Drive Through Parade coming August 22nd.
Visit the Parade page for further updates.
Click HERE for the application.

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Buttons are available at Hy-Vee,  Hunt's Drug, Charlies Eatery and Rochester Farmers Market (Saturdays)

With so many of our traditional community events being canceled for the summer of 2020, a collaborative group has decided to offer an all-inclusive City Celebration that maintains social distancing and follows the Minnesota Department of Health Guidelines.

The Rochester Community Celebration will take place August 20th – 23rd, 2020. It is an event created to include all and give back a positive event to our greater Rochester community. It is the mission of the collaborative group to improve and promote community relationships through this event.

The collaborative group includes representatives from Rochester Downtown Alliance, RNeighbors, Rochester Neighborhood Resource Center, Mayo Civic Center, Experience Rochester, Rochester Chamber of Commerce, Rochester Art Center, Rochester Public Schools, Olmsted County Fair, Olmsted County Sheriff's Office, various City of Rochester, MN Government departments, KTTC TV, Riverside Concerts, MN 97.5, Northern Sun Productions, Big BANG Companies and other area businesses.

Plans that are in place for the event:

The Event include stages for limited Drive-In live music offerings in northwest, northeast, southwest and southeast Rochester.

There will be a headline Virtual Concert from the Mayo Civic Center.

A fireworks display will occur on August 22, 2020 at 9:30 pm at Soldiers Field Memorial Park. There are several lots designated for viewing in the area to maintain safe Social Distancing.

The Drive-In shows brought to you by Riverside Concerts will be by reservation only:

These shows along with the fireworks will also be broadcast on KTTC TV from 7-10pm on August 22, 2020.

The Million Dollar Hole in one golf event will take place at Hadley Creek during the Rochester Community Celebration.
Rochesterfest in partnership with Rochester Motor cars will put on a COVID-19 friendly Drive through parade at RCTC.
The Rochester Downtown Alliance will kick off the weekend with its “Virtual Thursdays Downtown” band broadcast.

Event Schedule - Stay Tuned For Updates

Thursday August 20th:
7PM - Virtual Thursdays Downtown - Push N Turn (Surprise Location in Downtown Rochester)
5-9PM - Fair Food Weekend - Graham Park
Rochester Art Center Hours: 10AM-5PM
$1 off admission, kids are always free
Lifeline: Portraits of Rochester Essential Workers All Day Celebration

Friday August 21st:
11AM-7:30PM - Million Dollar Hole in One - Hadley Creek Golf Course
11AM-9PM - Fair Food Weekend - Graham Park
7PM - Olmsted County Fair Mystery? Drive In. - Graham Park
Rochester Art Center Hours: 11AM-7PM
$1 off admission, kids are always free
Neighborhood Concert Series
Dos Santos - World Music Outreach Service - 7PM Live-Stream from Mayor Civic Center

Saturday August 22nd:
11AM-7:30PM - Million Dollar Hole in One - Hadley Creek Golf Course
Rochester Art Center Hours: 11AM-7PM
$1 off admission, kids are always free
11AM-9PM - Fair Food Weekend - Graham Park
Dos Santos - World Music Outreach Service - 1PM Live-Stream from Mayor Civic Center
2PM - Rochesterfest Drive Through Parade - RCTC Grounds  (Canceled see the press release HERE.)
7-10PM - KTTC Broadcast of Neighborhood Concert Series, Lady Midnight and the Fireworks.

Neighborhood Concert Series
The Drive-In concerts will be by reservation only:
Dos Santos - World Music Outreach Service - 7PM Mayo High School
Avey Grouws Band - 7PM Withers Sports Complex
County Line Drive - 7PM Century High School
Brother Ali - 7PM John Marshall High School
Lady Midnight - 8:30PM Broadcast on KTTC and Live at Mayo Civic Center P-Hall

Fireworks - Soldiers Field - 9:30PM

Sunday August 23rd:
11AM-3PM - Million Dollar Hole in One - Hadley Creek Golf Course
Final at 4PM - Million Dollar Hole in One - Hadley Creek Golf Course
11AM-5PM - Fair Food Weekend - Graham Park
Rochester Art Center Hours: 12-4pm
$1 off admission, kids are always free


Dos Santos
"Dos Santos' Spanish-language songs stretch an array of Latin styles in a psychedelic rock direction." – Pitchfork

“A vibrant amalgamation of cumbia, salsa, jazz, psych-rock and Mexican folk.” – KEXP

Inspired by their mixed Mexican, Puerto Rican, and Panamanian heritage, the Chicago-based Dos Santos mixes the histories and sounds of their collective ancestry to create one of the most energetic, infectious Latinx outfits in the country. The group’s five members have their own established careers encompassing a broad stylistic palette, including huapango, salsa, R&B, jazz, punk, and electronica. But Dos Santos ignore such genre lines, packing dozens of ideas into songs that fuse customarily varied impulses into layered invitations for movement. 2018’s spirited Logos plumbs the galloping cumbia tradition—itself a cultural mix of African, European, and indigenous cultures—and drenches it in reverb, peppering it with twangy surf licks. "The most thrilling moments," The Wire writes, "combine a full-pelt Cubano dazzlement with moments of avant-funk … moments where you genuinely can’t predict what’s going to happen next.

