Rochester MN Guide to July Events

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July is here, summer is in full swing and we are loving it! There are so many fun things happening in our community. Be sure to check out our upcoming Rochester MN moms Blog events! We have some great things planned for you!

Upcoming RMMB Events

Stay tuned for the upcoming Rochester MN Moms Blog Events! More details will be announced soon. Stay in the know about all things RMMB by subscribing to our newsletter here. We cannot wait to see you this summer!

July 10th

Forager Happy Hour

Join us at Forager Brewery for a fun, social happy hour! Come and meet new friends or grab your closest friends and have a night out. Enjoy **HALF OFF** all drinks thanks to Forager Brewing Company! You might consider ordering our signature drink for the evening: a twist on their classic Sangria! Made especially for us!
We’ll have fun giveaways including a pair of tickets to our upcoming Family Foodie Fare!
Can’t wait to see you there!

Address: 1005 6th Street NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm
Cost: Half off drinks
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August 13th

Costco Mom Hour: Back to School Edition

Rochester MN Moms Blog is happy to host our 2nd Costco Mom Hour! This next event will be a special Back to School Edition and Costco will be staying open later JUST FOR US! Join us for an evening of specials, exclusive shopping, back to school deals, swag, giveaways, food and more!

Address: Costco, 2020 Commerce Dr NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cost: FREE
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August 17th

Moms Who Lunch | Bleu Duck Kitchen


August 20th

Family Foodie Fare

Join us on Sunday, August 20 for a fun event which will bring families together to taste and enjoy the BEST food downtown Rochester has to offer!

In true Top-Chef Style, you will taste a kid and adult sample from each of our participating restaurants and vote for your favorite. The winner will be named Top Family Foodie Fare Restaurant in Rochester!

Address: Peace Plaza
Time: 11:00am-1:00pm
Cost: Tickets prices will be announced soon! Sign up for our newsletter to stay in the know!
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Saturday July 1st

Rochester Downtown Farmers Market

Head downtown for the summer market! Fresh produce, homemade goods, local meats and so much more!

Address: 4th St and 4th Ave SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 7:30am-12:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Summerfest | Stewartville

Join the fun in Stewartville to celebrate our freedom! July 1-4! Street dance, volleyball tournament, FREE picnic, movies in the park, car show, parade, fireworks and so much more! Find the schedule of events here.

Address: Florence Park, 371 Lakeshore Dr, Stewartville, 55976
Time: July 1-4, events times vary
Cost: several FREE events, more information here.
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Walk Around the World | IMMA

Celebrate the success of refugees and immigrants in the community! Food and product vendors including Lazzez Restaurant, Carroll’s Corn, chinese paintings, and cultural clothing, dresses, and jewelery. Cultural booths and dance and song performances including Somali, Anuak, Ethiopian, Indian, Chinese, Hmong, Vietnamese, Mexican, Syrian, Indo-Chinese, and Sudanese. Also, a performance by the Rochester Police K-9 Unit! Don’t miss it!

Address: RCTC Regional Sports Center, 851 30th Ave SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 11:00am-2:00pm
Cost: FREE admission
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Free Family Movie | CineMagic Hollywood Theater

Cinemagic Hollywood 12 is hosting FREE family movies in partnership with Channel One Food Bank. Bring a donation if you can and enjoy a movie with your family! The movie on Saturday July 1 is Paddington.

Address: 2171 Superior Drive NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 9:00am
Cost: FREE
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Free Kids’ Workshop | Home Depot

This is a hands-on workshop where you and your child can celebrate our 20th Anniversary of Kids Workshops by building a bug house you can use to get a closer look at some many-legged friends in your own backyard. Once the project is complete, your child can personalize their bug house with paint. All kids get to keep their project, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last.

Address: 3050 41st St NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Think and Do Free Family Day | Rochester Art Center

Since 2004, children and families have taken part in one of Rochester Art Center’s most popular and exciting programs, Think and Do Free Family Day. The first Saturday of each month, admission to Rochester Art Center is free for everyone. Guests are invited to create original art pieces in the studio classroom, our Grand Lobby and occasionally off-site with a collaborative partner.

