Rochester MN Guide to August Events

August is here! Who can believe it?! There are just a few short weeks left before the school year begins, but there are still so many fun things happening! Start planning for some fun to wrap up your summer break, and make the most of these warm Minnesota days!  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!

 

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
Website

August 17th

Moms Who Lunch | Bleu Duck Kitchen

This will be a great opportunity to chat with and meet other moms, have a delicious meal at a fantastic savings just for RMMB readers and learn a bit more about Rochester MN Moms Blog and Rochester Downtown Alliance. This is fun, casual and a great chance to meet new and old friends! There will also be some great giveaways!

Address: 14 4th Street SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 11:30am-1:00pm
Cost: $12.00, get your ticket here.
Website

 

 

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Tuesday August 1st

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 Pkwy NW, Rochester
Time: 10:30am-2:00pm
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

 

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: 6:30pm
Cost: FREE
Website

Wednesday August 2nd

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

 

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 August 2nd movie is “Field of Dreams”. 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.
Website

 

Berne Wood-Fired Artisan Market

Artists from across SE MN will converge on Berne on this wood-fired Wednesdsay.The artisan market will sprawl across part of our grounds as wood-fired pizza and live entertainment continue on our stage. Make this a night of great food, music, and culture. There’s sure to be something for everyone!

Address: 23148 County Highway 24, West Concord, 55985
Time: 5:00pm-8:00pm
Cost: FREE
Website

 

Music with Miss Minnesota | Healing Rhythms

Make music, sing, dance, and play instruments with Miss Minnesota! You can dress up in your favorite princess dress too (not required but welcomed) as we sing princess-themed songs & other favorites. This fun event will be full of music, movement, laughs, and photo opportunities with the reigning Miss Minnesota.

Address: 3270 19th Street Northwest #101, Rochester, 55901
Time: 5:00pm-6:00pm
Cost: FREE, register here
Website

 

Summer Fun: Magic and Marionettes | Rochester Public Library

Jim Jayes and his dancing marionettes present a colorful show filled with music, laughter, and summer fun!
Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 10:00am-11:00am
Cost: FREE
Website

Thursday August 3rd

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

 

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, 55902
Time: 10:30am-2:00pm
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

 

Free Family Day | Rochester Art Center

Guests are welcomed to create original art pieces in the studio classroom. This will be a special Free Family Day in partnership with All Things Musik.

Address: 40 Civic Center Dr SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 4:00pm-7:00pm
Cost: FREE
Website

 

Homegrown | Hy-Vee

Celebrate local growers at your 37th Street Hy-Vee! Each day we will be grilling veggie kabobs and corn on the cob using fresh produce from local farms. Plus, check out the truckloads of fresh, local produce available for purchase at the front of the store.

On Saturday, there will be a kids event from 11am to 1pm. Kids will create a masterpiece by veggie stamping (stamping cut vegetables in paint to create a picture). During the kids event, say hi to several local farmers and find out why you should buy local!

Address: 500 37th St NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 11:00am-5:00pm
Cost: FREE
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

Friday August 4th

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

 

Meet Gene From the Emoji Movie | Cinemagic Hollywood 12

That’s right – Gene the Official character from The Emjoi Movie is coming to the Hollywood 12 all opening weekend of the movie! Bring the kids to get pictures with Gene all opening weekend!

Address: 2171 Superior Dr NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: All weekend (opening weekend) 10:30am-10:00pm
Cost: Ticket prices vary.
Website

 

Homegrown | Hy-Vee

Celebrate local growers at your 37th Street Hy-Vee! Each day we will be grilling veggie kabobs and corn on the cob using fresh produce from local farms. Plus, check out the truckloads of fresh, local produce available for purchase at the front of the store.

On Saturday, there will be a kids event from 11am to 1pm. Kids will create a masterpiece by veggie stamping (stamping cut vegetables in paint to create a picture). During the kids event, say hi to several local farmers and find out why you should buy local!

Address: 500 37th St NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 11:00am-5:00pm
Cost: FREE
Website

Saturday August 5th

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

Bring your lawn chair or blanket and gather in Central Park for this FREE, fun and family-friendly outdoor event. The August 5th movie is “Pets”.

Address: Central Park, 1st Ave & 2nd St NW
Time: 9:00pm
Cost: FREE
Website

 

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 August 5th is Shrek 2.

Address: 2171 Superior Drive NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 9:00am
Cost: FREE
Website

 

Free Kids’ Workshop | Home Depot

Join our hands-on workshop and you and your child can build a wooden Penske truck to roll some fun into August. Once the project is complete, your child can personalize their truck with stickers and paint. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin.

