Rochester MN Moms Guide to the Month of June

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Summer, sweet summer!  At long last our beloved Minnesota summer has arrived and right along with it, all the summer family events.  Use our handy guide all month long to find fun things to do in Rochester MN! Events are listed  in chronological order: we also have events for moms listed at the end.  If you’d like to add your event to our page, please submit it here

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July 10th

Forager Happy Hour

Address: 1005 6th Street NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm

August 13th

Costco Mom Hour: Back to School Edition


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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Thursday June 1st

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

Books, music and fun for you and your family!
Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 10:00am
Cost: FREE
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Friday June 2nd

National Donut Day | Salvation Army

Every year, we celebrate national Donut Day in rememberance of the long standing relationship between The Salvation Army and Veterans of War. This year, join us at the Rochester VFW Post 1215 for a cup of Dunn Bros. Coffee and an original world war recipe donut.

Address: Rochester VFW Post 1215, 16 6th St SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 7:00am-10:00pm
Cost: FREE
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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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Let’s Swing! | Bluemoon Ballroom

Learn the East Coast Swing, Lindy, Hustle, Charleston, Jitterbug West Coast Swing, Foxtrot. Bring your favorite snack to share

Address: 2030 Highway 14 E, Rochester, 55904
Time: 7:30pm-10:30pm
Cost: Adults $10 Students $5
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Pine Island Cheese Festival

Head out to Pine Island to enjoy the town festivities! Rides, food vendors, music and all kinds of fun!

Address: Downtown Pine Island
Time: Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Cost: FREE admission, ride tickets $5/sheet
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Rochester Academy of Music Open House

Prizes, refreshments and free lessons for new families.

Address: 3169 Wellner Drive NE, Suite C, Rochester, 55906

Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm

Cost: FREE

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Saturday June 3rd

Rochester Downtown Farmers Market

Let the summer market season begin!

Address: 4th St and 4th Ave SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 7:30am-12:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Free Kids’ Workshop | Home Depot

This is a hands-on workshop where you and your child can build a flower pot to hold spring flowers to keep or give to Mom. Once the project is complete, your child can paint their project to personalize it. 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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Art on the Ave

Annual spring art fair showcasing local artisans and musicians in the Slatterly Park Neighborhood. This event features 40+ vendors including: painters, metal workers, jewelers, and more! Installation of a permanent boulevard sculpture created by artist Karl Friedrich.

Address: Slatterly Park Neighborhood, 1100 Block of 6th Ave SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 9:30am-4:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Barn Dance | RideAbility

Join us at our Annual Family-Fun Barn Dance! We will offer Horseback Rides, Wagon Rides, FOOD, Silent Auction, door prizes and at 6pm the Square Dancing starts.

Address: 10038 County Road 5 NW, Pine Island, 55963
Time: 3:00pm-9:00pm
Cost: Donations suggested.
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Garden Fair | History Center of Olmsted County

Demonstrations -Seminars-Vendor Booths-Garden Rummage Sale-Kids Activities-Master Gardeners-Food

Address: 1195 W Circle Dr SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 9:00am-3:00pm
Cost: A non-perishable food item, paper product or cleaning supply to help stock the pantry for homeless youth in Rochester.
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Rochester Walk and Run for Life | New Life Family Services

Join hundreds of others as we walk and run for life! This event with a purpose is filled with fun for people of all ages. Register as a walker or runner and raise pledges to support life. The funds raised directly support New Life Family Services’ pregnancy centers in providing free pregnancy-related services.

Address: Soliders Field Veterans Memorial, 300 7th Street SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
Cost: Register and raise pledges here.
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Meet A Minion | Hy-Vee

Say hi to a minion, make a craft and enjoy a snack.

Address: 1315 6th St NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 11:00am-3:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Art4Trails

Tour the Art4Trails 2017 winning sculptures via bike, and unveil them with the artists.

Address: Mayo Park, 40 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Cost: FREE
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FireFlys | Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo

Meet at the campground restroom building to learn about the interesting insect that produces its own light. Wait until dark and watch the fireflys light up the night.
Address: 5731 County Road 105 NW, Byron, MN 55920
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Rochester Academy of Music Open House

Prizes, refreshments and free lessons for new families.