Address: 40 Civic Center Dr SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Reptiles | Chester Woods Park

Meet in the Kisrow Classroom as Chester Woods staff present a couple reptiles. This is a great program for learning interesting reptile facts as well as the opportunity to touch a couple, if you desire.
Address: Chester Woods Park, 8378 Highway 14 E Eyota, 55934
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Ice Cream Making | Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo

Get ready for the heat of summer as we teach you how to make your own ice cream and eat it too!
Address: 5731 County Road 105 NW, Byron, MN 55920
Time: 1:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Sensory Screening | Paragon Chateau Theaters

These screenings are open to children with special needs and their families. The lights are up, and the sound is down. You are totally free to move around. The Saturday June 17th movie is Captain Underpants.

Address: 3450 East Circle Drive NE, Rochester, 55906
Time: 10:00am
Cost: Tickets are available at the theater.
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Sunday July 2nd

Summerfest | Stewartville

Join the fun in Stewartville to celebrate our freedom! July 1-4! Street dance, volleyball tournament, FREE picnic, movies in the park, car show, parade, fireworks and so much more! Find the schedule of events here.

Address: Florence Park, 371 Lakeshore Dr, Stewartville, 55976
Time: July 1-4, events times vary
Cost: several FREE events, more information here.
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Bird Banding Program | Quarry Hill Nature Center

Experience the beauty of birds up close as you try your hand at trapping, netting, banding and releasing birds.

Address: 701 Silver Creek Road NE, Rochester, 55906
Time: 1:30pm-2:30pm
Cost: FREE to members, $2/adult $1/child
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Fourth of July Fun | Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester

Come and celebrate Independence Day with us at the Minnesota Children’s Museum in Rochester! Fireworks are the symbol of Independence Day. Stop by the museum for some patriotic fun and let your children explore the colors of the fireworks in our Art Studio. And it couldn’t be better; the museum is free thanks to our sponsors from Bremer Bank!

Address: 1643 N. Broadway St., Suite A River Center Plaza Rochester, 55906
Time: 12:00pm-4:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Monday July 3rd

Summerfest | Stewartville

Join the fun in Stewartville to celebrate our freedom! July 1-4! Street dance, volleyball tournament, FREE picnic, movies in the park, car show, parade, fireworks and so much more! Find the schedule of events here.

Address: Florence Park, 371 Lakeshore Dr, Stewartville, 55976
Time: July 1-4, events times vary
Cost: several FREE events, more information here.
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Tuesday July 4th

Salute to the 4th

Car and motorcycle show, skate and BMX contest, live music, food trucks,  kids camp hosted by Med City FC and Med City Freeze, fireworks and an after party!

Address: Silver Lake Swimming Pool, 7th St NE, Rochester, 55901
Time: 3:00pm-12:00am
Cost: FREE admission
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Summerfest | Stewartville

Join the fun in Stewartville to celebrate our freedom! July 1-4! Street dance, volleyball tournament, FREE picnic, movies in the park, car show, parade, fireworks and so much more! Find the schedule of events here.

Address: Florence Park, 371 Lakeshore Dr, Stewartville, 55976
Time: July 1-4, events times vary
Cost: several FREE events, more information here.
Website

Wednesday July 5th

StarLAB at Byron Primary School

Visit the Eagle Bluff STARLAB at Byron Primary School. Two sessions held: 1pm & 2:30pm. Space is limited. 820 7th Street NE, Byron, MN. The STARLAB program features an inflatable planetarium to showcase 3,000 stars of different colors and sizes, as well as the constellations.

Address: 820 7th St NE, Byron, 55920

Time: 1:00pm & 2:30

Cost: FREE

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Summer Fun: The Zoo Man | Rochester Public Library

The Zoo Man visits the library with some of his unusual and interesting animals and reptiles! Join us for a fun and educational program. This program is best suited for ages 4 and above.
Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 10:00am-11:00am
Cost: FREE
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Thursday July 6th

Thursdays on First and 3rd

Thursdays on First & 3rd Summer Market & Music Festival is a weekly outdoor market of over 100 art, craft and food vendors and live entertainment every Thursday throughout the summer.

Address: First Avenue SW / Peace Plaza
Time: 11:00am-8:30pm
Cost: FREE admission
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Family Dance Party | Rochester Public Library

Lights, shakers, dance! Put on your dancing shoes for 30 minutes of non-stop dancing fun!
Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 10:00am-10:30am
Cost: FREE
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Go! Play! Explore! Mobile Rec Trailer | Rochester Park and Recreation

The Mobile Rec Trailer is loaded with interactive games and equipment and will travel to parks and green space all around the City this summer. Rochester Parks and Recreation staff will lead kids of all ages in fun, unique and engaging outdoor activities designed to increase activity, spontaneity, and interactions with friends and neighbors!

