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Schedule of Events

 

Friday, June 20 
Saturday, June 21
Sunday, June 22
Monday, June 23
Tuesday, June 24
Wednesday, June 25
Thursday, June 26
Friday, June 27
Saturday, June 28
Sunday, June 29

 

Friday, June 20

Shakespeare in the Park

Midsummer Night's Dream - Words Player

Soldier's Field/YMCA

7:00 p.m.

For its fifth year, the Bard returns to city parks during Rochesterfest, delivering Shakespeare via a minstrel wagon, audience interaction, musicians and dancing.  Benches provided, but feel free to bring your lawn chair or blanket.  Refreshments available to purchase.

Donations accepted.

 

Additional performances after Rochesterfest

Twelfth Night, July 1, 6:00 p.m. Central Park

A midsummer Night's Dream, July 5, 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m., SilverLake

www.words players.org


 


 


 


 


 


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Saturday, June 21


MN Disc Dog June Dog Jam

Lincolnshire Park

5200 West Circle Dr. NW

8:00 a.m.

USDDN World Qualifier


 


Oxbow Park/Zollman Zoo - "Zoo Animal Feedings"

Feed the Bear - 10:00 a.m.

Feed the River Otters - 1:00 p.m.

Bird of Prey Feeding - 3:00 p.m.
 


Pollination Celebration

Cascade Meadow Wetland & Environmental Science Center
2900 19th St NW
10:00 a..m. - 2:00 p.m.
The Center is fluttering with excitement to observe National Pollinator Week with a celebration of Bees, Butterflies, Bats and Birds and their wondrous work as pollinators!  Explore the plants and animals that sweeten the world through pollination. Visit with experts from across Minnesota.   Enjoy fun children's activities.  Free
www.cascademeadow.org


 

Rochester Juneteenth Celebration

Soldier's Field Park

244 Soldiers Field Dr SW

Noon - 6:00 p.m..


Rochester Community Band Concert in the Park

A Summer Concert in the Park
Central Park, 1st Ave & 2nd St NW
2:00 p.m. Popcorn and lemonade Free, bring a lawn chair.
Donations accepted
www.rochestercommunityband.org


A Midsummer Night's Dream - Words Players Theatre

Shakespeare in the Park
2:00 p.m and 7:00 p.m. Soldier's Field/YMCA
Donations accepted
www.northlandwords.org


Rochester Hangar Dance

Rochester General Aviation Airport

7300 Brataas Drive SW

6:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Cost: In advance $20, At the door $23, there is a $1 Rochesterfest Button discount

Featuring Generation II Big Band

6:00 p.m.Cash bar, exhibitor booths, vintage vehicles, B-25 tours. 7:00 p.m. Free Swing Dance Lesson, 7:30 p.m. Color Guard, 7:45 p.m. Dance begins, 8:30 p.m. Grand March, 10:30 p.m. coffee & cookies available.  Prizes for best 1940's period dress

Buy tickets online  at www.mvesm.org

 

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Sunday, June 22


Rochesterfest Triathlon

Foster Arend Park - 37th Street & East River Road NW
8:00 a.m.
Cost : $65 - $120
www.finalstretch.com

 

MN Disc Dog June Dog Jam

Lincolnshire Park

5200 West Circle Dr NW

8:00 a.m.

Skyhoundz Extreme Distance Qualifier

 


Chester Woods Park - Summer Solstice Hikes

8378 Highway 14 E, Eyota, MN
Time: 9:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.
Cost: Free with a Rochesterfest Button.
 Meet at the boat ramp kiosk to enjoy a staff led nature hike
Sponsor: Olmsted County Parks Department 


 


Virtual Walking Tour of Historic Crawford Homes on Pill Hill

History Center of Olmsted County - 1195 West Circle Drive SW
2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Cost: $10,  Rochesterfest Button required. Call the History Center at 282-9447.  Advance registration and pre-payment are required.  

Ken Allsen will lead the virtual tour.  Some of the homes you'll see include Harold Crawford's personal home, buiilt in 1926, the Churchill House (1916), the Piper House (1927), the Willius House (1930), and many others.  They all exhibit Crawford's design mastery and his artistic toyuches.

Sponsor:  History Center of Olmsted County


A Midsummer Night's Dream - Words Players Theatre

Shakespeare in the Park
2:00 p.m. See listing Friday, June 20

Soldier's Field/YMCA
www.wordsplayers.org



Carillon Concert

200 1st Street SW - Annenberg Plaza
4:00 p.m. Free
The concert will include music by the Carillon. A game will be played - win a Rochesterfest Button!


