June 18--Friday, June 20
"Midsummer Night's Dream," Words Players Shakespeare in the Park, Soldier's Field/YMCA, 7 p.m. Tickets $10 adults, $5 students and seniors. Shakespeare season pass for all Rochester and out of town performances $14, $7, Family cap per show $32. Family Shakespeare season pass $42.
Saturday, June 21
Minnesota Disc Dog June Dog Jam, Lincolnshire Park 5200 West Circle Dr. N.W., 8 a.m., USDDN World Qualifier.
Oxbow Park/Zollman Zoo -- "Zoo Animal Feedings," Feed the Bear at 10 a.m., Feed the River Otters at 1 p.m., Bird of Prey Feeding at 3 p.m.
Pollination Celebration, Cascade Meadow Wetland & Environmental Science Center 2900 19th St N.W., 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Explore the plants and animals that sweeten the world through pollination. Visit with experts from across Minnesota. Enjoy fun children's activities. Free.
Rochester Juneteenth Celebration, Rochester Art Center 20 Civic Center Drive S.E., Noon-6 p.m. A celebration of the emancipation of slaves. Nationally renowned artist Lamar Petersen will lead art workshops geared toward all ages and provide guided tours of his contemporary artwork. A diverse array of entertainment ranging from gospel choirs to R&B music, spoken word, dance and other performances.
Rochester Community Band Concert in the Park, Central Park, 1st Ave &2nd St N.W., 2 p.m. Popcorn and lemonade Free, bring a lawn chair. Donations accepted.
"A Midsummer Night's Dream,"Words Players Theatre Shakespeare in the Park
2 p.m and 7 p.m. Soldier's Field/YMCA. See Friday, June 20 listing.
Rochester Hangar Dance, Rochester General Aviation Airport 7300 Brataas Drive S.W., 6 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 p.m. cash bar, exhibitor booths, vintage vehicles, B-25 tours. 7 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 1940s period dress. Buy tickets online.
Sunday, June 22
Rochesterfest Triathlon Presented by Toyota, Foster Arend Park -- 37th Street & East River Road N.W., 8 a.m. Cost : $65 -- $120.
MN Disc Dog June Dog Jam, Lincolnshire Park 5200 West Circle Dr N.W., 8 a.m. Skyhoundz Extreme Distance Qualifier.
Chester Woods Park -- Summer Solstice Hikes, 8378 Highway 14 E., Eyota, MN, 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Free with a Rochesterfest Button. Meet at the boat ramp kiosk to enjoy a staff led nature hike
Sponsor: Olmsted County Parks Department.
YMCA 50th Anniversary Picnic, 709 1st Ave S.W. behind YMCA, Noon-3 p.m. The afternoon will be filled with games and music by Brother Music, Sister Rhythm. Sponsor: Thrivent Financial.
Virtual Walking Tour of Historic Crawford Homes on Pill Hill, History Center of Olmsted County 1195 West Circle Drive S.W., 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. Cost $10, Rochesterfest Button required. Call the History Center at 282-9447. Advance registration and pre-payment are required. Some of the homes you'll see include Harold Crawford's personal home, built in 1926, the Churchill House (1916), the Piper House (1927), the Willius House (1930), and many others. Sponsor: History Center of Olmsted County.
"A Midsummer Night's Dream," Words Players Theatre Shakespeare in the Park, 3 p.m. See listing Friday, June 20. Soldier's Field/YMCA.
Carillon Concert, Annenberg Plaza 200 1st Street S.W., 4 p.m. Free. The concert will include music by the Carillon. A game will be played -- win a Rochesterfest Button.
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. Extra clue at Trade Mart Furniture Center. Sponsor: Trade Mart Furniture Center.
Rochesterfest food vendors, Civic Center Drive S.E., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Vendors may stay open longer. Thirty 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.
Friends of the Library Preview Sale, Rochester Public Library, Library Auditorium 101 2nd St. S.E.,5 p.m. -- 7 p.m. Free book in Friends Book Store with a Rochesterfest Button.
PossAbilities Ice Cream Social, Central Park 225 1st Ave N.W., 5:30 p.m. -- 8 p.m. Sponsors: Kemps, People's Energy Cooperative.