Address: 3169 Wellner Drive NE, Suite C, Rochester, 55906

Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm

Cost: FREE

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Sunday June 4th

First Free Sunday | Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester

Thanks to the generosity of Bremer Bank, visitors can explore the Rochester Museum free of charge, the first Sunday of each month.

Address: 1643 N. Broadway St., Suite A River Center Plaza Rochester, 55906
Time: 12:00pm-4:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Rochester Academy of Music Open House

Prizes, refreshments and free lessons for new families.

Address: 3169 Wellner Drive NE, Suite C, Rochester, 55906

Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm

Cost: FREE

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Monday June 5th

Summer Playlist | Rochester Public Library

Playlist logs available today!

Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: Library hours
Cost: FREE
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Thursday June 8th

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
Cost: FREE
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Friday June 9th

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 June 10th

Rochester Downtown Farmers Market

Let the summer market season begin!

Address: 4th St and 4th Ave SE
Time: 7:30am-12:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Wildcats | Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo

Cougars, bobcats, and lynx, OH MY! These aren’t your tame little house cats! We’ll talk about hunting, physical adaptations, and many other characteristics of these amazing predators.
Address: 5731 County Road 105 NW, Byron, MN 55920
Time: 10:00am
Cost: FREE
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Sensory Sensitivity | Children’s Museum of Rochester

Take a retreat at the Children’s Museum of Rochester whiles a music therapist from Healing Rhythms Music Therapy is there.

Address: 1643 N. Broadway St., Suite A River Center Plaza Rochester, 55906 
Time: 9:00am-11:00am
Cost: $5.50 ages 1-101, free to members
*Admission is free to those who have sensory sensitivities thanks to a grant by Rochester Area Foundation registration required. Please contact Development Events Manager, Becca at [email protected] for more information about Free Admission for your family for Sensory Sensitivity Saturday!
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Sunday June 11th

Parent Child Succulent Class | Hy-Vee

Parents and kids! Come play in the dirt and make a beautiful succulent garden. Not exactly a green thumb? No worries, our talented floral designers will help you along the way.

Address: 4221 W Circle Drive NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm
Cost: $18 per adult, $12 per child, $10 per additional child
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Tuesday June 13th

Bookworm Walk | Rochester Public Library

Enjoy a leisurely stroll and story by taking the Bookworm Walk! Mayor Ardell Brede will cut our earth-friendly ribbon and officially kickoff Bookworm Walk season. The Bookworm Walk is a fun way to read a story while getting outside along the river. Pages of a picuture book will be placed a long the route for kids and their caregivers to enjoy. Maps for the walk will be available at the library starting on June 13th.

Address: Rochester Public Library, 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 10:00am-11:00am
Cost: FREE
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Good Natured Kids: Hello Little Blue | Quarry Hill Nature Center

Learn about little blue as we hike the blue bird trail, peek into a nest, meet Blue Bird Dave, and enjoy a sweet “tweet” treat. We’ll also craft our own little blue bird.

Address: 701 Silver Creek Road NE, Rochester, 55906
Time: 9:30am-11:00am
Cost: $15/non-member, $12/members
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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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Wednesday June 14th

Viola Gopher Count

Events begin on Wednesday evening with Family night and continue through the day on Thursday. Inflatables, fireworks a parade and so much more! Check out all of the events here.

Address: Viola, MN
Time: 6:00pm-Dusk
Cost: FREE admission, vendors on site
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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 June 15th

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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Viola Gopher Count

Events begin on Wednesday evening with Family night and continue through the day on Thursday. Inflatables, fireworks a parade and so much more! Check out all of the events here.

Address: Viola, MN
Time: 10:00am-12:30am
Cost: FREE admission, vendors on site
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Covered Bridge Music and Arts Festival

Celebrate summer music and the arts in Zumbrota! Get all the Festival details here.

Address: Zumbrota, MN
Time: Thursday June 15-Sunday June 18th
Cost: FREE admission
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Family Storytime | Rochester Public Library

Books, music and fun for you and your family!
Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 10:00am
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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Flag Project | Children’s Museum of Rochester

Make your own flag and practice to design a new Rochester flag for the Rochester Flag project  by Anastasia Hopkins Folpe. All materials are included with the museum admission.

