Lake City Arts Festival, Lake City
Live music performances by Lincoln High School student musicians. Artists display and sell their wares. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
May 27-July 8
Summer Sundays at Squash Blossom Farm, Oronoco
Live music and handmade woodfire pizza. 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. 7499 60th Ave. NW.
June 1-Sept. 28
Pizza on the Farm, Wykoff
5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays. Wood-fired pizza, music. Dreamacres Farm, 17289 Fillmore County Road 8. Information: 507-352-4255, dreamacresfarm.org.
Smokin’ in Steele, Owatonna
11th anniversary. BBQ contest, steak cook-off competition, live music, beer garden, 5K walk/run, family bike cruise, hot rod car show, tractor/truck show, pancake breakfast. Info: www.smokininsteele.com.
Cheese Festival, Pine Island
Arts and crafts show, carnival, parade, fireworks, street dances, talent contest, cheese and wine/beer gala, rib cookoff, volleyball and canoe/kayak tournaments, 5K run, parade, golf and baseball tournaments and more. Visit facebook.com/pineislandcheesefest for the entire event schedule.
Rhubarb Festival, Lanesboro
Garden Fair, Rochester
History Center of Olmsted County, 1195 W. Circle Drive SW. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission nonperishable food or cleaning product. Benefit for homeless teens. Information: www.facebook.com/GardenFair.
Tour de Pepin, Lake City
11th annual event. Cyclists choose from the Milieu (32-mile), Demi Siècle (50-mile), Lac Plein (72-mile) or Siècle (100-mile) routes. Info: LakeCity.org.
Pets in the Park, Stewartville
Celebration of our furry (or not so furry) friends. Silent auction, pet and craft vendors, baby goats, food stand, pet photos, paw print canvas painting, pet fashion show, demonstrations, pet adoptions, kissing booth, face painting, games and crafts. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Florence Park. Proceeds help fund dog park projects. Info: www.stewartvillechamber.com.
June 2-Oct. 20
Riverwalk Market Fair, Northfield
A festive Saturday market in Northfield’s Bridge Square featuring local produce, artisan foods and fine regional arts and crafts. Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine, except Sept. 8. On Bridge Square, at Division Street and Fourth Street. Info: riverwalkmarketfair.org.
June 6-Aug. 29
Berne Wood-Fired Pizza, West Concord
5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays (except July 4) at 23148 County Road 24. Free live music on outdoor stage, featured performances at 6:30 p.m. each week. List of performers and other information: tinyurl.com/ycfcca8u. Proceeds benefit Zwingli United Church of Christ, West Concord.
June 7-Aug. 30
Thursdays on First & Third, downtown Rochester
Weekly street festival, vendors, food, live entertainment. 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Information: www.downtownrochestermn.com/events/tof.
Street dances featuring Travis Tritt, The Local Hooligans, Diesel Drive, Twisted Humor; king and queen competition, Udder Run, craft show, kiddie parade, bean bag tournament, bingo, parade, pedal pull and fireworks. Information: goodhuejaycees.com/volksfest.
June 8-Aug. 31
Meet Me Under the Bridge, Wabasha
Free summer concert series, Friday evenings from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. through Labor Day weekend. Heritage Park on Main Street West. See www.rjac.org/concerts.html.
June 8-Oct. 12
Stockholm Stroll, Stockholm, Wis.
Second Friday of each month, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Artists, music, shopping, food, extended hours. Info: www.stockholmwisconsin.com.
Old Settlers Day, Chester, Iowa
Food, music, free ice cream, tractor pulls, flea market, crafts, kids activities, live music and dancing, parade. Info: www.howard-county.com/iowa/community-festivals.html.
Covered Bridge Music and Arts Festival, Zumbrota
Street market, Covered Bridge 5K/10K/half marathon, softball and volleyball tournaments, disc golf tourney, kids games and activities, car show, Art in Z Park, Grand Parade, street dances, fireworks. Information: www.facebook.com/ZumbrotaCoveredBridgeFestival.
June 15-Sept. 8
Mantorville Theater Co. Melodrama Season, Mantorville
Opens summer season. Shows 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday at Opera House. Information: www.mantorvillain.com.
