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Labor Day Events in Minneapolis and St. Paul - September 2, 2013

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Labor Day is September 2, 2013. It's the last holiday weekend of the summer, and the traditional start of fall. What's happening on Labor Day in Minneapolis and St. Paul?

The Minnesota State Fair

The Minnesota State Fair is billed as "Twelve Days of Fun Ending Labor Day". The last day of the Fair has $7 tickets for children aged 5-12, and special deals on food and attractions. The fair closes early, at 10 p.m. on Labor Day, and some attractions also close slightly earlier on the last day.

The animal barns will all close early, at 3 p.m., on the last day of the fair, so bring the kids early.

The Minnesota State Fair Website

The Minnesota Renaissance Festival

The Minnesota Renaissance Festival, held on weekends in August and September, is open all Labor Day weekend. It's a great escape from the usual twenty-first century Twin Cities.

The Minnesota Renaissance Festival Website

ValleyFair's Labor Day Weekend

There's free corn-on-the-cob for ValleyFair amusement park guests on Labor Day weekend, for the theme park's annual corn feast. Because, gorging on corn then going on thrill rides, or to the water park is a fantastic idea...

Valley Fair has done a corn feast annually for over thirty years now, so presumably it's not such a bad idea after all. August 31, and September 1 and 2.

ValleyFair Labor Day Weekend Corn Feast Website

Como Zoo and Como Town End of Season

The Como Town amusement park is open daily until Labor Day, then only weekends until the end of September. And in Como Zoo, Sparky the Sea Lion performs shows daily all through the summer. The last Sparky show of the summer is on Labor Day.

Como Zoo Website, Como Town Website

Shafer Corn Maze Opens

Labor Day is the symbolic end of the summer, and start of fall. And appropriately, fall events like the Shafer Corn Maze opens this weekend, until Halloween. A huge corn maze, children's events, haunted maze, petting zoo, and more. Open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays from August 31, plus Labor Day, until Halloween.

Shafer Corn Maze Website

Visit an Apple Orchards

Apple Orchards around the Twin Cities have apples available for picking, plus late summer produce, baked goods and other farm products for sale. Many have animals to visit, tractor rides, playgrounds, and lots of fun for children. Aamodts Apple Farm in Stillwater begins their fall fun activities, with mazes and tractor rides for kids. Afton Apple Orchard has tractor rides beginning Labor Day weekend, and they have apples and raspberries for picking.

There are many other apple orchards around the twin cities - find one near you: apple orchards in the Twin Cities metro area.

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