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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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Sunday Dec 03, 2017

Scenic Mississippi River Valley & National Eagle Center Tour

December 03, 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. 

Decades Rewind

December 03, 2017
  • Location: Mayo Civic Center
  • Address: 30 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, MN 55904
  • Venue: Mayo Civic Center

Decades Rewind is a National touring concert, dance party and theatrical performance all wrapped up in one blockbuster show! Celebrate the hits of the 60s, 70s and 80s from the most prominent decades in music history. Show your children your life at their age!

Friends of Quarry Hill Nature Art Show

December 03, 2017
  • Location: Quarry Hill Nature Center
  • Address: 701 Silver Creek Road NE, Rochester, MN 55906

Annual Art Show and Sale. Free admission. Paintings, pottery, jewelry, prints, photography, glass, wood, original art and more! 10% of all sales will be donated to the Quarry Hill Nature Center. Come on out and support local artists and a great nature center.    

Honors Choirs Glad Tidings! Concert

December 03, 2017
  • Location: Bethel Lutheran Church
  • Address: 810 Third Avenue SE, Rochester, MN 55902

A performance to unwrap the holiday season featuring all five Honors Choirs ensembles: Half Notes, Children's Chorus, Treble Choir, Chorale and Concert Choir.

Plainview Community Choir Christmas Concert and Cantata

December 03, 2017
  • Location: Plainview High School gym
  • Address: 500 West Broadway, Plainview, MN 55964

The life-changing message of The Jesus Gift is thoughtfully wrapped in the moving words and music of cherished Christmas songs (ranging from favorite carols to contemporary offerings by Michael W. Smith and Shannon Wexelberg) and beloved standards (such as "Light of the Stable" and "The Jesus Gift"). The Jesus Gift is the perfect offering for our community to experience this Christmastime!  

Sugar Plum Fairy Tea

December 03, 2017
  • Location: Kahler Apache Ballroom
  • Address: 1517 16th Street SW, Rochester, MN 55902
  • Venue: Kahler Apache

Enjoy a delightful afternoon tea with the graceful Sugar Plum Fairy and other costumed characters from Rochester Dance Company’s production of The Nutcracker! Enjoy a scrumptious array of treats and goodies, cupcakes crowned with frosting and hot chocolate bursting with marshmallows and peppermint sticks. When the Sugar Plum Fairy enters with her entourage of Nutcracker characters, it will be time for a sneak preview of The Nutcracker, to be performed at Mayo Civic Center in December.

Townsend Flea/Vintage Market

December 03, 2017
  • Location: Mayo Civic Center - Exhibit Hall
  • Address: 30 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, MN 55904
  • Venue: Mayo Civic Center

Come and be dazzled by vintage finds, antiques, collectibles, and repurposed items! You will also find avon and scentsy products and much, much more. So much to see!

Historic Mayowood Mansion Christmas Tour

December 03, 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.

Jolly Trolley Holiday Lights Tour

December 03, 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 03, 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.

UNRAVELED Escape Room

December 03, 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 03, 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.

Sunday Night Hosted Jam

December 03, 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.

Monday Dec 04, 2017

Archery Addiction

December 04, 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 04, 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 04, 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 04, 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.

UNRAVELED Escape Room

December 04, 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!

Assisi Heights Tour

December 04, 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.

Inscape: Exhibit by Tamsin Barlow and Alison McClockin

December 04, 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.

Tuesday Dec 05, 2017

Trivia Mafia

December 05, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Tuesday
  • Location: Grand Rounds Brew Pub
  • Address: 4 3rd Street SW, Rochester, MN 55902
  • Venue: Grand Rounds Brew Pub

Get your smartypants down to Grand Rounds Brewing Company for Tuesday night trivia with Trivia Mafia! Prizes and pints!

Advent: A Time of Expectant Waiting

December 05, 2017

What exactly are we waiting for? Come and see! Father Tom Loomis offers us few clues on this presentation, but rest assured, you will be moved by the Spirit! Currently he is shepherding a flock at Holy Spirit Catholic Community in Rochester. So…What are you waiting for?

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train

December 05, 2017
  • Location: Hy-Vee // Barlow Plaza
  • Address: 1315 6th Street NW, Rochester, MN 55901
  • Venue: Hy-Vee // Barlow Plaza

Get ready to ring in the holidays as the holiday train makes its 19th annual tour in an effort to raise money, food and awareness for local food banks. Bring a heart healthy donation. Live entertainment and fun! 

Holiday Music Performances

December 05, 2017
  • Address: 333 Apache Mall, Rochester, MN 55902
  • Venue: Apache Mall

Enjoy the holiday season with special music performances from the following at Apache Mall. Visit www.apachemall.com for all of the details!

Archery Addiction

December 05, 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! 

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