Trifecta of the arts coming to Lake Pepin area

Fall is here and festivals are in full swing in southeastern Minnesota.

In the Lake Pepin area, three popular festivals are lined up in October, starting this weekend with the Fresh Art Fall Tour and the Red Wing Festival of the Arts. Later in the month, the towns of Pepin and Stockholm, Wisconsin will host the Flyway Film Festival.

Here’s a look at the events:

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Fresh Art Fall Tour

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Oct. 7, 8 & 9

The annual show takes place along the shores of Lake Pepin and through the scenic countryside of the Lake Pepin and Chippewa River valley. Visitors guide themselves along a tour of 17 artist studios and galleries–all while enjoying peak fall colors along the lake. Organizers expect thousands of visitors will wind through the roads that straddle Lake Pepin to visit artists and their studios. The tour is in its 14th year. For more information, visit Fresh Art Tour.

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Red Wing Fall Festival

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 8

10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 9

More than 100 artisans and crafters will gather in historic Red Wing for the 45th annual fair. The weekend will feature music, entertainment, outdoor dining and children’s activities. It’s sponsored by the Red Wing Arts Association. Artists will feature work in a variety of mediums. The National Trust for Historic Preservation placed Red Wing in its distinctive destinations list. For more information, visit the Red Wing Arts Association.

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Flyway Film Festival

October 20, 21, 22 and 23

In its fourth year, the Flyway Film Festival will showcase new local, regional American and international films. The festival takes places in Pepin and Stockholm, Wisconsin. The festival will feature more than 50 films, 30 visiting filmmakers, panel discussions and other workshops and events. For more information, visit the Flyway Film Festival.

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