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Fairs and festivals 2019

A collection of fairs and festival dates in Southeast Minnesota.

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May 26-Sept. 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.

May 31-Sept. 27


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 .

May 31-June 1

Smokin’ in Steele, Owatonna

12th 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 .

May 31-June 2

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.



June 1

Rhubarb Festival, Lanesboro

Sylvan Park. Come taste everything rhubarb. Music, games, zoo, free family fun. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Also 11th-annual Rhubarb Run at 9 a.m. Info: www.rhubarbfestival.org , www.rhubarbrun.org .

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

12th 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 .


June 1-Oct. 19

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. 7. On Bridge Square, at Division Street and Fourth Street. Info: riverwalkmarketfair.org .

June 5-Aug. 28

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/y6b2z98j . Proceeds benefit Zwingli United Church of Christ, West Concord.

June 6-Aug. 29

Thursdays Downtown, downtown Rochester

Weekly street festival, vendors, food, live entertainment. 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Information: www.downtownrochestermn.com/events/thursdaysdowntown .

June 7-9

Volksfest, Goodhue

Street dances featuring Rodney Atkins, Them Pesky Kids, Hairball; king and queen competition, Udder Run, craft show, kiddie parade, bean bag tournament, bingo, parade, pedal pull and fireworks. Information: www.facebook.com/goodhuevolksfest .

June 14-Aug. 30

Meet Me Under the Bridge, Wabasha

Free summer concert series, Friday evenings from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. through Labor Day. Heritage Park on Main Street West. See www.rjac.org/concerts.html .

June 14-Oct. 11

2nd Friday Market Night, Stockholm, Wis.

Second Friday of each month, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Artists, music, shopping, food, extended hours. Info: www.stockholmwisconsin.com .

June 8-9

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 .

June 13-16

Covered Bridge Music and Arts Festival, Zumbrota

Street market, Covered Bridge 5K/10K/half marathon, softball and volleyball tournaments, disc golf tourney, beer run, Hammerschlagen and other pub-style games, kids games and activities, car show, arts and crafts fair, Grand Parade, street dances, fireworks, more. Information: www.facebook.com/ZumbrotaCoveredBridgeFestival .

June 14-15

Grey Minnow Vintage and Handmade Revelry, Austin

Mower County Fairgrounds. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Event showcases local food vendors, garden florals, music, and more, transforming the modern handcrafted marketplace into an immersive rustic lifestyle experience. Info: greyminnow.com .

June 14-Aug. 25

Mantorville Theater Co. Melodrama Season, Mantorville

Shows 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday at Opera House. Information: www.mantorvillain.com .

June 14-16

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. Info: www.facebook.com/elgincheesedays .

June 15

Art in the Park,Sylvan Park, Lanesboro

More than 90 artists’ booths, food, music by Galactic Cowboy Orchestra, Joyann Parker, Jaedyn James & the Hunger; family activities. Go to lanesboroarts.org/aip .

June 15-16

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. 1736 600th Ave. Info: kiestermn.org/?page_id=610 .

June 19-23

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.

June 20

Gopher Count, Viola

145th 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 activities, dinner, learn about agriculture and interact with real farm animals, sand pile with prizes. 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Food from 5 p.m. until it’s gone. 62811 305th Ave., Millville.

June 21-22

60 Mile Garage Sale, Root River Trail towns

Nine Root River Trail towns. Maps will be available. Info: www.rootrivertrail.org/events/60-mile-garage-sale .

June 22

Gammel Dag Fest, Peterson

Scandinavian midsummer celebration. 10 a.m. to midnight. Live music, parade, chicken dinner, softball, Legion dance. Info: www.facebook.com/CityofPetersonMinnesota .

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 22-23

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 .

June 22-30

Rochesterfest 2018, Rochester

Music, food, parade, treasure hunt, street dances. For details, go to www.rochesterfest.com .

June 25-Aug. 4

Great River Shakespeare Festival, Winona

Season 16. Performances of "Cymbeline," "Macbeth," "The Servant of Two Masters," "No Child..." and "White Rabbit Red Rabbit." Info: 507-474-7900, grsf.org .

June 27

Flags of Valor, Lake City

Volunteers from local organizations place 700 flags along the Riverwalk trail for a display that raises money for the Lake City American Legion and Auxiliary Post No. 110. The flags will be up from Thursday, June 27, through Sunday, June 30, and removed Monday morning. Info: LakeCity.org .