Cheese Days, Elgin
Street dances, citywide garage sales, men’s softball tournament, co-ed sand volleyball, car show and burnouts, 5K run/walk, bean bag tournament. Live music featuring the Blue Ringers, the Dweebs. Search for “Elgin Cheese Days” on Facebook.
Rochesterfest 2018, Rochester
36th festival. Music, food, parade, treasure hunt, street dances. For details, go to www.rochesterfest.com.
Breakfast on the Farm, Austin
Enjoy a country breakfast — “Chris cakes” pancakes, sausage, milk, juice and coffee. $3 per person, ages 6 and under free. Family rate of $12. Farm tours, scavenger hunt, horse-drawn wagon rides, educational agriculture displays. Brian and Amie Klouse Farm, 56633 150th St.
Breakfast on the Farm, Hayfield
Rochesterfest event. Pancakes breakfast with sausage, cheese, orange juice, milk and coffee, 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. $7 adults, $4 for kids 5-12, free under age 5. Farm animals to pet and tractor-drawn wagon rides. Behounek Dairy, 21042 710th St., Hayfield. Shuttle rides available from Rochester.
Gammel Dag Fest, Peterson
Scandinavian midsummer celebration. 10 a.m. to midnight. Live music, parade, chicken dinner, softball, Legion dance. Info: tinyurl.com/ya4zpyer.
Art in the Park, Sylvan Park, Lanesboro
More than 90 artists’ booths, food, music by the Prizefighters, Annie Mack Band, Siama’s Congo Roots Trio, the Mayer Brothers Band; family activities. Go to lanesboroarts.org/aip.
June Bloom Summer Festival, Dodge Center
Friday free swim day at Aquatic Center and Fireman’s Annual Cookout and ice cream social at the fire hall. Saturday, full day of art, music and fun in North Park. Sunday fly-in breakfast at Dodge Center Airport. Info: ci.dodgecenter.mn.us or find it on Facebook.
Lewiston Heartland Days, Lewiston
Community picnic, Little Miss and Miss Lewiston Pageant, BBQ contest, kiddie parade, kids activities, dollar lunch, fireworks, citywide garage sale, golf tournament, tractor pull, grand parade, kids activities. Information: lewistonmn.org/Events/Heartland-Days-Information or search ”Heartland Days” on Facebook.
Gopher Count, Viola
144th annual event. Food and beer garden, talent show, crowning of royalty, grand parade at 10 a.m. rain or shine, soap box derby, kids pedal pull, beanbag tournament, music in the park, fireworks. Information: tinyurl.com/y9tr7zmj.
Wabasha County Family Night on the Farm, Zumbro Falls
Kids acdtivities, dinner, learn about agriculture and interact with real farm animals. 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Food from 5:30 p.m. until it’s gone. 37435 County Road 17.
June 22-Aug. 5
Great River Shakespeare Festival, Winona
Performances of “All’s Well That Ends Well,” A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Shakespeare in Love” and “Venus in Fur.” Info: 507-474-7900, grsf.org.
Meadowfest, Grand Meadow
Car show, art show, parade, chicken barbecue, games, sports tournaments and a 5K run. Info: www.cityofgrandmeadow.com, or 507-754-5908.
Water Ski Days, Lake City
Arts and crafts show, concerts, parade, more. Information: lakecity.org/news-event/waterski-days.
60 Mile Garage Sale, Root River Trail towns
Nine Root River Trail towns. Maps will be available June 19. Info: www.rootrivertrail.org.
Bald Eagle Days Celebration, Wabasha
River-themed, family activities. Celebrating the removal of the bald eagle from the Endangered Species List with special educational programs and demonstrations for all ages. Information: www.nationaleaglecenter.org/bald-eagle-day.
Zumbro River Community Festival, Camp Victory, Zumbro Falls
Music, magician, games, silent auction, inflatables, wagon rides, petting zoo, climbing wall, dunk tank, zipline, face painting, laser tag and fireworks. Free admission. Info: www.campvictory.com/events/zumbro-river-community-festival.
