Fall is coming, and with it, a whole new slate of fall festivals, art markets, and autumnal events. Check out Septoberfest, Quarry Hill's Fall Fest, and other annual events, plus a few events we just had to call your attention to (Llamapalooza, Pumpkin Derby). Have fun!

Week 1

Food Trucks and Fun — Children’s games, food trucks, and tours of the school and church.

When: 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2

Where: Resurrection Lutheran Church, 4520 19th Ave. NW, Rochester

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More info: postbulletin.com/calendar


On Sept. 7, 1876, famous outlaw Jesse James and his gang rode into Northfield, tried to rob the First National Bank, were thwarted by local townspeople and fled.
On Sept. 7, 1876, famous outlaw Jesse James and his gang rode into Northfield, tried to rob the First National Bank, were thwarted by local townspeople and fled.


Week 2

Defeat of Jesse James Days — Bank raid re-enactments! A horseshoe hunt! Vintage baseball!

When: Sept. 8-12

Where: Various locations, Northfield

More info: djjd.org

Graycie and Corbyn Weber, of Chochrane, WI, enjoy SeptOberfest in Wabasha.
Graycie and Corbyn Weber, of Chochrane, WI, enjoy SeptOberfest in Wabasha.

Wabasha-Kellogg Septoberfest — There is a whole slate of activities between September and October, starting with seven separate fall boutiques (Sept. 9 onward), continuing with the 75th annual Kellogg Watermelon Festival (Sept. 10-12), a German Parade (Oct. 2), and more.

When: Sept. 9-Oct. 23

Where: Kellogg and Wabasha

More info: wabashamn.org

Kasson Kabin
Kasson Kabin

Kasson Kabin Fall Junk Sale — Antiques, vintage, rusty, farmtiques, collectibles, and — naturally — plenty of junk.

When: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11

Where: 302 7th St. NW, Kasson

More info: facebook.com

Neo Ding, 3, plays the spider challenge game as his dad Li Ding, of Rochester, follows behind during Quarry Hill Nature Center's Fall Festival Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, in Rochester. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)
Neo Ding, 3, plays the spider challenge game as his dad Li Ding, of Rochester, follows behind during Quarry Hill Nature Center's Fall Festival Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, in Rochester. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)

Quarry Hill Fall Fest 2021 — Trade tickets for turns at nature-themed games, turns on the kayaks and canoes, and more.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11

Where: Quarry Hill Nature Center, 701 Silver Creek Road NE, Rochester

More info: eventbrite.com

Hollandale Harvest Festival — Details are slim, but previous Hollandale fests have involved pancake breakfasts, craft and rummage sales, and kids’ games.

When: Saturday, Sept. 11

Where: Various locations, Hollandale

More info: kidpowerpedalpulls.com

Marigold Days
Marigold Days

Mantorville Marigold Days — Flea markets, food, fun, 5Ks, fireworks and flowers.

When: Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 11-12

Where: Downtown Mantorville

More info: marigolddays.com


Week 3

The Olde Brick House pub opened for takeout and delivery on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020.(Contributed photo)
The Olde Brick House pub opened for takeout and delivery on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020.(Contributed photo)


Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day — Music by local minstrels RavensFire, as well as food and drink specials that wouldn’t go amiss on this day in March.

When: 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17

Where: Olde Brick House, 19 1st Ave. SW, Rochester (inside the Kahler)

More info: postbulletin.com/calendar

Fall Community-Wide Garage Sale — More than 50 garage and rummage sales throughout Cannon Falls. Listings and map at www.cannonfallsbeacon.com.

When: Sept. 17-18

Where: Various locations, Cannon Falls

More info: business.cannonfalls.org

Art Downtown -- in association with Med City Arts Festival.

When: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18

Where: 1st Ave. and 3rd St., downtown Rochester

Cost: Free

Tyler Ferguson, of Rochester, holds a ‘pup’sicle for Sebastion, a 1-year-old miniature Australian sheperd, during the Dogs Downtown event on Aug. 4 at Peace Plaza in downtown Rochester.
Tyler Ferguson, of Rochester, holds a ‘pup’sicle for Sebastion, a 1-year-old miniature Australian sheperd, during the Dogs Downtown event on Aug. 4 at Peace Plaza in downtown Rochester.

Dogs Downtown — Leash up your pup and head to Peace Plaza for treats, dog-themed vendors, and social time with (what feels like) every dog in Rochester.