Teen Night, Civic Center Drive Stage, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. dance party DJ; 6-10 p.m.. Minute-To-Win-It-Games; 6-7 p.m., photo booth, 6-9 p.m.; Pannekoeken eating contest, 7 p.m;.
hypnotist show, 7:30 p.m.; dance contests, 9 p.m. Also, National Guard/Army Walk the Wall challenges, trivia contests, scavenger hunts, and other fun activities, with many prizes to be won! Free and open to all area teens. Sponsor: University of Minnesota Rochester, KROC FM, FOX 47 TV.
Tuesday, June 24
Treasure Hunt. Catch the clues on local media, find the treasure and win $500. Extra clue at Trade Mart Furniture Center. Sponsor: Trade Mart Furniture Center.
Friends of the Library Book Sale, Rochester Public Library, Library Auditorium 101 2nd St S.E.,
9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Cash, check and credit cards accepted.
Rochesterfest food vendors, Civic Center Drive S.E., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Vendors may stay open longer. Try all 30 great food vendors.
Million Dollar Hole In One Golf Shoot Out, Hadley Creek Golf Learning Center 48th Street & Hadley Valley Road N.E.,11 a.m.-8 p.m.$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, noon-1 p.m.Swing Street -- jazz. Sponsor: Heartland Tours, KROC AM.
Rochester Sports Night, in front of Civic Theatre, 5 p.m. -- 8 p.m. Come and meet representatives from Rochester area sports teams. Have your picture taken with mascots.
Sponsor: Rochester Chapter Thrivent Financial, FOX 47 TV.
Rochester Concert Band, Civic Center Drive S.E. Stage, 6 p.m.
Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the great 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. Sponsors: FOX 47 TV, Me TV 47.2, Townsquare Media.
"Twelfth Night,"Words Players Shakespeare in the Park, 6 p.m., Mayo Park (behind Mayo Civic Center). See Friday, June 20 listing.
SkiDox Water Ski Team, Foster Arend Park, 7 p.m. A water ski thrill show. Show skiing is unique to the Midwest.
Wednesday, June 25
Treasure Hunt. Track the elusive Treasure and win $500. Extra clue at Trade Mart Furniture Center. Sponsor: Trade Mart Furniture Center.
Rochesterfest Food Vendors, Civic Center Drive S.E.,11 a.m.-9 p.m. Vendors may stay open longer. Thirty great food vendors.
Friends of the Library Book Sale, Rochester Public Library Auditorium, 101 2nd St S.E.
9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Million Dollar Hole in One Golf Shoot Out, Hadley Creek Golf Learning Center 48th Street & Hadley Valley Road N.E., 11 a.m. -- 8 p.m. See Tuesday, June 24 listing.
Rotary JeoParTy Club Meeting, noon. Rotarians from all three Rotary clubs will gather under the tent in the street next to the Post Bulletin for a combined club meeting. The program, fitting for a casual venue, will be a game of Rotary JeoParTy. The Rotarians will challenge each other on their knowledge of Rotary.
Noontime Entertainment, Allegro School of Dance & Music. Civic Center Drive Stage, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Sponsor: Heartland Tours, KROC AM.
"10 Who Make A Difference," Civic Center Drive S.E. Stage, 1 p.m. Ten outstanding individuals and groups within Southeastern Minnesota and Northern Iowa who have made an impact in their community through volunteering will be recognized. Sponsors: United Way of Olmsted County, KTTC.
New Virtual Walking Tour of Historic Crawford Homes on Pill Hill, History Center of Olmsted County 1195 West Circle Dr S.W., 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.$10 with a Rochesterfest Button. Call the History Center of Olmsted County 507-282-9447. Prepayment and registration are required. You'll see Harold Crawford's personal home, built in 1926, the Churchill House (1916), the Piper House (1927), the Willius House (1930) and many others. Sponsor: History Center of Olmsted County.
The Bluegrass Band, Civic Center Drive Stage, 5 p.m.-6 p.m.
Rochesterfest Car Cruise In, Eagles Club 917 15th Ave S.E., 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Free.
Sponsors: Eagles Club, Premier Bank, Affordable Auto Experts.
Family Fun Night, Civic Center Drive Stage 1st St S.E., 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. On stage, the Emmy Award winning children's band, Zinghoppers will play. 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 much more. Sponsors: Olmsted Medical Center, KTTC, 102.5 "The Fox" KMFX.
"Twelfth Night," Words Players Theatre Shakespeare in the Park, 6 p.m., Mayo Park (behind Mayo Civic Center) See Friday, June 20 listing.