June 28-30

Water Ski Days, Lake City

Celebrates the invention of water skiing on Lake Pepin. Live entertainment all three nights in the beer garden, arts & crafts fair, water ski show, classic car show, carnival, karaoke contest, bean bag tournament and a grand parade on Sunday. Information: lakecity.org/news-event/waterski-days .

June 28-July 4

Fourth of July Freedom Fest, Austin

Family Day in the park. LittleMiss Sparkler and Mr. Firecracker pageant, kids fishing contest, fireworks. Info: tinyurl.com/y5jenr89 .

June 29

Pints and Picks Music & Beer Festival, Rochester

Sixth annual event. Music by the D’Sievers, Fernando Ufret, Trevor Marty, Tom Harkness Project. Food and live art. Kinney Creek Brewery, 1016 Seventh St. NW. Info: www.facebook.com/events/2408374899449750 .

June 29-30

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.mantorvilletourism.com .

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. New this year, Arts in the Meadow, an unjudged, all ages art display. Contact Sonja Slater, 507-696-8139, or sonjawslater@gmail.com.

June 30-July 21

Minnesota Beethoven Festival, Winona

Performances by Joshua Bell, Olivier Latry, Adam Golka, Manhattan Chamber Players, Julian Bliss, Yekwon Sunwoo, Venice Baroque Orchestra, Parker Quartet, Minnesota Orchestra. Info: 507-457-1715, www.mnbeethovenfestival.org .


July 1-4

Cannon Valley Fair, Cannon Falls

104th year. Demo derby, parade, circus, music, midway. Information: www.cannonvalleyfair.org .

July 3-6

Summerfest, Stewartville

Fun run, sports tournaments, kids events, art in the park. Street dance at Florence Park featuring Aaron Simmons and Diesel Drive on July 3. Arts in the Park and Grand parade (6:30 p.m.) July 4. Fireworks at dusk. Information: 507-533-6006 or stewartvillechamber.com .

July 4

Harmony’s Fourth of July Celebration, Harmony

Food, fireworks, 4 p.m. Grand Parade, 4 p.m. Jim Busta Band Featuring Mollie B. Info: tinyurl.com/y7mg5rca .

Old Fashioned Fourth of July, Blooming Prairie

Events in the park, parade, music, fireworks. Information: www.bloomingprairie.com , click on 4th of July Celebration.

July 4

Hammond Classic Car Show, Hammond ballpark

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 507-753-3068, search "Hammond Classic Car Show" on Facebook.

Other July 4 celebrations:

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 11 a.m., car and motorcycle show from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., fireworks at 10 p.m. Info: www.facebook.com/salutetothe4th .

July 5-6

Fins and Films,Spring Valley

Classic car show and drive-in theater. Live music, dirt drags, burnouts, pin-ups, car show and much more. Free admission and free to participate. In-town camping available July 5-7. Vintage campers and tents camp for free. Info: www.facebook.com/finsandfilms , 507-481-8308 .

July 6

Vintage Baseball Family Day,Preston

Historic Forestville. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Info: www.mnhs.org/forestville/activities/calendar .

July 7-Aug. 4

Sunday Music Series, Peterson

Historic bandstand. July 7: the Rutabaga Brothers; July 14: the Vintage Tones of Spielzeitzen Und Pausen; July 21: Squeezebox with Ted Lange and Mollie B; July 28: the Cat and the Fiddle; Aug. 4: Wayne and the Boys. Bring your own seating. Hot dogs, brats and refreshments available. All shows 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

July 10-14

Winona County Fair, St. Charles

Carnival, exhibits, historic programs, butter carving, Lego contest, vegetable carving, motorcycle races, truck and tractor pull, trailer races, demolition derby. Free admission. Information: www.winonacountyfair.com .

July 13

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 .

Rolling River Music Festival, Red Wing

11th annual. Presented by Sheldon Theatre. Performers include Caitlyn Smith, Kat Perkins, and Dustbowl Revival. Free event. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Central Park Bandshell. Info: www.sheldontheatre.org .

July 15-21

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

160th anniversary. 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 .

July 17-21

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

162nd year. Rice Bull Riding Challenge, mutton busting, stock car races, Dodge mayhem trailer races, tractor/truck pull, demo derby, 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.

July 18-21

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 .

July 19-21

Root River Antique Historical Power Association Show, Spring Valley, next to Deer Creek Speedway

37th 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 .

Summerfest, LeRoy

Variety show, water ball fights, 5K run/walk, kids pedal tractor pull, tractor pull, kids games, pony rides, car and motorcycle show, street dance featuring JT & the Gunslingers, church service, grilled chicken dinner, grand parade. Information: visitleroy.com/commevents.html .

