See what’s happening this fall around Minneapolis and St. Paul

By Claire Noack

Fall is a bustling time in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Whether you’re cheering on our favorite sports teams, getting spooked at Halloween events, rocking out to local and national bands, or watching your favorite stories come to life at one of our award-winning theaters, there’s a fall activity for everyone to enjoy. For more ideas on how to enjoy autumn in the Twin Cities, check out our pages on fall festivals, family friendly Halloween events, haunted houses and free seasonal activities.

Eyewitness Views: Making History in 18th-Century Europe

Through December 31
Back in the 1700s, there were no camera phones; there were painters. Gaze at historic events both witnessed and imagined, immortalized through commissions by princes, popes and ambassadors. The latest exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art is the first exhibit of its kind, taking you through more than 50 historic events through the style called view painting.

Minnesota Vikings

Through December 31
Cheer your heart out this season while enjoying all the amenities U.S. Bank Stadium offers. State of the art roofing that allows natural light, more than 400 concession stands and front-row seats only 41 feet away from the gridiron provide a thrilling experience Vikings fans will never forget.

Twin Cities Oktoberfest

Oct. 6 & 7
Beer, brats and lederhosen come together during this two-day festival at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Nonstop fun and games are in store, including traditional music and dancing during this celebration of German culture where all are welcome to enjoy the fun.

Minnesota Wild

Oct. 13–April 8
It’s easy to see why Minnesota is often referred to as “the Hockey State.” Each season, this high-intensity, fast-paced sport gets fans buzzing with excitement as the Wild take to the ice at the world-renowned Xcel Energy Center.

William Shakespeare’s Hamlet

Oct. 13–Nov. 11
Discover how far the devastated mind of Denmark’s Prince Hamlet will go to avenge the death of his father. Park Square Theatre presents Shakespeare’s enchanting murder mystery with a contemporary twist as female leads take on traditionally male roles, giving new life to this classic.

Twin Cities Film Festival

Oct. 18–28
Break away from the formulaic blockbuster films of Hollywood for this festival of independent filmmakers. Watch creative films, regaling documentaries and memoirs during the 11-day festival where big budget movies take a backseat to independent Midwestern talent.

Twin Cities Horror Festival

Oct. 26–Nov. 5
Terrifyingly amazing artists display their talents at the Twin Cities Horror Fest at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis. Hold on tight for 11 nights of thrilling hauntings and interactive plays sure to get everyone in the Halloween spirit.

Minnesota Timberwolves

Oct. 26–April 12
Unstoppable post moves, three-pointers and half-court shots against the buzzer get Timberwolves fans howling with excitement each season at the newly remodeled Target Center. Watch the game up close with your pack or be the mysterious lone wolf cheering on the NBA team nicknamed after one of the state’s fiercest hunters.

Finding Neverland

Oct. 31–Nov. 5
Broadway comes to the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis with this musical about the family that inspired the beloved story of the boy who wouldn’t grow up, Peter Pan. Laugh, cheer and learn about the lives of four young brothers and their swashbuckling adventures through the land of make-believe.

The Marriage of Figaro

Nov. 11-19
In what some call “the perfect opera,” Mozart creates a light-hearted plot of love triangles, old debts and farces that takes place just before the French Revolution. The Minnesota Opera performs this classic from 1786 in Italian with English subtitles displayed above the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts stage so everyone can root for the servant Figaro and his fiancé Susanna as they try to outwit his master and make it to the altar.


Fine Line Music Cafe
Oct. 15, The Lone Bellow
Oct. 23, Nothing But Thieves
Oct. 26, Ariel Pink
Oct. 27 & 28, The Lemon Twigs
Oct. 31, King Krule
Nov. 3, Stagecoach Spotlight Tour
Nov. 4, Bully
Nov. 10, The Infamous Stringdusters and The Travelin’ McCourys
Nov. 11, IBEYI
Nov. 12, Rich Chigga
Nov. 22, Angus & Julia Stone
Nov. 28, Jake Bugg

First Ave. & 7th St. Entry
Oct. 14, Old 97’s
Oct. 15, Hoodie Allen
Oct. 18, Violent Femmes
Oct. 19, Gavin DeGraw
Oct. 26, Hamilton Leithauser
Oct. 27, Wolf Parade
Oct. 30, Gogol Bordello
Nov. 1, Echosmith
Nov. 4, The Bloody Beetroots
Nov. 5, Kelela
Nov. 7, GWAR
Nov. 8, Crystal Castles
Nov. 9, Kamasi Washington
Nov. 10 & 11, Highly Suspect
Nov. 12, O.A.R.
Nov. 15, Flying Lotus
Nov. 16, Brother Ali
Nov. 17, Cut Copy
Nov. 18, The Mountain Goats
Nov. 20, Liam Gallagher
Nov. 24, Grieves
Nov. 25, United States of Americana Anniversary ft. The Cactus Blossoms
Nov. 28, Gary Numan

Palace Theatre
Oct. 14, Iron & Wine
Oct. 18, The War on Drugs
Oct. 20, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Oct. 25, Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile
Oct. 26, Dinosaur, Jr.
Oct. 27 & 28, Umphrey’s McGee
Nov. 2, Macklemore
Nov. 3, Breaking Benjamin
Nov. 15-17, Wilco
Nov. 18, St. Vincent
Nov. 22, Doomtree

Turf Club
Oct. 18, Craig Finn & The Uptown Controllers
Oct. 25, Chelsea Wolfe
Oct. 27 & 28, Nick Lowe’s Quality Rock & Roll Revue ft. Los Strait Jackets
Oct. 31, Rebirth Brass Band
Nov. 1, Modern English
Nov. 4, Beach Slang
Nov. 5, Marc Broussard
Nov. 10 & 11, Dead Man Winter & Friends
Nov. 14, James McMurtry
Nov. 16, Blitzen Trapper
Nov. 22, Har Mar Superstar
Nov. 30, Brandy Clark

Xcel Energy Center
Oct. 13, Chris Tomlin
Oct. 16, Imagine Dragons
Oct. 18, Kings of Leon
Oct. 22, Fall Out Boy
Oct. 25, Bob Dylan & His Band
Oct. 27, Thomas Rhett
Oct. 29, Arcade Fire
Nov. 18, Halsey
Nov. 25, A Perfect Circle


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