Kid Disco, Rochester Art Center, 40 Civic Center Drive S.E., 6 p.m.-8 p.m.$3.00 per child, parents free. $1.00 off with a Rochesterfest Button. A dance party for the whole family! Art activities, exhibition tours, costumes encouraged! More information on website. Free admission to Art Center during Rochesterfest. Sponsor: Spectrum Pro Audio.
Thursday, June 26
Friends of the Library Book Sale, Rochester Public Library Auditorium, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. See previous listings.
Thursdays on First & Third Summer Market & Music Festival, Peace Plaza and First Ave S.W.,
11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Every Thursday June 5 through August 28.
Million Dollar Hole in One Golf Shoot Out, Hadley Creek Golf Learning Center 48th Street & Hadley Valley Road N.E., 11 a.m.-8 p.m. See Tuesday, June 24 listing.
Noontime Entertainment, Civic Center Drive S.E. Stage, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Before Chaos -- alternative rock. Sponsor: Heartland Tours, KROC AM.
Karaoke Extravaganza, Civic Center Drive S.E. Stage, 7 p.m. 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 and Wine garden opens at 4 p.m. Sponsor: Hiller's Flooring America. Stage Sponsor: Treasure Island Resort & Casino
Media: KTTC, Y105.
"A Midsummer Night's Dream,"Words Players Shakespeare in the Park, 7 p.m., Mayo Park (behind the Mayo Civic Center). See Friday, June 20 listing.
The Music Man, Honors Choirs, Autumn Ridge Church 3611 Salem Road S.W., 7:30 p.m. 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.
Coda, Riverside Building east patio 400 S Broadway, 8 p.m. Free. Rochester Symphony Orchestra and local musicians together for your listening pleasure. Six consecutive Thursday evenings starting tonight. Cash bar available.
Balloon Glow, Mayo Civic Center Circle, At dusk.
Friday, June 27
RE/MAX Results Mayor's Cup Invitational Hot Air Balloon Race, Badger Ridge Park, 3016 Monroe Dr N.W., 6 a.m. Balloon Launch-media flight. 25th anniversary. Sponsor: RE/MAX Results, Lesmeister Balloon Company.
Million Dollar Hole in One Golf Shoot Out, Hadley Creek Golf Learning Center 2441 Hadley Valley Road N.E., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Championship to follow. 4:30 p.m. Putt Off. See Tuesday June 24 listing.
Rochesterfest food vendors, Civic Center Drive S.E., 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Vendors may stay open longer. Thirty great food vendors.
Noontime Entertainment, Civic Center Drive Stage, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., LP and the 45's. Sponsor: Heartland Tours, KROC AM.
Camp Olson YMCA -- Rochester Mile,on the parade route, 6 p.m.$20, a fund raiser for Camp Olson. Sponsors: C.O. Brown insurance, Merchants Bank, Stifel Nicholas.
Grand Parade, 6:15 pm start on East Center St. Over 100 units! The Elks and Rotary Clubs of Rochester put on the Parade. Sponsors: Clements, KTTC. Support Channel One and bring a can of non-perishable food to donate when the Channel One parade entry passes.
The Music Man, Honors Choirs of Southeast Minnesota, Autumn Ridge Church, 3611 Salem Road S.W., 7:30 p.m. See listing Thursday, June 26.
Country Night, Civic Center Drive S.E. Stage, 8:30 p.m.-midnight. Featuring: 2-Mile Final. Budweiser Beer and Wine Garden opens at 4 p.m. Band Sponsors: VFW Post 1215, Canadian Honker Restaurant & Catering. Stage Sponsor: Treasure Island Resort & Casino. Media: FOX 47 TV, KWWK 96.5.
Bows, Bowlers & Bassoons: A Silent Film, Peace Plaza, 9 p.m.-10 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.
Saturday, June 28
RE/MAX Results Mayor's Cup Invitational Hot Air Balloon Race, Badger Ridge Park, 3016 Monroe Dr N.W., 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. launch. Dusk, balloon glow. 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 S.W., Stewartville, 6:30 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m. Adults $6, children 5-12, $3. Tickets available at the information booth June 23-27, also onsite. Big pancake and sausage breakfast with juice, milk and coffee. 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 N.E., 7 a.m. registration. Early bird registration online prior to event. Day of event, adults $30, children 12 and under $15. This is a fundraiser for colon cancer. Sponsors: Think Mutual Bank, Mayo Employee Federal Credit Union, Culligan.
