Sekapp Orchard

Parker Gruhlke, 5, of Kasson, plays on some hay bales Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, at Sekapp Orchard in Rochester.

Fall is here, and with it comes a slew of fall festivals, markets, and farm days. Naturally, we’ve rounded up as many as we could find (and fit on two pages in print). The fall fests on these pages are more or less in date order, and we’ve color-coded them as best we could for your convenience. Red is for festivals, yellow is for shopping, orange is for food and drink, and brown is for events that looked neat, but didn’t fit into any of those categories easily.

What: Kasson Kabin Fall Junk Sale – Every Nook N’ Cranny, Junk Devotion and Sweet Serendipity combine their wares for one-stop antique/repurposed/”rusty junk” shopping,

When: 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6

Where: Kasson Kabin, 302 7th St. NW, Kasson

Cost: Free

What: SeptOberfest – nearly two months of activities in Wabasha and Kellogg! Check for the full list of times and dates.

When: Various times, Sept. 6–Oct. 26

Where: Wabasha, MN

Cost: See website for details

What: Voices of the Valley – pie samples and music by InTandem, as well as trail riding and walking! Oh, and an interactive history presentation on the trail.

When: 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7

Where: Welch Accessio Station of the Cannon Valley Trail, 26674 144th Ave. Way, Welch

Cost: $5 wheel pass required for all adults to ride

What: Septemberfest – hot wings-eating contest! Bean bag tournament! Show off your skills (and support the Ability Building Center) at this year’s Celebrate Abilities Septemberfest (with music by the Annie Mack Band and a 50/50 raffle, besides).

When: 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7

Where: Little Thistle Brewing, 2031 14th St. NW, Rochester

Cost: Free

What: Jeep Freedom Days – display your Jeep, learn about four-wheeling, and win prizes!

When: 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7

Where: Adamson Motors, 4800 Highway 52 N, Rochester

Cost: Free

What: Foragerfest 2019 – all-day music, art, food, and yes – beer. Releasing bottles of Millerzzzzz, Kitten Treats, Pudding Goggles, Pastry Chef, Wiscoy Valley, and Stoned Love.

When: 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7

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

Cost: Free admission, $3 tickets for pours

What: Fall Beer & Wine Fest – savor the flavor of fall at High Court Pub, Pedal Pushers Cafe, Old Village Hall, Root River Saloon, and Granny's Liquor.

When: 11 a.m.–midnight Saturday, Sept. 7

Where: High Court Pub, 109 Parkway Ave. N, Lanesboro

Cost: Free

What: Farming of Yesteryear Festival – featuring historic farming equipment and demonstrations, live music, storytelling, and games.

When: 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday and 6:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7 and 8

Where: 1736 600th St., Kiester

Cost: $10 admission, kids 12 and under free

What: Quarry Hill Fall Festival –Nature games, eco-friendly crafts and candle rolling, as well as cave tours, canoeing, rock climbing, pumpkin decorating, and tree climbing.

When: 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7 and 8

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

Cost: Activity tickets $1 each. Food and activities range from one to four tickets.

What: Junk Crush – upcycled, repurposed, and handmade art and wares. Plus cider and wine!

When: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7 and 8

Where: Patton Park, Lyon Ave. & High St., Lake City

Cost: Free

What: Mantorville Marigold Days – celebrate the flora (and fall) with a parade, flower and quilt shows, antique appraisals, and games.

When: 8 a.m.–8 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7 and 8

Where: Riverside Park, 320 N Main St., Mantorville

Cost: Free

What: Preston’s Fall Garage Sales – there are deals out there, if you can find them! Good luck!

When: 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13 and 14

Where: Preston, Minnesota

Cost: Free

What: Autumn in the Village – a family-friendly event with historic demonstrations, live music, games, food, and more!

When: 12-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14

Where: Freeborn County Historical Museum, 1031 Bridge Ave, Albert Lea

Cost: Free

What: Med City Arts Festival – featuring more than 30 artist vendors displaying, teaching classes, and giving demonstrations, a participant-made duct tape mural and string sculpture, and a full stage with cultural dance, music, and comedy. Hosted by SEMVA and Gallery24.

When: 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14

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

Cost: Free

What: Porchfest in Kutzky Park – every year, the residents of this neighborhood host live music and food for the residents of, well, every other Rochester neighborhood. Check it out!

When: 2:30-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14

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

Cost: Free

What: Whitewater Valley Archaeology & History Festival – the latest in Whitewater’s Centennial celebrations.

