New Ulm, Minn.
The 27th annual Oktoberfest, one of the state's most popular German festivals, continues Friday and Saturday in New Ulm. The event features polka bands, a musical, ethnic food, a beer garden and horse-drawn trolley rides (Saturday only) on Center Street. More food, music and fun will be offered at the Holiday Inn; admission is $5 on Friday and $8 Saturday. Hours vary (1-507-359-2941; 1-877-359-2941; www.newulmoktoberfest. com).Art on display
Red Wing, Minn.
Fine art, food and fun highlight the Fall Festival of the Arts Saturday and next Sunday in downtown Red Wing. Artists from around the Midwest will display and sell their works; there will also be children's activities and live entertainment. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday (1-651-388-7569; www.redwingarts.org).Travel back in time with fur traders
Experience the fur-trade era during the Muddy River Rendezvous Oct. 14-19 at the Prairie Island campground in Winona. Performers will demonstrate rope making, tomahawk throwing, blacksmithing and more. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and children (1-507-458-5109; www.visitwinona.com).Learn about George Washington Carver
Des Moines, Iowa
"George Washington Carver" is on display through Nov. 2 at the State Historical Society of Iowa in Des Moines. The exhibit, from Chicago's Field Museum, features artifacts, video, photos and interactive items that highlight Carter's life after slavery as an inventor and scientist. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free (1-515-281-5111; www.iowahistory.org).