Rochester MN Guide to October Events

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October, who doesn’t love October? Crisp air, sweet apples, cozy sweaters and beautiful fall color. October is the perfect month to spend out and about visiting local parks, orchards, farms and shops. Check out all the fun coming up this month and get out and enjoy it!!  Be sure to check out our upcoming Rochester MN moms Blog events too! We have some great things planned for you!

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Happy fall friends!

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Friday October 27th

RMMB Birthday Party | RMMB + Bleu Duck

Join Rochester MN Moms Blog as we celebrate our SECOND birthday! We will be enjoying an evening at Bleu Duck Kitchen on Friday, October 27th for a Mom’s Night Out event: an evening all about celebrating YOU – our community of moms! It will be a night of decadent desserts & drinks, mingling with friends (new and old!), and shopping. And of course there are going to be some amazing giveaways and an epic swag bag!

We will be releasing more event details soon (including announcement of ticket sales), but for now, mark your calendars for Friday, October 27th!

Address: Bleu Duck, 14 4th Street SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 7:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: Stay tuned for details!
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Saturday December 9th

Donuts with Santa | RMMB + 125 Live

Join us for our first Donuts with the REAL Santa! That’s right folks…we’re excited to host a special event with Rochester’s very own REAL Santa. Join us for donuts, activities, the Star Fairy, singing, story-time, a professional picture, more donuts and of course, Santa!

There will be two sessions to choose from: 9 AM – 10:30 AM and 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM.

Come and have your picture taken with Santa and avoid the long lines at the mall…all while enjoying a fun morning with your family! We’ll be releasing details throughout the fall…be sure to follow along on our event page to stay up-to-date on all the fun details!

Thanks to our Title Sponsors Allegro School of Dance and Music-Rochester, MN (Official) and 125 LIVE for their partnership in bringing you this very special event!

Address: 125 Live, 125 Elton Hills Dr NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 9:00am-10:30am OR 10:30am-12:00pm
Cost: Ticket prices to be announced soon!
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Sunday October 1st

Fall on the Farm | 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

 

Bremer Free Sunday | Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester

All visitors can explore the Rochester Museum free of charge. Enjoy the long weekend with us and we will also have a special project to make your own pencil holder to use at school!

Address: 1643 N. Broadway St., Suite A River Center Plaza Rochester, 55906
Time: 12:00pm-4:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Fredrika’s Birthday Shell-A-Bration | Quarry Hill Nature Center

Fredricka, the snapping turtle, is turning 50 and Quarry Hill Nature Center is throwing her a party! Treats for Fredricka, turtle sundaes for humans, party favors and fun!

Address: 701 Silver Creek Road NE, Rochester, 55906
Time: 1:30pm-2:30pm
Cost: FREE, RSVP for this Turtle-rrefic party by calling 328-3950
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Squash Blossom Farm Cow Puja & Farm Fair

Celebrating the Farm’s Most Noble Creature! It’s an agricultural/cultural/multicultural event! A fun fall day of local food,local art, local music.
Check out the imaginative creations of local artisans: handmade furniture, jewelery, stitchery, clothing, holiday decor, paintings, wood-turning,stained glass and more! Antiques! Wood-fired pizza! Great music all day, including cow songs! Pumpkins galore! Decorated Cows! And at 2 p.m., an authentic Indian Puja ceremony, thanking the cows for blessing us.

Address: 7499 60th Ave NW, Oronoco, 55960
Time: 11:00am
Cost: $5/adult or $10/family
Website

Tuesday October 3rd

Family Storytime | Rochester Public Library

 Stories, songs and fun for you and your family!
Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 6:30pm
Cost: FREE
Website

Friday October 6th

Dancing Fun with Tippi Toes | Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester

Join MCMR for another fun morning with Tippi Toes Minnesota We will warm up, stretch and use our imaginations while dancing to high energy music.

