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Lake Minnetonka Regional Park is the perfect place for families to enjoy a Saturday afternoon. Bring a picnic and enjoy a lakeside lunch. Learn more...

Noerenberg Gardens

Situated on the north shore of Lake Minnetonka’s majestic Crystal Bay, Noerenberg Memorial Gardens offers a tranquil retreat to the quiet elegance and grace of days gone by. A favorite subject for local artists and an idyllic location for weddings. Learn more...


October Calendar of Events


Plymouth — Wine Tasting Fundraiser for Music in Plymouth


6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Music in Plymouth Endowment Fund will host a wine tasting fundraiser, featuring hors d’oeuvres, live music and the opportunity to win gift baskets.

Raffle tickets will be sold for $10 at the event for the opportunity to win a specially chosen flight of wines. For tickets, call 763-551-7256

Cost: $30 advance, $35 at door

Location: Plymouth Creek Center, 14800 34th Ave. N., Plymouth, Minnesota 55447


Taste of Long Lake

6:00 to 9:00 P.M.

  • Wine and Beer Tasting – Over 250 wines and over 50 beers
  • Hors d’oeuvres served by Local Restaurants

$30/person or $50/couple on or before October 2nd
$40/person October 3rd or at the door

Advance tickets available at Lakeside Wine + Spirits, Lowry Hill Liquors, and Otten Bros

Location: Otten Bros Nursery, 2350 W Wayzata Blvd, Long Lake, MN

100% of Proceeds Benefit Local Charities: Breast Cancer Society, Locks of Love, Orono Rotary, ALS Society MN-ND, 8 to a Lamp/Education in Tanzania


The Landing — Apfelfest!

10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

The past comes alive with costumed interpreters and interactive demonstrations throughout the park. Discover how early Minnesota pioneers established winter-hardy "apfels" (German for "apple") and turned them into a major horticultural crop. Discover German immigrant history and recipes. Watch as apples are cooked, dried, canned, jellied and cidered. Horse-drawn trolleys provide transportation through the site. Gift shop and food concessions available. Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult.

$8 ages 18-64

$5 ages 2-17 and 65+

Children under 2 free

Location: The Landing, 2187 Highway 101 East, Shakopee, MN 55379


Chanhassen — Cemetery Walk

The Chanhassen Cemetery Walk is back by popular demand!

See Chanhassen history come to life on a guided tour through Chanhassen Pioneer Cemetery and St. Hubert’s Cemetery. Actors from the Chaska Valley Family Theatre will portray prominent past citizens to teach you about Chanhassen history and pioneer life. We’ll meet on the plaza in front of historic St. Hubert’s in downtown Chanhassen and board a bus to begin the tour.

For those who may find it difficult to walk through the cemetery, seated performances will be held at the Chanhassen Senior Center.

    Chanhassen Senior Center, 7700 MARKET BLVD.
    Historic St. Hubert’s Plaza, 381 WEST 78TH STREET
    Historic St. Hubert’s Plaza, 381 WEST 78TH STREET

Plymouth — History on Parade Tour

1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Sit back and take a tour of Plymouth’s history in a classic transit bus with the Plymouth Historical Society. The tour will leave the old town hall and visit several historical sites. Guests will learn about historical farms, homes, schools and churches. Space is limited.

Cost: $12. To reserve a spot, contact Gary Schiebe, 763-473-4889.

Location: Plymouth Historical Society, 3605 Fernbrook Lane, Plymouth , Minnesota 55447


Orono - Area Art Show


Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday, October 25, 2015 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

6th annual Long Lake Area Art Show with about 40 local artists, a juried high school art show, and artist demonstrations.

Location: Orono High School Cafeteria, 795 Old Crystal Bay Rd N, Orono, MN


Long Lake — Safe Trick or Treating


Start at the Fire Station for face painting, pumpkin-decorating, and bouncy house fun. Pick up a map of participating businesses and then head out on the town to trick or treat!

Event begins at the Long Lake Fire Station, 340 Willow Drive N, Long Lake




For truly spooky haunted houses and trail adventures, to historical tours and non-frightening family activities, check out our local list of Halloween Events >


Ongoing Events


West Hennepin Pioneer Museum.

Artifacts from the pioneer days. Saturdays, 10 A.M. - 4 P.M. Call (952) 473-6557 for details.


Bayside Live Music Venue in Excelsior

Bayview offers everything from rock and reggae to jazz and alternative music - all with a fantastic view of the lake.

Friday and Saturday at 9:00 P.M. Located one block East of Water St. on Excelsior Blvd. Call (952) 470-8439 for directions.


The Narrows Live Music Venue in Navarre

One of the hottest music bars in the Twin Cities area.

Located at the west end of Water Street. Call (952) 401-7902 for directions.


Three-Eighteen Live Music Venue in Excelsior

Excelsior's "Three-Eighteen" is one of the best kept secrets in the Twin Cities area. A favorite of musicians, this hip little "joint" offers some of the best live local and national acts in town.

Have a glass of wine and snuggle in for some great entertainment: Monday through Saturday at 7:30 P.M. Located at the west end of Water Street. Call (952) 401-7902 for directions.


Get Busy!

The fall months bring countless opportunities for wholesome family activities. To find out about happenings in the Lake Minnetonka area, visit our complete Calendar of Events!

Lake Minnetonka: An area steeped in history

From the days when Dakota Indians inhabited her shores, leaving behind ancient burial mounds which are still visible today, to the era of the steam locomotive and the paddle wheeler when grand Victorian hotels and amusement parks stood proudly on her banks, there has always been something alluring about this enchanted body of water. Learn more...