Movies in the Park

July 21, August 18, & September 15, 2018

Central Park, 225 First Ave NW



Join us in Downtown Rochester for Movies in the Park! Bring your lawn chair or blanket and gather under the string lights in Historic Central Park for this FREE, fun, and family-friendly outdoor event.

Activities and movie-inspired food and drink begin at 7:00PM, with movies beginning at 9:00PM.

Games on the Grass

May 7, 2018 - October 31, 2018

Peace Plaza - Grassy Area

When: May 7, 2018 – October 31, 2018 (Weather Permitting)
Where: Peace Plaza – Grassy Area
Cost: Open to the Public


Games on the Grass features a game cart and game tables near the grassy area of the Peace Plaza Monday – Friday, until October.The game cart contains family-friendly lawn games and board game pieces. All games are free and open for public use.

History & Culture

Social Steps // Swing Nights

Friday, Aug 3, 2018.

Peace Plaza Downtown - 1st Ave SW & 1st St SW


  • Friday, Aug 3, 2018 7:00pm – 9:30pM

Calling all cool cats and hip chicks! Join us Downtown on the Peace Plaza this summer and learn to dance for free! Learn to dance to classic and modern Swing music, featuring East and West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Jive and some Foxtrot!

Free Lesson: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Open Dancing: 8:00pm – 9:30pm

Connect with new friends, enjoy custom cocktails for purchase, and dance the night away! Dahl Dance staff will be on hand to teach and answer questions. No partner required!

For the most up to date information check out our Facebook event page here

Self-Guided Sundays James J. Hill House

Sun, Jun 10, 17, 24, ... Sunday, September 30, 2018

James J. Hill House 240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102

Visit the James J. Hill House as the Hill family and their servants would have, without a guide. Spend more time in your favorite rooms and go at your own pace to explore the first, second, and third floors of the mansion.

Last entry is at 3:30 pm.

  • Date: Sunday(s), June 10th, 17th, 24th, … Sunday, September 30th, 2018.
  • Time: Noon – 5:00 pm
  • Contact:
  • 651-297-2555
  • hillhouse@mnhs.org
  • Cost: Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members free

Food & Dining

Downtown Rochester (Thursdays on First & 3rd)

Every Thursday, June 7 - August 30, 2018

First Avenue SW / Peace Plaza

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When: Every Thursday, June 7 – August 30, 2018
​Time: 11:00AM – 8:30PM​
Where: First Avenue SW / Peace Plaza

Thursdays on First & 3rd Summer Market and Music Festival is a weekly outdoor market of over 100 art, craft and food vendors and live entertainment every Thursday throughout the summer. Thursdays on First & 3rd begins on June 7th, 2018 and runs until August 30th. Thursdays on First & 3rd is an event that unites the Rochester community and provides a free option to simply enjoy life, feel a sense of place, and interact with others! Dogs are welcome at Thursdays, but must be on a leash.

Sit back and relax with friends and family as musical talent is featured from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM. Stick around for the Music Festival performances at 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM on two stages!

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Kids Eat Free

Sunday(s), Aug 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, 2018 4 to 9PM

Grand Rounds Brewing Company - 4 3rd St SW


  • Sunday, Aug 5, 2018 4 to 9PM
  • Sunday, Aug 12, 2018 4 to 9PM
  • Sunday, Aug 19, 2018 4 to 9PM
  • Sunday, Aug 26, 2018 4 to 9PM
  • + 18 more

Kids under 12 eat free from our children’s menu with a purchase of an adult entrée, burger or sandwich. We have board games galore, TV’s for sports fans and happy hour prices from 4-6pm. Delicious craft beer made on site, with a full bar and ALL public parking downtown is free on Sundays! What more you could ask for? See you Sunday. Mark you territory.

Additional Activities

FREE Zumba® on the Plaza

Monday(s), Aug 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, 2018 5:30 to 7PM

Peace Plaza Downtown - 1st Ave SW & 1st St SW

  • Monday, Aug 6, 2018 5:30 to 7PM
  • Monday, Aug 13, 2018 5:30 to 7PM
  • Monday, Aug 20, 2018 5:30 to 7PM
  • Monday, Aug 27, 2018 5:30 to 7PM

You are invited to participate in this FREE Zumba® event every Monday at 5:30pm, June 4th through August 27th (weather permitting.) Whether you are brand new to Zumba® or a pro, join the party! Mondays at 5:30 on The Peace Plaza in Downtown Rochester, it’s the place to be! (and Zumba® for FREE!)


August 9, 2018 - August 12, 2018

Chatfield, MN 55923

Chatfield will celebrate their 51st Chatfield Western Days celebration August 9 – 12, 2018. We are confident that this year’s celebration will continue our strong tradition of being the grandest community celebration around! We anticipate more people, more excitement, and more fun during the celebration.
The traditional Saturday grand parade will be on Saturday, Aug. 11, at 1 p.m. This parade will include all the crowd’s favorites, kid pleasers, bands and horses.

For questions, please call Pam at 507-867-3870 or e-mail at chatwesterndays@gmail.com. Thank you!