Apple Fest

Munch on fresh-picked fruit while enjoying an old-fashioned hayride. Pick apples, then watch how cider is made during a pressing demonstration. Cow train rides, face painting and bluegrass music. Find your way through the corn maze and view fireworks at dusk Saturday. (10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. next Sun. $7-$9. Afton Apple Orchard, 14421 So. 90th St., Hastings. 651-436-8385. www.aftonapple.com.)

 

FAMILY FUN ON THE FARM

Pack up the munchkins and head out for some rural fun. Meet farm animals, participate in fall-themed activities and music by the Zinghoppers. Stay for a nutritious and organic lunch with Elmo and Cookie Monster, where guests can get up close and personal with the furry duo. (10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. $18, $60 for character lunch. Tangletown Gardens Farm, 11389 County Rd. 9, Plato, Minn.)

MELISSA WALKER