Address: 1643 N. Broadway St., Suite A River Center Plaza Rochester, 55906 
Time: 10:00am-1:00pm
Cost: $5.50 ages 1-101, free to members
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Friday June 16th

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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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
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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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Covered Bridge Music and Arts Festival

Celebrate summer music and the arts in Zumbrota! Get all the Festival details here.

Address: Zumbrota, MN
Time: Thursday June 15-Sunday June 18th
Cost: FREE admission
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Healing Rhythms | Children’s Museum of Rochester

The monthly music and sing-along program with Amelia from Healing Rhythms.

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
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Saturday June 17th

Rochester Downtown Farmers Market

Let the summer market season begin!

Address: 4th St and 4th Ave SE
Time: 7:30am-12:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Build a Bug Box | Chester Woods Park

Kids love to catch little bugs outside, now they can build their own little box to capture them for observation. There are a limited number of kits so reserve a spot soon! (Ages 4-8 with adult). Call 287-2624 to reserve a spot.
Address: Chester Woods Park, 8378 Highway 14 E Eyota, 55934
Time: 1:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Rochesterfest

Saturday June 17th-Sunday June 25th enjoy an assortment of events celebrating our great city! See the Rochesterfest schedule here.

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Country Breakfast on the Farm | Rochesterfest

Kick-off Rochesterfest with County Breakfast on the Farm!  Enjoy a country breakfast served by Chris Cakes. Tractor-drawn wagon rides, petting zoo, educational agricultural displays and exhibits.  Fun for the whole family!

Take a free bus ride to the Towerview Dairy Farm and back from the West Lot of Century High School. First bus loads at 6:30am, last bus at 10:45am. There will also be on-site parking for those who want to drive to the farm.

Address: Towerview Dairy Farm, 9019 Silver Creek Rd NE, Eyota, 55934
Time: 6:30am-11:30am
Cost: Adults-$7, children 5-12- $4, children under 5- FREE
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Insane Inflatables 5K | Rochesterfest

Get ready to experience the most fun, wild and insane obstacle run in the world!

Address: Rochester International Airport,  7600 Helgerson Dr SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 8:30am-2:oopm
Cost: Varies, details here.
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WWII Planes at Rochester International Airport | Rochesterfest

Come Watch or Ride 5 WWII Airplanes at RST brought to you by the Minnesota Wing of the Commemorative Air Force.

Address: 7600 Helgerson Dr SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Cost: FREE
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SCHEELS Paddle Demo | Rochesterfest

Join Scheels to demo the latest in paddle boards, recreational kayaks, fishing kayaks and more at Scheels Paddle Demo!

Address: Foster Arend Park, 4051 E. River Road NE, Rochester, 55906
Time: 10:00am-2:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Oxbow Park Animal Feedings| Rochesterfest

Check out the animals and enjoy watching their feeding times!

Address: 5731 Co Rd 105, Byron, 55936
Time: Feed the Bear – 10:00 am, Feed the River Otters – 1:00 pm, Bird of Prey Feeding – 3:00pm
Cost: FREE
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2017 Juneteenth Celebration| Rochesterfest

Rochester Juneteenth event is our community’s celebration of the emancipation of slaves. Everyone is invited to this exciting event as we join together in unity and celebrate our freedom.

Activities include: entertainment ranging from gospel choirs to R&B music, spoken word, dance and more. Vendors providing food and drink.  Face painting, games and other activities to educate and entertain children.  Plus an ongoing program with information on the history and significance of the Juneteenth celebration.

Address: East Silver Lake Park, 705 E. Silver Lake Dr 55906
Time: 12:00pm-6:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Rochester Community Band Concert in the Park| Rochesterfest

Bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air at this outdoor concert.  Popcorn and lemonade provided.

Address: Central Park, 1st Ave & 2nd St NW
Time: 2:00pm
Cost: FREE
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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 June 17th movie is “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”.

