If you've been looking for some exciting events to spice up your fall calendar, you're in for a treat. Albert Lea is gearing up for a series of festivities that will have you saying, "Why didn't I know about this sooner?" So grab your calendar and your sense of adventure, because we're about to dive into some of the coolest fall happenings around town.
Mexican Independence Day
Saturday, September 16th
Viva la fiesta! Central Park in Albert Lea is the place to be on September 16th as we celebrate Mexican Independence Day. The festivities kick off at 11 AM and keep on rollin' until 8 PM. Get ready to satisfy your taste buds because food vendors will be on site, dishing up delicious Mexican cuisine that'll make your taste buds do the salsa.
But that's not all, folks! We've got bingo and games going on all day to keep you entertained. And the pièce de résistance? A live band featuring the one and only DJ Charly, set to take the stage at 6 PM. So bring your dancing shoes and join the fiesta – it's going to be a Mex-cellent time!
Be sure to let us know that you'll be attending by responding to the Facebook event page found here:
Big Island Rendezvous
October 7th & 8th
Ahoy, mateys! Prepare to set sail to a different time at the Big Island Rendezvous on October 7th and 8th. It's a historical reenactment like no other, where you can immerse yourself in the life of the 18th and 19th centuries. From fur traders to soldiers, craftsmen, and entertainers, you'll meet characters from the past who'll take you on a voyage through time.
City Wide Fall Garage Sales - October 12th - 15th
Bargain hunters, this one's for you! From October 12th to 15th, Albert Lea transforms into a treasure trove of deals as the City Wide Fall Garage Sales take over. Get ready to hunt for hidden gems, rare finds, and maybe even a little DIY project waiting to happen. It's a shopping spree like no other! Learn more about the Big Island Rendezvous by visiting: http://bigislandfestivalandbbq.org/Rendezvous/rendezvous.htm
City Wide Fall Garage Sales
October 12th - 15th
Bargain hunters, this one's for you! From October 12th to 15th, Albert Lea transforms into a treasure trove of deals as the City Wide Fall Garage Sales take over. Get ready to hunt for hidden gems, rare finds, and maybe even a little DIY project waiting to happen. It's a shopping spree like no other! #SaveTheDate
Saturday, October 14th
Mark your calendars, wine enthusiasts and shopaholics – October 14th is your day to shine. It's the Shop Sip-n-Stroll event, and it's going to be grape! Here's how it works:
Purchase your Stroll Bag from the AL Main Street office at 132 N Broadway. Sales open on October 2nd, and they're as limited as your self-control in a chocolate store. Your Stroll Bag comes with a double-wall stainless drink tumbler, free goodies, community discounts, and your 2023 Sip Passport.
On the day of the event, which is October 14th, stroll downtown with your tumbler and Sip Passport from 10 AM to 3 PM. Each participating store will have a drink station and store specials waiting for you. There will be 10 Sip Stops and pop-up shops for you to explore, so stay tuned for the 2023 passport destinations – they're coming soon!
Keep an eye out for updates on the Facebook event page by clicking here: 2023 Albert Lea Shop Sip-n-Stroll.
Oktoberween - Two Weekends of Spooky Fun
First Weekend - October 20th to 22nd
Second Weekend - October 27th to 29th
Halloween - October 31st
If you're looking for thrills and chills, we've got you covered with Oktoberween! It's not your average Halloween event; it's two weekends packed with haunted houses, Oktoberfest celebrations, live entertainment, and more fun than a barrel of candy corn.
Get ready to groove to the tunes of Dan Stursa Band, 507 Country, Papa J Acoustic, Bourbon Stiletto, and Will Barnett & Co. – these bands will keep you entertained throughout the festivities. Learn more about Oktoberween by visiting the official Oktoberween website!
That's Fall She Wrote...
So, whether you're into celebrating Mexican Independence, going back in time at Big Island Rendezvous, scoring deals at the garage sales, sipping and strolling through downtown, or immersing yourself in the spooky spirit of Oktoberween, Albert Lea's got you covered this fall. Mark your calendars, bring your friends and family, and let's make this autumn unforgettable! 🍂🎃🍁