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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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Thursday Sep 14, 2017

Boys & Girls Club of Rochester Chili Challenge Fundraiser

September 14, 2017
  • Location: Peace Plaza Downtown
  • Address: 1st Avenue SW & 1st Street SW, Rochester, MN 55902
  • Venue: Peace Plaza Downtown

Chili Challenge is an event to generate community and financial support for Boys & Girls of Rochester. Attendees will have the chance to sample chilies from over 25 participants which include local businesses, restaurants, and other community representatives. The event will offer family activities, live music, decorated booths, and a variety of chilies and other foods to enjoy.   

Exhibit of Work by Nancy Grist and Kristine Fretheim

September 14, 2017 - October 21, 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. Nancy Grist has been practicing art and architecture in the Twin Cities area for 24 years and enjoys a sunny studio office in bustling Northeast Minneapolis. 

Historic Mayowood Mansion Tour

September 14, 2017 - October 26, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday
  • Location: Mayowood Mansion
  • Address: 3720 Mayowood Road SW, Rochester, MN 55902
  • Venue: Mayowood Mansion

The Mayowood Mansion tour allows you to experience this historic home of three generations of the Mayo Family. Each tour lasts about 1 hour. Purchase tickets at the Mayowood Mansion or the History Center. There are no tours given on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays and the mansion is closed on all major holidays.     

Sekapp Orchard

September 14, 2017 - October 31, 2017
  • Location: Sekapp Orchard
  • Address: 3415 Collegeview Road E, Rochester, MN 55904
  • Venue: Sekapp Orchard

Sekapp Orchard is conveniently located just minutes from downtown Rochester. With more than 170 acres of more than 100 varieties of fruits and vegetables, Sekapp is Rochester's largest grower of fresh produce. Access to the orchard and wagon rides will require a purchase of an apple bag per person who wishes to enter. 

Escape Challenge

September 14, 2017 - November 22, 2017

Locked in a room. 60 minutes on the clock. Can you complete the mission and escape the room before time expires? Choose your mission. Mission one is Norwegian Job. You are a group of thieves trying to get back your cash, diamonds and gold that are locked in a room. Can you find your loot and escape before time expires? Mission two is a rescue mission. Part of your team has been captured. You need to sneak into a cartel safe house, free the prisoners, and then find a way to escape. All... Visit Website