With the weekend around the corner, there's no shortage of fun things to do in the metro area. Here is a look at what is going on in the Twin Cities and the surrounding area the next few days.

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at the Minnesota Zoo 
Get an idea for your next jack-o-lantern during the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at the Minnesota Zoo. The event displays over 5,000 illuminated pumpkins. 
Date: Daily through Nov. 1 
Time: 7 to 11 p.m.
Place: Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley 

St. Paul Art Crawl

See what local artists are up to during the St. Paul Art Crawl. The annual event serves as a chance for members of the St. Paul Art Collective to display their work. According to the organizers, the number of artists participating in the art crawl exceeds 300, with about 20,000 attendees. The St. Paul Art Collective holds art crawls every fall and spring. 

Date: Friday - Sunday 

Place: Schmidt Artist Lofts, St. Paul

Sever's Fall Festival 
Summer may be coming to a close, but Minnesotans can celebrate the coming of fall with Sever's Fall Festival. Opening Friday, the festival offers a pumpkin patch, corn maze and live performances. According to the event's website, the event is the Midwest's original fall festival. The festival is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 28.
Date: Friday - Sunday through Nov. 3
Place: Shakopee

Hyland Hill Fall Chairlift Rides 

Catch a birds-eye view of the fall colors in the Twin Cities during the Hyland Hills fall chairlift rides. The event allows visitors to take in the views from the highest elevation in Hennepin County. The event also includes live music and s'mores by a campfire. 

Date: Friday and Saturday

Time: 5 to 9 p.m.

Place: Hyland Hills Ski Area, Bloomington 

Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze 
Experience the state's largest corn maze at the Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze. Along with the maze, families can enjoy a corn pit, straw bale maze, hayride, a petting zoo and more. 
Date: Saturday and Sunday, weekends through Oct. 27.
Place: Brooklyn Park

Stillwater Harvest Fest

Celebrate the fact the fall season is in full swing with the Stillwater Harvest Festival. The weekend-long event offers family-friendly activities, including a chili cook-off, a pumpkin regatta, a kids costume parade, face painting and more. Live music and a beer garden can also be enjoyed during the festival.

Date: Saturday - Sunday 

Place: Stillwater

Highland Park Water Tower Open House 

Catch a great view of the Twin Cities and its fall colors over the weekend during the Highland Park water tower open house. Before catching the view from the historic landmark, visitors must trek up 151 steps to the observation deck. Admission for the event is free. 

Date: Saturday - Sunday

Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Place: Highland Park, St. Paul

Twin Cities Book Festival

Bibliophiles unite! Over the weekend, the Upper Midwest's largest literary event will take place at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. The Twin Cities Book Festival includes hundreds of exhibitors, presenting authors and children's programming. 

Date: Saturday

Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Place: Minnesota State Fairgrounds

Minneapolis Zombie Pub Crawl

Toss on some zombie makeup and join what the Guinness Book of World Records has called the "World's Largest Gathering of Zombies." For the first time since its inception, the Zombie Pub Crawl will return to Downtown Minneapolis. The ghoulish event includes pub crawling, live entertainment and more. 

Date: Saturday

Place: Downtown, Minneapolis

Farmers Markets Across the Metro
What better way to purchase your produce than from local growers? Every week across the metro there are a number of farmers markets. Here's a look at the ones you can catch over the weekend:
St. Paul:

Suburban Markets: 


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