Painted Pumpkins

Fall Harvest Festival

Save the Date!
Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017
Free with gate admission

More information on this year's celebration available summer 2017. Celebrate a full day of fall fun on the beautiful Arboretum grounds! Start the day off enjoying the invigorating autumn breezes and changing landscapes of the Arboretum with the Harvest Hustle 5K race at 9 a.m. The top male and female winner will be awarded medals and special harvest medley. Runners who want to clean up and come back for the afternoon activities will receive a wristband for re-entry.

From 12-4 p.m., the Festival will be lively with activities for the whole family in and around the Margot Picnic Shelters: Arts 'n crafts, lawn games, face painting (extra fee), a corn roast sponsored by the Minnesota Corn Growers and fall-inspired food and beverage concessions featuring craft brews.

At the Margot Picnic Shelters:


Pumpkin tic-tac-toe
Pumpkin bowling
Kiddie hay maze (toddlers)
Kiddie corn pit (toddlers)
Bean bag toss
Ladder Golf

Arts 'n Crafts

Corn cob painting
Paint-A-Pumpkin take-home craft, $5 per pumpkin
Face painting, $5

Food Concessions

Fall-inspired menu
Craft Brews
Cider Tastings
A corn roast sponsored by the MN Corn Growers Association

Scarecrow Viewing! Scarecrow Village has moved

Marvel at the whimsical scarecrow creations made by Arboretum staff and visitor participants during the two Make-A-Scarecrow Saturdays Sept. 24 and Oct. 1 at these locations:

Ordway Picnic Shelter
Sensory Garden
Visitor Center - Dahlberg Terrace Garden
Walkway leading to the Snyder Building Now Featuring:

At the Learning Center

FREE PlantMaker Studio
Theme: Apple Harvest
For over a hundred years University of Minnesota researchers have worked to develop winter hardy, flavorful apples for Minnesota. Discover why it takes 20 years for a new variety to reach the market. Sample a bite of one of their current apple prospects. Enjoy a display of apple folk art and create an apple print to take home.

Thanks to the Minnesota Corn Growers Association for their generous sponsorship of the 2016 Fall Harvest Festival!

MN Corn Growers