Fall Into Fun This Twin Cities Weekend

It’s the first weekend of fall, and pup’s ready to pawty! Sniff out these bark-worthy adventures in dog-friendly Minneapolis and St. Paul.

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Things to Do Near Minneapolis This Weekend

1. Drink for Dogs

Unleashed Hounds and Hops, Minneapolis
Thursday, September 22, 4–8 p.m.

Bring your pupsqueak out on the town to eat and drink for all things good! Unleashed Hounds and Hops is donating 10% of all grub and bevy sales to Grey Face Rescue & Retirement. Come to support a dog rescue, stay for all the fun—pup’s gonna ruv this indoor dog park.

2. Dog Days of Summer Pawty

Van Valkenberg Dog Park, Edina
Saturday, September 24, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Gather your pack and pounce over to Edina for some Saturday shenanigans. From the pupper treats and doggy market, to shaking paws with foster doggos, there’s pawlenty to doo! Shop numerous dog-related vendors offering raw foods, specialty treats, blankets, pet portraits, pet care services, and more. Party guests are welcome to try out the fully fenced off-leash dog park for free during the event, as long as their pooch is licensed.

3. Luce Line Brewing Oktoberfest

Luce Line Brewing, Plymouth
Saturday, September 24, 12–10 p.m.

It’s beer o’clock at Luce Line this weekend as they celebrate Oktoberfest. We barkin’ all about this free event that features live music, food trucks, and specialty beer releases including the Oktoberfest release and an Extra Foggy Hazy IPA. Ceremonial tapping of the newly released keg starts at 4 p.m. by Plymouth Mayor Jeff Wosje and Deputy Mayor Ned Carroll. The Oktoberfest games will begin around 5:30 p.m. Pup’s never gonna wanna go home!

4. Can Do Woofaroo

9440 Science Center Dr., New Hope
Saturday, September 24, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.; registration required

Calling all furry frens! We’ve got the scoop on a celebration of assistance dogs and the people who need them. This outdoor family-fun event includes live music, a dog costume contest, dog-centric vendors, assistance dog demonstration, activities, prizes, a one-mile walk, and more. 

Things to Do Near St. Paul This Weekend

1. Wine Walk

Rustic Roots Winery, Scandia
Sunday, September 25, 11 a.m.; registration required

An untimed fun walk/run, a free glass of wine from Rustic Roots,  a collector’s wine glass or seasonal swag item, a chance to win sweet door prizes, AND access to all the event festivities? Ah, pup yeah! Your furry lil’ track star can run right alongside you, cheer you on from the sidelines, or just kick those paws up on their dog-friendly patio. 

2. Fall Pet Photo Fundraiser

Crazy Legs Farm & Pumpkins, Farmington
Sunday, September 25, 12–3 p.m.

Say cheese this weekend with this fall-themed photoshoot opp! We’re talkin ‘bout a professional photo of you and your furry bestie for just $25, which goes towards the Rescue Network’s mission of strengthening under-served communities by providing resources and support to animals. After you’re done posing, check out the pumpkin patch and vineyard too.

Need a Furry Fren in Your Life?

Sniff out these local adoption events happening this weekend to meet your new slobbery soulpup.

Healing Hearts Rescue

  • Whether you’re north or south of the Twin Cities this weekend, you’ll have an opportunity to shake paws with adoptable animals from Healing Hearts Rescue. Head to Forgotten Star Brewing in Fridley on Saturday, September, 24 from 1–4 p.m. Or check out the Alimagnet Dog Park in Burnsville also on Saturday from 3–5 p.m.

Sniff out more events on our calendar and submit your own events here. And don’t furget to tag us @SidewalkDog in pics of your tail-waggin’ weekend!

Featured photo: Gabe

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