15 Awesome Things to do in St. Paul (Fall and Winter Guide)

Updated October 8, 2018

While the weather outside may be cold, the fun never stops in St. Paul! If you’re looking for a way to get out and enjoy local events, here are plenty of things to do in St. Paul today, tomorrow and all winter long!

Fall Art Crawl

October 12 – October 14

Multiple locations throughout St. Paul



The St Paul Fall Art Crawl, which dates back to 1977,  is a wonderful way to see some of the local and talented artists in the area. Nationally recognized, the art crawl has become a model arts event that is emulated in cities across the country.

Lake Monster Bash: Halloween Music Fest

October 27th

Lake Monster Brewing

550 Vandalia St #160 –  St Paul, MN 55114

Tickets: $15 ($20 after October 12th)


Put your costume on and have a beer while listening to some great music at Lake Monster Brewing. The headliners this year include Field Report, Dead Horses, Solid Gold, The Pines and Al Church.

Fall Foliage Tours

Anytime in the fall!

Along the river, or anywhere in Minnesota

Any spot along the Mississippi River in the fall will give you a breathtaking view of the spectacular colors that a Minnesota autumn produces. If you’re looking to go on a little day trip and get out of the city for a bit check out this list of some the best places for scenic fall drives in the state.

Get Seasonal and Drink an Autumn Beer

Anytime in the fall

Any of St. Paul’s great breweries

Some of the best beers you’ll try will be the seasonal beers that local breweries have to offer. There is just something about a crisp, cold beer in the fall that feels right. A couple of our favorite local beers available in the fall are Summit Brewery’s “Oktoberfest” and Bad Weather Brewing Company’s “Tuppin’ it Down.” Make a Saturday out of trying some of the best seasonal beers St. Paul has to offer!

St Paul Breweries Map

Apple Orchards

In the fall

Multiple options throughout the Metro Area

Apple Orchards is a timeless fall weekend tradition for many Minnesotans. Whether you’re going on a date or going with friends and family, you can’t go wrong with an afternoon of apple picking, ending with some hot apple cider and mini doughnuts. Pine Tree Apple Orchard is short drive to White Bear Lake and is one of the most popular destinations for fresh apples.

Full list of Minnesota apple orchards

Drake: Aubrey & The Three Amigos Tour

November 11

Xcel Energy Center

199 W Kellogg Blvd – St Paul, MN 55102

Tickets: $40-$200


Now is your chance to see one of the most popular artists in world right now, as Drake is coming to the Xcel Energy Center with his Aubrey and The Three Amigos Tour along with special guests Migos.

Disney on Ice – 100 Years of Magic

December 6 – December 9

Xcel Energy Center

199 W Kellogg Blvd – St Paul, MN 55102

Tickets: Starting at $20


The celebration of the century comes alive in Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic. This monumental ice skating spectacular will be fun for the whole family!

It’s A Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play 2018

December 6 – December 24

The Saint Paul Hotel

350 Market St, St Paul, MN 55102

Tickets: $94


Featuring playwright Joe Landry’s acclaimed take on the classic 1946 Frank Capra film, It’s a Wonderful Life. The shows are accompanied by a three-course luncheon for afternoon performances and a three-course dinner for evening performances.

The 1968 Exhibit

Now until January 21st, 2019

Minnesota History Center

345 W. Kellogg Blvd. – St. Paul, MN 55102

Tickets: $12 for adults, 6 for kids


When the weather starts to get cold, indoor activities are a must in St. Paul. Stay warm at the Minnesota History Center and learn about the cultural, political and social significance of 1968 in this nostalgic exhibit. Check out an authentic Jimi Hendrix vest and one of Mr. Roger’s patented sweaters!

St Paul Winter Carnival

January 24th – February 2

75 W 5th St, St Paul, MN 55102



Since 1886, the Saint Paul Winter Carnival continues to bring family-friendly events and community pride to Saint Paul and the Twin Cities metro area. With such events and features as the puzzle contest, ice palaces and the Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt, there is plenty to do during this festive week.

Winter Beer Dabbler

Date TBD

Minnesota State Fairgrounds

1265 Snelling Ave N – St Paul, MN 55108

Tickets: $50


Over 160 breweries will be in attendance once again for the 10th annual Winter Beer Dabbler. Try some of the 500 beers and maybe you’ll find a new favorite! Featuring live music, a silent disco and much more entertainment, this beer dabbler is a can’t miss St. Paul Tradition.

Wild vs Blackhawks

February 2

Xcel Energy Center

199 W Kellogg Blvd – St Paul, MN 55102

Tickets: $100-$500


Watch the Minnesota Wild take on their rivals, the Chicago Blackhawks. A great venue for sporting events, the Xcel Energy Center doesn’t have a bad seat in the house.

Triple Espresso

November 9 – January 13

20 W 7th Pl, St Paul, MN 55102 (Park Square Theater)

Tickets: $43.50


This “highly caffeinated comedy” tells the story of three friends who reminisce about their rags-to riches success story with hilarious results. The laughter is infectious and the comedy appeals to everyone from first graders to college students to baby-boomers to grandparents.

Sledding Hills of St. Paul


Full list of sledding hills

For a family-friendly way to get out and enjoy the huge amount of snow we’ve received this winter, there are several sledding hills around Saint Paul. From steep to moderate to gentle, there’s something for both adults and children. Enjoy your time with some good old-fashioned winter fun!

St. Paul Ballet: Fifth Anniversary Best

Dates TBD

The Cowles Center for Dance & The Performing Arts

528 Hennepin Ave – St. Paul, MN 55403

Tickets: $26-$36


St. Paul Ballet has asked audiences to select the best of five seasons for a multifaceted anniversary celebration at The Cowles Center. From poignant to moving, with a bit of charm and verve, St. Paul Ballet takes its cue from audience favorites in classical and contemporary ballet. This special program includes the one-act story ballet Bella Luna by Peter Davison and Locked Key by Zoé Emilie Henrot.

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