I never knew about National Alpaca Farm Days until 2020 when we were looking for something outdoors to do, and an alpaca farm called Foggy Bottom had a FREE open house!
Then I saw that other alpaca farms have open houses too during this one weekend – the last weekend in September.
Keep reading for events happening this year!
(Unfortunately Foggy Bottom doesn’t have an open house this year but read about our visit at the bottom.)
FREE National Alpaca Farm Days Events
Here are events happening near the Twin Cities in 2023 (all are free as of this posting)!
Though they’re all outside the Twin Cities, they make a good day trip, at about 1-2 hours away!
For more places participating nationwide, check out this website.
Otherwise, here are local events:
Crimson Sunrise Farm Alpacas
16529 110th Street SE
(northwest of the Twin Cities just past Monticello)
12:00pm – 5:00pm
** FREE fun for the entire family!!!**
-Barn Tours for an up close alpaca experience
with our friendly animals
-Shopping in the Farm Store: apparel for all
ages, & many unique alpaca themed
**Don’t miss out!!! Make plans to join us!!**
Triple T Alpaca
15414 140th St.
(northwest of the Twin Cities near Milaca)
September 23rd & 24th
9:00am – 3:00pm
-Shop local vendors
-Grab food from the Food Truck
Evergreen Oasis Farm
34133 Oasis Road
Center City, MN
(northeast of the Twin Cities, east of North Branch)
10:00am – 2:00pm
Join us for our 4th National Alpaca Farm Day(s)
°Visit & feed the animals (alpaca & sheep)
°Watch fleece, yarn & spinning demos from our friend Denise w/ Gone Astray Farm
°Learn about our sponsorship program & volunteer opportunities
°Pick flowers from the u-pick field
°Gather & harvest your own sunflower seeds to take home and preserve for next year ( or to feed the birds)
°Shop the barn market & special guest vendors
°Learn what it takes to raise alpaca (and sheep) – Receive our special NAFD specials on animals available for purchase
°Save 15% on birthday parties, weddings & other events when saving the date during National Alpaca Farm Days
Peaceful Acres Alpacas
4432 Clementa Ave. SW
Waverly, MN 55390
1:00 – 4:00pm
Spend some time with the Alpacas. Have some hot cider and treats. Browse our alpaca products and shop for early Christmas gifts! (Venmo, paypal, cash or checks only)
Live Music by Nick Love!
Vermillion River Alpacas
18495 Goodwin Ave
Hastings, MN 55033
10:00am – 5:00pm
10:00am – 3:00pm
Join us for our open house September 23rd and 24th 2023. Meet our alpacas and learn more about these inquisitive, unique animals. Other activities include;
- Tour the farm
- Experience the alpacas up close
- Tour the fiber processing mill, see how wool and alpaca products are made
- Shop for alpaca products
- Feed the sheep and goats their favorite treat
Double S Alpaca LLC
34022 Nacre St NW
Princeton, MN 55371
10:00am – 4:00pm
Our farm will be open for everyone to come and see our alpacas and ask questions. We will have activity(ies) for children. People may also interact with our chickens, turkeys and livestock guardian dogs. Refreshments available.
Free of charge.
There’s one event happening another weekend earlier in September:
Whispering Oaks Alpacas
21851 Calmor Ave
Prior Lake, MN 55372
(south of the Twin Cities, near/west of Lakeville)
11:00am – 4:00pm
Check each venue for updates before you go.
And to get an idea what these open houses are like, read our visit to an alpaca farm, Foggy Bottom Alpacas in Isanti!
The open house was all day Saturday and Sunday and there were various animals (not just alpacas), a food truck and some activities.
The farm is family-owned and started in 2008. It’s on 20 acres and is just an hour or so north of the Twin Cities. They have an on-site store with various items made from alpaca products like gloves, scarves, and socks (which are really warm by the way, and not itchy like wool)!
Tours were given regularly and we enjoyed this and learning about the alpacas.
Alpacas are actually members of the camel family, and are generally very quiet and gentle animals. They’re very social animals and eat mostly grass.
We fed them some grass and watched them interact.
Alpacas are actually not llamas – they’re different. Llamas are bigger than alpacas, and are independent.
Want to learn about alpacas firsthand with your kids?
What other events do you know of?