Address: East Park, 1738 East Center St, Rochester
Time: 10:30am-2:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Cultivating Gratitude with Channel One Food Bank | Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester

Come for fun family activity about cultivating gratitude and mindful eating! Channel 1 Regional Food Bank will be here for that with information on their mission and family volunteering opportunities.

Address: 1643 N. Broadway St., Suite A River Center Plaza Rochester, 55906
Time: 10:00am-11:00am
Cost: $5.50 ages 1-101, free to members
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Friday July 7th

Camp Grand: Wet and Wild | Quarry Hill Nature Center

Kids and grandparents will explore the pond and the life found in it on this wet & wild adventure. Go fishing and be a part of wildlife research when we mark and measure turtles! Test your skill at survival during our Scales and Slime Survival Game. Later, relax during a memorable show & tell with some of our live scaly & slimy animals. Ages 6-10.

Address: 701 Silver Creek Road NE, Rochester, 55906
Time: 9:00am-2:00pm
Cost: $35/members, $45
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Camp Grand: Amazing Mamals | Quarry Hill Nature Center

From a 2-inch shrew to a 120-foot whale, mammals are Amazing! Learn about these warm-blooded creatures when you become an animal scientist. Practice mammal trapping, tracking and even ‘train’ a mammal by constructing a mammal maze. Round out the day with a hike to the cave to learn about our resident flying mammals, bats! Ages 4-7.

Address: 701 Silver Creek Road NE, Rochester, 55906
Time: 9:00am-2:00pm
Cost: $35/members, $45
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Hambone Music Festival

2-Day Outdoor Music and Arts Festival – Family Friendly! 11 Bands, Arts & Crafts vendors, Food and Beverages on site, Free educational workshops. Kids activities on Saturday, Free on-site parking!

Address: 1195 W Circle Dr SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 4:00pm-12:30am
Cost: FREE admission
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Farm Fridays |Red Barn Learning Farm

The farm is open for family fun!

Address: 27251 State Highway 30, Hayfield, 55940
Time: 10:00am-3:00pm
Cost: $6 (+tax) for age 1 and over
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Dancing Fun with Tippi Toes | Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester

Dancing is always fun. Come for a fun morning with Tippi Toes Dance Company at 11 am. There’s so many ways to play and dance the day away!

Address: 1643 N. Broadway St., Suite A River Center Plaza Rochester, 55906
Time: 11:00am-11:30am
Cost: $5.50 ages 1-101, free to members
Website

Saturday July 8th

Rochester Downtown Farmers Market

Head downtown for the summer market! Fresh produce, homemade goods, local meats and so much more!

Address: 4th St and 4th Ave SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 7:30am-12:00pm
Cost: FREE
Website

Zumba in the Park

Back again this summer! Free class for all levels.

Address: Kutzky Park, 298 13th Ave NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 10:00am-11:00am
Cost: FREE
Website

Hambone Music Festival

2-Day Outdoor Music and Arts Festival – Family Friendly! 11 Bands, Arts & Crafts vendors, Food and Beverages on site, Free educational workshops. Kids activities on Saturday, Free on-site parking!

Address: 1195 W Circle Dr SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 1:00pm-11:30pm
Cost: FREE admission
Website

Family Storytime at Quarry Hill Nature Center | Rochester Public Library

Please join Rochester Public Library staff at the Quarry Hill Nature Center Pond Pavilion for stories, songs, puppets, rhymes, and more!
Address: 701 Silver Creek Rd NE, Rochester, 55906
Time: 10:00am-10:30am
Cost: FREE
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Nature Sun Catchers | Chester Woods Park

This is a fun summer craft for the kids. We will hike around the park briefly collecting items to place on our sun catchers and then meet back at a picnic shelter to put them all together. Shelter meeting location will be posted at the gatehouse on day of event. (Ages 4-8)
Address: Chester Woods Park, 8378 Highway 14 E Eyota, 55934
Time: 1:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Campfire Making | Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo

Learn how to build the appropriate type of fire to cook an entire meal. A naturalist will show ingredients, meal preparation, cooking technique, and taste testing a campfire meal.
Address: 5731 County Road 105 NW, Byron, MN 55920
Time: 6:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Go for the Gold 5K Run, 3K Family Fun Walk and Kid Races

This event is in its 26th year (formerly the MacAttack), and has always been successfully welcomed and supported by the community. There will also be Kid Races offered! Face painting, a dunk tank and balloon animals will also be part of the fun.