Address: 3050 41st St NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
Cost: FREE
Website

 

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
Website

 

ReStoreFest

The Rochester Area Habitat For Humanity ReStore is hosting it’s annual festival, ReStoreFest.  It will feature live music, local food trucks, games, prizes, free raffles, and more.

Address: Rocehster Area ReStore, 3034 40th Ave NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Cost: FREE
Website

 

Parent Child Simple Fix | Hy-Vee

Parent (or grandparent) & child pairs for this special edition Simple Fix class. Children will love making a mess in our kitchen while preparing meals for the week! We will be taking you step-by-step through each recipe. Recommended for children aged 6 and above.

Address: Hy-Vee West Circle Drive, 4221 W Circle Drive NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 11:00am-12:00pm
Cost: $65, register here.
Website

 

Kegs and Barrels Festival

Events for the whole family begin at noon, and a night of music begins at 4pm. Locally made drinks (Beer, Cider, Wine and Soda) will be served all day with special releases beginning at 2pm. Local food trucks will be serving up great food!

Address: LTS Brewing Company, 2001 32nd Ave NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 12:00pm-11:00pm
Cost: $5-$10
Website

 

Meet Gene From the Emoji Movie | Cinemagic Hollywood 12

That’s right – Gene the Official character from The Emjoi Movie is coming to the Hollywood 12 all opening weekend of the movie! Bring the kids to get pictures with Gene all opening weekend!

Address: 2171 Superior Dr NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: All weekend (opening weekend) 10:30am-10:00pm
Cost: Ticket prices vary.
Website

 

Homegrown | Hy-Vee

Celebrate local growers at your 37th Street Hy-Vee! Each day we will be grilling veggie kabobs and corn on the cob using fresh produce from local farms. Plus, check out the truckloads of fresh, local produce available for purchase at the front of the store.

On Saturday, there will be a kids event from 11am to 1pm. Kids will create a masterpiece by veggie stamping (stamping cut vegetables in paint to create a picture). During the kids event, say hi to several local farmers and find out why you should buy local!

Address: 500 37th St NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 11:00am-5:00pm
Cost: FREE
Website

 

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Sunday August 6th

Pert Near Sandstone | 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

 

Dogs Downtown

Dogs Downtown is a canine-centric event that will have activities, performances, games, and give a ways for all of our favorite four-legged friends and their humans!

Address: 4 3rd St SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 11:00am-3:00pm
Cost: FREE
Website

 

Meet Gene From the Emoji Movie | Cinemagic Hollywood 12

That’s right – Gene the Official character from The Emjoi Movie is coming to the Hollywood 12 all opening weekend of the movie! Bring the kids to get pictures with Gene all opening weekend!

Address: 2171 Superior Dr NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: All weekend (opening weekend) 10:30am-10:00pm
Cost: Ticket prices vary.
Website

 

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
Website

Tuesday August 8th

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
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

 

Good Natured Kids: Gimme Shell-ter | Quarry Hill Nature Center

Some animals need special “Shell-ters” to keep them safe. Encounter turtles, snails and crayfish to learn why they are all at home in a shell. A shell-tacular snack and craft will round out the morning.

Address: 701 Silver Creek Road NE, Rochester, 55906
Time: 9:30am-11:00am
Cost: $12/member, $15/nonmember. Register here.
Website

Wednesday August 9th

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

 

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
Website

 

Solar Eclipse | Rochester Public Library

Learn about the science behind the solar eclipse and receive eclipse viewing glasses. Meeting at Gage East near the playground behind the building.
Address: Gage East, 1300 40th Street NW, Rochester, MN 55901
Time:1:00pm-2:00pm
Cost: FREE
Website

Thursday August 10th

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

 

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

 

Chatfield Western Days

Celebrate the city of Chatfield at their annual Western Days festival!

Address: Chatfield, MN
Time: Time vary depending on events. Check the website below.
Cost: Cost varies depending on events. Check the website below.
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

 

Pure Rock Studios Music Program | Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester

Enjoy this one-of-a-kind approach to music education and do an intro on a guitar and drum set. All children will have a unique opportunity to try out instruments and play together with these expert instructors and professional musicians. Ages 3 and up.

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 August 11th

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

 

Movies Under the Stars | History Center of Olmsted County

Please refrain from bringing any pets, coolers, and picnic baskets on the History Center grounds. The August 11th movie is Rio Bravo! The movie will begin on Schmitt Field at dusk.

