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Rochester, MN Events

 The next big event is always just around the corner (or coming up soon!) in Rochester, MN. Annual can't-miss events include Winterfest and SocialIce (Rochester's outdoor ice bar) as well as RochesterFest and the Thursdays on First & 3rd festival every week from June 1 to August 31. Experience Rochester's friendliness and enthusiam for celebrating by attending one of our many entertaining events!    


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Saturday Nov 18, 2017

Old Order Amish Country Trolley Tour

November 18, 2017
  • Location: Your guide will pick you up directly at your hotel, or at any other location in Rochester!

Immerse yourself in the timeless culture of the Old Order Amish as we journey down roads less traveled back to a way of life based on simplicity, strong faith, and hard work. This enriching, scenic tour affords the opportunity to observe and learn first-hand about the Amish way of life, view one-room country school houses, observe travel by horse and buggy, attend an Amish produce auction, visit Amish homes and workshops, browse handcrafted furniture, quilts, baskets, and foodstuffs, and visit ... Visit Website

Stand-Up Comedy

November 18, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
  • Address: 2723 Commerce Drive NW, Rochester, MN 55901
  • Venue: Goonie's Comedy Club

Nationally touring comedians take our Rochester stage every Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 PM and 10:00 PM. These are the same comedians you've seen on Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime, and Late Night Talk Shows. Different performers every week! Click the link to our website to make a reservation and/or to see our upcoming shows.

UNRAVELED Escape Room

November 18, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: UNRAVELED Escape Room
  • Address: 300 11th Ave NW - Lower Level, Rochester, MN 55901

The Escape Room is a real life escape challenge where you come with a group of between 4 and 10 friends/family members/co-workers/etc and you get LOCKED UP! It is up to you and your team to find the clues and solves the puzzles in order to escape in time... First theme up: Escape From Alcatraz - Experience The Rock like never before!

Believe! The Polar Express with Allegro School of Music & Dance

November 18, 2017
  • Location: Rochester Public Library- Auditorium
  • Address: 101 2nd Street SE, Rochester, MN 55904
  • Venue: Rochester Public Library

All aboard a magical train where a dancing conductor will lead your family on a holiday journey that will spark you to believe!

Collective Unconscious Presents: The Last Waltz

November 18, 2017
  • Location: State Theatre
  • Address: 96 E 4th St, Zumbrota, MN 55992

Collective Unconscious returns to Zumbrota to perform their tribute concert to The Band. 

Diwali (Festival of Lights) Cultural Program

November 18, 2017
  • Location: Century High School Auditorium, Rochester, MN
  • Address: 2525 Viola Rd NE, Rochester, MN 55906

Diwali (Festival of Lights) Cultural Program Enjoy Rochester’s Premier Indian Talent Show and Ethnic Food! An evening of Indian cultural performances and dinner in celebration of Diwali. All are welcome!

Mayo Clinic Employee Craft Show

November 18, 2017
  • Location: Mayo Civic Center- Ballroom
  • Address: 30 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, MN 55904
  • Venue: Mayo Civic Center

Visit tables filled with hand crafted items for everyone on your shopping list, including you! The show is open to the public. Spread the word about this great show and the hundreds of beautiful hand-crafted items for sale. Free parking on Saturday at all the downtown ramps.

Meet Santa & His Reindeer!

November 18, 2017
  • Location: SCHEELS
  • Address: 1001 Apache Mall, Rochester, MN 55902
  • Venue: SCHEELS

Meet Santa and his live reindeer at SCHEELS. Enjoy Christmas classics, Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer & How the Grinch Stole Christmas, read by Santa. There will even be a surprise appearance by one of the storybook characters! Cookies & milk will be provided for kiddos and Starbucks coffee for parents.   

Santa Returns to the History Center

November 18, 2017

Join the History Center for pictures with Santa! This year they will have a photographer who will take the photos. Cookies and light beverages will be provided at no additional cost.

Wild Turkeys

November 18, 2017

This bird is on almost everyone's mind this time of year! Come to Oxbow and learn more about these fascinating creatures and their links to our nation's past.

Winter Container Pot Class

November 18, 2017
  • Location: Soul Purpose Boutique
  • Address: 321 s broadway, Rochester, MN 55904

Come and join us in the Soul Purpose studio and create your own gorgeous evergreen winter container pot(s). Pots will be available, or bring your own favorite pots from home. We ask that you pre-register you and friends with a $20 deposit. Your deposit goes toward your purchases at the class. The class itself is free! You only pay for the items you select to create your pot. 

Youth Climate Workshop

November 18, 2017
  • Location: Rochester Public Library
  • Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, MN 55904

Join Climate Generation's Youth Convening Minnesota project! Learn how to empower people to talk about climate change and inspire climate action in your community. Join us on November 18th for the kick-off to discuss solutions to climate change, climate science and storytelling, and meet with a team of youth from Rochester to kick off the planning of a public convening on climate change! All high school aged youth are welcome.

Southeastern Minnesota A Cappella Festival

November 18, 2017
  • Location: Mayo Civic Center
  • Address: 30 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, MN 55904
  • Venue: Mayo Civic Center

The award-winning, international touring ensemble, Women of the World, will headline SE MN a Cappella 2017. Joining them will be 14 high school choirs, University of Minnesota's 7Days A Cappella, Minnesota State University - Mankato's Maverick Vocal Precision, Great Northern Union, and Gospel Choir Armor of God. 

