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Fun Fall Events Happening on The Range

Take advantage of our shortest season with fun fall events. There are many events to choose from this fall that will get you out into nature, at a table full of delicious food, or even on a very special trolley ride. Read on to learn about all the fun events this fall on the Range, and click here for the full fall line-up.

Chili Out with The Rotary’s Annual Chili Cook Off

Rangers look forward to this event every year, and pack the Iron Trail Motors Event Center in Virginia for a chance to sample dozens of chili entries, all for just $10! Support a great cause and have a great meal on September 21st. Doors open at 4 p.m. Chili tasting begins at 5 p.m.

A chili chef hands out a tasting cup at the Rotary's annual chili cook off in Virginia MN

Get in Some Fall Riding With New Friends

The All-Terrain Vehicle Association of Minnesota is holding their annual Fall Ride and Rally at The Lodge at Giants Ridge. Take part in any number of guided rides and explore some fantastic new trails with hundreds of ATV enthusiasts. Register here for a fun day and to support ATV MN’s great work on behalf of all riders.

2023 Ride and Rally Poster

Find a Double Dose of Octoberfest at Giants Ridge and Biwabik

Giants Ridge and the Honktoberfest team are combining their signature events for a weekend of fun September 29-30 in Biwabik. Bark in the Park wiener dog races, beer tasting, live music, log rolling and more are waiting in Biwabik and at Giants Ridge. Not familiar with Honktoberfest? It’s a fun family event with a couple adults-only activities thrown in that combines the tale of Honk the Moose with all the traditional Oktoberfest fanfare (Honk the Moose is a children’s book based on a true moose who came to visit Biwabik).

Celebrate the Pasty

Pasties are an Iron Range staple. Meat and veggies wrapped in a flaky crust have been a part of miners meals for over a century and are celebrated and beloved to this day. Have a fresh-baked pasty, try some rutabaga bowling, listen to a local band and hear a presentation about the Soudan Mine at this year’s Pasty Festival, October 7 in Mountain Iron. It’s a great meal made with locally grown ingredients for only $15 and goes to support the Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability and local growers.

Pasties line serving trays at the annual Iron Range Pasty Festival in Mountain Iron, MN

Climb Aboard the Pumpkin Trolley!

Don’t miss this very special trolley ride at Minnesota Discovery Center, offered only on October 8th and 15th. Buy your tickets in advance for a ride on the MDC trolley to Glen Location, a former mining town where a petting zoo, pumpkin patch and scenic walking trails await. It’s a super fun day and a favorite family tradition on The Range.

The vintage trolley at Minnesota Discovery Center in Chisholm, MN rides along a mine pit in the fall.

This is only the Stem of the Pumpkin!

There’s lots more to see and do on The Range this fall. October 14, Pumpkin Fest in Aurora combines a fun run, kids make-and-takes, a quilt show, craft fair, wagon rides and cake walk with a whole bunch of other fall activities and pumpkins! Meanwhile at Simek’s Farm, a corn maze, farm animals and pumpkin patch are waiting Saturdays and Sundays through October 22. Not into the family thing? There’s plenty of music, art and entertainment to be had if you know where to look. Enjoy Autumn!

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