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

 

Tiny Tunes | Healing Rhythms Music Therapy

Tiny Tunes is an early childhood music class for children (ages 5 and under) and their caregivers. Classes are designed to address skills such as fine and gross motor movement, language skills, social skills, and bonding and with caregivers through music! Classes encourage kids and their caregivers to move, sing, explore, play music and have fun together. Classes are led by a board-certified music therapist

Classes are four Fridays in October (6, 13, 20, and 27) from 10:30-11am. A caregiver must attend with a child.

Address: 3270 19th Street Northwest #101, Rochester, 55901
Time: 10:30am-11:00am
Cost: $43-$65, register here.
Website

Saturday October 7th

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

 

Fall on the Farm | 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

 

Free Kids’ Workshop | Home Depot

Have fun at a hands-on workshop you and your child can build a cute coin bank with a fire station design. Once the bank is built, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers. All kids get to keep their project, 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
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Free Play for All | Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester

Come celebrate Public Power week with Rochester Public Utilities at the Minnesota Children’s Museum! Everyone is invited to come and explore the museum for FREE during the whole day thanks to the generosity of RPU. There will be experts on hand to answer your electric or water questions, line workers will bring a bucket truck by at 10:00am and 2:00pm to share with the visitors, and there will be free giveaways!

Address: 1643 N. Broadway St., Suite A River Center Plaza Rochester, 55906
Time: 9:00am-5:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Hooray for Saturday: Science Storytime | Rochester Public Library

Books, music and science-themed fun for you and your family!
Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 10:30am
Cost: FREE
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Johnny Appleseed Day

Lots of fun at this family friendly celebration!

Address: Lake City, 55041
Time: 9:00am-7:00pm
Cost: FREE Admission
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Hand Print Spider | Rochester Community Education

Join Sunshine and Roses Traveling Art Studio to paint your very own personalized spider! Grab your Mom, Dad, Grandma or Grandpa and register to paint this fun painting! No Art experience needed!

Address: Rochester Community Education, 201 8th St NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 12:30pm-1:30pm
Cost: $25
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You Pick Two Halloween designs | Rochester Community Education

Join Sunshine and Roses Traveling Art Studio to paint two canvases! You will get to choose from 4 designs. Grab your Mom, Dad, Grandma or Grandpa and register to paint this fun painting! No Art experience needed!

Address: 201 8th St NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 10:30am-11:30am
Cost: $25
Website

 

Fall Colors Hike | Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo

Fall can be the one of the most colorful seasons in Minnesota. Take a hike with a naturalist and find out what makes leaves change from green to yellow, orange, red and brown. Afterwards, gather in the Nature Center to create your own leaf print.
Address: 5731 County Road 105 NW, Byron, MN 55920
Time: 1:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Fall Colors Wagon Ride | Chester Woods Park

What better way to enjoy a fall afternoon than to hop on the park wagon and take a ride through Chester Woods’ prairies and woodlands and observe nature’s beautiful colors of the season. Reservations encouraged, call 287-2624. Meet at shelter #1.
Address: Chester Woods Park, 8378 Highway 14 E Eyota, 55934
Time:1:00pm, 2:00pm and 3:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Nature Toddlers: Apples | Quarry Hill Nature Center

Apples come in different shapes, colors, and sizes but all of them grow on trees. A favorite snack for humans, there are also animals that enjoy apples. Learn about apples and make cider with a traditional cider press. After sampling a bit of cider, you’ll share an apple treat with the animals – find out which ones when you join in the fun!

Address: 701 Silver Creek Road NE, Rochester, 55906
Time: 10:00am-11:00am
Cost: $6.50 members/$8.00 non members. Preregistration required here.
Website

 

Pond Globe Ecosystem | Quarry Hill Nature Center

Get an up close look at the microscopic world of a droplet of pond water and take home a self-contained and self-sustaining miniature world encased in glass for year round enjoyment.

Address: 701 Silver Creek Road NE, Rochester, 55906
Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm
Cost: $27.00 members/$35.00 non members. Preregistration required here.
Website

 

Fall Party 2017 | Homestead Church

Homestead is celebrating 100 years of ministry in Rochester!
From 3-5pm we have live music from Homestead’s Worship team, and LIGHT45 will be joining us for an acoustic set! There will be food, games, and activities for all ages.

