Fall Harvest Orchard (Delano) – 50% Off U-Pick Apples + Attractions Tickets

I know people can be pretty passionate about which apple orchard is their favorite, and one I’ve heard mentioned many times is Fall Harvest Orchard in Delano.

Right now you can get a Groupon offer that helps you save on U-pick apples and their fun attractions, plus there are plenty of FREE attractions to check out, too!

Plus, through 9/15 you can use the coupon code SUPER20 to take an extra 20% off!

Options include:

  • $15.20 $19 for half peck of U-pick apples with four attractions tickets ($28 value)
  • $27.20 $34 for full peck of U-pick apples with eight attractions tickets ($50 value)

A half peck includes 5-6 pounds of apples, and a full peck includes 10-12 pounds of apples. Plus, admission is FREE! Other free activities include visiting and feeding the animals, jumping and playing in corn bins, and climbing tires and hay bales. The attractions tickets cover admission to the train ride, wagon ride, jump/bounce pillow, and corn maze.

You can use your Groupon through October 28th, and the orchard is open Thursdays through Sundays from 10 am – 6 pm. There is a limit of 1 per person.

Fall means shorter days and lower temperatures, but it is also the season for fun family activities. Fall Harvest Orchard aims to help visitors make the most out of it, offering attractions such as corn mazes, apple picking, and a jump pillow. Their goal is for both adults and children to leave with smiles on their faces, and perhaps a perfect pumpkin for Halloween.

Get your Groupon HERE!

Fall Programs and Events in Minnesota State Parks and Trails + Fall Color Finder

As cooler weather heads our way, we here in Minnesota look forward to seeing the gorgeous fall colors on the trees. Did you know the DNR website has a Fall Color Finder to help you out this season? The Fall Color Finder is a trip-planning tool that shows the progression of fall color across Minnesota. It’s updated regularly to keep you in the loop.

Generally colors peak between mid-September and early October in the northern third of the state, between late September and early October in the central third, and between late September and mid-October in the southern third (including the Twin Cities).

In addition, the DNR website lists a number of Fall Programs and Events online. There are many, many to choose from across the state, but here are a few that catch my eye:

Please note: A vehicle permit of $5/day is required to enter a Minnesota state park and recreation area, but at the end of the day you can apply the cost of the permit to a $35 year-round permit, if you so choose.

Lantern Lighting Celebration at Lakewood

Photo Credit: Kingfield Neighborhood Association

The Lantern Lighting Celebration at the Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis is time and place for you to honor, celebrate and remember a loved one.  It takes place the evening of September 15th from 4:30-8.  The cost is very reasonable, only $5. *The $5 donation (ticket fee) covers the use of one lantern, lantern sleeve and decorating supplies. It will also help fund the Lakewood Heritage Foundation.

You can purchase tickets in advance here on their website.   You will also find the schedule as well as suggestions on what to bring.

There are many ways to honor loved ones who have passed. This is an opportunity to gather with family, friends and others on Lakewood’s lovely grounds for a moving and meaningful experience.

Join us at Lakewood on Saturday, September 15th from 4:30–8:00 p.m. for Lakewood’s fourth annual Lantern Lighting Celebration, a unique evening of creativity, beauty and remembrance.

Art supplies will be provided for you to decorate your own floating lantern with words of love and remembrance. Local musicians will perform while you create, and food vendors will be on hand with a variety of food and refreshments (for purchase). At dusk we will light our lanterns and release them on to Lakewood’s lake, Jo Pond, in a beautiful ceremony. The effect is breathtaking and magical—connecting us to our loved ones and to each other.

FREE 30-Minute Jump Passes at Sky Zone – Friday, 9/14

Mark your calendars! Sky Zone is celebrating their 14th birthday this Friday (9/14) by offering FREE 30-minute jump passes! There are Twin Cities locations in BlaineEdina, and Oakdale.

Just show up at Sky Zone the day of the event and ask for the FREE 30-minute pass. If you want to jump for longer (60, 90, 120, or 180 minutes), use the coupon code SZBirthday during checkout online and the 30 minutes will be discounted from the final amount.

Sky Socks are not included and are $2.50/pair, but are reusable so you can keep them for your next visit to Sky Zone. Limit one FREE 30-minute ticket per jumper, valid between 11 am – 7 pm.

They will also be offering food combos including a pretzel and smoothie combo for $6 or a cookie, nachos and soda combo for $5 (no outside food or drink is allowed).

Thanks, Twin Cities Frugal Mom!

Festival of the Voyageur

Have you ever been to the Minnesota Historical Society Snake River Fur Post? You might not recognize the name as it was previously called the North West Company  Sort of a hidden gem, located near Pine City.  This weekend is a great time to check out for their annual Festival of the Voyageur.  It takes place September 15-16.  You can purchase advance tickets here on their website if you prefer.

Two hundred years ago, fur traders celebrated the success of the trading season with a giant party. Visitors can explore the sights and sounds created by 250 reenactors come to camp on the Snake River in the fall. Witness feats of strength and skill as contestants vie for the title of the best all-around voyageur. Shop for historic crafts and join children’s activities. On Saturday evening, learn the steps of lively country dance with live music.


Dunn Brothers Coffee – 50% Off Fall Beverages

Give the new fall beverages at Dunn Brothers a try and you’ll save 50%! Choose from the Pumpkin Pie Latte or the Honey Spiced Nirvana. Just present this coupon (offer code 10197) to the barista between 9/11/18 and 9/13/18. Find a Dunn Brothers Coffee near you.

