The 'sotan newsletter
Oct. 17, 2019
You might have taken a few extra days off if your kids are out of school for MEA weekend. Perfect timing because there's no shortage of family fun to be had around Minnesota this weekend. Take in a show, visit a festival or just walk around and appreciate the outdoors – we are at peak or just past peak fall colors for the season!
Looking for more to do outside? Download our Outside in MN app. It's available on Apple or Android devices.
Trunk or treat? Car show brings some Halloween fun
The Apple of Our Eye fall festival and car show is offering free family fun in Shakopee this Sunday. In addition to free pumpkins, live music and a petting zoo, kids can go from car to car where participating car show contestants will be handing out candy. Just don't forget to wear a costume!
Harvest some history in Elk River
Experience the farm life all weekend long during Harvest Days at Oliver Kelley Farm. Visitors can help finish up field work, mix feed for the livestock, make corn husk dolls and much more. There will also be demonstrations in the Farm Lab showing the best techniques for storing food for the winter.
5 cool things to do outside this weekend
Looking for ideas to get outdoors? Here are five events happening around the state:
  • Fall Color Paddle with a Ranger, 11:45 a.m. Saturday at Vermilion River Bottoms in Hastings
  • Open Range Day, 1 p.m. Saturday at the Ney Nature Center in Henderson
  • Applefest, 11 a.m. Saturday at Carlos Creek Winery in Alexandria
  • Bird Walks, 11 a.m. Sunday at Rapids Lake in Carver
  • Summit Avenue Walking Tour, 11 a.m. Sunday at James J. Hill House in St. Paul
Download the Outside in MN app for a full calendar of events throughout the state.
Art Hounds: Art that helps you find your center

Independent curator John Schuerman thoroughly enjoyed Elizabeth Garvey’s solo exhibition “Omphalos” at Future Tense gallery in Minneapolis. Plus, Art Hounds recommend “The Mess in Murder Manor” at Strike Theater and visiting the Perlman Teaching Museum in Northfield.

Fall into some great cookbooks
On a recent episode, The Splendid Table took a look at some cookbooks that were released this fall. Take a listen, then take a look at their favorite recipes. And if you're feeling ambitious, or hungy, give them a try yourself!
Create and learn at Bell Museum's Family Discovery Days
Just because there's no school doesn't mean you can't learn something new. From Thursday to Sunday, the Bell Museum will be featuring science-themed family fun and activities. You can also be a part of some computer science research being conducted at the museum – all you have to do is dance!
What's the best local brew this fall? Here's a review
This Saturday in Minneapolis brewers and beer lovers from around the state will converge at the Autumn Brew Review to sample and decide who is  “Best of Fest.” Come enjoy music, games and lots and lots of beer.
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