July 20-21

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, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Info: tinyurl.com/y6vf9gj3 .

July 20

46th Annual Stockholm Art Fair, Stockholm, Wis.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 100 juried artists fill Stockholm Village Park overlooking Lake Pepin. Artworks include paintings, jewelry, clay, glass, sculpture, fiber, wood, leather, photography and more. Food vendors, live music and children’s activities. Info: www.stockholmartfair.org .

July 22-28

Olmsted County Free Fair, Rochester

Free admission. Grandstand events include Lee Brice, Nelly. Find other fair information at www.olmstedcountyfair.com .

July 26-28

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.

July 27-28

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 .

Sail for Leukemia, Lake City

Support an outstanding cause and enjoy a beautiful sail on Lake Pepin. Held at the Lake City Marina and is hosted by the Lake City Yacht Club. Come enjoy a one and a half hour sail with us while helping a worthwhile cause.

July 27

150th year anniversary celebration,Village of Fountain

Indoor evening event with the Fabulous Armadillos band. Grand Parade, Fire Dept. water-ball fight, bean bag tournament, free bouncy house and games for kids, Farkel Sisters market, food vendors, beer garden, car show and lots more. www.fountainmn.org .

July 29-Aug. 4

River City Days, Red Wing

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 .

July 30-Aug. 4

Freeborn County Fair, Albert Lea

Ashley McBryde, Roots & Boots Tour (Aaron Tippin, Sammy Kershaw and Collin Raye), Hairball, Casting Crowns, LANCO, demo derby. Information: www.freeborncountyfair.com .


Aug. 1-4

Vintage Band Festival, Northfield

Numerous concerts in Northfield and surrounding towns. Info: vintagebandfestival.org .

Buffalo Bill Days, Lanesboro

Citywide festival, marketplace, food booths, entertainment, dances, volleyball and softball tournaments and grand parade. Information: tinyurl.com/y47ev33b .

Aug. 3

Dogs Downtown, Peace Plaza, Rochester

Fifth annual event. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Activities, performances, games and giveaways. Free. Rain date Aug. 4. Info: www.downtownrochestermn.com/events/Dogsdowntown .

Aug. 6-10

Goodhue County Fair, Zumbrota

Lawnmower derby, demolition derby, tractor pull, autocross racing, livestock shows, food vendors, talent show. Information: www.goodhuecountyfair.com .

Aug. 6-11

Mower County Free Fair, Austin

Open livestock shows, free stage entertainment, grandstand shows, arts and crafts, carnival rides, food. Information: www.mowercountyfair.com .

Aug. 8-11

Chatfield Western Days, Chatfield

52nd annual event. Grand parade 1 p.m. Aug. 10. Free concert with Elvis Tribute Artist Brad Boice in the park, noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. The Amazing Hoopsters, kid’s pedal pull, coin find, Mutton Bustin’, music and food in the park all weekend, non-denomination community church service, fire department beer garden and dance with The Blue Ringers in the firehall Friday night, free concert by the local sensation band Branded from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saurday in Chatfield City Park. Horse show, ATV trail ride, car show, craft show, theater production, fireworks, more. Info: 507-867-3870, ci.chatfield.mn.us , chatwesterndays@gmail.com.

Kasson Festival in the Park, Kasson

30th 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 .

Aug. 9-11

Sweet Corn Days, Lime Springs, Iowa

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 .

Aug. 10-11

Days of Yesteryear, History Center of Olmsted County, Rochester

Featuring Allis-Chalmers. 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 mlohnstad@mhrt.org for details.

Aug. 11-19

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 corncobdays.com .

Aug. 13-18

Ag Days, Spring Valley

Street dance, theatrical production, 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

Seven grandstand shows, including Chris Kroeze Friday night and Chris Hawkey Thursday night. Live band in the beer garden each night. GoldStar Amusements with daily specials and all week Mega Ride special. Daily special attractions including stunt dog show, cannonball, moogician, wood carver, pig races. Information: www.scff.org .

Aug. 15-19

Houston County Fair, Caledonia

Salute to the Troops featuring local musician Ryan Howe, Blackhawk concert, demo derby, tuff trucks. Food, family activities. Information: houstoncountyfair.com .

Aug. 16-18

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: Bruce Bearinger Band, Shirts & Skins. Information: www.cantondayoff.com .

Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days, Oronoco

46th annual event. 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 .

Aug. 16-19

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.