Address: Central Park, 1st Ave & 2nd St NW
Time: 9:00pm
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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Covered Bridge Music and Arts Festival

Celebrate summer music and the arts in Zumbrota! Get all the Festival details here.

Address: Zumbrota, MN
Time: Thursday June 15-Sunday June 18th
Cost: FREE admission
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Make a Gift for Dad | Hy-Vee

Make a gift for dad and enjoy a snack.

Address: 1315 6th St NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 11:00am-3:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Sunday June 18th

Father’s Day on the Farm |Red Barn Learning Farm

The farm is open for family fun! Dad and Grandpas are FREE with the purchase of another admission.

Address: 27251 State Highway 30, Hayfield, 55940
Time: 12:00pm-5:00pm
Cost: $6 (+tax) for age 1 and over
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Father’s Day Brunch | Forager Brewery

Treat dad right this Father’s Day with an all you can eat buffet and a free craft beer! Celebrate how great dad is with family at your favorite local brewery. Enjoy an all you can eat Father’s Day Brunch featuring egg bakes, scrambled eggs, fresh fruit, bacon, sausage, gouda hashbrowns, biscuits and gravy, fresh seasonal green salad, gourmet bbq with smoked brisket, pulled chicken and pork featuring house made relish, bacon jam, pineapple salsa, coleslaw, big bean hot dish and a dessert bar with special K bars, brownies and rice crispie treats! The best part, dad gets a craft beer with brunch! The coffee shop will be open with your favorite coffees, teas and specialty drinks. The bar will feature mimosas, bloody marys and house made craft beers. Everything you will enjoy is made from the scratch kitchen at Forager Brewery.

Address: 1005 6th St NW, Rochester, Minnesota 55901
Time: 10:00am-2:00pm
Cost: $22 for Adults, $10 for kids 3-12. 2 and under eat free. Get your ticket here.
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Covered Bridge Music and Arts Festival

Celebrate summer music and the arts in Zumbrota! Get all the Festival details here.

Address: Zumbrota, MN
Time: Thursday June 15-Sunday June 18th
Cost: FREE admission
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Monday June 19th

Food Vendors | Rochesterfest

29 great food vendors to celebrate with!

Address: Soldiers Field Park, George Gibbs Drive SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 11:00am-9:00pm
Cost: FREE admission
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Video Game Tournament | Rochesterfest

The Machine Shed returns to Rochesterfest with multiple video games on site!
All ages are welcome to compete in Round-robin and team tournament action for prizes.

Address: Soldiers Field Park, South tent, George Gibbs Drive SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 4:00pm
Cost:pre-register here.
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PossAbilities Ice Cream Social | Rochesterfest

PossAbilities Ice Cream Social is an annual community connection event where people with disabilities can celebrate Rochesterfest with the rest of the community by eating Kemp’s Ice Cream, playing fun games and listening and dancing to a free concert by Six Mile Grove.

Address: Soldiers Field Park, George Gibbs Drive SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 4:00pm-7:00pm
Cost:$5 donation gets a wristband to participate in games and receive ice cream.
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Chester Woods Park Narrated Wagon Rides | Rochesterfest

Enjoy a 30-minute narrated wagon ride that begins in the horse trailer parking lot and loops through Chester Woods’ beautiful prairies and Dam overlook.

Address: 8378 14 Hwy SE, Eyota, 55934
Time: 6:00pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm
Cost: Free park entry for the day with a Rochesterfest button.
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Teen Night | Rochesterfest

A night just for the teens with music, food and dancing!

Address: Soldiers Field Park, George Gibbs Drive SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 7:00pm-10:00pm
Cost: FREE
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BubbleBall | Rochesterfest

Bounce, flip and roll with BubbleBall!  Entertaining to watch and totally fun to play.

Address: Soldiers Field Park, West Field George Gibbs Drive SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: $5 ($4 with Rochesterfest button)
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Tuesday June 20th

Food Vendors | Rochesterfest

29 great food vendors to celebrate with!

Address: Soldiers Field Park, George Gibbs Drive SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 11:00am-9:00pm
Cost: FREE admission
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‘Ready, Imagine, Go to the Fest’ | Rochesterfest

Ready, Imagine, Go – with Minnesota Children’s Museum-Rochester. Explore your curiosity with engaging activities for the whole family!