At 6pm, our party will move out to our land on 60th ave NW. Don’t worry – we will bus you there and we have rented a port-a-potty. We are going to have campfire worship complete with s’mores, hot dogs, and whatever else you’d like to roast on the fire! If you’re coming to the campfire worship – bring chairs & anything you’d like to roast on the fire! Bring the entire family! Bring a friend! Celebrate as we journey on for another 100 years.

Address: 6301 Bandel Rd NW, Ste 503, Rochester, Minnesota 55901
Time: 3:00pm-8:00pm
 Cost: FREE
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Sunday October 8th

Fall on the Farm | 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

 

Bird banding | 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: 1:00pm-2:30pm
Cost: FREE to members. $2.00 adult/$1.00 child
Website

Tuesday October 10th

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 October 11th

Nature Toddlers: Apples | Quarry Hill Nature Center

Apples come in different shapes, colors, and sizes but all of them grow on trees. A favorite snack for humans, there are also animals that enjoy apples. Learn about apples and make cider with a traditional cider press. After sampling a bit of cider, you’ll share an apple treat with the animals – find out which ones when you join in the fun!

Address: 701 Silver Creek Road NE, Rochester, 55906
Time: 10:00am-11:00am
Cost: $6.50 members/$8.00 non members. Preregistration required here.
Website

Thursday October 12th

13th Annual Empty Bowls | Channel One Food Bank

Join Channel One Regional Food Bank for this annual celebration of Empty Bowls, an event to help end hunger. Enjoy a simple meal of soup and bread provided by top local restaurants and bakeries. Attendance allows participants to choose donated hand-painted bowls as a take home memento of the event. Access to all Art Center exhibits and a silent auction will also be included. All proceeds will support Channel One Regional Food Bank’s mission – to partner with others to feed people in need.

Address: Rochester Art Center, 40 Civic Center Dr SE, Rochester, Minnesota 55904
Time:11:00am-8:00pm
Cost: Tickets purchased on the day of event: $15 for individual, $35 – family (2 adults and up to 4 children)
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Friday October 13th

Raptor Program | Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester

Friends from Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo will be here to celebrate Raptor month! This is an opportunity to learn the distinguishing characteristics that make raptors different from song birds. Raptors, are also known as Bids of Prey and have many interesting features. You will even see a real live raptor!

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

 

Tiny Tunes | Healing Rhythms Music Therapy

Tiny Tunes is an early childhood music class for children (ages 5 and under) and their caregivers. Classes are designed to address skills such as fine and gross motor movement, language skills, social skills, and bonding and with caregivers through music! Classes encourage kids and their caregivers to move, sing, explore, play music and have fun together. Classes are led by a board-certified music therapist

Classes are four Fridays in October (6, 13, 20, and 27) from 10:30-11am. A caregiver must attend with a child.

Address: 3270 19th Street Northwest #101, Rochester, 55901
Time: 10:30am-11:00am
Cost: $43-$65, register here.
Website

Saturday October 14th

Fall Fest | Rochester Downtown Alliance

Back for the second year, Fall Fest celebrates the cool, crisp weather and everything fall right in the heart of our city. There will be pumpkins, activities, fall treats, and much more. Fall Fest is fun for all ages.

Address: Peace Plaza, Downtown Rochester
Time: 10:00am-2:00pm
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

 

Fall on the Farm | 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

 

Hooray for Saturday: Discovery Stations | Rochester Public Library

There will be several “Discovery Stations” set up throughout the Youth Services area so you can explore different science related concepts!
Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 10:30am
Cost: FREE
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Pumpkin Party Dance Camp

Celebrate the fall season with dancing, crafts, treats and friends! This pumpkin party is the perfect way to spend a fall Saturday afternoon. Invite a friend!

Address: 2342 Superior Dr NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Cost: $20
Website

 

Zombie Stagger 5k

Come as a Zombie, Zombie hunter, or really fast human and be ready for the most fun Zombie 5K you have ever run in.

