Explore the South of the River Suburbs this year!

Check out our list of 52 Fun Things to Do, South of the River
Enough ideas to fill your whole year, one weekend at a time!

Ideas for Spring

Ideas for Summer

Ideas for Fall

  • Explore Northfield MN at Jesse James Days.  Enjoy a family friendly reinactment of the failed bank raid!
  • Join your fellow lords and ladies at the Renaissance Festival in Shakopee.  Over 250 artisan booths and 16 stages of entertainment.
  • Beer or Wine lover?  Join a club at Lakeville Liquors – they offer 3 different adult memberships.
  • Lakeville Arts Festival happens every September.  Peruse the artwork in a wide variety of media.
  • Go apple picking and explore the corn maze & haystack at Applewood Orchard
  • Take a hike, have a picnic and enjoy the fall leaves at Lebanon Hills Regional Park
  • For Halloween Fun at the end of October check out
    • Haunted Forest Festival at North Park in Lakeville, or,
    • Haunted Wood Trail in Rosemount, or,
    • LeDuc Historic Estate in Hastings hosts a Harvest Haunting
  • Go Fly a Kite! at Schaar’s Bluff
  • Have you ever gone Sky Carting?  Get your adreneline rush at Smaash! at Mall of America
  • Entertainment, fireworks, a carnival, food, wine tasting, beer tasting and more at the Burnsville Fire Muster in September
  • Ramble Jam Country Rock Music Festival at the Dakota County Fairgrounds.  There is always a great line up!

Ideas for Winter

  • Enjoy the decorations and have dinner while you do your holiday shopping at Mall of America
  • Experience Holidazzle in Downtown Minneapolis
  • Enjoy holiday music, trolley rides, hot food & refreshments at Village Holidays at Dakota City in Farmington. .
  • Find that unique gift at the Holiday Art Sale at the Lakeville Arts Center in December
  • December is a great time to visit the Minnesota Zoo. If you’re looking for that perfect holiday photo, bring your family and camera to the Minnesota Zoo to visit Santa!
  • Take the family bowling at Apple Place Bowl.  For the adults, there is a DJ & Dance music on Saturday nights.
  • Ice Skate at Hayes Park Ice Arena in Apple Valley
  • Not a skier?  Go Tubing at Buck Hill in Burnsville
  • Enjoy a winter wonderland while cross country skiing at Alimagnet Park in Burnsville.  Equipment is available for rent.
  • Bed Race for Bridging at Buck Hill in Burnsville is great fun for a great cause. Stay for the post race event.
  • Try your hand at gardening in March at Pahl’s Market Moss Basket Days.  You plant your basket and Pahl’s takes care of it until early May!
  • Not all of the city celebrations are in the summer – check out the Apple Valley Mid Winter Fest!
  • There is even more to do at Lebanon Hills Regional Park in the winter!  Try out snowshoeing, dogsledding, skijoring, kicksledding, candlelit hikes and more.   Rentals are available!
  • Immerse yourself in holiday lights and be entertained by choirs at Burnsville’s Heart of the City’s Winter Lighting Ceremony
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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