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Monday, June 23


Treasure Hunt

This year's treasure is a medallion, hidden somewhere in the city of Rochester, on public property. It is in plain sight. Find the treasure and win $500.00.  Extra clue at Trade Mart Furniture Center
Sponsor: Trade Mart Furniture Center


 


Rochesterfest Food Vendors

Location: Civic Center Drive SE
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.  Vendors may stay open longer
30 Great Food Vendors


Noontime Entertainment

Civic Center Drive Stage
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Becky Schlegel with Heath and Edie Loy
Sponsor: Heartland Tours,  KROC AM


 


Rochester Public Library

Friends of the Library Preview Sale

101 2nd St SE
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Free book in "Friends Book Store: with a Rochesterfest Button


PossAbilities Ice Cream Social

Central Park

225 1st Ave NW
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Ice Cream Social
Sponsors: Kemps, People's Energy Cooperative
www.possabilities.org


Teen Night

Civic Center Drive Stage
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Enjoy a hypnotist and DJ on stage, Pannekoeken eating contest, Walk the Wall Tournament, Minute to Win It Challenges,. photo booth, trivia contests, scavenger hunts, dance contests and more all are FREE and designed with teens in mind!  Prizes distributed throughout the night.
Events are for those 13 years old and up
Sponsor:  University of Minnesota  Rochester,  KROC FM


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Tuesday, June 24


Treasure Hunt

Catch the clues on local media, find the treasure and win $500.00. Extra clue at Trade Mart Furniture Center
Sponsor: Trade Mart Furniture Center



Friends of the Library Book Sale

Rochester Public Library

101 2nd St SE - Library Auditorium
9:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Cash, check and credit cards accepted


Rochesterfest Food Vendors

Location: Civic Center Drive SE
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Vendors may stay open longer.

 Try all 30 great food vendors


Million $ Hole In One Golf Shoot Out

Hadley Creek Golf Learning Center
48th Street & Hadley Valley Road N.E.
11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $1 per ball 1 free ball with Rochesterfest Button for each $10 spent
Two sessions per day, $300 cash and prizes each session.  A hole-in-one in Championship wins $1 million or closest to pin $1,000.  Putting contest prizes awarded in Final Putt Off on Friday, June 28 at 4:30 p.m. The Championship will take place on Friday, June 28 at 5:30 p.m.
Sponsors: Sterling State Bank, KTTC, Laser 101.7 The Fan AM 1270


 


Noontime Entertainment

Civic Center Drive Stage
Swing Street - jazz
Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Sponsor: Heartland Tours,  KROC AM


 


 


Rochester Concert Band

Civic Center Drive SE Stage
6:00 p.m.
Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the gredat music.
Sponsor: Riverside Concerts, City of Rochester


Celebrity Game Night

Civic Center Drive Stage
Following Concert
Audience members are paired with local Celebrities to match talent and skills for fun and prizes.
Sponsor:  FOX 47 TV, Me TV 47.2, Town Square Media

 

Shakespeare in the Park - Words Players

Twelfth night

6:00 p.m.

Mayo Park (behind Mayo Civic Center)


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Wednesday, June 25


Treasure Hunt

Location: Have you found it yet?
Details: Track the elusive Treasure and win $500! Extra clue at Trade Mart Furniture Center
Sponsor: Trade Mart Furniture Center


Rochesterfest Food Vendors

Location: Civic Center Drive SE
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Vendors may stay open longer.
30 Great Food Vendors


Friends of the Library Book Sale

Public Library Auditorium

101 2nd St SE
9:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.



Million $ Hole in One Golf Shoot Out

Hadley Creek Golf Learning Center
48th Street & Hadley Valley Road N.E.
11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
See Tuesday, June 24 listing


 


Noontime Entertainment

Civic Center Drive Stage
Allegro School of Dance & Music
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 P.M.
Sponsor: Heartland Tours, KROC AM


"10 Who Make A Difference"

Civic Center Drive SE Stage
1:00 pm

Ten outstanding individuals and groups within Southeastern Minnesota and Northern Iowa who have made an nimpact in their community through volunteering will be recognized.
Sponsors: United Way of Olmsted County, KTTC

www.kttc.com



New Virtual Walking Tour of Historic Crawford Homes on Pill Hill

History Center of Olmsted County 1195 West Circle Dr SW
2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Cost: $10 with a Rochesterfest Button

Call the History Center of Olmsted County 507-282-9447.  Prepayment and registration are required

Ken Allsen will lead the virtual tour.  You'll see Hrold Crawford's personal home, built in 1926, the Churchill House (1916), the Piper House (1927), the Willius House (1930) and many others.  They all exhibit Crawford's design mastery and his artistic touches.
Sponsor: History Center of Olmsted County.