Address: Silver Lake, Rochester, 55906
Time: 7:00am-11:00am
Cost: $12-$30
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USPS Mail Carrier | Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester

Come  for this exciting program with “our” mailman from the US post office. You’ll get a unique chance to see the mail truck up close and then learn about what it’s like to be a mailman and deliver all those letters on time!

Address: 1643 N. Broadway St., Suite A River Center Plaza Rochester, 55906
Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm
Cost: $5.50 ages 1-101, free to members
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Sunday July 9th

Spin Doctors | Down by the Riverside Concert

FREE concerts in the park!

Address: Mayo Park, 40 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Cave Tour and Historic Hike | Quarry Hill Nature Center

Quarry Hill Park was formerly the grounds of the Rochester State Hospital. Learn about some of the Park’s historic structures before a short hike to tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882.

Address: 701 Silver Creek Road NE, Rochester, 55906
Time: 1:30pm-2:30pm
Cost: FREE to members, $2/adults, $1/children
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Mini Cement Mosaic Garden Pads with Amarama Art | Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester

Create your own stepping stone for your garden with our special guest, artist Amarama Vercnocke. She will be here to teach us about cement and glass mosaic sculptures on the occasion of Art4Trails new public art. You can find Amarama’s beautiful sculptures at the Mayo Park.

Address: 1643 N. Broadway St., Suite A River Center Plaza Rochester, 55906
Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm
Cost: $5.50 ages 1-101, free to members
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Monday July 10th

Eyota Days

Eyota Days is the city’s summer celebration. Join in the fun! Activity packed days include kids track and field, home run derby and a parade.

Address: Eyota, MN
Time: July 10-16
Cost: FREE admission
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Tuesday July 11th

Marvelous Minion Party | Rochester Public Library

If you love Minions, you will love this party!

Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, 55904
Time:6:30pm-7:30pm
Cost: FREE
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Eyota Days

Eyota Days is the city’s summer celebration. Join in the fun! Activity packed days include kids track and field, home run derby and a parade.

Address: Eyota, MN
Time: July 10-16
Cost: FREE admission
Website

Good Natured Kids: Mighty Spidey | Quarry Hill Nature Center

Connect with your inner Mighty Spidey sense! Find out what makes spiders so mighty – 8 legs, 8 eyes, the ability to spin webs and more. Meet our resident spider Rosy and roll out your own webby craft. “Wrap up” the morning with a spiderlicious snack!

Address: 701 Silver Creek Road NE, Rochester, 55906
Time: 9:30am-11:00am
Cost: $12/member, $15/nonmember. Register here.
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Free Kids Movies | Paragon Theater

Free summer kids movies all summer long! Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Find the schedule here.

Address: 3450 E Circle Dr NERochester, 55906
Time: 10:00am
Cost: Tickets available for purchase at the theater.
Website

Go! Play! Explore! Mobile Rec Trailer | Rochester Park and Recreation

The Mobile Rec Trailer is loaded with interactive games and equipment and will travel to parks and green space all around the City this summer. Rochester Parks and Recreation staff will lead kids of all ages in fun, unique and engaging outdoor activities designed to increase activity, spontaneity, and interactions with friends and neighbors!

Address: Watson Sports Complex, 1000 Essex Parkway NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 10:30am-2:00pm
Cost: FREE
Website

Wednesday July 12th

Outdoor Games at Longfellow | Rochester Public Library

Head out to the fields at Longfellow Elementary to play outdoor games with the Rochester Public Library!

Address: 1615 Marion Rd SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Eyota Days

Eyota Days is the city’s summer celebration. Join in the fun! Activity packed days include kids track and field, home run derby and a parade.

Address: Eyota, MN
Time: July 10-16
Cost: FREE admission
Website

Summer Fun: Bubble Bonanza | Rochester Public Library

You and your kids will be making a variety of bubble wands, using different types of wands, blowing bubbles, and exploring one of summer’s favorite activities.
Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 10:00am-11:00am
Cost: FREE
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Free Kids Movies | Paragon Theater

Free summer kids movies all summer long! Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Find the schedule here.

Address: 3450 E Circle Dr NERochester, 55906
Time: 10:00am
Cost: Tickets available for purchase at the theater.
Website

Thursday July 13th

Thursdays on First and 3rd

Thursdays on First & 3rd Summer Market & Music Festival is a weekly outdoor market of over 100 art, craft and food vendors and live entertainment every Thursday throughout the summer.

