The Rochesterfest grand parade at 6:15 p.m. today will have a new route, as the festival has moved away from its downtown setting to Soldiers Field
The parade will start just north of the Soldiers Field park on Sixth Street Southwest, and wind through the Historic Southwest neighborhood before finishing at Soldiers Field.
The route is one mile long — slightly shorter than in past years, In addition, the streets in the neighborhood are narrower than were the streets along the downtown parade route.
In addition, food vendors and live entertainment will continue today at Soldiers Field, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Rochesterfest continues through Sunday. Here’s a look at the what’s happening.
— Mayor’s Cup hot air balloon race, 6 a.m., Badger Ride Park launch site, 3016 Monroe Drive NW.
— “Uncorked” benefit for Camp Companion, Salem Glen Winery, 5211 60th Ave. SW. Wine-tasting, auction, appetizers. $25 advance, $30 at the door; $3 discount with Rochesterfest button.
— Camp Olson YMCA Rochester Mile fundraiser, 6 p.m. on the parade route. $20.
— Grand parade, 6:15 p.m. starts on Sixth Street Southwest, returns to Soldiers Field.
— Country night with music by 2-Mile Final, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Soldiers Field.
— Country breakfast on the farm, 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Schumacher Farm, 239950 Minnesota Hwy. 247, Elgin.
— Mayor’s Cup Hot Air Balloon Race, 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. launches, Badger Ridge Park. Shuttle buses leave from Bowman Tool, next to HyVee north.
— Get Your Rear in Gear 5K, 8 a.m., east side of Silver Lake Park.
— June Dog Jam, 9 a.m., Lincolnshire Park, 5200 West Circle Drive NW.
— K-9 Carnival, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Cooke Park, 700 Seventh St. NW.
— Root River Wagon Rides, 10 a.m. to noon, Root River Park, 4012 80th St. SE.
— Mayor’s Kids Day, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Soldiers Field. Performances, obstacle course, visit from Santa.
— Paddle Sport Demo Day, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Foster-Arend Park.
— Puzzle contest, 1:30 p.m., Soldiers Field.
— Ski Dox Water Ski Team, 4 p.m., Foster-Arend Park.
— Zumbro River Community Festival, 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Camp Victory, 5812 403 Ave., Zumbro Falls. Inflatables, petting zoo, dunk tank, silent auction, fireworks.
— Party in the Park, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Soldiers Field. Music by Time Machine.
— 1860s baseball, 4:30 p.m., History Center of Olmsted County, 1195 West Circle Drive SW.
— River City Rhapsody drum & bugle corps competition, 7 p.m., Rochester Regional Stadium at Rochester Community & Technical College. Tickets: $15, $22, $29 in advance, $18, $25, $32 day of event; $2 discount with Rochesterfest button.