June 29-July 4
Fourth of July Freedom Fest, Austin
Family Day in the park. LittleMiss Sparkler and Mr. Firecracker pageant, kids fishing contest, fireworks. Info: facebook.com/FreedomfestAustin.
June 29-July 4
Harmony’s Fourth of July Celebration, Harmony
Monster Bash Haunted House Summer Bash, Miss Harmony coronation, Harmony Sings contest, beer tent with DJ, nine-hole golf tourney, Ma & Pa Kettle Marathon, toad races, car show, grand parade, Jim Busta Band, pony rides, petting zoo, fireworks. Info: tinyurl.com/y7mg5rca.
Pints and Picks Music & Beer Festival, Rochester
Fifth annual event. Music by the D’Sievers, Trevor Marty, Fred the Bear, the Double Down Daredevils, and the Swamp Kings. Food and live art. Kinney Creek Brewery, 1016 Seventh St. NW.
June 30-July 1
Mantorville Stagecoach Days, Mantorville
Living history demos, bluegrass and folk bands, vintage carriage display, wood carvers and wood turners, period costume displays, old time baseball game, quick draw demo and contest, games, horse pull, art show, food. Info: www.facebook.com/Mantorvillestagecoach.
Cannon Valley Fair, Cannon Falls
Demo derby, parade, circus, music, midway. Information: www.cannonvalleyfair.org.
Minnesota Beethoven Festival, Winona
Performances by Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Takacs Quartet, Sarah Chang, Marc-Andre Hamelin, So Percussion, Minnesota Orchestra, Kenny Broberg, Pablo Sainz Villegas. Info: 507-457-1715, www.mnbeethovenfestival.org.
Fun run, sports tournaments, kids events, art in the park. Street dance at Florence Park featuring Lost Highway and Aaron Simmons and the Roadkill Four on July 3. Grand parade at 6:30 p.m. July 4. Fireworks at dusk. Information: 507-533-6006 or stewartvillechamber.com.
Old Fashioned Fourth of July, Blooming Prairie
Events in the park, parade, music, fireworks. Information: www.bloomingprairie.com, click on 4th of July Celebration.
Hammond Classic Car Show, Hammond ballpark
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 507-753-3068, search “Hammond Classic Car Show” on Facebook.
Other July 4 celebrations:
• Forestville: 1899 Independence Day at Historic Forestville, noon to 4 p.m. Info: tinyurl.com/yafnz3ak.
• Oronoco: 10 p.m. fireworks at Oronoco Park. Info: tinyurl.com/hs4phpf.
• Red Wing: Baypoint Park. 5K run/walk at 8:30 a.m., kids 1/3-mile run at 9:30 a.m. Info: www.redwing4thofjulyroadrace.com.
• Rochester: Children’s parade at noon from Christ United Methodist Church, Salute to the 4th skate and BMX contest 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., car and motorcycle show from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., fireworks at 10 p.m. Info: www.facebook.com/salutetothe4th.
Lake City Fireman’s Dance, Lake City
Tribute band Junk FM. $10 admission, proceeds support LCFD Relief Association. 3 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. 208 S. High St.
Summer Celebration of the Arts, Red Wing
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Anderson Center, 163 Tower View Drive. Info: www.andersoncenter.org.
Sunday Music Series, Peterson
Historic bandstand. July 8: the Rutabaga Brothers; July 15: The Lost Faculties; July 22: Squeezebox with Ted Lange and Mollie B; July 29: the Vintage Tones of Spielzeitzen Und Pausen. Bring your own seating. Hot dogs, brats and refreshments available. All shows 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Eco-Blitz: Waste Week, Austin
Jay C. Hormel Nature Center, 1304 21st St. NE. Family activities, educational programs, field trips. Info: 507-437-7519, hormelnaturecenter.org.
Winona County Fair, St. Charles
Carnival, exhibits, historic programs, butter carving, Lego contest, vegetable carving, antique tractor pull, trailer races, demolition derby, Tri-state truck & tractor pull. Free admission. Information: www.winonacountyfair.com.