Address: First Avenue SW / Peace Plaza
Time: 11:00am-8:30pm
Cost: FREE admission
Website

Eyota Days

Eyota Days is the city’s summer celebration. Join in the fun! Activity packed days include kids track and field, home run derby and a parade.

Address: Eyota, MN
Time: July 10-16
Cost: FREE admission
Website

Family Storytime | Rochester Public Library

 Stories, songs and fun for you and your family!
Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 10:00am-10:30am
Cost: FREE
Website

Free Kids Movies | Paragon Theater

Free summer kids movies all summer long! Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Find the schedule here.

Address: 3450 E Circle Dr NERochester, 55906
Time: 10:00am
Cost: Tickets available for purchase at the theater.
Website

Go! Play! Explore! Mobile Rec Trailer | Rochester Park and Recreation

The Mobile Rec Trailer is loaded with interactive games and equipment and will travel to parks and green space all around the City this summer. Rochester Parks and Recreation staff will lead kids of all ages in fun, unique and engaging outdoor activities designed to increase activity, spontaneity, and interactions with friends and neighbors!

Address: Silver Lake Park, 840 7th St NE, Rochester, 55906
Time: 10:30am-2:00pm
Cost: FREE
Website

Friday July 14th

Pizza Night on the Farm | Red Barn Learning Farm

The farm is open for family fun! Twisted Barrel Woodfire Pizza will be at the farm selling pizzas & drinks (you are also welcome to bring your own beverages including alcohol).

Address: 27251 State Highway 30, Hayfield, 55940
Time: 5:00pm-8:00pm
Cost: $6 (+tax) for age 1 and over
Website

Farm Fridays |Red Barn Learning Farm

The farm is open for family fun!

Address: 27251 State Highway 30, Hayfield, 55940
Time: 10:00am-3:00pm
Cost: $6 (+tax) for age 1 and over
Website

Saturday July 15th

Rochester Downtown Farmers Market

Head downtown for the summer market! Fresh produce, homemade goods, local meats and so much more!

Address: 4th St and 4th Ave SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 7:30am-12:00pm
Cost: FREE
Website

Movies in the Park | Rochesterfest

Bring your lawn chair or blanket and gather in Central Park for this FREE, fun and family-friendly outdoor event. The July 15th movie is “Cool Runnings”.

Address: Central Park, 1st Ave & 2nd St NW
Time: 9:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Living History Fair | History Center of Olmsted County

Bring the whole family for an exciting & educational weekend! Civil war battles & encampments, civil war medical demonstrations, new exhibits in the museum, 1860’s era school activities, log cabin living demonstrations, vintage baseball games, food vendors on site, period vendors on site, fiber arts and crafts demonstrations & many more events & activities.

Address: 1195 W Circle Dr SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 9:00am-5:00pm
Cost: $8-$10, 12 and under FREE
Website

Zumba in the Park

Back again this summer! Free class for all levels.

Address: Kutzky Park, 298 13th Ave NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 10:00am-11:00am
Cost: FREE
Website

Eyota Days

Eyota Days is the city’s summer celebration. Join in the fun! Activity packed days include kids track and field, home run derby and a parade.

Address: Eyota, MN
Time: July 10-16
Cost: FREE admission
Website

Preschool Play Day | Good Earth Village

Preschool Play Day is the perfect time for little legs to run and jump and for big hearts to grow and share. Silly songs, fun games, and fresh air are sure to make the perfect day!

Address: Good Earth Village, 25303 Old Town Dr, Spring Valley, 55975
Time:9:00am-1:00pm
Cost: $30 Child/Adult Pair, $5 Each Additional Child or Adult
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Butterfly Hike | Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo

Explore the beautiful butterflies of Minnesota. Learn the life cycle of butterflies and their diets. Learn different ways butterflies survive Minnesota’s cold winters. Bug nets will be provided or bring your own.
Address: 5731 County Road 105 NW, Byron, MN 55920
Time: 11:00am
Cost: FREE
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Sunday July 16th

Living History Fair | History Center of Olmsted County

Bring the whole family for an exciting & educational weekend! Civil war battles & encampments, civil war medical demonstrations, new exhibits in the museum, 1860’s era school activities, log cabin living demonstrations, vintage baseball games, food vendors on site, period vendors on site, fiber arts and crafts demonstrations & many more events & activities.

Address: 1195 W Circle Dr SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 9:00am-5:00pm
Cost: $8-$10, 12 and under FREE
Website

Dessa | Down by the Riverside Concert

FREE concerts in the park!

