When: Saturday, October 16, 2021
Time: 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Caponi Art Park
Cost: Free
Parking: Main parking lot
Volunteer Opportunities Available >> Yes, I’d like to volunteer! 

Come out to the park for a seasonal celebration of all things fall. Pop on your favorite hoodie and join us for the changing colors of the forest and all the fun that comes with it—like our annual leaf pile! Enjoy arts and crafts activities, make-your-own sweet treats, and more while spending time in the urban oasis of Caponi Art Park.

Schedule of Events

Leaf Pile
12:00–4:00 p.m.
Northside Valley
What would Leaf Fest be without the biggest pile of leaves we could muster? Jump, play, and frolic through the grand collection of fallen oak, maple, and birch leaves for a fun fall tradition. Limits on the number of participants at a time may apply; masks are strongly recommended.

12:00–4:00 p.m.
Northside Fire Pit
“First, you take the graham. You stick the chocolate on the graham. Then, you roast the mallow. When the mallow’s flaming, you stick it on the chocolate. Then, you cover it with the other end. Then, you scarf.”

Scavenger Hunt
12:00–4:00 p.m.
Northside Sculpture Walk
Solve a few tricky riddles to discover some of our favorite sculptures at the park. Pick up a park map, a clue sheet, and a pencil at the info booth in the studio parking lot to participate, then bring the completed page back for a prize!

Wax Leaf Casting
12:00–4:00 p.m.
Northside Activity Center
Park founder Anthony Caponi was a pioneer in Minnesota’s metal casting community, pouring liquid hot metal into molds to create his sculptures. Learn about this exciting artistic medium and cast your own wax leaf to take home for a crafty seasonal souvenir.

Fall Foliage Nature Walk
12:30 & 2:00 p.m.
Studio Parking Lot
Why do some trees change colors in the fall while others stay green year-round? What happens to the grasses and ferns during the winter, and why do some plants not grow back in the springtime? Learn the science behind the beautiful changing colors on this guided nature walk. 

Tours will meet by the sculpture Walk in Outer Space located in the studio parking lot on the north side of the park. Capacity is limited to 20 participants and is first come, first served. Tours will last roughly 30 minutes.

Performance by BS Project
1:00 p.m.
Studio Parking Lot
BS Project is a Twin Cities-based duo created with interest in expanding the limited repertoire written for oboe and saxophone. In 2019, they held a call for scores and received over 80 new works for the instrument pairing. Currently immersed in a multi-site Art Park “Mini Concert Series,” they are premiering these new compositions for oboe, saxophone, and all their instruments’ variations.

Their show “Hues and Views” is a program consisting of “colorful music,” with selections including Sy Brandon’s Prism, MN composer Katherine Bergman’s Susurrus, and Japanese composer Yu Tsuruku’s Pastorales in Three Colors. Also featuring music by local composers Daniel Nass and Jonathan Posthuma, come hear these unique and color-inspired duets in the peaceful surroundings of nature.