Eat Local Co-op Farm Tour, Houston
Come explore the people and the land behind your food. Guided tours, demonstrations, home brew samples, live music, kids activities. Disc golf course open. Produce, cut flower and farm gear available for purchase. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sweet 16 Farm, 21215 Hwy. 16. Info: sweet16farm.com/coop-farm-tour.
Living History Fair, Rochester
History Center of Olmsted County. 19th century interactive events. Civil War encampments and battle re-enactments, 1850s and 1860s historic buildings tours and living history, vintage baseball games, demonstrations, vendors. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. $8 adult, 12 and younger free. Info: tinyurl.com/y6vf9gj3.
Eyota Days, Eyota
40th annual festival. Vendor’s Market, parade at 11 a.m. Saturday, farmers market, track night, kids pedal tractor pull, home run derby, family bingo, bean bag tournament, 3-on-3 basketball, hay rides, family fun run and 5K, street dance, summer arts camp. More events throughout the week. Find Eyota Days on Facebook, visit tinyurl.com/n98c9wd or pick up a flyer at local businesses.
Fillmore County Fair, Preston
Livestock shows, go kart racing, beer barn, demolition derby, live music, camping. Information: www.fillmorecountyfair.com.
Rushford Days, Rushford
Queen pageant, wine and beer tasting, car cruise, teen dance, 5K run/walk, softball and 3-on-3 basketball tournaments, kids activities, live music featuring Hair Metal Radio and Trouble Shooter, grand parade, RASA Theater presents “Mary Poppins,” family dance, more. Information: www.rushforddays.com.
Wabasha County Fair, Wabasha
Livestock shows, pet show, minnow races, open class exhibits, grandstand shows, food, family night, talent show, human foosball, redneck olympics, skate park shows, yo yo show, live music, demo derby, carnival, more. Information: www.wabashacountyfair.org.
Good Neighbor Days, Byron
Field of flags, medallion hunt, beer mile, ice cream social, live DJ, dunk tank, movie on the lawn, fireworks, fireman’s dance, parade, kids mile. Information: www.byrongnd.com.
Dodge County Free Fair, Kasson
161st year. Demo derby, Rice Bull Riding Challenge, mutton busting, stock car races, Dodge mayhem trailer races, tractor/truck pull, motorcycle enduro, beer garden, live demonstrations of wood carving with silent auction of carvings, silent quilt auction, kids pedal tractor pull. See www.dodgecountyfreefair.com for details.
Songs of Hope, Zumbro State Theatre, Zumbrota
Concert at 7 p.m. by kids from around the world as part of a six-week performing arts summer camp. Free will offering. For details, call 507-732-7616 or go to www.crossingsatcarnegie.com.
GLBTA Pride Festival, Rochester
Soldiers Field. Information: www.facebook.com/RochesterMNPridefest.
Root River Antique Historical Power Association Show, Spring Valley, next to Deer Creek Speedway
36th annual. Large display of all brands of tractors and equipment, antique cars and trucks, tractor parade, tractor pull, demonstrations, model railroad, petting zoo, food, musical entertainment, flea market. Camping at Deer Creek Campground. $10 button for adults grants admission for the weekend. Information: 507-254-0622 or www.rootrivershow.org.
Rolling River Music Festival, Red Wing
10th annual. Presented by Sheldon Theatre. Performers include Eric Hutchinson & The Believers and the Lone Bellow, with Natalie Stovall returning by popular demand. Free event. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Central Park Bandshell.
Olmsted County Free Fair, Rochester
Free admission. Grandstand events include Great Frontier Bull Riding, Big ATV Air Tour, demo derby, music performances by Scotty McCreery and Skillet. Find other fair information at www.olmstedcountyfair.com.
Riverboat Days, Wabasha
Lighted boat parade, volleyball tournament, 5K run, yoga in the park, kids inflatables, car show, Grande Parade, Miss Wabasha pageant, live music, beer tent, water fight, pancake breakfast. Information: www.wabashamn.org/riverboat-days.
West Concord Survival Days, West Concord
Kiddie parade, classic car and bike show, 5K run, citywide garage sale, parade. Information: www.westconcordmn.com, click on Survival Days.