Address: Mayo Park, 40 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: FREE
Website

Eyota Days

Eyota Days is the city’s summer celebration. Join in the fun! Activity packed days include kids track and field, home run derby and a parade.

Address: Eyota, MN
Time: July 10-16
Cost: FREE admission
Website

Fireflies | Chester Woods Park

Meet at the Kisrow classroom to learn about these amazing nighttime insects. We will share a story and then proceed to the prairie to attempt to catch a few of these bugs!
Address: Chester Woods Park, 8378 Highway 14 E Eyota, 55934
Time: 8:45pm
Cost: FREE
Website

Tuesday July 18th

Free Kids Movies | Paragon Theater

Free summer kids movies all summer long! Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Find the schedule here.

Address: 3450 E Circle Dr NERochester, 55906
Time: 10:00am
Cost: Tickets available for purchase at the theater.
Website

Go! Play! Explore! Mobile Rec Trailer | Rochester Park and Recreation

The Mobile Rec Trailer is loaded with interactive games and equipment and will travel to parks and green space all around the City this summer. Rochester Parks and Recreation staff will lead kids of all ages in fun, unique and engaging outdoor activities designed to increase activity, spontaneity, and interactions with friends and neighbors!

Address: Bear Creek Park, 1237 Marion Rd SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 10:30am-2:00pm
Cost: FREE
Website

Wednesday July 19th

Movies in the Vineyard | Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery

All our favorite movies under the stars throughout the summer.  Our big-screen will be set up in the vineyard and you’re all welcome!! The July 19th movie is “A Walk in the Clouds”. Outside bar will be set up and movie snacks will be available. No food, besides pre-order items above, will be served in the vineyard. Bring your own blankets or chairs. NO outside food or drinks will be allowed. Rain or shine. Movies will be shown in the Barrel Room, in case of rainy weather.

Address: 78757 State Hwy 16, Spring Valley, 55975
Time: 8:30pm-10:30pm
Cost: FREE, pre-order food here.
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Summer Fun: Mixed Nuts | Rochester Public Library

Join Mark and Lori Hurley, for silly fun and hilarious hijinks sure to tickle your funny bone!
Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 10:00am-11:00am
Cost: FREE
Website

Free Kids Movies | Paragon Theater

Free summer kids movies all summer long! Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Find the schedule here.

Address: 3450 E Circle Dr NERochester, 55906
Time: 10:00am
Cost: Tickets available for purchase at the theater.
Website

Thursday July 20th

Thursdays on First and 3rd

Thursdays on First & 3rd Summer Market & Music Festival is a weekly outdoor market of over 100 art, craft and food vendors and live entertainment every Thursday throughout the summer.

Address: First Avenue SW / Peace Plaza
Time: 11:00am-8:30pm
Cost: FREE admission
Website

Family Dance Party | Rochester Public Library

Lights, shakers, dance! Put on your dancing shoes for 30 minutes of non-stop dancing fun!
Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 10:00am-10:30am
Cost: FREE
Website

Free Kids Movies | Paragon Theater

Free summer kids movies all summer long! Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Find the schedule here.

Address: 3450 E Circle Dr NERochester, 55906
Time: 10:00am
Cost: Tickets available for purchase at the theater.
Website

Go! Play! Explore! Mobile Rec Trailer | Rochester Park and Recreation

The Mobile Rec Trailer is loaded with interactive games and equipment and will travel to parks and green space all around the City this summer. Rochester Parks and Recreation staff will lead kids of all ages in fun, unique and engaging outdoor activities designed to increase activity, spontaneity, and interactions with friends and neighbors!

Address: Viking Park, 2550 2nd Ave NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 10:30am-2:00pm
Cost: FREE
Website

Teddy Bear Clinic | Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester

Join staff from Mayo Clinic Children’s Center Child Life Department for a Teddy Bear Clinic!
Bring your favorite Teddy Bear to the museum for a check up!
Each child will learn about a doctor visit using a teddy bear they bring from home! To fully experience this program, we recommend bringing along a stuffed animal. It does not need to be a teddy bear!

Address: 1643 N. Broadway St., Suite A River Center Plaza Rochester, 55906
Time: 11:00am-12:00pm
Cost: $5.50 ages 1-101, free to members
Website

Friday July 21st

Farm Fridays |Red Barn Learning Farm

The farm is open for family fun!

Address: 27251 State Highway 30, Hayfield, 55940
Time: 10:00am-3:00pm
Cost: $6 (+tax) for age 1 and over
Website

Kids Night Out: Barbie | Color Me Mine

The 3rd Friday of every month is “Kids Night Out”! Starting at 5:30 you may leave your child or children for 2 1/2 hours of painting fun, games,
crafting and dinner. Children must be age 5 or older. The June theme is Spiderman.

