The leaves are beginning to change hue, there’s a crispness in the air and Pumpkin Spice lattes have once again hit Starbucks. This can only mean one thing: fall is here and with it comes a plethora of outings curated for the season.
We’ve compiled a list of our top places, events and activities to make the most of fall in Sioux Falls. So grab your sweater, mark your calendar and get ready to enjoy the coziest time of the year.
With two options to enjoy fresh produce and locally-grown items every Saturday May through October, Sioux Falls’ downtown farmer’s markets have got all your pumpkin needs covered. The Falls Park market offers scenic views of the city’s iconic waterfalls, while the Eastbank market gives visitors access to a variety of local vendors selling everything from gluten-free baked goods to natural skincare remedies. Hit up the markets while the mild weather lasts, and we promise you won’t go home empty-handed.
Find out more about Sioux Falls’ farmer’s markets here.
This Saturday, Sioux Falls favorite Fernson Brewing Company will host their first-annual Fernson Fest, an evening of music, community and, of course, beer. Enjoy the atmosphere at the brewery’s downtown location by sampling Fernson exclusives from the tap and taking in local artists Condor Sioux Falls and Burlap Wolf King. A few of Sioux Falls’ favorite food trucks will cater the event, while The Union Grove Pickers will finish things off on the musical side. Who said music festivals were only for summer?
Purchase tickets here.
When the leaves start to change here in Sioux Falls, one of the best places to be is the Country Apple Orchard. With over 6,000 apple trees and seven acres of pumpkins, the apple orchard is the perfect place for a weekend outing with friends or family. Pick a few apples for you next pie, snap a couple photos for a seasonal Instagram and take home a pumpkin for carving—this is one fall destination you’ll want to come back to again and again.
Learn about the Country Apple Orchard here.
Ready to dance to the beat of the undead? Comprised of 5,000 year-old Egyptian mummies, the funk rock band Here Come the Mummies is sure to dazzle audiences with their unique sound and otherworldly looks. Head over to the Orpheum Theatre for a night of tunes brought to you by these ancient rockers. We’re sure you’ve never seen anything quite like it.
Buy tickets here.
A true fall staple, the Heartland County Corn Maze is a great way to take advantage of South Dakota’s rich country side. Located just outside of the city near Harrisburg, the 11-acre, life-size maze carved out of corn is a fun activity for newbies and experts alike. Grab a map and attempt to find the 10 checkpoints hidden within the maze, or if you’re like us, sip some apple cider and enjoy the fall air.
Visit the Heartland County Corn Maze here.
A zombie apocalypse is set to strike Sioux Falls at the 11th annual Zombie Walk. On Saturday, October 29th parade goers will don their zombie finest to line the streets of downtown Sioux Falls. Floats, entertainment and plenty of candy will accompany these undead creatures as they lumber along the parade route. Put on some zombie makeup or sit back and enjoy the parade, either way you’re sure to have a spook-tacular time.
Get information on the parade and Zombie Walk here.
You’ll be carting home your own life-size pumpkin a la Charlie Brown after attending the Riverview Pumpkin Festival. Located 15 miles outside of Sioux Falls in Canton, the festival includes fall crafts, football, seasonal beverages, and—you guessed it—lots of pumpkins.
Plan your day at the festival here.
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