Address: Soldiers Field Park, George Gibbs Drive SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 11:00am-2:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Amanda Grace | Rochesterfest

Rochester Children’s Museum presents ‘Amanda Grace’ (family-friendly Indie rocker).

Address: Soldiers Field Park, Treasure Island Stage, George Gibbs Drive SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 11:45am-1:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Rochester Concert Band | Rochesterfest

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the great music.

Address: Soldiers Field Park, Treasure Island Stage, George Gibbs Drive SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 6:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Magic Fun Night| Rochesterfest

Norm Barnhart, the Twin Cities favorite Comedy Magician, has entertained audiences in 50 states and eight countries and he’s bringing his family-friendly show to Rochesterfest!  Come and enjoy Magic Norm’s quick-witted humor and sparkling slight-of-hand magic.

Address: Soldiers Field Park, Treasure Island Stage, George Gibbs Drive SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 8:00pm
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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Wednesday June 21st

Food Vendors | Rochesterfest

29 great food vendors to celebrate with!

Address: Soldiers Field Park, George Gibbs Drive SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 11:00am-9:00pm
Cost: FREE admission
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World Culture at the Fest| Rochesterfest

Celebrate our city’s diversity by exploring various cultures at Rochesterfest.  Indian dancers will grace the stage after 12:15pm.  Various demonstrations and displays will be available for exploring.

Address: Soldiers Field Park, George Gibbs Drive SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 11:00am-2:00pm
Cost: FREE
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BINGO| Rochesterfest

Come down to the fest and play Bingo! All ages welcome.  Prizes for kids and adults.

Address: Soldiers Field Park, South Tent George Gibbs Drive SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 11:00am-1:00pm and 5:00pm-7:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Family Fun Night| Rochesterfest

Over 20 booths featuring family activities, challenges, live animals, crafts, demonstrations plus Walmart boys and girls bicycle giveaway!  Plus free train rides for the kids!

Stage entertainment includes live music, DJ fun & dance and introducing the first ever Rochesterfest All-Ages SPELLING BEE for prizes!

Address: Soldiers Field Park, West Field and Treasure Island Stage, George Gibbs Drive SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 5:30pm-8:30pm
Cost: FREE
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Sports Night| Rochesterfest

Come and meet representatives from several Rochester area sports organizations, including many youth sports groups.  Take part in various games and sports activities while learning more about the organizations, their seasons, camps, etc.  Plus register to win prizes.  Fun and informative.

Address: Soldiers Field Park, East Ball Field, George Gibbs Drive SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 5:30pm-8:30pm
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 June 22nd

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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Food Vendors | Rochesterfest

29 great food vendors to celebrate with!

Address: Soldiers Field Park, George Gibbs Drive SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 11:00am-9:00pm
Cost: FREE admission
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KidDISCO| Rochesterfest

Costumes, lights, music and art…kidDISCO! A fun dance party for the whole family – and costumes are encouraged!  Groove to the music of local DJ Scotty Matthews, participate in art activities, explore our exhibitions, and win prizes for best costumes, most creative dance and more.

Address: Soldiers Field Park, George Gibbs Drive SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Cost: $5 per child, parents free (children of all ages must be accompanied by an adult), $2 off with a 2017 Rochesterfest Button, Free for Rochester Art Center Members
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Hot Air Balloon Glow| Rochesterfest

Come and share the beauty of the “Night Glow” at dusk.

Address: Soldiers Field Park, East Side, George Gibbs Drive SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: Dusk
Cost: FREE
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Honors Choirs of SE MN | Rochesterfest

Honors Choirs of SE MN presents their 10th annual summer musical “State Fair”. It is the kind of warm-hearted family entertainment only Rodgers & Hammerstein could deliver.

Address: Lourdes High School, 2800 19th St NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: Purchase tickets 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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Car Seat, Sun and Bike Safety | Children’s Museum of Rochester

Public Health will be at the Minnesota Children’s Museum of Rochester to talk about car seats, sun and bike safety.

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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Friday June 23rd

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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Food Vendors | Rochesterfest

29 great food vendors to celebrate with!

