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Things to do around Minnesota this week: AppleFest, Duluth Oktoberfestival, grape stomping and more.


Concert at Surly Brewing

What: The National at Festival Field
When: Sept. 14, 5-10 p.m.
Where: Surly Brewing Festival Field, 520 Malcolm Ave. SE, Minneapolis

Cincinnati, Ohio natives Matt Berninger, twin brothers Aaron Dessner and Bryce Dessner, and brothers Scott Devendorf and Bryan Devendorf return to Minneapolis for this end-of-summer outdoor concert with opener Indigo Sparke.

Celebrate Pride

What: All-Ages Drag Show
When: Sept. 16, 7:30-10:00 p.m.
Where: Atwood Memorial Center, 651 First Ave. S., St. Cloud

In conjunction with St. Cloud’s Pride Week, St. Cloud State University’s Drag Troupe is hosting a drag show featuring eight performers. There’s also a youth dance party for younger participants.

Apple Festival

What: AppleFest
When: Sept. 15-18
Where: Abnet Field, 520 S. 14th St., La Crescent

This annual event offers a jam-packed week of orchard tours, apple tastings, apple pies, a golf tournament, parades, and live music including performances by The Weathered Pigs and Tom Conrad.

Trash Into Treasure

What: Rooted in Junk Art Market
When: Sept. 15-17
Where: Zywiec’s Garden Center, 10900 E. Point Douglas Road, Cottage Grove

Looking for something to liven up your bare bedroom walls? Check out a collection of eccentric and unique pieces from artists that make ‘trash’ into treasure.

Chili In the Air

What: Iron Range Chili Cook Off
When: Sept, 15, 5-8 p.m.
Where: Iron Trail Motors Event Center, 919 Sixth St. S., Virginia
Get a taste of friendly competition at this event in Virginia, Minnesota, that is sponsored by the Iron Range Rotary Club. Whether you’re a culinary enthusiast or just a fan of good eats, this cook off will spice up your evening.

Duluth’s Oktoberfestival


Kicking Off Fall

What: Duluth Oktoberfestival
When: Sept. 16-18
Where: Bayfront Festival Park, 350 Harbor Drive, Duluth

Duluth’s third annual Oktoberfestival includes fun for the whole family, with everything from live music to a petting zoo to a massive Bier Hall and authentic Bavarian food.

Grape stomping


Wine And Dine (And Stomp!)

What: Grape Stomp Festival
When: Sept. 16-18
Where: Carlos Creek Winery, 6693 County Rd. 34 NW Alexandria

This three-day festival includes wine tastings and stompings, live music, marketplace vendors, and various foods.

Avant Garde Extravaganza

What: Walker Art Garden’s Annual Benefit
When: Sept. 17, 5 p.m.-midnight
Where: Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis

The Walker Art Center’s annual benefit includes food, drinks, and of course, art in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, hence the clever name “Avant Garden.” Bid on unique art pieces during a live auction, or dance to DJ queenDuin and Talib Kweli.

Gallery Opening

What: Barkla Gallery Show and Art Sale
When: Sept. 17-Oct. 28, 3-7 p.m.
Where: Hennes Art Company, 717 Minnehaha Ave. East St. Paul, MN 55106

Minnesota native and artist Jack Barkla’s work will be on display for free public viewing. Barkla’s work has been featured in Christmas Carol and Minnesota Dance Theatre’s Nutcracker Fantasy. More than 100 paintings, sketches, and other pieces will be for sale.

Mexican Independence Day

What: Festival independencia de México
When: Sept. 18-19, 5 p.m.-midnight
Where: Along East Lake Street, Minneapolis

While Mexican Independence Day is celebrated on Sept. 16, it’s never too late to commemorate the holiday with the Minneapolis-St. Paul’s Latinx community. Take a ride on the mechanical bull or enjoy performances from dancers.