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Minnesota Parent welcomes information about events for families throughout the state of Minnesota. Calendar listings are FREE and can submitted here.

You can submit a listing at any time, but the deadline for possible inclusion in the print publication is six weeks prior to the month of the publication. (For example, June 15 for the August issue.)

All events are subject to change. Be certain to check with the event sponsor either by visiting the website or calling, to ensure the featured event is still viable.

Events taking place for more than one weekend in length will be listed in our "Ongoing" area.

Sever's Fall Festival
Bask in Minnesota's favorite fall traditions, including corn and hay-bale mazes, an exotic petting zoo, a giant slide, pumpkin blasters, pig races, zip lines, a gourd walk and many other activities. When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Sept. 8-Oct. 29, plus Oct. 19-20
Where: Shakopee
Cost: $15 for ages 4 and older at the door. Go online for discounted tickets and coupons.
Website: seversfallfestival.com
Pumpkin Nights
Walk a half-mile path lined with more than 3,000 carved pumpkins, larger-than-life displays and multi-sensory experiences, plus food and activities for all ages. Costumes are encouraged. Leave props at home. When you buy a ticket, you choose an entry time. You may enter anytime within your 30-minute time window. Once inside, you can stay as long as you'd like. Oct. 13-Oct. 29
Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul; Enter at 1719 Como Ave., Falcon Heights.
Cost: Online tickets are $16 for ages 4 to 12 and ages 60 and older, $20 for ages 13 to 59, and free for ages 3 and younger; parking is free.
Website: pumpkinnights.com
Spookley the Square Pumpkin
When Spookley arrives in the pumpkin patch, he's teased because of his odd shape. Even after his new friends - the boisterous spiders Edgar, Allen and Poe - try to convince him to run for the Pick of the Patch contest, Spookley isn't so sure. However, a threatening storm gives Spookley an opportunity to discover his own worth. Showtimes vary, Sept 29.-Oct. 29
Where: Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins
Cost: $12-$16; lap passes are $5 for ages 3-4 and free for ages 2 and younger.
Website: stagestheatre.org
Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze
Check out Minnesota's largest corn maze, plus a corn pit, a straw bale maze, live music, a petting zoo, hayrides and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Sept. 23-Oct. 29, plus Oct. 19 and 20
Where: Brooklyn Park
Cost: $10 per person online or $12 at the gate; children shorter than 36 inches can attend for free.
Website: twincitiesmaze.com
Balloonacy
Back by popular demand, this preschooler-friendly play follows the adventures of a single man and a mysterious, playful red balloon. Oct. 3-Nov. 12
Where: Children Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $15.
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Anoka Halloween
This metro-area suburb is believed to be the first city in the U.S. to put on a Halloween celebration to divert its youngsters from Halloween pranks. Today, the city is hard to beat for Halloween festivities, including parades and pumpkin-carving contests, plus other events such as a bingo, a bonfire, scavenger hunt, costume contests, a carnival and more. Oct. 8-30; highlights include a preschooler costume contest and a Big Parade of Little People on Oct. 27, and a carnival and a Grand Day Parade on Oct. 28.
Where: Anoka
Cost: FREE
Website: anokahalloween.com
The Hobbit
Celebrate the 80th anniversary of the publication of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic fantasy novel. This captivating, 70-minute production - geared toward ages 7 and older - tells the tale of Bilbo Baggins' unexpected journey with the legendary wizard Gandalf, Master Thorin Oakenshield and a band of ragged dwarfs. Through Oct. 22
Where: Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins
Cost: $12-$16; lap passes are $5 for ages 3-4 and free for ages 2 and younger.
Website: stagestheatre.org
Kids at the Castle
During this regular morning playdate - an hour before the public can enter the museum - kids can enjoy visual games, storytelling and music-and-movement activities geared toward ages 2 to 5. On Oct. 21, stick around afterward for Mini Transmission:Movin' and Grovin'at the Castle with DJ Jake Rudh from MPR's The Current 89.3, featuring dancing, a craft activity, balloon art and photo stations, plus refreshments. 9-10 a.m. Oct. 20 and Oct. 21 with Mini Transmission from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis
Cost: $8 per family; registration is not required. Normally, museum admission is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for ages 6-18 and free for ages 5 and younger.
Website: asimn.org
The Hobbit
Celebrate the 80th anniversary of the publication of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic fantasy novel. This captivating, 70-minute production - geared toward ages 7 and older - tells the tale of Bilbo Baggins' unexpected journey with the legendary wizard Gandalf, Master Thorin Oakenshield and a band of ragged dwarfs. Through Oct. 22
Where: Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins
Cost: $12-$16; lap passes are $5 for ages 3-4 and free for ages 2 and younger.
Website: stagestheatre.org
ZooBoo
The Como Zoo is transformed into a family-friendly celebration with live entertainment, animal visitors and crafts projects, all geared toward ages 8 and younger as part of an annual fund-raiser. 4:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 21-22 and 28-29
Where: Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, St. Paul
Cost: $6 to $7, plus fees; adults and all children who want to trick or treat need a ticket.
Website: comozooconservatory.org
Balloonacy
Back by popular demand, this preschooler-friendly play follows the adventures of a single man and a mysterious, playful red balloon. Oct. 3-Nov. 12
Where: Children Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $15.
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Kids at the Castle
During this regular morning playdate - an hour before the public can enter the museum - kids can enjoy visual games, storytelling and music-and-movement activities geared toward ages 2 to 5. On Oct. 21, stick around afterward for Mini Transmission:Movin' and Grovin'at the Castle with DJ Jake Rudh from MPR's The Current 89.3, featuring dancing, a craft activity, balloon art and photo stations, plus refreshments. 9-10 a.m. Oct. 20 and Oct. 21 with Mini Transmission from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis
Cost: $8 per family; registration is not required. Normally, museum admission is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for ages 6-18 and free for ages 5 and younger.
Website: asimn.org
Kidz Bop
Enjoy family-friendly versions of the most popular hit songs with a new class of Kidz Bop Kids, as they take the stage for the first time with new choreography and a new set design. 6 p.m. Oct. 21
Where: State Theatre, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $45.
Website: kidzbop.com/tour
Anoka Halloween
This metro-area suburb is believed to be the first city in the U.S. to put on a Halloween celebration to divert its youngsters from Halloween pranks. Today, the city is hard to beat for Halloween festivities, including parades and pumpkin-carving contests, plus other events such as a bingo, a bonfire, scavenger hunt, costume contests, a carnival and more. Oct. 8-30; highlights include a preschooler costume contest and a Big Parade of Little People on Oct. 27, and a carnival and a Grand Day Parade on Oct. 28.
Where: Anoka
Cost: FREE
Website: anokahalloween.com
Pumpkin Nights
Walk a half-mile path lined with more than 3,000 carved pumpkins, larger-than-life displays and multi-sensory experiences, plus food and activities for all ages. Costumes are encouraged. Leave props at home. When you buy a ticket, you choose an entry time. You may enter anytime within your 30-minute time window. Once inside, you can stay as long as you'd like. Oct. 13-Oct. 29
Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul; Enter at 1719 Como Ave., Falcon Heights.
Cost: Online tickets are $16 for ages 4 to 12 and ages 60 and older, $20 for ages 13 to 59, and free for ages 3 and younger; parking is free.
Website: pumpkinnights.com