Address: Soldiers Field Park, George Gibbs Drive SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 11:00am-9:00pm
Cost: FREE admission
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TGIF Bash| Rochesterfest

Celebrate with LP & the 45’s, and Incognito!

Address: Soldiers Field Park, Treasure Island Stage, George Gibbs Drive SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 4:00pm-10:00pm
Cost: FREE
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SkiDox Waterski Show| Rochesterfest

‘Ameriski’s Got Talent’. This is a preview of the full-themed show, which is presented every Wednesday evening at 7pm at Fisherman’s Inn on Lake Zumbro.

Address: Foster Arend Park, 4051 E River Road NE, Rochester, 55906
Time: 6:00pm
Cost: FREE
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BubbleBall | Rochesterfest

Bounce, flip and roll with BubbleBall!  Entertaining to watch and totally fun to play.

Address: Soldiers Field Park, West Field George Gibbs Drive SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: $5 ($4 with Rochesterfest button)
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Honors Choirs of SE MN | Rochesterfest

Honors Choirs of SE MN presents their 10th annual summer musical “State Fair”. It is the kind of warm-hearted family entertainment only Rodgers & Hammerstein could deliver.

Address: Lourdes High School, 2800 19th St NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: Purchase tickets here.
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Stuffed Animal Sleepover at Quarry Hill | Rochester Public Library

The Stuffed Animal Sleepover is going on the road! Wear your pajamas, bring your stuffed friend and listen to a story. Then, tuck your pal into bed and wish them sweet dreams. Who knows what adventures they will have overnight at Quarry Hill Nature Center! Pick up your stuffed friends Saturday, June 24 at Quarry Hill between 9 AM and 5 PM.

Address: Quarry Hill Nature Center, 701 Silver Creek Rd NE, Rochester, 55906
Time: 4:00pm-4:30pm
Cost: FREE
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Touch and Learn Class | Children’s Museum of Rochester

Topics discussed include the daily happenings at the zoo and park, as well as some basic environmental principles. An opportunity for some “hands on” learning with the live critters and wildlife artifacts will also be provided.

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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Saturday June 24th

Rochester Downtown Farmers Market

Let the summer market season begin!

Address: 4th St and 4th Ave SE
Time: 7:30am-12:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Rochesterfest Grand Parade

Enjoy southern Minnesota’s biggest parade with over 100 units!

Address: Find the parade route here.
Time: 2:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Food Vendors | Rochesterfest

29 great food vendors to celebrate with!

Address: Soldiers Field Park, George Gibbs Drive SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 11:00am-9:00pm
Cost: FREE admission
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Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Rally | Rochesterfest

Catch the awesome mass ascension of beautiful hot air balloons. 

Address: Soldiers Field Park, East Side, George Gibbs Drive SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 6:00am launch
Cost: FREE
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Land of Ten Thousand Discs | Rochesterfest

12th Annual High Flying Disc Dog Competition. World Championship qualifying events.

Address: Cooke Park, 722 7th Ave NW, Rochester,  55901
Time: 9:00am
Cost: FREE admission, vendors on site
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Get Your Rear in Gear 5K | Rochesterfest

5K Run/Walk and Kid’s Fun Run around beautiful Silver Lake to raise awareness and increase screening rates for colon cancer in the Rochester area.

Address: East Silver Lake Park, 705 East Silver Lake Drive NE, Rochester, 55906
Time: Registration: 7:30am, Start: 9:00am
Cost: Register here.
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Root River Wagon Rides | Rochesterfest

Meet at the Root River Park parking lot for a tractor/wagon ride. Rides leave every 30- 40 minutes.

Address: Root River Park-4012 80th St SE, Rochester 55904
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
Cost: Reservations required, call 507-287-2624
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Pre-Parade  | Rochesterfest

Prior to the parade, come down to Soldiers Field Park to enjoy stage entertainment, demonstrations, tree climb for kids and exciting debut of “Go! Play! Explore! Mobile Recreation”. It’s a trailer-loaded, mobile playground with interactive games and equipment brought to you by Olmsted County Public Health and Rochester Parks & Recreation. 

