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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 17, 2017

Scenic Mississippi River Valley & National Eagle Center Tour

December 17, 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. 

ABC & Toy Zone Welcomes Santa

December 17, 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!

Loud Mouth Brass with Remi Moulder & Mike King Jazz Duo

December 17, 2017
  • Address: 212 N Broadway, Rochester, MN 55906
  • Venue: The Jive Mill

Loud Mouth Brass is coming to The Jive Mill! Come hang with us as we play your favorites, and toss in some holiday classics as well! Opening Act: Remi Moulder and Mike King jazz guitar duo

The 1940's Radio Hour: A Holiday Musical

December 17, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
  • Location: Rochester Civic Theatre
  • Address: 20 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, MN 55904
  • Venue: Rochester Civic Theatre Company

A different time is evoked in this award-winning, marvelous theatrical show, a live broadcast of "The Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade" from the Hotel Astor's Algonquin Room on December 21, 1942. The spirit of that bygone era, when the world was at war, is accurately captured as the harassed producer copes with all manner of mishaps between cast and crew.       

Historic Mayowood Mansion Christmas Tour

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 17, 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 17, 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 17, 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 17, 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 17, 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 18, 2017

ABC & Toy Zone Welcomes Santa

December 18, 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!

Andrew Walesch Trio- American Standards Trio

December 18, 2017
  • Location: Barbara Lips Atrium, Charlton Building, subway level
  • Address: 200 1st Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905

A music series performed every Monday by Mayo Clinic Center for Humanities in Medicine. All concerts are held Mondays from 12:10-1pm in the Barbara Lips Atrium, Charlton Building, subway level, unless otherwise noted.

Lorie Line: A Merry Little Christmas

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

This year's show will be one of the most intimate concerts in Lorie's 28th-year touring history. Simple but elegant, Lorie will be playing all of the favorite traditional carols that make her show unique. She will be bringing along her cast of characters, including Santa, and a special featured vocalist. 

Archery Addiction

December 18, 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 18, 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 18, 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 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.

UNRAVELED Escape Room

December 18, 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 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.

Inscape: Exhibit by Tamsin Barlow and Alison McClockin

December 18, 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 19, 2017

Trivia Mafia

December 19, 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!

ABC & Toy Zone Welcomes Santa

December 19, 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! Pets welcome between 4pm-7pm!

Archery Addiction

December 19, 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 19, 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 19, 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. 

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