exhibitors, great food and live entertainment celebrating the culture and heritage of Northeastern Minnesota. Free Admission.

Other Events:

O.A.R. - Fri Sep 7 6:30 PM @ Mystic Lake Casino Hotel

Needtobreathe - Fri Sep 7 7:00 PM @ The Armory

5 Seconds of Summer - Sun Sep 9 7:00 PM @ The Armory

Minnesota Vikings vs. San Francisco 49ers - Sun Sep 9 12:00 PM @ US Bank Stadium

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Fresno State Bulldogs - Sat Sep 8 6:30 PM @ TCF Bank Stadium

Minnesota Twins vs. Kansas City Royals - Fri Sep 7 7:10 PM & Sat Sep 8 6:10 PM &  Sun Sep 9 1:10 PM @ Target Field

Lake Minnetonka Antique and Classic Boat Show and Rendezvous - Sat Sep 8 10:00 AM @ Lord Fletcher's

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