Insane Inflatable 5k, Gamehaven Boy Scout Reservation 5015 Simpson Rd S.E., 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Cost varies, see website. Sponsor: Town Square Media.
K-9 Carnival, Cooke Park 700 7th St N.W., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. All dogs welcome on leashes. Dog Communicator, Meet the Breed, Kennel Club information, Therapy Dog, Fly Dog Demos 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. Microchip clinic, dog games 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. kids games 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. Sponsor: Rochester MN Kennel Club, Rochester Feed & Country Store, Unleashed (Bone Appetit).
Root River Wagon Rides, Root River Park 4012 80th St S.E., 10 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.
Puzzle Contest, Civic Center Drive S.E. Stage, 10 a.m. Entry fee for 4 person teams is $20 due at registration. Fees will become prize money. Sponsor: Games by James.
Rochester Has Talent, Civic Center Drive Stage, 11 a.m. On stage during lunch hour, local Rochester Talent including a children's show choir, Young American Voices. Sponsor: CW Rochester.
Dachshund Dash, in front of Mayo Civic Theatre, 11 a.m.$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.
Robot Squad Demo,near Civic Center Drive Stage, 11 a.m. -- noon.
Festival of Colors, UCR Sports Complex 851 30th Ave S.E., 11 a.m. -- 4 p.m. Adults $5 in advance, at gate $10. With a Rochesterfest Button you receive a free bottle of water or soda. Authentic Indian food available, live performances. Play "holi" with water and colors. This is a kid-friendly event. Sponsors: Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Hindu Samaj Temple, Yxlo Technologies.
Pony Up with RideAbility, Rochester Feed & Country Store, 5 11th St S.E., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.$5 suggested donation, $5 to ride a pony, $2 for hotdog and lemonade. Sponsor: Thrivent Financial.
Super Hero Scramble, Minnesota Children's Museum of Rochester, River Center Plaza 1643 N. Broadway, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.$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.
SkiDox Water Ski Team, Foster Arend Park, 4 p.m. A water ski thrill show. Show skiing is unique to the Midwest.
Zumbro River Community Festival, Camp Victory 5812 403 Ave., Zumbro Falls, 4 p.m.- 10:30 p.m.
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 S.E. Stage, 6 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. They play four complete sets including: Classic/Modern Country, 70's Disco, 80's Pop Hits, and 80's Hair band favorites. Band Sponsor: MN Energy Resources Corp. Stage Sponsor -- Treasure Island Resort & Casino. Media sponsors: KTTC TV, 101.7 KRCH FM. Budweiser Beer and Wine Garden opens at noon.
The Music Man, Honors Choirs of Southeastern Minnesota, Autumn Ridge Church 3611 Salem Road S.W., 8 p.m. See Thursday, June 26 listing.
Sunday, June 29
RE/MAX Results Mayor's Cup Invitational Hot Air Balloon Race,Badger Ridge Park, 30 16 Monroe Dr N.W., 6 a.m. launch. This race will be held only if they cannot fly on Saturday. Sponsor: RE/MAX Results, Lesmeister Balloon Company.
Kid's Day, Foster Arend Park 37th Street & East River Road N.W., Noon -- 3 p.m. Santa will be there at 12:30 p.m. Many kids' games. Sponsors: Elcor Realty, First Alliance Credit Union, Virgils Auto Care, Townsquare Media.
"A Midsummer Night's Dream,"Words Players Shakespeare in the Park, Silver Lake Park, 2 p.m.See Friday, June 20, listing.
The Music Man, Honors Choirs of Southeastern Minnesota, Autumn Ridge Church 3611 Salem Road S.W., 2:30 p.m. See Thursday, June 26 listing.
1860s baseball, History Center of Olmsted County 1195 West Circle Drive S.W., Schmitt Field, 4:30 p.m. Cost is 2 Bits (25 cents). 1860's baseball 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 N.E., 5 p.m., gates open; preshow, 6 p.m.; main show, 7 p.m. 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, Wis., Colts, Dubuque, Iowa, Madison Scouts, Madison, Wis., Troopers, Casper, Wy., Governaires, St. Peter, Minn., Phantom Regiment, Rockford, Ill., Pioneer, Milwaukee Wis., Cavaliers, Rosemont, Ill. Sponsors: Blue Stars Performing Arts for Youth Inc., Southeast Minnesota Arts Council.
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