Visitors can view seven historic lighthouses that dot the Lake Superior islands and learn about their history during the 21st annual Apostle Island Lighthouse Celebration through Saturday in Bayfield. Narrated boat cruises will be offered (days and times vary), and riders are encouraged to take pictures and enter their favorite photos in the Lake Superior Magazine Photo contest at tinyurl.com/zpvntyc (deadline is Oct. 17). lighthousecelebration.com; 1-715-779-5619.
Park Rapids, Minn.
An Art Leap and Sculpture Art Tour and the Headwaters 100 Bike Race will be offered this month in Park Rapids. Art fans can tour 14 artists' studios and check out sculptures at various cultural sites Sept. 24 and 25. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun. Cyclists riding in the Headwaters 100 Bike Ride Sept. 24 can take in scenic sights including part of Itasca State Park during 100-, 75- or 45-mile rides. Registration required at itascatur.org/bike.shtml.
Fall colors and plenty of pumpkins will serve as a backdrop for the Pumpkin Patch Festival held weekends beginning Sept. 24 and continuing through Oct. 30 at the Nelson Family farm. Other activities include live entertainment, corn and straw mazes, games, scenic walks, pumpkin picking and more. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $9. nelsonfarm.com.
Colleen A. Coles