July 27-Aug. 2
Olmsted County Free Fair, Rochester
Free admission. Grandstand events include autocross, Great Frontier Bull Riding, Kids Fun Run, and Feel the Drop EDM Party. Find other fair information at www.olmstedcountyfair.com.
July 31- Aug. 2
Buffalo Bill Days, Lanesboro
City-wide festival, marketplace, food booths, entertainment, dances, volleyball & softball tournaments, and grand parade. Information: lanesboro.com.
July 31-Aug. 2
River City Days, Red Wing
Parade, karaoke, cinema under the stars, arts and crafts show, book sale, food stands. Information: www.rivercitydays.org.
Kasson Festival in the Park, Kasson
Thursday: Miss and Master Pageant. Friday: big cup golf tournament, Windsor chop dinner, movie at North Park. Saturday: craft show, food vendors, kids activities, 1 mile and 5K run, corn hole tournament, belly flop contest, fireworks, concert. Sunday: 1 p.m. kiddie parade, 1:30 p.m. grand parade, free family entertainment. Information: kassonfestivalinthepark.com. Click on Festival Week Schedule for complete list.
Sweet Corn Days, Lime Springs, Iowa
Days of Yesteryear, History Center of Olmsted County, Rochester
Spotlighting Oliver/Hart-Parr tractors and equipment. Starts 9 a.m. daily. See operating sawmill powered by live steam, woodworking demonstrations, kids contests, blacksmith’s shop, country school, antique and classic cars, 1860s base ball matches, food, other attractions. Buttons $5 in advance, $7 entrance fee per day at the gate. Free ages 15 and under. Visit www.mhrt.org, call 507-252-0343 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Mower County Free Fair, Austin
Open livestock shows, free stage entertainment, grandstand shows, arts and crafts, carnival rides, food. Information: www.mowercountyfair.com.
Goodhue County Fair, Zumbrota
Demo derby, tractor pull, livestock shows, food vendors, talent show. Information: www.goodhuecountyfair.com.
Ag Days, Spring Valley
Corn on the Cob Days, Plainview
Parade, free sweet corn. For details, go to www.corncobdays.com.
SEMBA’s Bluegrass Festival, Cushon’s Peak Campground, 18696 State Highway 16, Houston
Eighteen bluegrass performers/bands. Bluegrass workshop Aug. 13. Bring lawn chairs, not alcohol or pets. Information: www.semba.tv.
Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days
Large antique show and flea market with more than 1,000 spaces and 400 vendors; 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 7 p.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Go to www.goldrushmn.com.
Canton Day Off, Canton
BBQ, beer tent, bloody Mary contest, bingo, bed races, go-cart racing, meatball dinner. Information: 507-743-5000, www.cantondayoff.com.
Steele County Free Fair, Owatonna
Family activities, human cannonball, auto museum, pig racing. Information: www.scff.org.
Houston County Fair, Caledonia
Rodeo, demo derby, truck and tractor pull, entertainment, food, family activities. Information: houstoncountyfair.com.
Kenyon Rosefest, Kenyon
Library book sale, Lost Highway performance, farmer’s market. Information: www.cityofkenyon.com.
ArtWorks Festival, Austin
Visit the old municipal building in Downtown Austin for a celebration of the arts. Galleries open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Ongoing entertainment. Information: austinartworksfestival.org.
GreekFest, Holy Anargyroi Greek Orthodox Church, 703 W. Center St., Rochester.
Authentic Greek foods, live music, ethnic Greek dancers, bake sale, silent auction, kids carnival, church tours. Free admission; free parking. Hours: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Go to greekfestrochester.com, or call 507-282-1529.
Irish Fest, Peace Plaza, Rochester
Free family-friendly festival featuring Irish music, dance and culture. Visit www.irishfestmn.org for more details.
Big Iron Truck Show, Kasson
Dodge County Fairgrounds. Trucks on display, truck pull at 6 p.m. Light show, live entertainment, parade. Information: www.bigironclassic.com.
Watermelon Festival, Kellogg
For more information, go to www.wabashamn.org.
Sept. 11-Oct. 25
Pumpkin topiaries, scarecrow contests, entertainment, food, carriage rides, Music Under the Bridge, and more. Information: www.wabashamn.org/septoberfest.
Marigold Days, Mantorville
49th annual event. Antique show, 5K run, flea market, arts and crafts, quilt and flower sale, music stage, food stands, car show and antique appraisals, parade, fireworks. Information: www.marigolddays.com.
Farming of Yesteryear Old-Time Threshing Festival, Kiester
32nd annual event. Old-time farm house tours, blacksmith shop, old-time sawmill, country school house, flea market, antique tractor/equipment displays, daily parade of antique tractors, country store, cribbage tournament, bingo, farmer’s market, food vendors, entertainment, raffles. Held rain or shine. Free soup supper 5 p.m. Saturday. Kids under 12 free. Information: 507-383-0331, www.kiestermn.org/?page_id=610.
National Barrow Show, Austin
Mower County Fairgrounds. Information: www.mowercountyfair.com.
Applefest, La Crescent
Live entertainment, arts and crafts fair, flea market, classic car show, King Apple Parade. Information: www.applefestusa.com.
Zumbro Bend Rendezvous, Mantorville
Re-enactment of Minnesota’s early history. Riverside Park. Information: www.zumbrobendrendezvous.org.
Wykoff Fall Festival, Wykoff
Relay race, grand parade, vendors, music, kids pedal pull, antique tractor pull, museum tours, talent show, treasure hunt, beer garden, food stands. For more information call 507-352-2321.
Fall Harvest Celebration, Austin
Displays, vendors, food, wagon rides, kids’ activities and more. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mower County Historical Society. Information: 507-437-6082 or www.mowercountyhistory.org.
Corn Shredding Autumn Harvest Days, 64245 355th Ave., near Oak Center
For details, call Dwain Gerken 507-753-2543; Michael Ohlhaber 651-269-2780, or Kathy Ofstie 651-923-4835 (for corn husking). Everyone welcome to husk.