When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18

Where: Peace Plaza, Rochester

More info: downtownrochestermn.com

Printer Scott King (from left), artist Art Kenyon and poet Robert Hedin collaborated on "Poems Prose Poems," a new limited edition collection. The three are part of the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies at Tower View in Red Wing, Minn. (Photos by Ruth Nerhaugen/contributor)
Printer Scott King (from left), artist Art Kenyon and poet Robert Hedin collaborated on "Poems Prose Poems," a new limited edition collection. The three are part of the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies at Tower View in Red Wing, Minn. (Photos by Ruth Nerhaugen/contributor)

Minnesota Children’s Book Festival — Presentations of new books by eight award-winning children’s book writers, YA authors, and illustrators.

When: 12 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18

Where: Anderson Center at Tower View, 163 Tower View Drive, Red Wing

More info: andersoncenter.org

Forager Brewery recently announced that it would close temporarily due to a positive case of COVID-19. (Post Bulletin file photo)
Forager Brewery recently announced that it would close temporarily due to a positive case of COVID-19. (Post Bulletin file photo)

Foragerfest — Music, art, food, and craft beer (of course). Beer release and live music begin at 10 a.m.; artisans and vendors set up at 11.

When: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18

Where: Forager Brewery, 1005 6th St. NW, Rochester

More info: foragerbrewery.com

BARKtoberfest -- Yet another Rochester brewery fest today! Dog-friendly hangout in the early afternoon, proper Oktoberfest after.

When: 12-4 p.m., then 4-11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18

Where: LTS Brewing Company, 2001 32nd Ave. NW, Rochester

More info: Find the event on Facebook.

Schoolhouse Fall Festival — Vendors, food trucks, tours of the West Concord Historical Museum, and, oh yeah, an 1860s baseball game (with the original rules).

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18

Where: West Concord Softball Field, Highway 56 and Eugene Street, West Concord

More info: postbulletin.com/calendar

Hootenanny at the History Center — Bluegrass music and food trucks.

When: 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18

Where: History Center of Olmsted County, 1195 W. Circle Drive SW, Rochester

More info: olmstedhistory.com

The Village Community Garden and Learning Center, photographed by Amanda Nigon-Crowley. (Contributed photo)
The Village Community Garden and Learning Center, photographed by Amanda Nigon-Crowley. (Contributed photo)

Farm Fest — Join The Village, Rochester’s multicultural garden and co-op, for a celebration of unique foods (as well as art and music).

When: 12 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18

Where: Rochester Covenant Church, 4950 31st Ave. NW

More info: facebook.com/TheVillageCommunityGarden

Pumpkin Derby — Decorate a pumpkin and send it down a ramp. It’s that easy.

When: Time TBD, Saturday, Sept. 18

Where: Location TBD, Wabasha

More info: wabashamn.org

RavensFire band performs for neighbors during Porchfest, a free music event hosted by the residents of Kutzky Park, on Saturday, September 12, 2020, in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
RavensFire band performs for neighbors during Porchfest, a free music event hosted by the residents of Kutzky Park, on Saturday, September 12, 2020, in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)

Porchfest Every year, the residents of Kutzky Park host local musicians on their porches. Walk around until you find a sound you like.

When: 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18

Where: Kutzky Park, 298 13th Ave. NW, Rochester

More info: facebook.com/kutzkyparkporchfest

Bluff Country Autumn Tractor Ride Bring your tractor (old or new) and drive a 50-mile historical route. Or ride the “people wagon” through Bluff Country.

When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 18-19

Where: County Fairgrounds, Fillmore

More info: prestonmnhistory.com

Lakeville Art Festival — Free, outdoor celebration of fine arts, including vendor booths, food and drink, and a youth activities tent.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 18-19

Where: Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville

More info: eventbrite.com

St. Felix Fall Festival — Kid-friendly fall fest.

When: Sunday, Sept. 19

Where: St. Felix Auditorium, 130 3rd St. E., Wabasha

More info: wabashamn.org


Week 4

Northwoods Boutique
Northwoods Boutique

Northwoods Boutique — 80 vendors of antiques, repurposed items, quilts and more.

When: Sept. 23-Oct. 3

Where: Olmsted County Fairgrounds, 112 Arena Drive SE, Rochester

More info: facebook.com/northwoodsboutiquellc

Saturday, July 3, 2021, at Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)
Saturday, July 3, 2021, at Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)

Fall Fest — Free music, zoo programming, and a “PlayScape.” Food, games and merchandise for purchase; all proceeds benefit the new Nature Center (coming in fall 2022). Some highlights: feed the bear at 11:30 and the raptors at 2:30.

When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25

Where: Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo, 5731 County Road 105 NW, Byron

More info: olmstedcounty.gov

Connie Skauge participated in the Rochester's Hiding Artist Tour eventSept. 26, 2017.
Connie Skauge participated in the Rochester's Hiding Artist Tour eventSept. 26, 2017.