Art Exhibit: Maria Rose Adams and Lisa Arnold

November 18, 2017 - November 25, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Location: Crossings at Carnegie
  • Address: 320 East Ave., Zumbrota, MN 55992

The public is invited to this free event which will include an opportunity to view the art, meet the artists and enjoy wine and light snacks. The gallery is open to the public during business hours. We are not open on Sundays.

Historic Mayowood Mansion Christmas Tour

November 18, 2017 - December 17, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday
  • Location: Mayowood Mansion
  • Address: 3720 Mayowood Road SW, Rochester, MN 55902
  • Venue: Mayowood Mansion

Tours will begin at the History Center with light refreshments and a film about Mayowood and the Mayo family. Visitors will then ride a trolley up to the mansion and receive a guided one-hour tour to experience this historic home of three generations of the Mayo Family.  Tickets are available at the History Center; tours by reservation only. Thurs & Fri. at 10am, 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm; Sat. at 10am, 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm, 4pm; Sundays at 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm.

Photos with Santa

November 18, 2017 - December 24, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Address: 333 Apache Mall, Rochester, MN 55902
  • Venue: Apache Mall

Photos with Santa will be held in the JCPenney Court. Regular Hours: Monday – Saturday: 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM Sunday: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM Special Hours: Santa set will be closed on Thursday, November 23rd. 12/1: 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM 12/15 – 12/23: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM 12/24: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Break: 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM *Santa may take occasional breaks to feed the reindeer.

Assisi Heights Tour

November 18, 2017 - December 30, 2017

Enjoy a guided tour of Assisi Heights, home to the Sisters of Saint Francis, who were instrumental in establishing the first hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. Please call for tour reservations.

We Are Water Minnesota Exhibit

November 18, 2017 - December 30, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Location: Whitewater State Park
  • Address: 19041 Hwy 74, Altura, MN 55910
  • Venue: Whitewater State Park

We are Water Minnesota is a local piece of the Smithsonian's "Think Water" initiative to raise awareness of water as a critical resource for life through exhibitions, educational resources and public programs. The exhibit will be on display at Whitewater State Park through December.  

Sunday Nov 19, 2017

Iconic Rochester Trolley Tour

November 19, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday
  • Location: Downtown Rochester Marriott Hotel
  • Address: 101 1st Ave SW, Rochester, MN 55901

Discover "Iconic Rochester" and see the Med City with fresh eyes! Whether you're a short-term visitor, relative newcomer, or lifelong resident, this tour is guaranteed to be engaging. An itinerary of Rochester's top 25 ICONIC sites will be given to every tour participant upon boarding. Tickets available online, by phone, or at the trolley upon boarding.

Scenic Mississippi River Valley & National Eagle Center Tour

November 19, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday
  • Location: Pick up directly at your hotel or any location in Rochester

Relax and enjoy the scenic beauty and unique culture of the Upper Mississippi River Valley, rated among the top scenic drives in America. We'll journey through picturesque "Bluff Country" on our way to the mighty river where we'll visit Whitewater State Park visitor center, an apple house and/or elegant winery, a magical toy shop that is the largest in the country, historic river towns, and the National Eagle Center. 

UNRAVELED Escape Room

November 19, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: UNRAVELED Escape Room
  • Address: 300 11th Ave NW - Lower Level, Rochester, MN 55901

The Escape Room is a real life escape challenge where you come with a group of between 4 and 10 friends/family members/co-workers/etc and you get LOCKED UP! It is up to you and your team to find the clues and solves the puzzles in order to escape in time... First theme up: Escape From Alcatraz - Experience The Rock like never before!

Festival of Music Concert

November 19, 2017
  • Location: First Presbyterian Church
  • Address: 512 3rd Street SW, Rochester, MN 55902

Rachel Laurin has performed organ recitals in major cities in Canada, the United States and Europe. Rachel Laurin has been Associate Organist at St-Joseph’s Oratory, Montreal and Titular Organist at Notre Dame Cathedral, Ottawa. Well known as an improviser, she now devotes herself to composition, recitals, master-classes and lectures. 

Historic Mayowood Mansion Christmas Tour

November 19, 2017 - December 17, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday
  • Location: Mayowood Mansion
  • Address: 3720 Mayowood Road SW, Rochester, MN 55902
  • Venue: Mayowood Mansion

Tours will begin at the History Center with light refreshments and a film about Mayowood and the Mayo family. Visitors will then ride a trolley up to the mansion and receive a guided one-hour tour to experience this historic home of three generations of the Mayo Family.  Tickets are available at the History Center; tours by reservation only. Thurs & Fri. at 10am, 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm; Sat. at 10am, 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm, 4pm; Sundays at 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm.

Photos with Santa

November 19, 2017 - December 24, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Address: 333 Apache Mall, Rochester, MN 55902
  • Venue: Apache Mall

Photos with Santa will be held in the JCPenney Court. Regular Hours: Monday – Saturday: 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM Sunday: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM Special Hours: Santa set will be closed on Thursday, November 23rd. 12/1: 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM 12/15 – 12/23: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM 12/24: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Break: 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM *Santa may take occasional breaks to feed the reindeer.

Sunday Night Hosted Jam

November 19, 2017 - December 31, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday
  • Location: Kathy's Pub
  • Address: 307 S Broadway, Rochester, MN 55904
  • Venue: Kathy's Pub

Every Sunday Night at 8:30pm Kathy's Pub features some of the best musicians SE Minnesota.

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