 


Rochesterfest Car Cruise In

Eagles Club
917 15th AVe SE
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Free
Sponsors:  Eagles Club, Premier Bank, Affordable Auto Experts
www.eaglesclubrochestermn.com


Fiddlers

Civic Center Drive Stage
5:00 p.m.

 


Family Fun Night

Civic Center Drive Stage
1st St SE
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Be our guests for an evening of family fun!  On stage, the Emmy Award winning children's band,  Zinghoppers. The group specializes in fun and funky music for young children and families.  "Miss Kristen" storytelling returns along with Olmsted County Parks, OMC fun booth, Clown Roundup, games, crafts, train rides, scouts bicycle give aways, "put out the Fire/Fire Department" and so much more. Make a memory with your family
Sponsors: Olmsted Medical Center, KTTC, 102.5 "The Fox" KMFX


Twelfth Night - Words Players Theatre

Shakespeare in the Park
6:00 p.m. Mayo Park (behind Mayo Civic Center)
See Friday, June 20 listing


kid Disco

Rochester Art Center

40 Civic Center Drive SE

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
$1.00 off with a Rochesterfest Button

A dance party for the whole family!  Art activities, exhibition tours, costumes encouraged!  More information on web site

www.rochesterartcenter.org


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Thursday, June 26


Friends of the Library Book Sale

Rochester Public Library
9:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

 

Rochesterfest Food Vendors

Location:  Civic Center Drive SE

11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Vendors may stay open longer

30 great food vendors


Thursdays on First & Third

Summer Market & Music Festival
Peace Plaza and First Ave SW
11:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Every Thursday June 5 through August 28
www.downtownrochestermn.com


Million $ Hole in One Golf Shoot Out

Location: Hadley Creek Golf Learning Center
48th Street & Hadley Valley Road NE
11:00 am - 8:00 p.m. See tuesday, June 24 listing


Noontime Entertainment

Civic Center Drive SE Stage
Before Chaos - alternative rock
11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Sponsor: Heartland Tours,  KROC AM


 


 


 


 


Karaoke Extravaganza

Civic Center Drive SE Stage
7:00 pm Auditions 5:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Let's hear from all the singers!  Three rounds of competition.  Top two in each round win cash and advance to Championship Round.  Top prize$300!
Budweiser Beer garden opens at 4:00 p.m.
Sponsor:  Hiller's Flooring America
Stage Sponsor:  Treasure Island Resort & Casino
Media: KTTC, Y105
Contest Rules


A Midsummer Night's Dresm - Words Players

Shakespeare in the Park
7:00 p.m. Mayo Park behind the Mayo Civic Center
See Friday, June 20 listing


The Music Man

Honors Choirs
Autumn Ridge Church

3611 Salelm Road SW
7:30 p.m. 

Cost:  Adults $14, $20, $25 Students $10, $12, $25

A $1 discount with a Rochesterfest Button

A fully staged musical presented by Honors Choirs of Southern Minnesota

Sponsor:  Think Mutual Bank


Balloon Glow

Mayo Civic Center Circle
At dusk


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Friday, June 27


Mayor's Cup Invitational Hot Air Balloon Race

Badger Ridge Park, 3016 Monroe Dr NW
6:00 a.m. Balloon Launch - media flight

Sponsor: RE/MAX Results, Lesmeister Balloon Company


 


 


Million $ Hole in One Golf Shoot Out

Hadley Creek Golf Learning Center
2441 Hadley Valley Rd NE
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Championship to follow  4:30 p.m. Putt Off       
See Tuesday June 24 listing


Rochesterfest Food Vendors

Civic Center Drive SE
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m Vendors may stay open longer
30 Great Food Vendors


Noontime Entertainment

Civic Center Drive Stage
LP and the 45's
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Sponsor: Heartland Tours, KROC AM


 


Camp Olson YMCA - Rochester Mile

On the Parade Route
6:00 p.m.
Cost $20
A fund raiser for Camp Olson
Sponsors:  C.O. Brown insurance, Merchants Bank, Stifel Nicholas
www.campolson.org