Bear Cave BBQ Music Fest, Stewartville
Amateur BBQ Competition, People’s Choice Pulled Pork Competition, movie in the park (July 27), fun run, bounce house and carnival rides, bean bag tournament, co-ed volleyball tournament, DJ, beer garden, bands Hitchville, Aaron Simmons, JT and the Gunslingers. Camping. Information: www.stewartvillefoundation.org, 507-533-4745.
Vintage Band Festival, Northfield
Numerous concerts in Northfield and surrounding towns. Info: vintagebandfestival.org.
July 31-Aug. 5
Freeborn County Fair, Albert Lea
Easton Corbin with CasiJoy, Chubby Checker, Dylan Scott, April Wine plus Warrant with Kip Winger, Trace Adkins, demo derby. Information: www.freeborncountyfair.com.
Buffalo Bill Days, Lanesboro
Citywide festival, marketplace, food booths, entertainment, dances, volleyball and softball tournaments and grand parade. Information: www.facebook.com/buffalobilldays.
River City Days, Red Wing
36th annual event. Parade, arts and crafts show, American Motorcyclist Association Hillclimb Grand Championship, antique boat and motor show, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, bean bag tournament, beer tent, Classic Corvettes of Minnesota show, farmers market, free entertainment, kids activities, kite flying demonstration, 5K run, medallion hunt, food stands. Information: www.rivercitydays.org.
Dogs Downtown, Peace Plaza, Rochester
Fourth annual event. Activities, performances, games and giveaways. Free. Rain date Aug. 5. Info: www.downtownrochestermn.com/events/Dogsdowntown.
Goodhue County Fair, Zumbrota
Lawnmower derby, kids’ power wheels derby, demolition derby, tractor pull, Mark Chesnutt wiht Josh Thompson, Maiden Dixie and Diesel Drive, livestock shows, food vendors, talent show. Information: www.goodhuecountyfair.com.
Mower County Free Fair, Austin
Open livestock shows, free stage entertainment, grandstand shows, arts and crafts, carnival rides, food. Information: www.mowercountyfair.com.
Chatfield Western Days, Chatfield
Huge Saturday Grand Parade at 1 p.m.; mutton busting on Thursday night; teen dance contest and Chatfield Fire Department dance on Friday night; Branded performs on Saturday night. Sunday: horse show, Elvis tribute artist Brad Boice, car and motorcycle show, coin find. Theater production. Fireworks. More. Information: ci.chatfield.mn.us, email@example.com, 507-867-3870.
Kasson Festival in the Park, Kasson
29th annual. Horse and wagon tours, medallion hunt, craft show, Miss and Master Pageant, outdoor movie, 5K run, rib cook-off, obstacle course challenge, eating contest, belly flop challenge, fireworks, parade, live music, more. Information: kassonfestivalinthepark.com.
Sweet Corn Days, Lime Springs, Iowa
Includes Lime Springs sesquicentennial. Free sweet corn and watermelon until it’s gone. Talent contest, BBQ competition, live music, parade, softball, drawing. Info: www.howard-county.com/iowa/community-festivals.html.
Mabel ‘50s and ‘60s Day Classic Car Show, Mabel
Cars and trucks in 18 categories, food, 5K/10K run, live music. Info: mabel5060.com.
Days of Yesteryear, History Center of Olmsted County, Rochester
Featuring IH Equipment. Starts 9 a.m. daily. See operating sawmill powered by live steam, woodworking demonstrations, kids contests, blacksmith’s shop, country school, antique and classic cars, 1860s baseball matches, food, other attractions. Buttons $5 in advance, $10 entrance fee per day at the gate. Free ages 15 and younger. Visit www.mhrt.org, call 507-252-0343 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Ag Days, Spring Valley
Street dance featuring “Time Machine,” theatrical production of “A Thirties Affair,” grand parade, fireworks, 6K race, golf, softball and bean bag tournaments, bounce houses, barbecue cook-off, best cocktail of Spring Valley contest, Zebra Cake eating contest, much more. Information: www.springvalleychamberofcommerce.com.