Address: 1195 W Circle Dr SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 8:00pm-10:30am
Cost: Age 13-65 $5, 65+ and 12 and under are FREE
Website

 

Chatfield Western Days

Celebrate the city of Chatfield at their annual Western Days festival!

Address: Chatfield, MN
Time: Time vary depending on events. Check the website below.
Cost: Cost varies depending on events. Check the website below.
Website

 

Mini Farmers Market | Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester

Celebrate National Farmer’s Market Week at the MN Children’s Museum!

Experience a real farmer’s market atmosphere, shop for fruit and vegetables and make your own salad that you get to eat at the museum! They will have a special guest on that day, a local farmer from Basic Place farm who will be able tell you all about growing produce and healthy eating.

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

Saturday August 12th

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

 

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 August 12th movie is The Nut Job 2.

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

 

Chatfield Western Days

Celebrate the city of Chatfield at their annual Western Days festival!

Address: Chatfield, MN
Time: Time vary depending on events. Check the website below.
Cost: Cost varies depending on events. Check the website below.
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
Website

 

Goodnight Loon Book Reading and Old Abe Co. Coffee Tasting | Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester

Head to the Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester for a charming retelling of a children’s classic in a distinctly north woods voice, by local author and businessman, Abe Sauer, while sipping on delicious coffee from Old Abe Coffee Co. that will be served from a handsome Dutch-style cargo tricycle in celebration of National Coffee month.

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

 

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Sunday August 13th

Berton Cummings | 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

 

Rochester City Jazz Festival

The festival is expanding this year to include more acts while also keeping some of the successful elements from its debut like the Jazz Jam which allows local jazz heads to sit in with The D’Sievers’ jazz rhythm section and perform for their fans. This year, the festival will feature three bands including instrumental and vocal jazz: The John Paulson Group, The Jana Nyberg 5, and The illicit Sextet.

Address: Rochester Civic Theatre Company, 20 Civic Center Dr SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 1:00pm-8:00pm
Cost: $20, purchase tickets here.
Website

 

Chatfield Western Days

Celebrate the city of Chatfield at their annual Western Days festival!

Address: Chatfield, MN
Time: Time vary depending on events. Check the website below.
Cost: Cost varies depending on events. Check the website below.
Website

Tuesday August 15th

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

 

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: 6:30pm
Cost: FREE
Website

Wednesday August 16th

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

 

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 August 16th movie is “Signs”. 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.
Website

 

Summer Fun: Llama Llama Storytime | Rochester Public Library

Wear your pajamas and enjoy bedtime stories and songs, and meet Llama Llama from Anna Dewdney’s popular series!
Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 10:00am-11:00am
Cost: FREE
Website

 

Summer Fun: Llama Llama Storytime | Rochester Public Library

Wear your pajamas and enjoy bedtime stories and songs, and meet Llama Llama from Anna Dewdney’s popular series!
Address: Riverside Elementary, 506 5th Ave SE, Rochester, MN 55904 
Time: 1:00pm-1:30pm
Cost: FREE
Website

Thursday August 17th

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

 

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

 

A&W Drive In 21st Annual Cruise Night

Carhops, draft root beer, hot rods, resto-mods, muscle cars, rat rods, food, (broasted chicken served outside again this year), Kevin Lindh the Balloon Artist, prizes and lots of CARS!

Address: 730 N Broadway Ave, Spring Valley, 55975
Time:3:00pm-9:00pm
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

Friday August 18th

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

 

Kids Night Out: Nut Job 2 | 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 August theme is Nut Job 2.

Address: 416 Crossroads Drive SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 5:30pm-8:00pm
Cost: $35/child. Register here.
Website

 

Healing Rhythms | Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester

Come sing a familiar song while trying out variety of musical instruments. Fun guaranteed!

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 August 19th

Movies in the Park

Bring your lawn chair or blanket and gather in Central Park for this FREE, fun and family-friendly outdoor event. The August 19th movie is “Roue One”.

Address: Central Park, 1st Ave & 2nd St NW
Time: 9:00pm
Cost: FREE
Website

 

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

 

Black Cow Day | HyVee

It’s Black Cow Day at Hy-Vee Barlow! Stop by and enjoy a freshly prepared root beer float!

Address: Hy-Vee Barlow Plaza, 1315 6th St NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 11:00am-2:00pm
Cost: FREE
Website

 

Rochester Police Dept. | Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester

Celebrate our home town heroes. Come and explore a police car with the crew and learn what it’s like to be a police officer.

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
Website

 

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Tuesday August 22nd

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

 

Good Natured Kids: The Bugliest Bug | Quarry Hill Nature Center

In field and forest, you’ll go on a bug hunting adventure! Test your net skills, play buggy games, devour a buggy snack. You’ll learn all about what makes even the ‘bugliest’ bugs cool.

