Onyx Fall Foliage
One of September’s finest points is the onset of fall foliage and, believe it or not, the season’s already in its early stages. It might be a bit longer before crimson and gold leaves reach their peak, but it’s never too early for a scenic, leaf-peeping adventure.
Beginning in the north and slipping to the south, Minnesota’s parks and trails typically peak beginning mid-to-late September through early to mid-October. Not sure where or when to visit? The state’s Department of Natural Resources maintains a Fall Color Finder that’s regularly updated to reflect the dramatic leaf changes around us, and it’s a great resource to bookmark and turn to when planning fall outings. Heading out for a hike, bike, or stroll? A quick look can ensure you’re wringing the most color you can from a fleeting season before the winds whisk it away.
The Fall Color Finder can be a helpful standby as you chart course for some of the many seasonal happenings in the weeks ahead. From Oktoberfests to pumpkin patches, orchards, and haunts of all types, the Twin Cities’ harvest is ripe for the picking, and there’s always a more scenic route to reach it.
If you haven’t yet visited an Oktoberfest, we’re in the thick of season with back-to-back-to-back (to back) celebrations across the region. A trifecta of big ones kicks off this weekend with the two-day St. Paul Oktoberfest on Friday and Saturday, followed by Mill City’s 11th annual on Saturday, September 23rd, and the massive Twin Cities Oktoberfest closing out the three during the first weekend of October.
There are many others before, during, and after the trio, and each Oktoberfest boasts its own take on German staples: brews, live entertainment, and delicious foods. Highlights of this weekend’s St. Paul event include Dachshund Races, Bed Races, and a whole lot of Polka, so don’t delay. Pull up those lederhosen for a scenic trip and tip a stein (or two) to German tradition!
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Area Events & Happenings
With summer making one last push this past week, you might be feeling the itch of its summertime markets. If so, Linden Hills joins forces with the Minneapolis Craft Market for a double dose of locally made and locally grown goods, creating perfect chance to grab heirloom ingredients and a special something for yourself.
Local flavors flourish in this turn of seasons, so reap the harvest while you can and let us know when you find fall’s best pumpkin-whatever. We’d love some, too!
- 5-Course Coalition Wine Dinner – 6:30 PM, Wednesday, September 13 at Coalition
- Maker Days at Linden Hills Farmers Market – 9:00 AM-1:00 PM, Sunday, September 17 alongside Settergren’s Hardware
Of all the seasons, autumn offers the most to man and requires the least of him.