Just an hour south of the Twin Cities, the college town of Northfield makes a great excursion. Concerts at St. Olaf College are a great deal — they're free — but be careful; it's easy to spend a bundle in the town's nifty little shops.
What to do: Learn about the infamous 1876 bank raid at the Northfield Historical Society. Hike in Carleton College's Arboretum, or "Arb,'' along the Cannon River.
Concerts at St. Olaf College: Nov. 9, Festival of Bands. Nov. 17, Orchestra Family Concert. Nov. 24, Philharmonia and Norsemen Band.
Details: For more, see Scrappy Northfield.