Address: 701 Silver Creek Road NE, Rochester, 55906
Time: 9:30am-11:00am
Cost: $12/member, $15/nonmember. Register here.
Website

Wednesday August 23rd

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

 

Summer Fun: Schiffelly Puppets | Rochester Public Library

he Schiffelly Puppets present Cinder-Freckle-Frog-Faced-Ella a wacky fairy tale that is sure to tickle your funny bone!
Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 10:00am-11:00am
Cost: FREE
Website

Thursday August 24th

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

 

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

Friday August 25th

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

 

Movies Under the Stars | History Center of Olmsted County

Please refrain from bringing any pets, coolers, and picnic baskets on the History Center grounds. The August 11th movie is Rio Bravo! The movie will begin on Schmitt Field at dusk.

Address: 1195 W Circle Dr SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 8:00pm-10:30am
Cost: Age 13-65 $5, 65+ and 12 and under are FREE
Website

Saturday August 26th

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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Art Blitz 2017

The coolest grassroots event in Rochester, back by popular demand!!! Visual artists, performers, vendors, dance groups, live graffiti, interactive art, food trucks, and a kids gallery!
Address: Cooke Park, 722 7th Ave NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 3:00pm-11:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Five West Music Festival

2nd Annual Five West Music Festival. There will be amazing live music, pig roast, games, and many great drink specials. This will be the party of the summer!

Address: 1991 Commerce Dr NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 1:00pm-12:00am
Cost: FREE
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Salem Glen Fiber Arts Fest

Several booths of fiber and finished items will be on-site. There will also be demonstrations! Wood fired pizza will be available all weekend!

Address: 5211 60th Ave SW Rochester, 55902
Time: 12:00pm-5:00pm
Cost: FREE admission
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Summer Splash program | Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester

Join a naturalist from Whitewater State Park to discover some fun ways to experience and enjoy water during the coming hot summer months and all year round.  They’ll have a puppet show with a few creatures who live in our waters and we’ll play games and make a craft to help us think about the many ways that water is important to all living things.

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 August 27th

Salem Glen Fiber Arts Fest

Several booths of fiber and finished items will be on-site. There will also be demonstrations! Wood fired pizza will be available all weekend!

Address: 5211 60th Ave SW Rochester, 55902
Time: 12:00pm-5:00pm
Cost: FREE admission
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Family Yoga Time | Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester

Gather your family and friends to enjoy fresh air at a museum close-by park and indulge in a fun & energetic yoga time with Allison Howell. Explore new postures, enjoy plenty of laughter and have a great bonding time! We will all walk together to the park from the museum at 2pm.

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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| Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester

Join a naturalist from Whitewater State Park to discover some fun ways to experience and enjoy water during the coming hot summer months and all year round.  They’ll have a puppet show with a few creatures who live in our waters and we’ll play games and make a craft to help us think about the many ways that water is important to all living things.

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
Website

Tuesday August 29th

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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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: 6:30pm
Cost: FREE
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Wednesday August 30th

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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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 August 30th movie is “Twister”. 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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Thursday August 31st

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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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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Saturday August 5th

Dance it Out in the Park

The fitness teacher will lead participants in a fun, free exercise class for all levels. This class will be a lot like Zumba, but with contemporary music so you can sing along!

Address: Kutzky Park, 298 13th Ave NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 10:00am-1:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Monday August 7th

Pinch Pots and Plants | 125 Live

Learn to pinch clay between your fingers to form a squat pot perfect for a plant. Registration fee includes clay, glaze and a plant.

Address: 125 Live, 125 Elton Hills Dr NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm
Cost: $20-25, register here.
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Saturday August 19th

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
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Wednesday August 23rd

Creative Meet and Greet | Kutzky Market

The creative meet & greet is about connecting people. Its purpose is to connect local artists and creatives to one another so we can build a strong artistic community.

Address: 1001 6th St NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Saturday August 26th

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
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Muddy Warrior Run

The ultimate 5k obstacle course!

Address: 4885 48th St NE, Rochester, MN 55906
Time: 9:00am
Cost: $70-85, register here.
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Monday August 28th

Slab Built Boxes | 125 Live

By rolling clay into flat slabs, work to create a box. Learn to score and slip the places where you join your slabs, and then add coils to insure the strongest bond and best practices of construction. Registration fee includes clay and glaze.

Address: 125 Live, 125 Elton Hills Dr NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm
Cost: $20-25, register here.
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Wednesday August 30th

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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