MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It’s the first weekend in October, and there are so many fun ways to celebrate fall. Several different Oktoberfests are taking place, there’s a grape stomp, and you can even check out the fall fashion at the much anticipated opening of Nordstrom.

Nordstrom Opening

It’s sure to be a game changer for shoppers in the West Metro. On Friday, Nordstrom opens at Ridgedale. The department store is opening with a beauty bash before doors open from 8 to 10 a.m. Get the scoop on new trends, free consultations, sips and snacks, and a special gift (for the first 1,000 customers).

Bar Louie Martinis

To celebrate the opening of Nordstrom, Bar Louie at Ridgedale is offering free martinis and apps all weekend long. Starting Thursday and running through Sunday, get your freebies with no purchase necessary.

Toast To Wine At Broders’ Pasta Bar

Celebrate wine harvest at VENDEMMIA. Head to Broders’ Pasta Bar in Edina Sunday and Taste Italian wines, and great food from TERZO and Broders’. And don’t miss the 1st Annual grape Stomp! Judged by our own Jason DeRusha!

Parade Of Homes

It’s the FINAL weekend for the Fall Parade of Homes and the ONLY weekend for the Remodelers Showcase. Sixty-three remodeled homes are open Friday from 1 to 7 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. All 390 new homes are still open from Thursday to Sunday noon to 6 p.m.

Last Chance For Renaissance Festival

It’s also the final weekend of The Renaissance Festival! And it’s ending with a celebration of all things German. Celebrate Oktoberfest at the Ren Fest by strolling through German vendors, restaurants and more in the new Bavarian Village. There will also be a Homebrew Competition, and traditional German music and dancing.

Oktoberfest At Sever’s Corn Maze

Finally you can also celebrate Oktoberfest this weekend only at Sever’s Corn Maze. Enjoy exclusive Badger Hill beers on tap and live music. The party is from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday.

Jason’s Pick:

JB Hudson Jewelers Trunk Sale

  • Friday at JB Hudson Jewelers in Minneapolis
  • Portion of sales donated to U of M Masonic Children’s Hospital
  • Support patients and families in need
  • Store Opens at 10 a.m.

Matt’s Pick:

Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend

  • Saturday – Sunday: 5K, 10K, 10 Mile
  • Marathon: Sunday at 8 a.m.
  • Start: U.S. Bank Stadium Site
  • End: Minnesota State Capitol

Kim’s Pick:

Lip Sync for Smiles

  • Sunday from 5 -9 p.m.
  • Muse Event Center in Minneapolis
  • General Admission: $30
  • VIP Admission: $65

Ashley’s Pick:

The Isley Brothers

  • Saturday at 8 p.m.
  • Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis
  • Tickets: $59 – $79

Ali’s Pick:

1st Annual Pumpkin Patch

  • 10 a.m. – Sunset
  • Wheel Fun Rentals at Lake Como in St. Paul
  • Every Saturday and Sunday through October 31st
  • Admission: $5 – $11/ Ages 3 and under: Free

Kim Johnson

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