1. Scream Town
When: Runs Friday through Sunday, closing Saturday, November 3
Rated one of the top Halloween attractions in Minnesota, with eight experiences in one location. Read our account of the Chaska-based scare experience here.
2. Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze
Where: Brooklyn Park
When: Runs through October 28
Tickets: $10 online, $12 at the gate
The theme for this year’s maze is a celebration of the 30th year of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Placed throughout the maze, you’ll find trivia questions about the team. The Harvest Fest also has a corn pit, live music, a petting zoo, and a hayride. Learn more.
3. Apple Valley Oktoberfest
Where: Kelley Park, Apple Valley
When: September 28, 4-9 p.m
Free event, with food abd beverage available for purchase
This community event includes live music from Alpensterne and Doctor Kielbasadrinks, food, carnival games, Mr. Fuzzles the Alpaca, dancing, and a photo booth. Learn more.
4. Oktoberfest at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival
Where: Minnesota Renaissance Festival grounds, Shakopee
When: September 29-30, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tickets: Adult, $19.95; child, $11.50
This is the last weekend of the Renaissance Festival, and they’re closing the season with a Bavarian Oktoberfest. Learn more.
5. Rock, Brats, and Beer
Where: Mystic Lake, Shakopee
When: September 28-29, 5-10:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20 per day, or $30 for both days.
The outdoor stage will be filled with the music of The Voice finalists Kat Perkins and Jesse Larson. Food will be provided from various food trucks. Learn more.
6. Power Balladz
Where: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Chanhassen
When: September 28-29
Tickets: Dinner and show, $55; show only, $40
If you’re a fan of ’80s rock music, head to Chanhassen to hear the music of Aerosmith, Journey, Queen, Guns N’ Roses, Bon Jovi, Poison, Heart, and more. Learn more.
7. Justin Timberlake
Where: Excel Energy Center, St. Paul
When: September 28-29, 7:30 p.m.
The pop star brings his Man of the Woods Tour to St. Paul. Learn more.
8. Doing Good Together Festival of Giving
Where: ”‹Nicollet Island Pavilion, Minneapolis
When: September 30, Noon-4 p.m.
Tickets: $5 per person, maximum $20 per family
At this festival, join others in hands-on service projects to assist charities. Bring a pair of socks for donation to Simpson Housing Services. Learn more.