In June, I posted about FREE Family Summer Fun events for this year. I'm always sad to see the summer go because fun starts costing a whole lot more as the weather cools here in MN. On the other hand, Autumn is my favorite season. I feel most energized for the school year to start. I love the turning of the leaves, the cooling of the air, the hats and sweaters that start making their way out of the closet, apple cider, and the holidays...
In honor of my
favorite season, I've begun compiling a list of the places we go, the
things we do, and the resources for fun events in autumn that are in the
free-$10 range. I've found that I have more resources that I thought I
did, and I discovered a few more while I was digging for links to the
Three Rivers Park District:
I comb through the event listings for the Three Rivers Parks. You can
do a search for something you might enjoy (like apples or archery...).
OR you can click on the "Activities" link at the top of the page and
sort events by type of activity. OR you can just click on "Events" and
read through the whole overwhelming list.
Of note: Silverwood Park's version of the No-Coast Craft-O-Rama on September 21st, family archery at several parks ($7/person), Applefest at The Landing ($5/person) and Folkways of the Holidays at The Landing ($5/person).
Non Fair Events Calendar:
new I discovered this year is the Non Fair Events Calendar for the
MN State Fair Grounds. Did you know there are events having to do with horses, dogs, reptiles, cars, motorcycles, books, antiques, military relics and furniture?!! Most of these events have completely
FREE admission. The one we're looking forward to: Fall Festival Arabian Horse Show.
Apple Orchards near the Twin Cities:
course, what would MN be without apple orchards in autumn?! Most have
free admission. Many have free hayrides. Save your money for apples,
berries, pumpkins, squash, jellies, pies, and honey! We are especially fond of the pick-your-own-pumpkins at Pine Tree Apple Orchard and the Scarecrow Festival at Emma Krumbee's.
Tripoli Minnesota High Power Rocketry Club:
had the best time just attending a rocket launch a few years ago! Since
then, we've continued to discuss making our own rockets. Even if you
don't make one, this is a totally fun family event to attend. Bring a
cooler with snacks and drinks, picnic blanket, chairs, sun-brella, and
enjoy the show!
Minnesota Historical Society:
we have a Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) Membership, we also
scroll through the events calendar for MNHS to see if there's anything
we might like to attend. Several of the programs are discounted or free
for MNHS members, and many are under $10/person for non-members.
Wild Rice Processing in Onamia (yes, it is a long drive, thank you) is completely free several weekends in September. Old School Minnesota Days at Fort Snelling over MEA weekend are completely free for MNHS members! The Oliver Kelley Farm offers Harvest Days over that same weekend and Christmas on the Farm in December.
A word about museum memberships...
is probably the place to say something about not-so-free things in the
Twin Cities. Memberships to MNHS and the MN Science Museum can be
lifesavers when you're going stir crazy in the winter. You will NOT run
out of things to do, even if you go there once a week all through snow
season, and you will certainly get your money's worth at that rate! Both
museums have wide open spaces to move around and things touch and
climb! It is totally possible to pack lunches to eat at either place.
So, your total expense is your membership + parking. No need to purchase
anything else while you're there. Parking is discounted for members at
Enjoy your autumn!!