Grand Parade

Click here for parade route
6:15 pm start
Over 100 units! The Elks and Rotary Clubs of Rochester put on the Parade.
Sponsor: Clements,  KTTC


 The Music Man

 Honors Choirs of Southeast Minnesota
 Autumn Ridge Church, 3611 Salem Road SW
 7:30 p.m.
See listing  Thursday, June 26


Country Night

Civic Center Drive SE Stage
8:30 p.m. - midnight
Featuring: 2-Mile Final
Budweiser Beer and Wine Garden opens at 4:00 p.m.
Band Sponsors:   VFW Post 1215, Canadian Honker Restaurant & Catering
Stage Sponsor:  Treasure Island Resort & Casino
Media: FOX 47 KXLT, Quick Country 96.5

 

Bows, Bowlers & Bassoons:  A Silent Film

Peace Plaza

9:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Free

Come back in time with us as we enjoy two classic silent films accompanied by a live orchestral score performed by the Southeastern Minnesota Youth Orchestras.  You'll experience one of the greatest chase scenes in silent comedy during Cops star Buster Keaton's adventures to prove he can become a successful businessman.  In The Immigrant, Charlie Chaplin immigrates to the USA, survives poverty and finds love.

Sponsor: Merchants Bank

www.SEMYO.org

 

 

 


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Saturday, June 28


Mayor's Cup Invitational Hot Air Ballon Race

Badger Ridge Park, 3016 Monroe Dr NW
6:00 a.m. Launch 

This is the 25th anniversary.

Sponsor: RE/MAX Results, Lesmeister Balloon Company


Country Breakfast on the Farm

Ed & Shari Twohey Family Farm

8428 90th St SW Stewartville

6:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Cost:  Adults $6, Children 5 - 12, $3

Big pancake and sausage breakfast with juice, milk and coffee will be served.  An educational agricultural event for the whole family.  There will be horse drawn wagon rides and a petting zoo.

Free Bus ride to the farm from the Olmsted County Fairgrounds with a Rochesterfest Button

 

Get Your Rear In Gear 5K

East Silver Lake Park

1201 East Silver Lake Drive NE

7:00 a.m. registration

Cost:  Early bird registration online prior to evebnt, Day of event, Adults $30, Children 12 and under $15

This is a fund raiser for Colon Cancer.

Sponsors: Think Mutual Bank, Mayo Employee Federal Credit Union, Culligan

www.coloncancercoalition.org

 

 

Insane Inflatable 5K

 

Game Haven Boy Scout Camp

1124 11 1/2 St SE

8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Cost: varies, see web site www.insaneinflatable5k.com

Sponsor:  Town Square Media

 

 



K-9 Carnival

Cooke Park
700 7th St NW
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

All dogs welcome on leashes.
Dog Communicator, Meet the Breed, Kennel Club information, Therappy Dog, Fly Dog Demo's 10:00 a.m., noon, 2:00 p.m. Micro chip clinic, dog games 11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m., kids games 11:00 a.m. noon, 1:00 p.m.
Sponsor:  Rochester MN kennel Club, Rochester Feed & Country Store, Unleashed (Bone Appett


Root River Wagon Rides

Root River Park

4012 80th St SE

10:00 a.m. - Noon

Meet at the Root River Park parking lot for a tractor drawn wagon ride through Olmsted County's newest park.  Rides leave approximately every half hour.


 


Rochester Has Talent & Puzzle Contest

Civic Center Drive SE Stage
Puzzle Contest 10:00 a.m.

Entry fee for 4 person teams is $20 due at registration. Fees will become prize money.
We will be accepting up to (15) 4 person teams for the puzzle contest. All entry fees will be re-distrubuted as prize money
Sponsor:  Games by James

Talent Show  11:00 a.m. 

There will be a performance by a children's choir - Young American Voices

We are accepting entries for stage performances - if you have a unique talent that is stage ready, sign up for a time slot! No entry fee required - no prize money awarded.  This is an exhibition of local Talent. For either event contact Laurie at lackerman@charter.net
Sponsor:  Media: Signal Hill CW, 106.9 KROC


Dachshund Dash

In front of Mayo Civic Theatre

11:00 a.m.
Cost: $7 per dog in advance. Day of event $10

All proceeds go to Paws & Claws
Come and watch the races!
Call the Rochesterfest Office at 507-285-8769 for registration form.
Sponsors:  All Pest Exterminating, Fish & Pets, Long Dog Apparel

 

 

Festival of Colors

UCR Sports Complex

851 30th Ave SE

Cost: Adults $5, in advance, At gate $10

With a Rochesterfest Button you receive a free bottle of water or soda

Authentic Indian food available.  Classical Indian dances, ginale to play "holi" with water and colors.  This is a kid friendly event.