Steele County Free Fair, Owatonna
Grandstand entertainment: bull riding, mutton bustin’ and calf dressing, ATV Big Air show, IMP Auto Cross, NTPA Tractor Pull, antique tractor pull, Enduro race, demo derby. Midway, old iron show, auto museum, petting zoo, pig races, butterfly enounter. Information: www.scff.org.
Houston County Fair, Caledonia
Jackyl with special guest Wayland, MNXtreme bull riding, Red Dirt Road band, demo derby, Jacked Up band, Field class tractor pull. Food, family activities. Information: houstoncountyfair.com.
Corn on the Cob Days, Plainview
Parade, free sweet corn, carnival, fireman’s dance, 5K run, chicken dinner, volleyball tournament, petting zoo, fireman’s water fight. For details, go to www.corncobdays.com.
SEMBA’s Bluegrass Festival, Cushon’s Peak Campground, 18696 State Highway 16, Houston
Eleven bands over four days. Bluegrass instrument workshop. Bring lawn chairs, not alcohol or pets. Information: www.semba.tv, 507-864-8109.
Canton Day Off, Canton
Barbecue, beer tent, bingo, beanbag tournament, bake sale, bounce house, poker run, bloody Mary contest, depot tours, talent show. Live music: American Standard, Cat and the Fiddle, CherryGun. Information: www.cantondayoff.com.
Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days, Oronoco
Large antique show and flea market with more than 1,000 spaces and 400 vendors; 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 7 p.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Go to www.goldrushmn.com.
Goodview Days, Goodview
Pageant, parade, Goodview Gallop race. Info: www.goodviewdays.com.
Kenyon Rosefest, Kenyon
Thorny Rose Challenge, 5K run/walk, farmers market. Information: www.cityofkenyon.com.
Gladiolus Days, St. Charles
Grand parade featuring more than 200 floats, pageants, teen dance, comedy show, street dance, road race, volleyball tournament, market. Info: www.stcharlesmn.org/visitors/festivals.html.
Riverbend Music Fest, Owatonna
28th annual music festival, rain or shine. Mark Stone and the Dirty Country Band, Devon Worley Band, Matt the Karaoke Rat, Copperhead Creek, Tammy Jo, Them Pesky Kids. One-day pass $50, two-day pass $70, includes camping, beer, admission. Info: www.riverbendmusicfest.com.
GreekFest, Holy Anargyroi Greek Orthodox Church, 703 W. Center St., Rochester.
55th year. Authentic Greek foods, live music, Greek dancers, bake sale, silent auction, kids carnival, church tours. Free admission; free parking. Hours: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Go to greekfestrochester.com or call 507-282-1529.
ArtWorks Festival, Austin
Seventh-annual celebration of the arts. Galleries open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Outdoor and indoor stages, author stage, demos and other activities. Dick Schindler Celebration Concert on Saturday. Information: www.austinareaarts.org/festival-about.
Defeat of Jesse James Days, Northfield
Bank raid re-enactment, rodeo, entertainment, carnival, much more. Info: www.djjd.org.
Watermelon Festival, Kellogg
Parade, Miss Kellogg, carnival, beer crawl, soap box derby, softball tournament, tractor ride, watermelon crawl, entertainment. Information: travelinf5.wixsite.com/watermelonfest.
Sept. 7-Oct. 27
Pumpkin topiaries, scarecrow contests, entertainment, food, carriage rides, Music Under the Bridge and more. Information: www.wabashamn.org/septoberfest.
Fall Craft Beer Fest, Lanesboro
Enjoy Oktoberfest and seasonal fall beers from Midwestern craft breweries at Lanesboro bars and restaurants. Info: tinyurl.com/yaoqasmb.
Big Iron Truck Show, Kasson
17th annual. Dodge County Fairgrounds. Trucks on display, truck pull at 6 p.m. Light show, live entertainment, parade. Information: www.bigironclassic.com.
