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15 events to occupy your autumn

Fill your fall with festivals, felines, Flo Milli and more.
Image by Mary Ellen Ritter

Buckle in, everyone — we’re beyond the 21st night of September and slowly falling deeper into the season known as Christian Girl Autumn to some. Bear in mind that there’s more to the season than pumpkin spiced lattes and check out one of the following events in the Twin Cities this fall.

Minnesota Zoo Jack–O-Lantern Spectacular (Oct. 1-Nov. 5)

What screams fall louder than a display consisting of thousands of carved pumpkins? Wander through a glowing trail of meticulously carved squash at the Minnesota Zoo all month long. Tickets start at $18.

Twin Cities Oktoberfest (Oct. 7-8)

Celebrate Oktoberfest with local breweries and live music at the Historic Progress Center on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Wristbands start at $10.

The Bloody Mary Festival (Oct. 8)

A salty, vodka-tinted cup of tomato juice is not everyone’s first choice in the morning. But for those of you out there who can’t get enough of the beloved boozy brunch beverage, look no further than the Bloody Mary Festival. Tickets can be purchased here.

Crazy Broke Asians at the Cedar Cultural Center (Oct. 21)

Head to the Cedar Cultural Center for this celebration of Asian excellence in the Twin Cities presented by The Cedar, The Current and Theatre Mu. The evening’s musical lineup includes: Kiss the Tiger, Diane, Mayda, D’Lourdes, Vulgar Tongue and Tekk Nikk. General admission is $20 the day of the event and $15 in advance.

Preview Celebration Night at the Mia (Oct. 15)

Spend a night at the Mia enjoying early access to “Botticelli and the Italian Renaissance: Masterworks from the Uffizi.” Tickets are $125 and include a couple of drinks, entertainment and more.

“Cats” at the Orpheum Theater (Oct. 25-30)

If you’re one of the lucky ones and remain unphased following the 2019 film adaptation of the cult-classic musical, head to the Orpheum to see the show this October. Tickets start at $40.

Kyiv City Ballet at Northrop (Oct. 26)

Don’t miss Kyiv City Ballet’s first tour in the United States. The Ukrainian dancers aim to highlight the resilience of Ukraine through their performance. Tickets begin at $48 for undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota.

Lia Rodrigues Dance Workshop at the Walker (Oct. 27)

No experience is needed to participate in this free dance workshop courtesy of members of Lia Rodrigues Companhia de Danças. Show up as you are and practice your creativity through a variety of guided exercises at this all-ages event.

Twin Cities Con (Nov. 11-13)

Comic book aficionado? Cosplayer extraordinaire? Twin Cities Con might just be the place for you to spend a dream weekend. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased here.

Fall Forward Festival at the Cowles Center Oct. 29-Nov. 19

The month-long event highlights a variety of performances, offering audiences a glimpse of the Twin Cities’ rich dance scene. Tickets are $30.

Haunted Disco at First Avenue (Oct. 31)

Just because the holiday falls on a Monday this year doesn’t mean you can’t get down and boo-gie at First Ave’s Halloween celebration. Participate in the costume contest if you’d like or join in on the dancing. Advance tickets begin at $5 and will continue to rise.

Dayglow at Palace Theater (Nov. 2)

Dayglow, aka Sloan Struble, will run through fan favorites like “Can I Call You Tonight?” and “Hot Rod” along with a runthrough of his upcoming album, “People in Motion.” Utah-based indie band Ritt Momney will open. Tickets begin at $29.50.

Flo Milli at Amsterdam Bar & Hall (Nov. 2)

TikTok users may be more familiar than the rest of us with American rapper Flo Milli, whose hits have gone viral multiple times on the platform. Flo Milli is set to perform along with opener Monaleo. Tickets start at $25.

Minneapolis Vintage Market (Nov. 13)

For the vintage lovers, don’t miss the Minneapolis Vintage Market at Machine Shop. Local coffee shop The Get Down Coffee Co. will be there, too. General admission is free, but an early-bird pass will only run you $10.

beabadobee at First Avenue (Nov. 28)

Head to First Avenue and get lost in beabadobee’s world through the sounds of her latest album, “Beatopia.” Advance tickets start at $28.

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