Address: Cook Park, 7th St 7th ave NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm
Cost: FREE-$25, purchase tickets here.
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Feed the Raptors | Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo

Meet at the raptor exhibit to learn more about some of Minnesota’s most common birds of prey. Not only will you enjoy hearing interesting facts, but you’ll also enjoy watching them eat.
Address: 5731 County Road 105 NW, Byron, MN 55920
Time: 2:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Fall Fest | Hy-Vee

Fun events, games, food and fun fall items for sale!

Events:
– Bounce House
– Mini Pumpkin Painting
– Photo Booth
Kids will receive a free balloon!

Games:
– Pumpkin Bowling
– Corn Toss
– Pumpkin Golf
Prizes for participants!

Address: Hy-Vee North, 500 37th St NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 11:00am-2:00pm
Cost: FREE admission, food and fall decor for sale
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Pumpkin Festival | City of Dover

10am-2pm Craft Show
10:45am-11:15am Costume Contest Registration
11-11:30am Pie Eating Contest
11:30 am Costume Contest Judging and Awards (Prizes given for the top 2 in each group)
11am-1pm Concessions
11am-1:30 Quarter Carnival
12pm-2pm Haunted House & Hay Rides

As well as Pumpkin painting, crazy hair, face painting, Henna artist, and a great day of family fun!!!!

Address: Dover City Park, 359 N Chatfield St, Dover, 55929
Time: 10:00am-2:00pm
Cost: FREE admission
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Sunday October 15th

Fall on the Farm | 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

 

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: 1:00pm-2:30pm
Cost: FREE to members. $2.00 adult/$1.00 child. Preregistraion required here.
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Walk and Roll for Bear Creek Services

This is a festival inside of Apache Mall!!!! Walk or roll to show your support for people who have developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injury.

Address: Apache Mall, 52 U.S. 14, Rochester, 55902
Time: 9:00am-11:00am
Cost: Kids 5 & Under are Free ($10 with event shirt), Ages 6 – 12 are $20 before 10/1 or $25 after 10/1, Ages 13+ are $25 before 10/1 or $30 after 10/1. Register here.
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Tuesday October 17th

Family Storytime | Rochester Public Library

 Stories, songs and fun for you and your family!
Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 6:30pm
Cost: FREE
Website

Wednesday October 18th

Family Paint Night at My Happy Place

Step-by-step instruction on how to recreate a beautiful painting titled “Wishes and Dreams”.

This event is ALL ages – everyone from 8 and up can join us for this fun painting!

Ticket price includes use of all necessary paint supplies and aprons, instruction, and a 16×20 take-home canvas!

Wine and Canvas has a 48-hour cancellation policy; with 48 hours notice we will reschedule or refund your registration. Please review the FAQ’s page for additional information.

Address: 392 Main Street, Zumbrota, 55992
Time: 6:00pm-8:30pm
Cost: $29
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Thursday October 19th

Fall on the Farm | 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

 

Harvest Moon Fall Festival | History Center of Olmsted County

Scarecrow decorating contest, pumpkin painting, tours of the cabin and school house, apple juice squeezing, rope and broom making, a hayride, and MORE! 

Address: History Center of Olmsted County, 1195 W Circle Dr SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm
Cost: $5/child. Adults accompanying a child are free.
Website

 

An Evening with Night Owls | Quarry Hill Nature Center

Every autumn a small north woods owl called the Saw-whet migrates south in a silent and secretive wave. Join us on an outdoor nighttime adventure to experience this migration up close.

Address: 701 Silver Creek Road NE, Rochester, 55906
Time: 8:30pm-10:30pm
Cost: $32.00 members/$40.00 non members. Preregistraion required here.
Website

Friday October 20th

Fall on the Farm | 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: Costume Party | 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 October theme is a Costume Party.

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

Join MCMR for music fun with Amelia from Healing Rhythms Music Therapy.