Farming of Yesteryear Horse & Mule Show, Kiester
Plan on spending the weekend watching antique tractors, work horses and festival-goers in activities including threshing, blacksmithing, and harnessing up the horses. Flea/crafter market, bingo/cribbage, live entertainment, kids pedal tractor pull, tours of the original farmhouse, church or country schoolhouse. Free soup supper 5 p.m. Saturday. $7 adults, free under age 12. Info: kiestermn.org/?page_id=610.
High Forest Old Settlers Day, Stewartville
95th year. Fishing contest, yoga, bean bag tournament, kids pedal pull, parade and music. Three miles west of Stewartville at the High Forest Square. 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. $4 admission. Find High Forest Old Settlers Day on Facebook. Info: 507-251-5002.
Great Dakota Gathering, Winona
Unity Park. Grand Entry Dance, learning tent where youngsters can explore Native American culture, games and activities, unity feast, Sunrise and other ceremonies, and a talk circle, in which a focus for the day is introduced along with historical background. Info: www.winonadakotaunityalliance.org.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Days, Pepin, Wis.
Family-oriented event featuring arts and educational entertainment based on the early American pioneer experience of storybook author Laura Ingalls Wilder. Info: www.lauradays.org.
Marigold Days, Mantorville
53rd annual event. Antique show, 5K run, baseball tournament, flea market, arts and crafts, quilt and flower sale, music stage, food stands, car show and antique appraisals, parade, fireworks. Information: www.marigolddays.com.
Steam Engine Days, Mabel
Oldest steam engine show in Minnesota, 66th annual, shingle mill, old-time threshing, log-sawing, rock-crushing, corn shelling and shredding, tractor plowing, blacksmith shop. Two parades, fireworks, tractor/truck pull, mutton busting, drawing to win a 2018 Jeep Cherokee Latitude 4x4 and three additional cash prizes. Info: steamenginedays.com.
Farming of Yesteryear Old-Time Threshing Festival, Kiester
35th annual event. Food stands, country store, visit church and school, field demonstrations, horse and tractor events, entertainment, flea market, crafts, blacksmith, more. Featuring lesser known classic tractors and lawnmowers. Admission $7. Kids younger than 12 free. Camping available. Information: 507-525-2345, www.kiestermn.org/?page_id=610.
National Barrow Show, Austin
Mower County Fairgrounds. Information: nationalswine.com/shows/open_shows/nbs/nbs_info.php.
Taste of the Trail, Root River Trail towns
Sample local flavors. Sept. 8: Lanesboro, Peterson, Whalan. Sept. 15: Fountain, Harmony, Preston. Sept. 22: Houston, Rushford, Rushford Village. Info: www.rootrivertrail.org.
Applefest, La Crescent
Live entertainment, arts and crafts fair, flea market, classic car show, Apple Annie, King Apple Parade, 5K run/walk. Information: www.applefestusa.com.
Minnesota Children’s Book Festival, Red Wing
State’s premier children’s book festival. 19th annual event. Noon to 5 p.m. Book signings and readings, children’s entertainment, family activities. The Anderson Center, 163 Tower View Drive. Info: www.mnchildrensbookfestival.com.
Bluff Country Autumn Tractor Ride, Preston
Sixth annual. Fillmore County Fairgrounds. Info: www.prestonmnchamber.com.
Norman Borlaug Harvest Fest, Cresco, Iowa
Food, flea market, parade, 5K run/walk, tractor shows, quilt auction, bean bag tournament, live music, more. Info: www.howard-county.com/iowa/community-festivals.html.
Zumbro Bend Rendezvous, Mantorville
Re-enactment of Minnesota’s early history. Sept. 20-21, education days for school groups; Sept. 22-23, camp open to the public. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Riverside Park. Information: www.zumbrobendrendezvous.org.
Fall Harvest Celebration, Austin
Displays, vendors, food, wagon rides, kids’ activities and more. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mower County Historical Society. Information: 507-437-6082 or www.mowercountyhistory.org.
Corn Shredding Days and State Corn Husking contest, 64245 355th Ave., near Oak Center
19th annual event. Activities for all ages. $5 button good all weekend. Husking contest — everyone welcome to enter and husk. For details, call Dwain Gerken 507-753-2543. Website: cornshreddingharvest.com.