Rochester Hiding Artist Tour — Journey around Med City to see artists in their studios, working on jaw-dropping pieces. Hang out, ask questions, and maybe purchase something along the way!

When: Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 25-26

Where: Various locations, Rochester

More info: facebook.com/RHATMN (look for location details closer to the 25th)


Week 5

Llamapalooza — Say hello to a bevy of plush, adorable camelids you can fall in llove with. And they’ll be wearing holliday gear, including uglly sweaters. Sounds llamazing!

When: Friday, Oct. 1

Where: 700 12th St. SW, Austin

More info: Find the event on Facebook.

Fall Fresh Art Tour — Grab a map at one of the 21 local businesses hosting artists, and drive along the Great River Road to see the rest.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Oct. 1-3

Where: Various locations, roughly one hour from Rochester

More info: freshart.org

Beautiful weather and fall colors drew people to the Johnny Appleseed Festival in Lake City Saturday.
Beautiful weather and fall colors drew people to the Johnny Appleseed Festival in Lake City Saturday.

Fall Fest Lake City — This series of events begins with a Fun Zone on the 1st, continues with Johnny Appleseed Days, a two-day fest Oct. 9-10, Witch’s Bunco on Oct. 16, and Haunted Hok Si La at the eponymous park Oct. 30.

When: Oct. 1, 9-10, 16, 30

Where: Various locations, Lake City

More info: facebook.com/FallFestLC/events

The First Unitarian Universalist Handcrafted Bazaar is all about local and handmade items and will feature 35 unique artists and artisans. The event is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The First Unitarian Universalist Handcrafted Bazaar is all about local and handmade items and will feature 35 unique artists and artisans. The event is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

UU Handcrafted Bazaar — The annual art and craft festival designed to help you get a jump on holiday gift shopping.

When: Saturday, Oct. 2

Where: First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1727 Walden Lane SW, Rochester

More info: uurochmn.org

Oktoberfest 2021 -- 21+ fest with beer sampling, music, and food!

When: 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2

Where: 2 Brothers Bar and Grill, 101 10th St. NW, Stewartville

Cost: $15, eventbrite.com

Harvest Fiber Festival -- Head about 45 min. out from Rochester for 15 fiber art vendors, daily llama walks and animal viewing, and plenty of food trucks.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2-3

Where: Harvest Hill Acres, 7477 400th St., Dennison

More info: www.facebook.com/HarvestHillAcres

Jewelry by Leo and Dina Lisovskis, Sogn Valley Art Fair
Jewelry by Leo and Dina Lisovskis, Sogn Valley Art Fair

Sogn Valley Art Fair — In its 46th year of vending pottery, baskets, paintings, prints and more.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3

Where: 214 4th St. N., Cannon Falls

More info: sognvalleyartfair.com

Riverwalk Market Fair — A combination farmers market and craft fair nearly every Saturday in October.

When: Saturdays Oct. 2-23

Where: Bridge Square, 401 Division St. S, Northfield

More info: festivalnet.com


Week 6

Spring Beers
Spring Beers

Owatonna Oktoberfest — German food, German music, and yes, plenty of beer.

When: 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5

Where: Mineral Springs Brewery, 111 N. Walnut Ave., Owatonna

More info: eventbrite.com

Prim Barn Junk Market — Exactly what it says on the tin.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays, Oct. 7-31

Where: 37183 County Road 3, Lake City

More info: facebook.com/theprimbarn

2021 Studio ARTour — 27th studio tour in South-Central Minnesota, including locations in Farmington, Northfield, Nerstrand and Faribault.

When: 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10

Where: Various locations

More info: studioartour.com

Red Wing Fall Festival of the Arts
Red Wing Fall Festival of the Arts

Red Wing Fall Festival of the Arts — Juried fine arts festival, youth interactive zone, musical performances, and community demonstrations.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10

Where: Downtown Red Wing

More info: redwingarts.org

Apache Mall Fall Craft & Gift Show 2021 — Jewelry, bath and body products, home décor, art, woodworking and more.

When: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10

Where: Apache Mall, U.S. Highway 52 and U.S. Highway 14 East, Rochester

More info: ccshows.com


Week 7

100 Ladies and Gentlemen Craft Sale — In its 48th year.

When: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct 14-17, 21-24, 28-31; Nov. 4-7

Where: Morrow Residence, 45986 Highway 56, Kenyon

More info: festivalnet.com


Week 9

Mantorville Fall Festival — Details are TBD, but previous fall fests have included hay wagon rides, ghost tours of the Opera House, and pumpkin-painting.

When: Saturday, Oct. 30

Where: Downtown Mantorville

More info: mantorville.com