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

 

Creatures of the Night | Quarry Hill Nature Center

Meet the nocturnal animals of Quarry Hill during this non-scary (and sometimes humorous!) family evening in the forest. On a guided hike of the woods and cave, you will encounter the “Creatures of the Night” costumed characters featuring a coyote, turkey, deer and spider each with a tale to tell about their night life. Refreshments follow the hike inside the Nature Center.

Address: 701 Silver Creek Road NE, Rochester, 55906
Time: 4:30pm-8:00pm
Cost: $6.00 members/$8.00 non members. Preregistraion required here.
Website

 

Tiny Tunes | Healing Rhythms Music Therapy

Tiny Tunes is an early childhood music class for children (ages 5 and under) and their caregivers. Classes are designed to address skills such as fine and gross motor movement, language skills, social skills, and bonding and with caregivers through music! Classes encourage kids and their caregivers to move, sing, explore, play music and have fun together. Classes are led by a board-certified music therapist

Classes are four Fridays in October (6, 13, 20, and 27) from 10:30-11am. A caregiver must attend with a child.

Address: 3270 19th Street Northwest #101, Rochester, 55901
Time: 10:30am-11:00am
Cost: $43-$65, register here.
Website

Saturday October 21st

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

 

Fall on the Farm | 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

 

Family Storytime | Rochester Public Library

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

 

Feed the Otters | Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo

River otters are a curious animal with many adaptations for hunting on land and fishing in the water. Watch a staff member feed the river otter at Zollman Zoo and learn fun facts about river otters.
Address: 5731 County Road 105 NW, Byron, MN 55920
Time: 2:00pm
Cost: FREE
Website

 

Creatures of the Night | Quarry Hill Nature Center

Meet the nocturnal animals of Quarry Hill during this non-scary (and sometimes humorous!) family evening in the forest. On a guided hike of the woods and cave, you will encounter the “Creatures of the Night” costumed characters featuring a coyote, turkey, deer and spider each with a tale to tell about their night life. Refreshments follow the hike inside the Nature Center.

Address: 701 Silver Creek Road NE, Rochester, 55906
Time: 4:30pm-8:00pm
Cost: $6.00 members/$8.00 non members. Preregistraion required here.
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Sunday October 22nd

Fall on the Farm | 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

 

Critter Sunday | Quarry Hill Nature Center

Did you know that the number of scutes on a turtle shell is the same number of full moons in a year? Nine species, but 13 scutes on each one; we are going “Totally Turtles” during this program all about these unique reptiles.

Address: 701 Silver Creek Road NE, Rochester, 55906
Time: 1:30pm-2:30pm
Cost: FREE to members. $2.00 adult/$3.00 child
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Monday October 23rd

Sit Stay Read | Rochester Public Library

Kids are invited to practice reading aloud for 15 minutes with a certified therapy animal. For a positive reading experience, only the child should attend. Caregivers are asked to remain in the library. No pre-registration. In person registration will begin 30 minutes prior to the event.

Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Tuesday October 24th

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Party | Rochester Public Library

Are you excited for the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book? Join the Rochester Public library as they celebrate Greg Heffley and all things wimpy! The event will take place in the Youth Services area on the first floor.
Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm
Cost: FREE
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Thursday October 26th

Teddy bear Clinic | Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester

Staff from Mayo Clinic Children’s Center Child Life Department will be at MCMR for a Teddy Bear Clinic!

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

Friday October 27th

Construction Storytime | Rochester Public Library

The morning will start in the auditorium reading books about construction sites and construction machines. John Pristash from Kraus-Anderson Construction will also join us. He will tell us about the huge construction site outside the library, and then we will move up to the skyway to get a birds-eye view of the site. Bring your love of construction and your questions!
Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 10:00am
Cost: FREE
Website

 

An Evening with Night Owls | Quarry Hill Nature Center

Every autumn a small north woods owl called the Saw-whet migrates south in a silent and secretive wave. Join us on an outdoor nighttime adventure to experience this migration up close.