Aug 17, 2019

Friends of St. Rose Ice Cream Social,Kenyon

15th annual event. Come enjoy an afternoon of ice cream, live Dixieland Jazz, and a historical presentation at the 1878 St Rose of Lima Church, recently entered into the National Historical Registry,from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Located at 8778 County 11 Blvd., Kenyon, 11 miles west of Pine Island. For more information: www.friendsofstrose.org .

Aug. 18-25

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 .

Aug. 22-Sept. 2

Minnesota State Fair,St. Paul

The Great Minnesota Get-Together is the largest state fair in the U.S. Info: www.mnstatefair.org .

Aug. 23-24

Riverbend Music Fest, Owatonna

29th annual music festival, rain or shine. Anthem, Tommy Boy, Them Pesky Kids, Mark Stone and the Dirty Country Band, The Karaoke Rat, Distilled. One-day pass $50, two-day pass $70, includes camping, beer, admission. Info: www.riverbendmusicfest.com .

Aug. 23-25

Original Rochester GreekFest, Holy Anargyroi Greek Orthodox Church, 703 W. Center St., Rochester.

Authentic Greek foods, live music, Greek dancers, bake sale, silent auction, kids carnival, church tours. Free admission; free parking. Hours: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Go to greekfestrochester.com or call 507-282-1529.

Aug. 24

Hop Harvest Fest,Houston

Sweet 16 Farm. Gates open 2 p.m. Live music. Info: sweet16farm.com/hop-harvest .

Aug. 25

Fly-In Drive-In Breakfast, Owatonna

Civil Air Patrol Open House at Owatonna Regional Airport. 7 a.m. to noon.

Aug. 24-25

ArtWorks Festival, Austin

Eighth 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. Max Weinberg Jukebox performs Dick Schindler Celebration Concert. Featured artist Rory Wakemup. Information: www.austinareaarts.org/festival-about .


Sept. 4-8

Defeat of Jesse James Days, Northfield

Bank raid re-enactment, rodeo, entertainment, carnival, much more. Info: www.djjd.org .

Sept. 5-8

Steam Engine Days, Mabel

Oldest steam engine show in Minnesota, 67th 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. Info: steamenginedays.com .

Sept. 6-7

Big Iron Truck Show, Kasson

18th annual. Dodge County Fairgrounds. Trucks on display, truck pull at 6 p.m. Light show, live entertainment, parade. Information: www.bigironclassic.com .

Sept. 6-8

Watermelon Festival, Kellogg

Parade, Miss Kellogg, carnival, beer crawl, soap box derby, softball tournament, tractor ride, watermelon crawl, entertainment. Information: www.wabashamn.org/kellogg-watermelon-festival .

Sept. 6-Oct. 26

SeptOberfest, Wabasha

Pumpkin topiaries, scarecrow contests, entertainment, food, carriage rides, Music Under the Bridge and more. Information: www.wabashamn.org/septoberfest .

Sept. 7

Fall Craft Beer Fest,Lanesboro

Enjoy Oktoberfest and seasonal fall beers from Midwestern craft breweries at Lanesboro bars and restaurants. Info: www.lanesboro.com/events/details/fall-craft-beer-fest-9859 .

Sept. 7-8

Marigold Days, Mantorville

54th 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 .

Sept. 14-15

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 .

Sept. 7-8

National Barrow Show, Austin

Mower County Fairgrounds. Information: tinyurl.com/y6deeqt3 .

Sept. 8-22

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 .

Sept. 19-22

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 .

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 .

Sept. 22

Great Southern Minnesota Grass Drag Nationals, Byron

25th annual snowmobile race, swap meet and vintage show. Food vendors, drag races and a swap meet for snowmobile and ATV equipment and other items. One-half mile north of Douglas. It starts at 7 a.m. and runs till mid to late afternoon. Info: Byronsnowbears.com .

Sept. 26-29

Zumbro Bend Rendezvous, Dodge Center

Re-enactment of Minnesota’s early history. Sept. 26-27, education days for school groups; Sept. 28-29, camp open to the public. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. See website for directions. Information: www.zumbrobendrendezvous.org .

Sept. 28

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 .

Rochester Pride,Rochester

Noon to 4 p.m. Mayo Park. Info: www.facebook.com/events/231209657783703 .

Sept. 28-29

Corn Shredding Days and State Corn Husking contest, 64245 355th Ave., near Oak Center

20th annual event. Activities for all ages. $5 button good all weekend. Husking contest — everyone welcome to enter and husk. For details, call 507-951-4348. Website: cornshreddingharvest.com .

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