Fall comes quick and cool and, this year, wet. Although summer doesn’t end officially until September 21, everything after Labor Day more or less feels/smells/tastes like autumn. We’re done with the State Fair, heading back to school, mourning the death of heat or looking forward to sweatshirt weather.
There is so much to do in Minnesota, so we compiled a list of the best, most exciting events coming your way. These are sure bets for music local and traveling, parties inside and outside and night and day, and festivals to celebrate Minnesota culture and tradition.
To come this September
All Access 2016 will be hosted at The Venue on September 10. The event supports reproductive rights and justice for women, with a focus on access to abortion services. Music includes DJ Shannon Blowtorch, Villa Rose, ZuluZuluu, Lioness and more.
Before you head to The Venue, Fiesta Latina will kick off Hispanic Heritage Month at the Clues Center in St. Paul. Expect plenty of food, music, art, and history at this colorful celebration.
The 10th of September is certainly a busy day, as the Selby Ave JazzFest is also going on, as well as the Prof Outdoors After Party, hosted by Prof himself. Any Minnesota models who think they’re mag-worthy can head to Southdale Center for the W Magazine Model Search (everyone knows Minnesotans are the finest).
Reunited Ween will be in the Capitol City on September 15th to bring their particular brand of rock to the Roy Wilkins Auditorium.
St. Paul will host Oktoberfest at Rice Park this year (this is especially necessary, as it’s the first anniversary of the Glockenspiel’s, and thus Glocktoberfest’s, closing) so expect downtown to come alive with polka and beer and sausages and lederhosen from Sep. 16-18.
You could also go and see the legendary Cornbread Harris at the Loring Pasta Bar on the 16th.
Those for looking to indulge in a little early-2000’s nostalgia can go and see Taking Back Sunday at the Varsity Theater on Sep. 20.
The Global Roots Festival, featuring Fémina, a trio of female Patagonian singer-songwriters, Island-Blues artist Maya Kamaty, fusion group J.A.S.S. Quartet, and others also takes place the 20th.
Make sure to celebrate pioneering music venue Amsterdam Bar and Hall’s 5th Anniversary, featuring Night Moves, on September 23rd. The club is still going strong after jump starting the St. Paul nightlife scene in 2011.
And there’s no rest for the weary: Surlyfest 2016 takes place the very next day on September 24th. Beer (obviously), food, and live music all day at the destination brewery that just keeps getting bigger and bigger.
The 2016 World Fare at Dixie’s celebrates global cuisine and the restaurant’s 30th year in business. With a brand new menu, it seems like this year might be their best one yet. The party takes place on the 24th.
We’ve got some Hip-hop for you this month as well, with Blackalicious taking over the Turf Club with Lushlife on September 27th.
Just because summer is over doesn’t mean you can’t dance. In fact, it’s probably even more important to get down. On that note, add What So Not‘s September 28th show at The Loft to your calendar.
Icelandic post-rockers Sigur Rós will be hitting their impossibly-high notes at the Orpheum on September 29th.
And for something soulful to finish out the month, fan-favorite and Grammy-nominated Gavin Degraw will be playing at Mystic Lake Casino on the 30th with Andy Grammar.
Keep an eye out for more recommended events as the month progresses; there is plenty to get excited about. And after all this?