And if you don’t already have the Dunn Brothers Coffee Rewards App, sign up here to get a FREE $2 credit.

Lone Oak Days Fall Festival


Would you like to farm in the 1940’s? The Lone Oak Days Fall Festival is something you want to make sure is on your calendar. The Lone Oak Days Fall Festival, takes place at the The Holz Farm in Eagan.

You can step back in time on the farm from 11am-4pm on Sep 22 and 23th. They have started to charge a small admission fee but at $2 a person it’s still very affordable and worth it.

Lone Oak Days at Holz Farm

Scheduled Activities & Free Entertainment
• Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest takes place Sun at 3:00 p.m.
• Garden Harvest
• Blacksmith Demonstrations
• Old Fashioned Laundry
• Barnyard Animals
• Corn Husking
• Field Plowing and Discing
• Corn Grinding
• Vintage Equipment & Tractor Display
• Bread Baking/Butter Churning
• Honeybee Lesson
• Egg Picking/Chicken Display/Water Pumping
• Preschool- Toy Box Tractors

Plus more fun for the whole family!

You can purchase tickets in advance (more information here) or on site when you arrive.  You can also check their FB page closer to it if the weather is questionable.

Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze 2018 + Reader Giveaway

We’re SO close to time for fall fun, and I’m especially excited to bring my kids to the largest corn maze in Minnesota! At nearly 20 acres, Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze boasts Minnesota’s largest corn maze. This year’s maze offers visitors a chance to celebrate the Minnesota Timberwolves and their 30th exciting season of basketball with a Timberwolves-themed maze design and trivia questions about the team placed throughout it.

In addition to walking the maze, visitors can also jump in the corn pit, stroll through the straw bale maze, and enjoy live music, a petting zoo, a hayride, inflatables*, a giant slide*, and much more.

When: Saturdays and Sundays from September 22 – October 28 (also MEA – Thurs., Oct. 18 and Fri., Oct. 19) from 10 am – 6 pm

Where: 8001 109th Avenue N in Brooklyn Park, MN

Tickets can be purchased online for $10 per person, or pay $12 at the gate. Children under 36″ are free. *Concessions and some activities are not included in the ticket price.

Every year, Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze makes a donation to a local charity. This year, funds will go to the Minnesota Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation, which provides and supports hands-on programs that positively impact Minnesota youth. Since opening in 2010, Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze has donated nearly $180,000 to a number of local causes.

Reader Giveaway: One lucky Thrifty Minnesota reader will win a family 4-pack of tickets to Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze. To enter, complete the form below by 11:59 pm ET on 9/19/18. Good luck!

Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze Family 4-Pack

Special Advance Screening of NEW AMSTERDAM

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NEW AMSTERDAM is coming to NBC Tuesdays this fall, but you can have a sneak peek at a special advance screening this week, complete with complimentary refreshments!

Inspired by Bellevue, the oldest public hospital in America, this unique medical drama follows the brilliant and charming Dr. Max Goodwin, the institution’s newest medical director, who sets out to tear up the bureaucracy and provide exceptional care. How can he help? Well, the doctors and staff have heard this before.

Not taking “no” for an answer, Dr. Goodwin must disrupt the status quo and prove he will stop at nothing to breathe new life into this understaffed, underfunded and underappreciated hospital – the only one in the world capable of treating Ebola patients, prisoners from Rikers and the president of the United States under one roof – and return it to the glory that put it on the map.



You’re invited to a special advance screening of New Amsterdam on Wednesday, September 12, at 7pm at Showplace ICON at The West End, St. Louis Park. RSVP HERE by Tuesday, September, 11.

The event will also feature an exclusive Season 3 sneak peek of THIS IS US. I will be so jealous of all of you able to attend on Wednesday because I LOVE that show!

NOTE: Passes are non-transferable. Please arrive early. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to theater capacity. Theater is overbooked to ensure a full house.

Minnetonka Orchards Discount Weekend Admission Including Lunch (Minnetrista)

Plan a fun fall day at Minnetonka Orchards in Minnetrista! For a limited time you can get discount weekend admission, including lunch, via Groupon.

Plus, through 9/15 you can use the coupon code SUPER20 to take an extra 20% off!

Options include:

  • $16 $20 for Weekend Admission and Lunch for Two with Access to All Attractions; Valid Saturday and Sunday ($8/person)
  • $30.40 $38 for Weekend Admission and Lunch for Four with Access to All Attractions; Valid Saturday and Sunday ($7.60/person)
  • $44.80 $56 for Weekend Admission and Lunch for Six with Access to All Attractions; Valid Saturday and Sunday ($7.47/person)

Admission is normally $8/person (3 and under are free), PLUS you’re getting lunch with this deal! Each person covered by the Groupon can spend up to $8 on any sandwich, chips and a drink (see the available food items here.)

Fall is in the air at Minnetonka Orchards, where a corn maze is just the beginning of the autumnal adventures that await kids and families. After navigating the twists and turns of the maze, guests can wander through the apple orchard to pick a fresh juicy globe or marvel at how weird bugs look. Visitors can also shop for jams, apples, and other farm fare at the barn, or go on a leisurely stroll on one of the walking trails. Kids’ entertainment comes by way of the climbable hay mountain, the corn crib slide, and barnyard friends including goats, sheep, and bunnies.

They are open 10 am – 7 pm daily through October 31, but please note that this Groupon is valid on Saturdays and Sundays ONLY. They are a pet friendly orchard, provided your furry friend is on a leash at all times. U-Pick apples are available for an extra charge. They also have local music on the weekends.

Get your Groupon HERE!