Play yard games like Plinko and Yardzee, provided by Home Solutions Midwest and scale the 25-foot climbing wall, compliments of Prairie Walls Climbing Gym.

*Other events going on include: Rochesterfest Cars & Coffee (Classic Car Display), Kiwanis Golf Ball Drop, Jigsaw Puzzle Contest

Address: Soldiers Field Park, East Side, George Gibbs Drive SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 10:00am-2:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Zumbro River Community Festival | Rochesterfest

Something for everyone. Games, inflatables, climbing wall, petting zoo, zip line, laser tag, Silent Auction, festival-type food, “Mixed Nuts” kids’ entertainment, bands and the best Fireworks show in southern Minnesota at dusk.

Address: Camp Victory, 5812 403 Ave, Zumbro Falls, 55991
Time: 4:00pm-10:30pm
Cost: FREE
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BubbleBall | Rochesterfest

Bounce, flip and roll with BubbleBall!  Entertaining to watch and totally fun to play.

Address: Soldiers Field Park, West Field George Gibbs Drive SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: $5 ($4 with Rochesterfest button)
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Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Rally & Glow | Rochesterfest

Enjoy the beautiful hot air balloons as they launch, fly and glow!  Up, up and away!

Address: Soldiers Field Park, East Side, George Gibbs Drive SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 7:00pm launch
Cost: $5 ($4 with Rochesterfest button)
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Honors Choirs of SE MN | Rochesterfest

Honors Choirs of SE MN presents their 10th annual summer musical “State Fair”. It is the kind of warm-hearted family entertainment only Rodgers & Hammerstein could deliver.

Address: Lourdes High School, 2800 19th St NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: Purchase tickets here.
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Feed the Bison | Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo

Bring the entire family out for a closer look at the majestic Plains Bison. You’ll learn interesting facts about these marvelous creatures and get a close-up look as we feed them. A short hike is involved and accommodations can be made for folks needing to drive to the bison pen.
Address: 5731 County Road 105 NW, Byron, MN 55920
Time: 1:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Sunday June 25th

Land of Ten Thousand Discs | Rochesterfest

12th Annual High Flying Disc Dog Competition. World Championship qualifying events.

Address: Cooke Park, 722 7th Ave NW, Rochester,  55901
Time: 9:00am
Cost: FREE admission, vendors on site
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Honors Choirs of SE MN | Rochesterfest

Honors Choirs of SE MN presents their 10th annual summer musical “State Fair”. It is the kind of warm-hearted family entertainment only Rodgers & Hammerstein could deliver.

Address: Lourdes High School, 2800 19th St NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: Purchase tickets here.
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Carillon Concert | Rochesterfest

Since 1928, the carillon has remained both a noted landmark and a source of remarkable music in Rochester. Join Mayo Clinic’s new Carillonneur Austin Ferguson for his first Rochesterfest performance.

Address: Annenberg Plaza, 201 1st St SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 2:00pm
Cost: FREE
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1860s Baseball | Rochesterfest

Period uniforms, replica bats and balls, 1860 rules.

Ladies exhibition at 4:30pm followed by Roosters vs Roadrunners. Raffle drawing- need not be present to win. Concessions and Trader Joe’s root beer floats.

Address: History Center of Olmsted County, Schmitt Field, 1195 W Circle Dr SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 4:30pm
Cost: 2 Bits (25 cents)
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Tuesday June 27th

Good Natured Kids: Backyard Camper | Quarry Hill Nature Center

Snores, lores and s’mores – that’s what makes a great camp out! We’ll go on a scavenger hunt, gather wood for a fire, set up camp & fuel up with a traditional s’more!

Address: 701 Silver Creek Road NE, Rochester, 55906
Time: 9:30am-11:00am
Cost: $15/non-member, $12/members
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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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Wednesday June 28th

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 June 29th

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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Friday June 30th

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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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
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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For Moms

Saturday June 3rd

Free Women’s Self Defense Seminar

The seminar will cover basic knowledge and concepts related to female Self-Defense in an urban environment. We will focus on introducing the students to practical skills, especially the use of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu techniques against a stronger/larger attacker.

