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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

Friday Sep 15, 2017

Comfort Food & Live Music Fridays

September 15, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday
  • Location: American Legion Post 92
  • Address: 315 1st Avenue NW, Rochester, MN 55901

Come see us on Friday for some comfort food and live music. Call or check website for lineup. See you there!

Stand-Up Comedy

September 15, 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.

Beers of the World

September 15, 2017
  • Location: Mayo Civic Center
  • Address: 30 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, MN 55904
  • Venue: Mayo Civic Center

This event features more than 40 vendor tables with more than 150 beers! Each attendee gets a "Beers of the World" glass that is yours to keep! There will be some raffles with fabulous prizes and live entertainment as well!! Attendees must be 21 years of age to enter, and photo IDs will be checked by security personnel at the event.

Farm Friday

September 15, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday
  • Location: Red Barn Learning Farm
  • Address: 27251 MN-30, Hayfield, MN 55940

Join us for Farm Fridays! We are open to the public on Fridays from 10am-3pm. Please see our website for more details. 

Walt Whitman: Leaves of Grass - Illuminated

September 15, 2017
  • Location: Crossings at Carnegie
  • Address: 320 East Ave., Zumbrota, MN 55992

Crossings presents: Patrick Scully’s Leaves of Grass – Illuminated. This solo performance by Patrick Scully summons the spirit of America’s great poet, Walt Whitman, revealing Whitman’s many sides: from the furtive—changing genders to “straighten things up”, to the fierce—defying the censors and getting banned in Boston. 

The Good Doctor by Neil Simon

September 15, 2017 - September 30, 2017

Simon has concocted a laughter-filled event of short plays inspired by the writings of Anton Chekhov. The stories are droll, the portraits affectionate, the humor infectious, and the fun unending. After all, it is Neil Simon! The Doctor is in, at the Rep!

Exhibit of Work by Nancy Grist and Kristine Fretheim

September 15, 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. 

Downtown Rochester Food Tour

September 15, 2017 - October 28, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
  • Location: Downtown Rochester

Come enjoy the delicious food and sites of downtown Rochester. Our leisurely three hour walking food and cultural tour will feature five tastings, while exploring what makes Rochester Minnesota one of Money Magazines "Best Places to Live." 

Sekapp Orchard

September 15, 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 15, 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

Going Up Live

September 15, 2017 - January 12, 2018
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday
  • Location: Potbelly Sandwich Shop
  • Address: 318 1st Avenue SW, Rochester, MN 55902
  • Venue: Potbelly Sandwich Shop

Join us for live acoustic music and your favorite toasted sandwich.

Saturday Sep 16, 2017

Old Order Amish Country Trolley Tour

September 16, 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

September 16, 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.

3rd Annual Arts & Heritage Day

September 16, 2017
  • Location: Chatfield Center for the Arts
  • Address: 405 Main St S, Chatfield, MN 55923

The 3rd Annual Arts & Heritage Day in Chatfield, MN on Saturday, September 16 features an indoor art fair, new art exhibitions, exceptional live music, community food vendors, and family art activities on the 2-block campus of Chatfield Center for the Arts in the heart of beautiful Chatfield, MN. 

Assisi Heights Art Tour - Option 1

September 16, 2017

Visit Assisi Heights’ “Halls of Franciscan Artistry.” Our tour begins with highlighting artwork in various mediums including oil, watercolor, pottery, fabric art, and iconography. Along the way, we will see needlepoint, calligraphy, photography, and copper enameling. The collection highlights 140 years of artistic creativity!  

Book Folding 101

September 16, 2017

Do you have old hardcover books on the shelf and don’t know what to do with them? If so, find a centimeter ruler and a pencil, and you will have the tools you need to get started book folding. It is easy and the results are beautiful. Select two books of at least 100 pages and be prepared to turn them into a work of art! Bring your ruler, pencil and books to the session. 

Celebrate Learning

September 16, 2017
  • Location: Mayo Memorial Park
  • Address: 301 6th St SE, Rochester, MN 55904

Join Celebrate Learning for this free event to celebrate those who have inspired you! Personally say thanks to hundreds of educators in our community. Celebrate Learning 2017 is an inaugural event, in partnership with the Rochester Downtown Farmers Market ,with many activities, prizes, and opportunities for inspiration.

Festive Mixology - A Signature Cocktail Experience

September 16, 2017

Great cause, delectable custom cocktails and mocktails, delicious appetizers, AND live music from local singers! Sounds like a great time, doesn't it? Join us for the 5th annual Festive Mixology benefiting Hiawatha Homes!  

Harvest at Salem Glen Winery

September 16, 2017

Salem Glen invites you to join us for our harvest event! During the 3 hour harvest/picking you will learn about growing grapes, checking ripeness and the start of the winemaking process. After the harvest, wine and appetizers will be served on the deck or in the pavilion. For information or to register for these events send us an email!

Powderfinger Presents Neil Young 72nd Birthday Bash

September 16, 2017
  • Location: State Theatre
  • Address: 96 E. 4th Street, Zumbrota, MN 55992

Powderfinger has been performing their Neil Young tribute show for more than a decade. Seemingly effortlessly, they create the Neil Young and Crazy Horse sound everyone loves. Listeners are treated to a truly great experience for any fan of Young’s music.

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