Weekend Best Bets: Sept. 17-20

This weekend in the Twin Cities: lots of fall activities cropping up, plus the Thai Night Market and Ren Fest
This year’s corn maze at Fresh Acres in Monticello

Courtesy Fresh Acres

Night Market and Thai Finds

What: Thai Night Market
When: Saturday, September 19, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Where: Wat Promwachirayan, 2544 Highway 100 S., St. Louis Park

Showcasing specialties from the four regions of Thailand, this free festival in St. Louis Park brings in local street-food vendors, plus others selling souvenirs. Socially distanced tables allow for picnicking outside the Wat Promwachirayan Buddhist temple.

An Autumn in Longfellow

What: Longfellow Fall Festival
When: Saturday-Sunday, September 19-20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Soderberg’s Floral & Gift, 3305 E. Lake St., Minneapolis

In the Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis, the 97-year-old Soderberg’s Floral & Gift shop hosts an autumn-tinged open house over the course of two days. Take advantage of the open-air fall market—pumpkins, apples, popcorn—and the free haircuts, administered by the SW Metro School of Cosmetology. Also: floral classes, kids’ activities, and sleigh rides. Come with a mask on and remember to social distance.

Just Like Olde Tymes

What: Minnesota Renaissance Festival on Parade
When: September 19 & 20, 26 & 27 and October 2-4.
Where: 12364 Chestnut Blvd., Shakopee

The traditional Minnesota Renaissance Festival we all know and love has been canceled this year. A parade/drive-thru version of the event is hands-down the next best thing. Expect games, food, costumes, and more as you wind through the fairgrounds. Each vehicle is $20 and an arrival time can be selected once you purchase tickets online.

Family Fun and A-maze-ment

What: Fresh Acres Corn Maze and Fall Festival
When: Saturdays and Sundays, September 19-October 31, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (plus, October 15-16 for MEA break)
Where: 7385 Jason Ave. NE, Monticello

Wander the organically grown corn maze, featuring butterfly and flower shapes and more than 2 miles of paths. It actually consists of two mazes—one for all ages, and a shorter one specifically for kids 8 years old and younger. A petting zoo, corn cannon, inflatables, games, and bale mountain are also part of the experience—and pumpkins are for sale.

Sever’s Big Fall Festivities

What: Sever’s Fall Festival
When: Fridays-Sundays, through November 1 (plus, October 15-16 for MEA break)
Where: 3121 W 150th St., Shakopee

The 24th running of Sever’s fall bash boasts the biggest corn maze in Minnesota, which is jungle-themed. A wealth of additional curiosities include a pick-your-own pumpkin patch, a giant slide, Safari North exotic petting zoo, and lots more for an afternoon of family entertainment.