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Purple, orange, red and yellow are the colors of fall in Minnesota.

Throughout the state, colorful prairie grasses and wild flowers like Goldenrod and Black Eyed Susans vie for attention with ash and maple trees, resulting in a riot of natural color from September and October.

From the North Shore of Lake Superior to southeastern Bluff Country -- to the metro area (don't miss a drive out to Stillwater for the best Minneapolis area fall colors) -- the state's autumn bounty is waiting!

Peak Times :
September, Octoberfall colors in Minnesota

MN Fall Foliage Hotline :1-800-657-3700

Suggested Viewing :

2023 Minnesota Fall Festivals

Enjoy the whole day, or the entire weekend, during Minnesota fall festival season. Have fun!

pumpkin race at Stillwater Harvest Fest
It's all about the pumpkins at the Stillwater Harvest
Fest, including a pumpkin regatta race
on the St. Croix River in October.

August 24 - Labor Day September 4, 2023. -- Minnesota State Fair St. Paul -- The state's biggest end of summer blowout features all your favorite fair foods plus top notch carnival rides, marching band parades, farm animal exhibits and an A-list music concert series.

August 19 - October 1, 2023 -- Minnesota Renaissance Fest Shakopee -- Visit the village for close encounters with 16th century denizens, and watch real jousting matches and other period entertainment from the Renaissance era. Huzzah!

September 8 - September 10, 2023 -- Harvest Moon Festival, Ely -- As northern Minnesota explodes in fall color celebrate with live entertainment, a farm market, arts & crafts vendors, plus pony rides, a petting zoo, and craft demonstrations.

September 9,, 2023 -- Lake Superior Harvest Festival Duluth -- Browse through a huge farmers market, plus the renewable Energy Fair, sustainable farming exhibits, fun educational demonstrations, live music, and much more.

September 15 - September 17, 2023 -- Mahkato Annual Pow Wow Mankato -- Watch a ritual and sacred dance, learn more about rich Native American culture, and browse vendor booths selling Native American arts, handmade crafts, clothing, jewelry, and FOOD including frybread, a Native American delicacy. Yum.

October 14 - October 15, 2023 -- Stillwater Harvest Fest Stillwater - It's all about the pumpkins at this annual fall festival with an official weigh off of HUGE specimens, plus a giant pumpkin drop, and the giant pumpkin regatta race down the St. Croix River!

October 20 - October 21, 2023 -- Moose Madness Festival, Grand Marais -- If you're from northern Minnesota you know that moose get a little crazy during mating season, so let's celebrate with a weekend of fun, music, kids' activities, scavenger hunts, dance challenges, and more.

also see -> This Christmas in Minnesota


More about Minnesota fall color around the Web :

MN Fall Color Reports
- Bookmark this State Parks site for updated sitings, photos, and peak foliage map, with suggested itineraries.

North Shore Fall Colors - Discover a colorful extravaganza of information on peak color, hiking trails, special fall events, and more with stunning photos and related resources.

Superior Byways - Find scenic drives including the North Shore, Gunflint Trail, Superior National Forest & Duluth Skyline Parkway with photo galleries, directions, interactive route maps, travel highlights.

Brainerd Lakes Fall Color - Get directions, maps, suggested side trips and details on best viewing around the Brainerd area including Gull Lake, Paul Bunyon Scenic Byway, Breezy Point and more.

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