Fall Harvest Festival

Saturday, September 30
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Free with gate admission

Celebrate a full day of fall fun on the beautiful Arboretum grounds! The Harvest Festival will be lively with activities for the whole family in and around the Margot Picnic Shelters: Arts 'n crafts, games, an Instagram booth, Arboretum apple tastings, live music, tastings with local brewers, face painting, a corn roast sponsored by the Minnesota Corn Growers fall-inspired food and a marketplace featuring  local crafters and artisans. Event is rain or shine.

Live Music

Traveled Ground, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Stone Arch Isles, 2-5 p.m.


  • Face Painting*
  • Pumpkin Tic-Tac-Toe
  • Pumpkin Bowling
  • Kiddie Hay Maze
  • Build-A-Scarecrow*
  • Bean Bag Toss
  • Ladder Golf
  • Pumpkin Ring Toss*
  • Apple Challenge*
  • Paint-A-Pumpkin*
  • Arboretum Apple Tastings

Food Concessions

A fall-inspired menu by Arboretum Catering*
Corn roast sponsored by the MN Corn Growers Association* 

Tickets are required for starred activities (generally 2-5 tickets) and food concession (generally 1-5 tickets). Ticket prices:

  • 5 tickets: $10
  • 10 tickets: $20
  • 15 tickets: $27
  • 20 tickets: $35

Craft Tastings

Craft beer and cider tastings with local cideries and breweries.

Bent Paddle Brewing Co. City Girl Coffee Co.Excelsior Brewing Company Logo Inbound Brew Co. LogoSociable Cider Werks

Craft Marketplace

Find one-of-a-kind items from local craft vendors. More vendors added weekly!

AnnMade in Minnesota
August Sparrow
Ballerina Botanicals
Caddie Jo Designs
Designs by Trish Excelsior Candle Co.
Haseltine Acre
Homesteading Bliss
Isyoma Design
Jules Loft
Kettle Creek Kitchen
Larissa Loden
Quail & Loon
My Side of the Garage
Patti's Granola
Pink Linen Designs Rogue Chicken Handmade
Studio 2 Ceramics The Sassy Stitch
thirty-two degrees Whirls & Purls

Scarecrow Village is Back!

Marvel at the whimsical scarecrow creations made by Arboretum staff and visitor participants during the Harvest Festival. Scarecrows can be viewed at these locations:

  • Oswald Visitor Center
  • Dahlberg Terrace Garden
  • Walkway leading to the Snyder Building
  • Walking gardens behind the Snyder Building

At the Learning Center

FREE PlantMaker Studio
Theme: Artist-Tree
The Plant-Maker Studio offers "make a plant" experiences for all ages. Our technology-loaded lives can leave anyone eager to dig into nature and get their hands on plants. Studio activities, staffed by trained volunteers, will help you discover how to create colorful, non-toxic, natural dyes from trees and flowers! Mix and play with plant pigments as you dip and dye fiber. Use branches to form a natural loom and weave your own colorful, take-home memento embellished with flowers, grasses, and leaves.

Thanks to the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, James Hardie and Park Dental for their generous sponsorship of the Fall Harvest Festival!

MN Corn Growers


Print a coupon for $5 off gate admission.