Released on International Anthem, a label dedicated to celebrating the city’s rich heritage of avant-jazz noisemaking, Logos is a masterwork in creative collaboration. From poet Roger Reeves’ spoken-word section on "Sole Party" and the title track’s marvelously ferocious Antibalas brass to the lyrics of keyboardist and singer Alex E. Chávez (Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame, no less), Dos Santos explore the complex history of migration. They do so while celebrating the inspiring by product of accepting, rather than avoiding, fresh perspectives.

Check them out at any of the links below!

Avey Grouws Band
Avey Grouws Band is an Iowa-based band. Their debut album, The Devil May Care hit #10 on Billboard Blues Album Chart and is currently sitting at #20 on the Roots Music Report Top Blues Albums of 2020. They were just nominated for Blues Blast Music Awards for Debut Album New Artist. Check them out here: or on their facebook page!

County Line Drive
Since their formation in late 2011, County Line Drive has been the pinnacle of live, non-stop action country music. This five-piece band, consisting of Brandon Stanek on lead vocals and guitar, Ryan Utterback on drums, Nick Danielson on guitar, Blake Bonde on bass, and Drew Medin on pedal steel, has made a lot of noise in the midwest country music scene. With their thunderous rhythm section, lightning guitar work, and tight harmonies, each member brings their own flair to CLD's brand of country music. From sharing the stage with Grand Ole Opry member Craig Morgan at Harvest Jam, rockin' regional country music festivals such as Country Fest and Country Boom, or playing town street dances, county fairs, and bars, County Line Drive is committed to bringing their audience the best country music every time they hit the stage. Check them out here: or on their facebook page!

Brother Ali
Brother Ali is a highly respected Hip Hop artist, speaker and community leader from Minneapolis, MN. His two-decade resume includes eight critically acclaimed albums, mentorships with iconic Hip Hop legends Chuck D and Rakim, and performances on late night talk shows with Jimmy Fallon and Conan O’Brien.

His provocative and uplifting brand of Hip Hop has earned him coveted press features like Rolling Stone’s 40th anniversary edition and Source Magazine’s legendary “Hip Hop Quotables”, while his outspoken social justice message has landed him on government watch lists. He’s also lectured at universities from Princeton to Stanford and delivered the keynote address at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum.

When he’s not rocking the mic at Coachella, or being arrested for civil disobedience in support of marginalized communities, Brother Ali travels the world learning and teaching Islamic Spirituality under some of today’s renown Muslim leaders. In addition to leading worship services and classes across the country, he co-founded The Gemali Project, an organization that helps Muslim converts and spiritual seekers access the beauty of the Islamic tradition.

Brother Ali’s latest release, Secrets & Escapes, surprised fans when it was released without warning in November 2019. Evidence from Dilated Peoples provided the beats, delivering a dusty, downtempo, lo-fi soundscape for Ali to revisit his basement roots. Pharoahe Monch, Talib Kweli and CS Armstrong also bless the special unannounced project with their own genius.

Check out Brother Ali here: or on his facebook page!

Lady Midnight
Lady Midnight, she is an experience. She is an ethereal vocalist and performance artist who draws upon her multidisciplinary background in visual art, dance and Afro-indigenous roots to create work that timelessly reflects our collective lives. Lady Midnight is one half of the group Parables of Neptune, a duo with Afrokeys (former keyboardist of Atmosphere) and was named Best Twin Cities Vocalist of 2017 by The City Pages. As Lady Midnight, she has recorded with international touring artists Bon Iver, P.O.S., Brother Ali, as well as performed with internationally acclaimed icons Common, Moby, Andra Day, and Aloe Blacc, among others. Lady Midnight has dedicated her life to using the arts as a power for change and confronting trauma.
Check her out on her facebook page or either link below!

Thank you to our partners that made this whole event possible!
Rochester Civic Music, Rochesterfest, Rochester Downtown Alliance, RNeighbors, Mayo Civic Center, Experience Rochester, Rochester Chamber of Commerce, Rochester Art Center, Rochester Public Schools, Olmsted County Fair, Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office, City of Rochester Police Department, Rochester Park & Recreation, Rochester My Home, KTTC TV, MN 97.5, Northern Sun Productions, Big BANG Companies,
Parade: Rochester Motor Cars and Rochester Community and Technical College