If you’re looking for interesting fall events for your family look no further than the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. They are hosting several whimsical activities (scarecrows made of giant hay bales! glass pumpkins!), colorful autumn traditions (apples! all sorts of pumpkins!), and more (a sugar beet harvest!), all happening this fall at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska.
Happening throughout August-October!
Celebrate Minnesota’s apple season at the Birthplace of the Honeycrisp at the Arboretum’s satellite destination AppleHouse, just 1.5 miles west of the main Arboretum grounds entrance. First Kiss apples — the earliest-ripening variety developed by the U of M — go on sale starting with the official opening on Aug. 24.The AppleHouse is known for its locally grown apples, table grapes, pies, strudels, ciders and gourmet food items, offered from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. North Star Donuts food truck will serve up their famous hot apple cider mini donuts, cold cider slushies and cold-press coffees with fun fall flavors — every day except Mondays. When pumpkin season arrives around Oct. 1, the AppleHouse and surrounding lawn will offer more than 380 types of pumpkins, squash and gourds to choose from for holiday displays and cooking. On Nov. 6, the location turns into a Holiday Boutique with apples and squash for holiday baking. Parking and admission are free at the AppleHouse.
Find out more: https://arb.umn.edu/apple-
They also have new pumpkins, gourds and squash with more than 300 varieties to be sold this October at the AppleHouse.
Happening from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9
Celebrate the harvest at the Farm at the Arb with a family-friendly festival with a beer garden, live music, farm-fresh food tastings in the new Myers Kitchen, a scavenger hunt, interactive games, exhibits and a look at the new half-acre Foodscape. Families can walk the crops and even compete to harvest the biggest sugar beet!
Arb Glass Pumpkin Patch
Happening from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 15-16 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 17
Shop or simply admire a selection of more than 5,000 glass pumpkins and glass garden art made by 12 award-winning, professional glass artists from across the U.S. Artists will chat with visitors about their work and offer free glass-blowing demonstrations daily, while running a furnace full of hot molten glass. Proceeds benefit the artists as well as the Arboretum.
Find out more: https://arb.umn.edu/auxiliary-
Scarecrows in the Garden
Happening Sept. 16 – Oct. 31
This popular tradition of creative scarecrows adds a festive note to the Arboretum’s autumn displays on the Dahlberg Terrace and Scarecrow Hill. Check out the artistry of the experts from Bachman’s, Arboretum staff and members of the community. New this year are giant hay bales, which will serve as some extra-extra-large “scarecrows” as part of this friendly competition. Vote for your favorite!
Happening from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sept. 23
Join in the Arboretum’s inaugural AppleFest, featuring a variety of family-friendly activities highlighting apples. Celebrate the apple industry and the University of Minnesota’s rich history of apple research with apple bingo and trivia with local Arboretum celebrities, orchard tours, apple tastings, lawn games, live music and apple-themed concessions, including beverages, food trucks and vendors.
Throughout the month of October
Check out artful displays, including a Pumpkin Tree, Pumpkin Key identifying more than 300 varieties of pumpkin and squash grown by staff at the Arboretum’s Horticultural Research Center. You have to see this magical pumpkin display!
Find out moure: https://arb.umn.edu/events/
Fall Color Trail Run/Hike
Happening October 6-8
Enjoy beautiful fall colors at the Arboretum with a run! Choose your own course (1k, 5k or 10k) and date and experience the changing season at the Arb. This same weekend, visitors can also shop the Arboretum’s Library Book Sale, Minnesota Herb Society Sale and Auxiliary Harvest Sale.
Beyond all the fall events , the Arboretum is a wonderland of nature with colorful annuals, perennials, vegetables putting on fabulous displays for casual observers and hardcore home horticulturalists alike. Fall color will soon be lighting up Three-Mile Walk and Three-Mile Drive, as well as miles of other walking trails and the gorgeous, newly enhanced Dog Commons. As I mentioned earlier, the Farm at the Arb has a new chef for its gorgeous, high-tech Kitchen Classroom and a new half-acre Foodscape to go with it!
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The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is located at 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN 55318.