Address: 4915 Highway 52 N, Rochester, 55901
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Sunday June 4th

Outside Pop Up Market | Kutzkty Market

Kutzky Market Presents Pop Up Markets that will be happening twice a month. The first and last Sunday of each month different local vendors will be selling their goods.

Address: 1001 6th St NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 10:30am-4:30pm
Cost: FREE admission
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Yoga and Creativity | Yoga Tribe

Bring your journal/sketchpad/song lyrics/poem/short story/novel/whatever in progress, or choose a prompt. We will intersperse various yoga practices with time to create and polish. No yoga experience necessary. Optional opportunity to share and be further inspired!

Address: 328 South Broadway Ave., Rochester, 55902
Time: 12:30pm-2:00pm
Cost: $20, purchase tickets here.
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Wednesday June 7th

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 June 7th movie is “Under the Tuscan Sun”. 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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Saturday June 10th

Yoga & Wine | Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery

Find your ‘ahhhh’ with a gentle flow yoga class. Focus on breath, mind, body, and movement while moving through poses to promote awareness, flexibility and relaxation in the beauty of the vineyard.

Our instructor welcomes all skill levels! Class meets in the vineyard.

Class registration includes a glass of Four Daughters wine, Loon Juice, or our signature sangria at the end of class!

Address: 78757 State Hwy 16, Spring Valley, 55975
Time: 10:00am-11:00am
Cost: $15 get tickets here.
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Tuesday June 13th

Yoga & Wine | Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery

Find your ‘ahhhh’ with a gentle flow yoga class. Focus on breath, mind, body, and movement while moving through poses to promote awareness, flexibility and relaxation in the beauty of the vineyard.

Our instructor welcomes all skill levels! Class meets in the vineyard.

Class registration includes a glass of Four Daughters wine, Loon Juice, or our signature sangria at the end of class!

Address: 78757 State Hwy 16, Spring Valley, Minnesota 55975
Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm
Cost: $15 get tickets here.
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Saturday June 17th

Rochester Hangar Fly In and Dance | Rochesterfest

Relive WWII history through the big band sound, swing dancing (free lessons available), mess hall food, exhibits and WWII planes. 1940’s costume contest.

Address: 7300 Brataas Drive SW, Hangar C
Time: 9:00am  Five WWII Planes fly in. Available to view and ride until 4:00pm. Hangar Dance 5:00pm – 10:30pm
Cost: Dance, $15 in advance, $20 at the door
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Wednesday June 21st

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 June 7th movie is “Under the Tuscan Sun”. 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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Saturday June 24th

Yoga & Wine | Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery

Find your ‘ahhhh’ with a gentle flow yoga class. Focus on breath, mind, body, and movement while moving through poses to promote awareness, flexibility and relaxation in the beauty of the vineyard.

Our instructor welcomes all skill levels! Class meets in the vineyard.

Class registration includes a glass of Four Daughters wine, Loon Juice, or our signature sangria at the end of class!

Address: 78757 State Hwy 16, Spring Valley, Minnesota 55975
Time: 10:00am-11:00am
Cost: $15 get tickets here.
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Sunday June 25th

Pretty Peculiar Pop-up Market

Join local makers for a pop-up market in support of Listos Preschool and Childcare! You’ll find delightful handmade items, including jewelry, ceramics, textiles, and stationery, as well as tasty treats, tiny house tours, and live music!

Address: 1403 3rd St NE, Rochester, 55906
Time: 11:00am-4:00pm
Cost: FREE admission. Freewill donations will be accepted for all handmade items. 100% of all money raised will be donated to Listos for programming and scholarships to help low-income families in need, including new immigrants.
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Tuesday June 27th

Yoga & Wine | Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery

Find your ‘ahhhh’ with a gentle flow yoga class. Focus on breath, mind, body, and movement while moving through poses to promote awareness, flexibility and relaxation in the beauty of the vineyard.

Our instructor welcomes all skill levels! Class meets in the vineyard.

Class registration includes a glass of Four Daughters wine, Loon Juice, or our signature sangria at the end of class!

Address: 78757 State Hwy 16, Spring Valley, Minnesota 55975
Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm
Cost: $15 get tickets here.
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