Address: 416 Crossroads Drive SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 5:30pm-8:00pm
Cost: $35/child. Register here.
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Healing Rhythms Music Therapists | Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester

Join staff from Mayo Clinic Children’s Center Child Life Department for a Teddy Bear Clinic!
Bring your favorite Teddy Bear to the museum for a check up!
Each child will learn about a doctor visit using a teddy bear they bring from home! To fully experience this program, we recommend bringing along a stuffed animal. It does not need to be a teddy bear!

Address: 1643 N. Broadway St., Suite A River Center Plaza Rochester, 55906
Time: 11:00am-11:30am
Cost: $5.50 ages 1-101, free to members
Website

Saturday July 22nd

Rochester Downtown Farmers Market

Head downtown for the summer market! Fresh produce, homemade goods, local meats and so much more!

Address: 4th St and 4th Ave SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 7:30am-12:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Go! Play! Explore! Mobile Rec Trailer | Rochester Park and Recreation

The Mobile Rec Trailer is loaded with interactive games and equipment and will travel to parks and green space all around the City this summer. Rochester Parks and Recreation staff will lead kids of all ages in fun, unique and engaging outdoor activities designed to increase activity, spontaneity, and interactions with friends and neighbors!

Address: Cascade Lake Park, 88 23rd Ave SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 11:00am-4:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Lego Robotics | Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester

Have you ever wondered about building a robot out of Legos? The award winning Peanut Butter Bots will be hosting a Lego robotics Expo and Build at the Museum

Address: 1643 N. Broadway St., Suite A River Center Plaza Rochester, 55906
Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm
Cost: $5.50 ages 1-101, free to members
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Sunday July 23rd

Cassadee Pope | Down by the Riverside Concert

FREE concerts in the park!

Address: Mayo Park, 40 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Community Play Date | Pockets and Pins Natural Baby Boutique

Food, craft time, kid games and a raffle!

Address: Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo,  5731 County Rd 105 NW, Byron, 55920
Time: 11:00am-1:00pm
Cost: $2/person (pre-registration required at www.pocketsandpins.com No registration at the door.)
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Tuesday July 25th

Good Natured Kids: Toadstoll Town | Quarry Hill Nature Center

There is fungus among us. Join us as we explore the citizens of Toadstool Town! Create your own toadstool to take home, play mushroom games and sample some deliciously creative toadstools.

Address: 701 Silver Creek Road NE, Rochester, 55906
Time: 9:30am-11:00am
Cost: $12/member, $15/nonmember. Register here.
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Free Kids Movies | Paragon Theater

Free summer kids movies all summer long! Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Find the schedule here.

Address: 3450 E Circle Dr NERochester, 55906
Time: 10:00am
Cost: Tickets available for purchase at the theater.
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Go! Play! Explore! Mobile Rec Trailer | Rochester Park and Recreation

The Mobile Rec Trailer is loaded with interactive games and equipment and will travel to parks and green space all around the City this summer. Rochester Parks and Recreation staff will lead kids of all ages in fun, unique and engaging outdoor activities designed to increase activity, spontaneity, and interactions with friends and neighbors!

Address: Homestead Park, 1541 8 1/2 St SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 10:30am-2:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Wednesday July 26th

Head to Forager for their luau! They will be roasting a hog wrapped in banana leaves, lomilomi salmon, tropical Hawaiian rice, traditional macaroni salad and much more! There will be live music, Hawaiian inspired craft cocktails, summer beers so come dressed for a luau!
Address: Forager Brewery, 1005 6th St NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 7:00pm-10:00pm
Cost: $10-$25
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Summer Fun: Magic Show | Rochester Public Library

Reading is magical! Magic Isaiah presents a fun, interactive show for the entire family.
Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 10:00am-11:00am
Cost: FREE
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Free Kids Movies | Paragon Theater

Free summer kids movies all summer long! Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Find the schedule here.

Address: 3450 E Circle Dr NERochester, 55906
Time: 10:00am
Cost: Tickets available for purchase at the theater.
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Thursday July 27th

Thursdays on First and 3rd

Thursdays on First & 3rd Summer Market & Music Festival is a weekly outdoor market of over 100 art, craft and food vendors and live entertainment every Thursday throughout the summer.

