What to do in Minnesota: 5 things to do this weekend (Sept. 15-17)

10 July 2023, Bavaria, Munich: The Wiesn Wirte present their stein for Oktoberfest 2023 at the Paulaner Brewery on Nockherberg. Photo: Lennart Preiss/dpa (Photo by Lennart Preiss/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Fall activities are popping up across Minnesota. From patio parties to Oktoberfest celebrations, there is an event for everyone this weekend!

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Cocktails at the Castle:

Discover two stages of independent bands, pop-up activities, food, and drinks all while exploring the museum galleries at this adults-only fall event.

Excelsior Apple Days:

  • Water Street, Excelsior
  • Sept. 15-17
  • Free admission

This lakeside festival has been a fan favorite since 1935. Enjoy food vendors, history tours, apple pie contests, live entertainment, and a beer and wine garden located in the middle of it all.

Paella Patio Party:

  • Smack Shack, North Loop and Bloomington
  • Sept. 16 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Free admission

In celebration of adding Paella to the menu, Smack Shack will be serving up complimentary samples of their delicious paella and perfectly paired sangria (21+) on the patio, while supplies last. 

Oktoberfest at Forgotten Star Brewing:

  • Forgotten Star Brewing, Fridley
  • Sept. 15-17
  • Free admission

Head to this Oktoberfest for live music, a vendor market, face painting, beer bingo, a meat raffle, and more. There will be limited edition Oktoberfest T-shirts, steins, koozies and stickers for purchase.

2023 Derby Days:

  • Various locations, Bayport
  • Sept. 15-16
  • Free admission

This community event kicks off with a 80s-inspired party in the park complete with food trucks, games, and live music! Saturday's event line-up offers a pet parade, fireworks, and more.