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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 Dec 07, 2017

C4 Open Mic

December 07, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • Location: Cafe Steam
  • Address: 315 S Broadway, Rochester, MN 55904

Come one come all! Performers, poets, musicians, comedians, and all others to this one of a kind open mic night hosted by Concerned Citizens for a Creative Community currently at Cafe Steam!

Gourmet Dinner // Tour with Winemaker

December 07, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • Location: Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery
  • Address: 78757 State Highway 16, Spring Valley, MN 55975
  • Venue: Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery

Enjoy wine, hors d'oeuvres and a gourmet dinner as you tour Four Daughters Winery with the winemaker! Please email Events@FourDaughtersVineyard.com or call 507-346-7300 to make your reservation in advance.

Live Music | The Doggery

December 07, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • Location: The Doggery
  • Address: 18 3rd Street SW, Rochester, MN 55902
  • Venue: The Doggery

Enjoy live music every Thursday at The Doggery!

Board Art Workshop

December 07, 2017
  • Location: Soul Purpose Boutique
  • Address: 321 S Broadway, Rochester, MN 55904

Join The Creative Gathering at Soul Purpose Boutique for a holiday themed Board Art Workshop. Pre-registration is required. Visit www.soulpurposeboutique.com for more details.

Healthy Holiday Open House

December 07, 2017
  • Location: Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center 6th Floor
  • Address: 525 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55902

You’re invited to the annual holiday open house at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living program and Rejuvenate Spa! Stop by to explore our state-of-the-art facility, enjoy free services and refreshments – even get a jump on your holiday shopping. Special events and promotions.

Locavore Artist Talks

December 07, 2017
  • Location: Rochester Art Center
  • Address: 40 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, MN 55904
  • Venue: Rochester Art Center

Please join the Locavore artists for artist speed round talks. We wanted to offer insight with the artists and their work for Locavore, but with an exhibition of this scope, we are doing it in a speed round, so each artist will have 5 minutes to speak about their work. Please stay for refreshments and questions after.  

Savannah Smith and Andy Cook

December 07, 2017
  • Address: 212 N Broadway, Rochester, MN 55906

Join us for a singer-songwriter evening, “In the Round” with Andy Cook and Savannah Smith. Gathered around the room with musicians at the center, this unique experience will be a surprising new way of experiencing these musicians and their songs.

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some)!

December 07, 2017 - December 09, 2017

“Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some)," is a comedy where three actors debate (then agree) to perform every Christmas story ever told — plus Christmas traditions from around the world — plus seasonal icons from ancient times to topical pop-culture, AND every Christmas carol ever sung. This madcap romp through the holiday season accomplishes the small miracle of making all Christmas myths seem both utterly ridiculous and absolutely essential!

The 1940's Radio Hour: Dinner Theatre

December 07, 2017 - December 14, 2017

This holiday season we are offering a special treat to theatre lovers and hard working folk alike - for 2 nights only: Thursday Dec 7 and Thursday Dec 14 only! Gather a group large or small for dinner at the theatre before the live performance of The 1940's Radio Hour. Dinner Theatre Tickets include a 3-course meal, 2 beverages of your choice, and a ticket to see The 1940's Radio Hour Holiday Musical.       

Historic Mayowood Mansion Christmas Tour

December 07, 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.

ABC & Toy Zone Welcomes Santa

December 07, 2017 - December 22, 2017
  • Location: ABC and Toy Zone
  • Address: 122 17th Avenue NW, Rochester, MN 55901
  • Venue: ABC and Toy Zone

Santa is coming to town again! Come out and see him at the ABC & Toy Zone. Be aware, Santa will be taking time out each day to feed the reindeer, so please be patient!

Archery Addiction

December 07, 2017 - December 22, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring every week day
  • Address: 3020 N Broadway Avenue Suite 200, Rochester, MN 55906

Want a challenge? Come visit Rochester's only Archery Combat facility! 90 minutes of pure adrenaline and fun! Think dodgeball with bows. Immerse yourself in an epic battle between friends, workmates or people you've just met! 

Escape Challenge

December 07, 2017 - December 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

Jolly Trolley Holiday Lights Tour

December 07, 2017 - December 23, 2017
  • Location: Peace Plaza Downtown in front of Marriott Hotel
  • Address: 1st Avenue SW & 1st Street SW, Rochester, MN 55902
  • Venue: Peace Plaza Downtown

Do something extra-special with your family, friends, and children this holiday season! Experience some of Rochester's most creative lights displays! Enjoy classic holiday music aboard the warmth of a lighted, decorated, & heated trolley. Reservations required for guaranteed seating. Purchase tickets online at www.RochesterMNtours.com, click BOOK to check seat availability for specific dates and times. Walk-up tickets based on availability. 

Photos with Santa

December 07, 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.


December 07, 2017 - December 24, 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!

Inscape: Exhibit by Tamsin Barlow and Alison McClockin

December 07, 2017 - December 30, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Crossings at Carnegie
  • Address: 320 East Ave, Zumbrota, MN 55992

The public is invited to meet the artists (Barlow & McClocklin) and view their work at a reception at Crossings. Both Barlow and McClockin love the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins, who uses the term “inscape” in his work. Inscape means the “thingness” of a thing to sanctity. Bartlow and McClockin feel that each creation has a special inscape and they wish as artists to render that uniqueness, that special sanctifying beauty through art.

Live DJ Thursday Nights

December 07, 2017 - September 27, 2018
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • Location: Kathy's Pub
  • Address: 307 S Broadway Avenue, Rochester, MN 55904
  • Venue: Kathy's Pub

Thursday Nights: Kathy's Pub features live DJs from 10pm to close!