Address: First Avenue SW / Peace Plaza
Time: 11:00am-8:30pm
Cost: FREE admission
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Family Storytime | Rochester Public Library

 Stories, songs and fun for you and your family!
Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 10:00am-10:30am
Cost: FREE
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Free Kids Movies | Paragon Theater

Free summer kids movies all summer long! Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Find the schedule here.

Address: 3450 E Circle Dr NERochester, 55906
Time: 10:00am
Cost: Tickets available for purchase at the theater.
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Go! Play! Explore! Mobile Rec Trailer | Rochester Park and Recreation

The Mobile Rec Trailer is loaded with interactive games and equipment and will travel to parks and green space all around the City this summer. Rochester Parks and Recreation staff will lead kids of all ages in fun, unique and engaging outdoor activities designed to increase activity, spontaneity, and interactions with friends and neighbors!

Address: Oak Park Mobile Home Park, 1618 Marion Rd, SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Friday July 28th

Farm Fridays |Red Barn Learning Farm

The farm is open for family fun!

Address: 27251 State Highway 30, Hayfield, 55940
Time: 10:00am-3:00pm
Cost: $6 (+tax) for age 1 and over
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Saturday July 29th

Rochester Downtown Farmers Market

Head downtown for the summer market! Fresh produce, homemade goods, local meats and so much more!

Address: 4th St and 4th Ave SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 7:30am-12:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Reptiles | Chester Woods Park

Meet in the Kisrow Classroom as Chester Woods staff present a couple reptiles. This is a great program for learning interesting reptile facts as well as the opportunity to touch a couple, if you desire.
Address: Chester Woods Park, 8378 Highway 14 E Eyota, 55934
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Popsicle Enrichment | Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo

July is typically one of the hottest months of the summer, and as humans we enjoy popsicles to cool down. The zoo animals enjoy cool treats as well! Park staff will provide some of the animals with their own unique kinds of “popsicles.” Come see what hidden surprises are frozen into their popsicles.
Address: 5731 County Road 105 NW, Byron, MN 55920
Time: 1:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Cooks Pantry Family Cooking Time | Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester

Come and be a part of a family cooking together time. Learn how to make veggie pinwheels, healthy smoothies and how to use juice and smoothie mix to freeze for popsickles!

Address: 1643 N. Broadway St., Suite A River Center Plaza Rochester, 55906
Time: 11:00am-12:00pm
Cost: $5.50 ages 1-101, free to members
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Family Yoga Time | Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester

Gather your family and friends to enjoy the fresh air at a museum close-by park and indulge in a fun & energetic yoga time with Allison Howel. Explore new postures, enjoy plenty of laughter and have a great bonding time!

Address: 1643 N. Broadway St., Suite A River Center Plaza Rochester, 55906
Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm
Cost: $5.50 ages 1-101, free to members
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Sunday July 30th

Living Colour | Down by the Riverside Concert

FREE concerts in the park!

Address: Mayo Park, 40 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Monday July 10th

Forager Happy Hour

Join us at Forager Brewery for a fun, social happy hour! Come and meet new friends or grab your closest friends and have a night out.

Address: 1005 6th Street NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 6:00pm-8:30pm
Cost: Half Off all drinks!
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Painting on the Patio | Hy-Vee

Bring your friends and your creative side for this fun and unique event!
Participants will be painting this locally made Minnesota wood sign which is made of red oak (see our Facebook page for photo). The sign measures approx. 9″ wide by 9″ tall. Enjoy drink service from our Market Grille while you paint!

Address: Hy-Vee West Circle Drive, 4221 W Circle Drive NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm
Cost: $20
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Wednesday July 19th

Open Studio in the Pantry |Kutzky Market

All are invited to come and create in the Pantry! Bring your own non-toxic materials or pay to use ours. Once a month beginning in March.

Address: 1001 6th St NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Cost: $8 if you wish to use provided materials
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Tuesday July 25th

MedCity Doulas | Social Hour

Meet us in the private room on the main floor at Grand Rounds in Downtown Rochester MN for a social hour or two! Look for our banner and the big barn door in the back.

Address: Grand Rounds Brewing Company, 4 3rd Street SW, Rochester MN, 55902
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
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Saturday July 29th

Black Light Yoga Jam

Blacklight yoga is a unique uplifting experience. The invigorating environment enhances the physical and most importantly the internal experience. The classes are dark, the music is loud, the verbal cueing is motivational and intentional.

Address: 933 37th Ave NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 6:00pm-7:15pm
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A Rochester Mom's Guide to the Month of July

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