Address: 701 Silver Creek Road NE, Rochester, 55906
Time: 8:30pm-10:30pm
Cost: $32.00 members/$40.00 non members. Preregistraion required here.
Website

 

Tiny Tunes | Healing Rhythms Music Therapy

Tiny Tunes is an early childhood music class for children (ages 5 and under) and their caregivers. Classes are designed to address skills such as fine and gross motor movement, language skills, social skills, and bonding and with caregivers through music! Classes encourage kids and their caregivers to move, sing, explore, play music and have fun together. Classes are led by a board-certified music therapist

Classes are four Fridays in October (6, 13, 20, and 27) from 10:30-11am. A caregiver must attend with a child.

Address: 3270 19th Street Northwest #101, Rochester, 55901
Time: 10:30am-11:00am
Cost: $43-$65, register here.
Website

Saturday October 28th

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

 

Fall on the Farm | 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

 

Sensory Sensitivity | Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester

Healing Rhythms Music Therapy will explore with instruments and make music in a sensory-friendly way. Our music therapist will engage everyone to have fun through music for people of all ages and abilities.

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

 

Hans Meyer’s Fall Concert for Kids | Rochester Public Library

Children’s recording artist Hans Mayer returns to Rochester Public Library with a silly concert guaranteed to tickle your funny bone.

Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 10:30am-11:00am
Cost: FREE
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Halloween Dance Camp | Just for Kix

COME in Costume and Join the Fun!!!Calling all 3 yr – 3rd grade dancers! Join us for our Halloween-inspired Dance Camp designed specifically for YOU! Dancers will learn a fun dance routine, make a craft, enjoy fun activities/games and the best part…MEET NEW FRIENDS!

Address: 2130 S Broadway, Rochester, 55904
Time: 9:30am-11:30am
Cost: $25, register here.
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Pumpkin Party | Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo

Halloween is here, and the animals like to play with pumpkins too! Watch a naturalist place pumpkins in some of the animal exhibits. The animals might play with or even eat their pumpkins!
Address: 5731 County Road 105 NW, Byron, MN 55920
Time: 2:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Trick or Treat DC Dash

1 Mile Kids Run & 5k Run/Walk

Address: Florence Park, 313 Lakeshore Dr, Stewartville, 55976
Time: 10:00am
Cost: Fundraiser for Stewartville 8th Grade Washington DC Trip, donations appreciated
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Tricks and Treats

This is a family-friendly, free event. We’ll have Halloween tips to keep your pet safe and happy on Tuesday, crafts for kids, a vendor from Natural Balance with lots of free samples and information, and plenty of sales on your pet’s favorite treats!

Address: Paws Abilities Dog Training, 3155 Wellner Dr NE, Rochester, 55906
Time:  1:00pm-3:00pm
Cost: FREE
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RCLS Hallelujah Fall Carnival

RCLS’s annual Hallelujah Carnival will be held at the school––2619 9th Ave. NW in Rochester—from 4-7 PM on Saturday, October 28. Activities and events include:
• a pumpkin decorating contest
• games
• food
• a book fair.
Attendees are invited to wear their best family-friendly costumes. Should you like to enter a painted or carved pumpkin into the contest, please drop off entry at the school between 9:00-10:30 AM on the day of the carnival. Arrive any time during the evening for a safe, family-friendly fall celebration.  Admission to the carnival is free, but tickets for activities may be purchased at the carnival: 3 for $1 or a discounted 40 for $10. Join RCLS in some fall fun, and don’t forget to invite your friends and neighbors, too!  Contact the school at 289-3267 for more details.

Address: 2619 9th Ave NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 4:00pm-7:00pm
Cost: FREE admission
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Sunday October 29th

Goats & Goblins Halloween | Red Barn Learning Farm

Come celebrate the LAST day of our season & Halloween at the Farm with a party for our visitors and animals! FREE treats for all the kids, as well as FREE treats for the kids to feed the animals! 

Wear your costumes!

CHEAP deals on remaining pumpkins, gourds and squash!

