Celebrate the beauty of fall in the Mississippi River valley in Wabasha, a historic river town nestled in the bluffs of southeast Minnesota. Each year, Wabasha hosts a fall festival called SeptOberfest which takes place mid-September and runs through October.

Thursday, September 17th

Friday, September 18th

Weekends Through October

5pm – Watershed Gallery Exhibit Opening Reception

Join us for the unveiling of the newest Watershed Gallery exhibit: The Photography of Bob Firth.

Bob is a large format and high-end digital photographer with a passion for the outdoors, especially the changing seasons. A collection of his most unique captures will be on display from September-December. Come admire some of his stunning pieces and help us celebrate the opening of this beautiful exhibit.

NOON – Northern Lights Photography (with photographer Larry Ricker)

Explore the beauty and wonder of the northern lights with nature photographer Larry Ricker. Join him as he shares some of his work and learn about the techniques he uses to capture these amazing images.

Be sure to check out a variety of SeptOberfest activities throughout Wabasha every weekend through October! Enjoy the colorful city-wide seasonal displays, family-friendly activities for all ages, local shops, live music, food and much, much more!

For a complete rundown of activities, visit the Wabasha Chamber of Commerce website.

Saturday, October 10th

Thursday – October 15th

NOON – Feathers Presentation and Book Signing (by nature author Stan Tekiela)

Learn about the fascinating world of feathers with renowned naturalist, wildlife photographer and writer Stan Tekiela. Stan will share his extensive knowledge of birds and discuss his award-winning book Feathers: A Beautiful Look at a Bird’s Most Unique Feature, which explores the beauty of birds through a combination of nature and art.

NOON – Owl Detectives: Whose Hoo? (presented by the International Owl Center)

Join us for an engaging presentation about the world of owls with an expert naturalist from the International Owl Center in Houston, MN! This owl identification program teaches about the various species of owl that inhabit the Upper Midwest and how to identify them. It’ll be a hoot!

10am – 4pm – Kids Crafts

Bring the kids and let their imaginations run wild with nature-themed arts and crafts activities throughout the day.

October 14th – 19th

10am to 5pm – Poachers Wall of Shame

Come face to face with the important issue of poaching through this educational display. Learn about the animals that fall victim to this illegal activity through various mounts, including a bear and great grey owl. Plus, get an up-close look at traps, nets and other items used by poachers.

Friday – October 16th

NOON and 2pm – LIVE, Hands-On Animal Program (with naturalist David Stokes)

Bring the kids for this entertaining, fun, and informative hands-on animal program put on by award-winning naturalist David Stokes! Learn about mammals, amphibians and reptiles, see them up close and – if you’re feeling brave – touch them in this unforgettable nature program.

10am – 4pm – Petting Zoo

Come say hello to some fun and furry critters at the all-day petting zoo. Check out an array of farm animals and let the kids experience them up close. Its fun for the whole family!

10am – 5pm – Kids Crafts

Bring the kids and let their imaginations run wild with nature-themed arts and crafts activities throughout the day.

Saturday – October 17th

10am – LIVE, Hands-On Animal Program (with naturalist David Stokes)

Bring the kids for this entertaining, fun, and informative hands-on animal program put on by award-winning naturalist David Stokes! Learn about mammals, amphibians and reptiles, see them up close and – if you’re feeling brave – touch them in this unforgettable nature program.

NOON – Bats of the World (presented by the Wisconsin DNR)

Uncover the mystery of these masters of the night through this DNR presentation on bats. Learn about what makes them so unique, how they live and fly, what they eat and the important role they play in our ecosystem.

2pm – Invasive Fish Species (presented by US Fish & Wildlife Service)

The Mississippi River is being invaded! Come learn about invasive fish species affecting the river in this presentation by a US Fish and Wildlife ranger. Learn about where the come from, how they get here, their impact on native species and the ecosystem and what you can do to help.

ALL DAY – Wildlife Refuge (presented by US Fish & Wildlife Service)

Established in 1924 as a protected area for birds, fish, wildlife and plants, the National Wildlife and Fish Refuge is an important feature of the Upper Mississippi. Come learn about the vital role the Refuge plays for Mississippi wildlife and the many different species that call it home.

10am – 4pm – Petting Zoo

Come say hello to some fun and furry critters at the all-day petting zoo. Check out an array of farm animals and let the kids experience them up close. Its fun for the whole family!