Our Favorite Dog-Friendly Fall Activities

Summer may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean the fun is over. It’s only just beginning! With cooler weather heading our way, that can only mean one thing: Getting outdoors. And what could be better than enjoying a fun, fall activity with your dog?

Here’s what made our top 5 favorite list of dog-friendly things to do in the fall.

1. Outdoor Festivals

If you’re looking for a fun, FREE, dog-focused event, you don’t want to miss Linden Hills Woofstock. When you hit Woofstock, you’re in for a day of doggy-specific programming with live music, local artisans, and food trucks. You can also meet different animal nonprofits and learn more about the work they do. And, did someone say shopping? Get ready, though; these items are all about pets and their owners! Don’t miss Linden Hills Woofstock on Saturday, September 7, from 10am-3pm.

2. Feel-Good Fundraisers

Looking for ways to support a good cause this fall? Look no further than Strut Your Mutt®! This local walk is part of a national partnership with Best Friends Animal Society®. As part of the effort, they team up with local rescues, shelters, and animal welfare organizations around the country to help save homeless animals everywhere. On September 28, Strut Your Mutt Minneapolis takes place at Wolfe Park where all of the money raised goes directly to supporting lifesaving programs. Learn more about getting involved so we can Save Them All® by visiting this page.

3. Taking a Hike

Fort Snelling State Park may be closed due to spring flooding, but there are still plenty of places to get outdoors and explore our beautiful state. Whether you want to hit the road for the weekend or head somewhere close to home, this roundup of great dog-friendly hikes in Minnesota has something for everyone. And, if you’re new to hiking with your dog, we’ve got tips to help get you started, so you’ll be enjoying the fall colors in no time!

4. Apple Orchards & Pumpkin Patches

You can’t go wrong with picking your own apples. But, when the destination also includes pumpkins, friendly farm animals, and a winery with wine tasting, count us in! This fall, head over to Deardorff Orchards & Vineyards in Waconia. And, if you’re dog still has energy to burn after your visit, head down the road to the Carver Park Reserve dog park – they have 27 acres of off-leash area that’s completely fenced, so your dog has plenty of room to run free! They also have a small enclosed area so small and frail dogs can play safely too.

5. Breweries & Wineries

We may be the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but we’re lucky to have a lot of great craft beer too! In fact, it’s hard to choose a single location with a great patio, especially since so many are dog-friendly now. If you want to enjoy a great craft beer this fall, why not try one of our favorite spots in the South Metro? Bald Man Brewing and Lakeville Brewing Company – each location welcomes dogs on the patio! And, if you prefer wine, Glacial Ridge Winery in Spicer has it all. They even welcome well-behaved, leashed dogs in their apple orchard, which means you can also find fresh apples, cider, and caramel apples during your visit.

What is your favorite dog-friendly way to enjoy fall? Tell us in the comments below!