Address: 27251 State Highway 30, Hayfield, Minnesota 55940
Time: 12:00pm-5:00pm
Cost: $5 + tax/person ($1 off regular admission)
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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: 1:00pm-2:30pm
Cost: FREE to members. $2.00 adult/$1.00 child. Preregistraion required here.
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Tuesday October 31st

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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Thursday October 5th

Rustic Hinge Fall Gathering

Primitives. Antiques. Vintage. Repurposed. Fall Décor. Furniture. Scentsy. Pumpkins. Gourds

Address: 394 Highway 60, Zumbro Falls, 55991
Time: 1:00pm-7:00pm
Cost: FREE admission
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Friday October 6th

Rustic Hinge Fall Gathering

Primitives. Antiques. Vintage. Repurposed. Fall Décor. Furniture. Scentsy. Pumpkins. Gourds

Address: 394 Highway 60, Zumbro Falls, 55991

Time: 1:00pm-7:00pm

Cost: FREE admission

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Saturday October 7th

Grand Opening Pop-Up Class | Pure Barre

Join Pure Barre Rochester at Soldier’s Field Memorial Track for a free pop-up class! Everyone in attendance will recieve swag bags, PLUS be entered into a drawing for some amazing prizes. This event is completely free, but current clients may sign up for class under “workshops” following the ticket link so that they earn credit for class.

Bring a water bottle, yoga mat, tennis shoes, and a friend.

Address: Soliders Field Memorial Track, 300 7th St SW, Rochester, MN 55902
Time: 9:30ama-10:30am
Cost: FREE
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Rustic Hinge Fall Gathering

Primitives. Antiques. Vintage. Repurposed. Fall Décor. Furniture. Scentsy. Pumpkins. Gourds

Address: 394 Highway 60, Zumbro Falls, 55991

Time: 10:00am-5:00pm

Cost: FREE admission

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LTS Fall Fest

Celebrate Fall Fest at LTS Brewing Company!
– NEW Fall beers
– Fall themed beer infusions
– NEW LTS swag: baseball tees & full zip sweatshirts
– Pumpkin carving while supplies last
– Bob’s Smoke Stack Ribs Pig Roast 2-8 p.m.
– Annie MackMusic 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Don’t miss out on this perfect Fall day full of activities and fun to be had!

Address: LTS Brewing Company, 2001 32nd Ave NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 11:00am-11:00pm
Cost: FREE admission
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Sunday October 8th

Rustic Hinge Fall Gathering

Primitives. Antiques. Vintage. Repurposed. Fall Décor. Furniture. Scentsy. Pumpkins. Gourds

Address: 394 Highway 60, Zumbro Falls, 55991

Time: 10:00am-5:00pm

Cost: FREE admission

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Wednesday October 18th

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 October 21st

Indoor & Outdoor Flea Market | Old River Valley Antique Mall

A variety of vendors selling antiques, primitives, man cave items, vintage, shabby chic, repurposed,crafts and more!

Address: 204 S Main, Stewartville, 55976
Time: 8:00am
Cost: FREE admission
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Sunday October 22nd

Indoor & Outdoor Flea Market | Old River Valley Antique Mall

A variety of vendors selling antiques, primitives, man cave items, vintage, shabby chic, repurposed,crafts and more!

Address: 204 S Main, Stewartville, 55976
Time: 10:00am
Cost: FREE admission
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Wednesday October 25th

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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Thursday October 26th

The Barn at Bugle Plain

Upscale artisan craft & antique sale!

Address: 4731 Highway 247 NE, Elgin, 55932
Time: 9:00am-7:00pm
Cost: FREE admission
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Friday October 27th

The Barn at Bugle Plain

Upscale artisan craft & antique sale!

Address: 4731 Highway 247 NE, Elgin, 55932
Time: 9:00am-7:00pm
Cost: FREE admission
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Saturday October 28th

The Barn at Bugle Plain

Upscale artisan craft & antique sale!

Address: 4731 Highway 247 NE, Elgin, 55932
Time: 9:00am-5:00pm
Cost: FREE admission
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