It’s back! A completely incomplete list of amazing things to do in Emmetsburg this fall. I’m looking forward to live music, incredible performances, food, drinks, athletics and more in the upcoming months- bring on fall!
1. Check out the Summer Edition of this article!
Early fall is still an amazing time to hike, camp, dine outdoors and explore Five Island Lake and the Des Moines river. A huge bonus since the Summer Edition posted is that Smith Wellness Center, located at Iowa Lakes Community College now offers kayaks for daily rental in addition to canoes. Call 712.852.5311 to reserve yours today!
2. Catch a Fall Sporting Event
Cross Country, Football and Volleyball seasons are in full swing. Check out the full calendar of events here and get out there to cheer on the E-Hawks!
3. Visit Joyce Pumpkin Patch
Pumpkins and gourds abound at the annual Grandkids’ Harvest Sale, watch out for some extra spooky decor this year as you hunt down your favorite fall. The sale starts Sunday, September 11th and runs through the season and is located at 1301 25th St in Emmetsburg.
4. Party for a Cause
Attend the Half Way to St. Pat’s Celebration hosted by the Emmetsburg Fire Department on September 26th. Nashville musician Brad Morgan is set rock the Fire Hall while food vendors and a beer garden keep the party going. All proceeds from the event are used to purchase rescue equipment and training gear for the volunteer run department.
5. Work After Hours
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is hosting it’s third annual Girls and Grapes event on Thursday, September 29th at The Shores from 5-7 pm. Girls and Grapes is a free event for women showcasing wine, cheese and networking. You may even be able to count this as a “work function”, at least that is what I intend to tell my husband.
6. Drink Good Beer
Clearly, a very high choice for me. In fact, Beer and Junk is thrilled to be a sponsor in the Keep “EM Brewing home brew competition at the Palo Alto County Fairgrounds. Interested in making beer in addition to drinking it? Sign up by September 24th to enter your best brew. People’s choice tasting begins at 3:00pm and all winners will be announced at 5:00pm. Stick around for a beer garden, craft beer tasting, food vendors and amazing live music by TV and the Beller’d Yellers. More information, including registration info can be found here: Keep ‘EM Brewing.
7. Enjoy food, fun and E-Hawk spirit at the Homecoming Parade and Tailgate.
This is by far one of my favorite days of the year. I absolutely love seeing everyone in town come together to enjoy our downtown, support our schools and, thanks to the Emmetsburg Retail Association members, chow down. Each ERA member hosts a food stand ranging from walking tacos to homemade cookies to nachos, the spread is amazing. Post parade is a perfect time do some shopping, check out the Shop Emmetsburg posts here and here to read ahead on the amazing goods and services available. The parade starts at 2:45 on Friday, October 7th- bring a full wallet and empty stomach!
8. Take in a show at the Wild Rose Casino.
The Wild Rose always has a fantastic line up of events and performances and this fall is no exception. I’m most excited about the Murder Mystery Dinner show on Saturday October 8 at 6pm and the ABBA FAB- Tribute to ABBA on Saturday, October 29th at 8pm. You can check out the full line up of events and purchase tickets online here: Wild Rose Casino Events.
9. Catch Some Drama at Main Street Community Theatre.
MSCT is putting on the melodrama, An Orphan Girl, on November 11-13 and 18-20. Please don’t confuse melodrama with “no fun”, you can’t take the fun out of this crew and Peggy Stolley, one of MSCT’s volunteers tells me there will be lots of audience involvement and opportunities to throw popcorn at the villain. Who does’t love to throw food? Keep up to date on the progress of this production on MSCT’s Facebook page here: Main Street Community Theatre.
10. Watch the award winning Emmetsburg High School Music department star in Oklahoma.
Performances are scheduled for November 3rd and 4th at 7:30pm and November 5th at 4:00pm in the High School Auditorium. This group always puts on an incredible performance, check them out in the picture below at the Grand Ole Opry.
Bonus: Hunting, fishing Rec League Women’s Volleyball (sign up info at City Hall, 712.852.4030) and Pool League (sign up with Katie at The Office, 712.852.2020) and more!
I know I’ve missed or overlooked some great activities, so tell us- what will you be doing in Emmetsburg this fall?
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