When: 8 a.m.–close Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14 and 15

Where: Whitewater State Park, 19041 Highway 74, Altura

Cost: Parking permits $7 daily or $35 annual

What: 2019 Riverdale Market – now with new dates!

When: 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20-22

Where: Riverdale Market, 12851 County Rd. 3, Pine Island

Cost: Free

What: HarvestFest – the 4th year of celebrating fall and healthy living in Austin. Bike rides, a 5K, and the Harvest Fest Expo.

When: 8:30 a.m.–noon, Saturday, Sept. 21

Where: Horace Austin Park, 4th Ave. NE, Austin

Cost: $10-20 to register for the bike ride or 5K

What: People's Food Co-Op Art Show & Sale – art and vendors.

When: 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21

Where: People’s Food Co-op, 519 1st Ave. SW, Rochester

Cost: Free

What: Stewartville Fall Festival – 50-plus vendors, as well as the 10th annual Grape Stompin' Contest, train rides, wagon rides, a tractor pull, bounce houses, and pumpkin decorationg.

When: 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21

Where: Strikers Corner, 101 10th St. NW, Stewartville

Cost: Not specified – get more information at

What: Fall Spectacular: Crafts And Gifts Fair – art, jewelry, lawn and home decor.

When: 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21

Where: Graham Arenas Park, 1570 Fairgrounds Ave., Rochester

Cost: Free

What: Dwell Local Oktoberfest – artists, makers, food, fun!

When: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21

Where: Dwell Local, LLC, 602 7th St. NW, Rochester

Cost: Free

What: Excelsior Apple Day – vendors, games, a fair, and a good, old-fashioned street dance.

When: 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21

Where: 312 Water Street, Excelsior

Cost: Free

What: St. Ignatius Fall Festival and Chicken Dinner – food and silent auction. Need not be present to win.

When: 5-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21

Where: St Ignatius Catholic Church, 213 W Franklin St., Spring Valley

Cost: ½ chicken $11, ¼ chicken $8

What: Oktoberfest Social Gathering – featuring music by The Lonely Knees, as well as food, wine, and beer, as well as a live auction.

When: 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21

Where: St. Joachim’s parking lot, 900 W Broadway, Plainview

Cost: $30 in advance, $35 at the door, per person

What: Cakes and Cars for Critters – pancake brunch, car show, craft/bake sale, all benefitting the Mower County Humane Society.

When: 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22

Where: Austin Eagle Aerie 703, 107 11th St. NE, Austin

Cost: Call 507-437-9262 for details.

What: Chili Challenge – It’s back. Taste every single pot of chili in this city-wide competition, then vote on the winner. Also family activities and live music.

When: 4-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26

Where: Peace Plaza, 100 1st Ave. SW, Rochester

Cost: $7 children, $20-30 adults

What: Weathered & Rusty Market – Indoor market with 35-plus artists, makers, bakers, and more!

When: 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27 and 28

Where: 1570 Fairgrounds Ave. SE, Rochester

Cost: Free

What: Fall Harvest Celebration – try traditional crafts and chores, watch volunteer demos, and shop the annual bake and produce sale at the Mower County Historical Society.

When: 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28

Where: Mower County Historical Society, 1303 6th Ave. SW, Austin

Cost: Free

What: Alpaca Farm Days 2019 – head to the farm less than five miles out of town to meet the fluffy animals, visit with vendors, and taste mouthwatering food.

When: 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28 and 29

Where: Pauley Alpaca Company, 4220 Eastwood Rd. SE, Rochester

Cost: Free

What: Ladies Day at the Barn – 20-plus vendors and crafters with deals!

When: 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28

Where: Bearwood Event Barn, 5901 County Rd. 105 NW, Byron

Cost: Free

What: Handmade Artisans Of Minnesota Show – exactly what it says on the label. Artisans, makers, artists, boutique proprietors, and more! Free “goodie” bags for the first people through the door!

When: 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28

Where: Camp Pillsbury, 315 S Grove Ave, Owatonna

Cost: Free

What: Annual Cow Puja & Farm Fair – Multicultural/agricultural fun! It’s all the artwork, music and pizza you’ve come to expect from Squash Blossom Farm, plus a ceremony thanking the cows for blessing the farm at 2 p.m. Don’t miss it!

When: 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29

Where: Squash Blossom Farm, 7499 60th Ave. NW, Oronoco

Cost: $5 adult or $10 family (suggested)

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Anne writes for Rochester Magazine and the Post Bulletin, and edits 507 Magazine. She hails from Lafayette, Indiana and enjoys reading, tea-drinking, and her cat, Newt Scameownder.