Sponsors Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Hindu Samaj Temple, Yxlo Technologies

www.rvmn.org

 

 

Pony Up with RideAbility

Rochester Feed & Country Store

5 11th St SE

11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Cost: $5 suggested donation, $5 to ride a pony, $2 for hotdog and lemonade

www.rideability.org

 

 

Super Hero Scramble

Minnesota  Children's Museum of Rochester

River Center Plaza

1643 N Broadway

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $10 for individual, $15 for 2 person team

$1 discount with a Rochesterfest Button

A family obstacle course.  Each participant will receive a water bottle and  a free pass to the Museum

http://rochestermcm.org



Rochester Water Shows

Location: Foster Arend Park
4:00 p.m.
A water ski thrill show. Show skiing is unique to the Midwest.
www.rochesterwaterskishow.com


Zumbro River Community Festival

Camp Victory, 5812 403 Ave, Zumbro Falls
4:00 p.m.- 10:30 p.m.a
Petting zoo, large inflatable games and slides, wagon rides, climbing wall, zip line, music entertainment .  The evening closes with a huge fireworks show.


 


Street Dance 

Civic Center Drive SE Stage
6:00 p.m. - midnight
$5 or Free with a Rochesterfest Button

Come and enjoy LP and the 45's playing 50's, 60's rock followed by

Time Machine with their special brand of 80's covers


Band Sponsor: MN Energy
Stage Sponsor - Treasure Island Resort & Casino
Media sponsors:  KTTC TV, 101.7 KRCH FM
Budweiser Beer and Wine Garden 


The Music Man

Honors Choirs of Southeastern Minnesota
Autumn Ridge Church, 3611 Salem Road SW
8:00 p.m.
See Thursday, June 26 listing


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Sunday, June 29


Mayor's Cup Invitational Hot Air Balloon Race

Badger Ridge Park 30 16 Monroe Dr NW
6:00 a.m. Launch 

Sponsor: RE/MAX Results, Lesmeister Balloon Company

www.mayor'scupinvitationhotairballoonrace.com


 


 



Kid's Day

Foster Arend Park
37th Street & East River Road NW
Noon  - 3:00 p.m.
 Santa will be there, many kids' games, free food while supplies last.
Sponsors:  Elcor Realty, First Alliance Credit Union, Virgils Auto Care, Town Square Media


A Midsummer Night's Dream - Words Players

Shakespeare in the Park
2:00 p.m. Silver Lake Park
See Friday, June 20 listing



The Music Man

Honors Choirs of Southeastern Minnesota
Autumn Ridge Church 3611 Salem Road SW
2:30 p.m.
See Thursday, June 26 listing


1860's Baseball

History Center of Olmsted County - 1195 West Circle Drive SW - Schmitt Field
4:30 pm
Cost: 2 Bits (25 cents)
1860's base ball rules played in period uniforms using replica bats and balls.  Hens vs Chicks ladies exhibition followed by Roosters vs Roadrunners.  Root Beer floats by Trader Joe's.  Raffle drawing - need not be present to win. 
Sponsors: US Bank, Automotive Recyclers, Media KROC AM, ME-TV 47.2


River City Rhapsody - Rochester

Drum and Bugle Corps Show
Century High School Stadium
2525 Viola Rd NE
5:00 p.m. gates open, Preshow 6:00 p.m. Main show at 7:00 p.m.
Cost: In advance Super Premium $29, Premium $22, Standard $15, Day of Show Super Premium $32, Premium $25, Standard $18.  See website for ordering

With a Rochesterfest Button receive a $2 discount on purchases of $10 or more at the Blue Stars Merchandise Booth on the day of the event.  Redeemable on one purchase.
International World Class Drum Corps, 8 corps appearing - Blue Stars, LaCrosse, WI, Colts, Dubuque, IA,  Madison Scouts, Madison, WI, Troopers, Casper WY,  Governaires, St. Peter, MN, Phantom Regiment, Rockford, IL, Pioneer, Milwaukee WI, Cavaliers, Rosemont, IL

Sponsors Blue Stars Performing Arts for Youth, Inc, Southeast Minnesota Arts Council
www.rivercityrhapsody.com/rochester.php

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