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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 24, 2017

Scenic Mississippi River Valley & National Eagle Center Tour

December 24, 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 24, 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!

Photos with Santa

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 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 24, 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 24, 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.

Jazz Jam hosted by the D'Sievers

December 24, 2017 - January 28, 2018
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 4th Sunday
  • Address: 1005 6th Street NW, Rochester, MN 55901
  • Venue: Forager Brewery

Join the D'Sievers rhythm section for another Jazz Jam at Forager. These jams are always a lot of fun and you never know what might happen! Get your name on the sign up sheet and see what jazzy magic transpires. 

Monday Dec 25, 2017

Assisi Heights Tour

December 25, 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 25, 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 26, 2017

Trivia Mafia

December 26, 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!

Archery Addiction

December 26, 2017 - December 29, 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 26, 2017 - December 29, 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

Inscape: Exhibit by Tamsin Barlow and Alison McClockin

December 26, 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.

Jolly Trolley Holiday Lights Tour

December 26, 2017 - December 31, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • 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. 

UNRAVELED Escape Room

December 26, 2017 - December 31, 2017
  • 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!

Wednesday Dec 27, 2017

Burgers & Karaoke Wednesdays

December 27, 2017
  • Location: American Legion Post 92
  • Address: 315 1st Avenue NW, Rochester, MN 55901

Burgers and karaoke Wednesdays at the American Legion! See you there!

Archery Addiction

December 27, 2017 - December 29, 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 27, 2017 - December 29, 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

Inscape: Exhibit by Tamsin Barlow and Alison McClockin

December 27, 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.

Jolly Trolley Holiday Lights Tour

December 27, 2017 - December 31, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • 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. 

UNRAVELED Escape Room

December 27, 2017 - December 31, 2017
  • 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!

Thursday Dec 28, 2017

C4 Open Mic

December 28, 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 28, 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 28, 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!

Archery Addiction

December 28, 2017 - December 29, 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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