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Don’t Miss Out! A Year of Downtown Rochester Events

How does the common saying go: “So much time and so little to do”? Strike that and reverse it! In downtown Rochester, there is plenty to do and we’ll help you with the time factor, too! Here is a list of Rochester events worth traveling for in every season and year-round! Find more Events in downtown Rochester while attending the following!

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Thursdays on First & 3rd Partner Series with the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center

The Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the patients of Mayo Clinic. All blood donations collected stay in-house and are used for our patients in the Olmsted County community. During Thursdays on First & 3rd, the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center is hoping to make connections with future donors. Just one donation can help save multiple lives.

Thursdays on First & 3rd would not be possible without the support of businesses in the Rochester community. Thanks to the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center and our numerous other partners, we bring musicians, artists, craftspeople, and restaurateurs together, uniting residents and visitors alike.

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Thursdays on First & 3rd: Last Chance

It's hard to believe summer is nearly behind us and the Thursdays on First & 3rd season is coming to a close. Be sure to make it Downtown on Thursday August 30 to end the summer with a day of food, friends, and fun.

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Thursdays on First & 3rd Partner Series with Townsquare Media

Townsquare Media is Rochester’s home for great music. You might know them better as 106.9 KROC, Quick Country 96.5, Y-105FM, or Z-Rock 107.7, or 103.9 The Doc. Regardless, we’re sure you’ve tuned in to one of their many stations. Townsquare Media loves meeting new people at Thursdays on First & 3rd where each week brings different experiences.

Thursdays on First & 3rd would not be possible without the support of businesses in the Rochester community. Thanks to Townsquare Media and our numerous other partners we bring musicians, artists, craftspeople, and restaurateurs together, uniting residents and visitors alike.

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Thursdays on First & 3rd Partner Series with Rochester International Airport

The Rochester International Airport (RST) has been serving the Rochester community since 1928. Today, they accommodate approximately 290,000 passengers annually, providing easy travel from home. During Thursdays on First & 3rd, RST is the Presenting Peace Plaza Stage Partner which hosts three live performances every Thursday afternoon and evening. By attending the event weekly, they interact with many individuals and help to answer questions and share exciting news about changes at RST.

Thursdays on First & 3rd would not be possible without the support of businesses in the Rochester community. Thanks to the Rochester International Airport and our numerous other partners, we bring musicians, artists, craftspeople, and restaurateurs together, uniting residents and visitors alike.

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Thursdays on First & 3rd Partner Series with Northwest Dental Group

“Northwest Dental Group!” The jingle is always stuck in your head, but did you know that they’ve been serving the Rochester community since 1963? Northwest Dental Group (NW Dental Group) offers a variety of services from teeth whitening to dentures. You can even find a children’s book about dental health specially written by one of their doctors.

Thursdays on First & 3rd would not be possible without the support of businesses in the Rochester community. Thanks to Northwest Dental Group and our numerous other partners, we bring musicians, artists, craftspeople, and restaurateurs together, uniting residents and visitors alike.

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Thursdays on First & 3rd Partner Series with Bremer Bank

Bremer Bank has been a part of the region for nearly 75 years. In Rochester, they play an essential role during Thursdays on First & 3rd as Presenting 1st Avenue Stage Partner. This stage is home to three live performances every Thursday afternoon and evening.

Thursdays on First & 3rd would not be possible without the support of businesses in the Rochester community. Thanks to Bremer Bank and our numerous other partners, we bring musicians, artists, craftspeople, and restaurateurs together, uniting residents and visitors alike.

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Thursdays on First & 3rd Partner Series with Winona State University-Rochester

Winona State University - Rochester (WSU - Rochester) has been an integral part of Rochester and the surrounding area since 1917. Community is an essential part of who they are. This summer you can find them not only at Thursdays on First & 3rd, but at events across Rochester. All of their educational programming is designed to meet not only workforce needs, but also the needs of people achieving their personal and professional goals. Thursdays on First & 3rd would not be possible without the support of businesses in the Rochester community. Thanks to WSU - Rochester and our numerous other partners, we bring musicians, artists, craftspeople, and restaurateurs together, uniting residents and visitors alike.

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Thursdays on First & 3rd Partner Series with Marco

Does your business need help with your office technology solutions? Marco can help. Marco is one of the largest technology providers in the country with over 32,000 clients throughout the Midwest and nationwide. They specialize in business IT services, copier/printer solutions and managed and cloud services. Marco agrees, Thursdays on First & 3rd is a perfect place to relax after work. That’s why they’ve chosen to activate 3rd Street for their upcoming client appreciation event on August 9th.

Thursdays on First & 3rd would not be possible without the support of businesses in the Rochester community. Thanks to Marco and our numerous other partners, we bring musicians, artists, craftspeople, and restaurateurs together, uniting residents and visitors alike.

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Thursdays on First & 3rd Partner Series with The Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota

Seizures and epilepsy are more common than you think. The Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota (EFMN) improves the understanding of epilepsy through regional education programs and public awareness efforts. During Thursdays on First & 3rd, The Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota is able to increase awareness about these conditions while connecting with and educating the Rochester community.

Thursdays on First & 3rd would not be possible without the support of businesses in the Rochester community. Thanks to the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota and our numerous other partners, we bring musicians, artists, craftspeople, and restaurateurs together, uniting residents and visitors alike.

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Thursdays on First & 3rd Partner Series with IBM Rochester

IBM has been a part of the Rochester community since 1956. For 107 years, the company has excelled in bringing technology solutions to life, generating thousands of patents along the way. IBM Rochester is proud to partner with Thursdays on First & 3rd this summer, as they thank their employees and celebrate with the community in a bright and vibrant setting enhanced by great food and music.

Thursdays on First & 3rd would not be possible without the support of businesses in the Rochester community. Thanks to the Rochester International Airport and our numerous other partners, we bring musicians, artists, craftspeople, and restaurateurs together, uniting residents and visitors alike.

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Thursdays on First & 3rd Partner Series with Kraus-Anderson

Kraus-Anderson has been shaping the Rochester landscape for 50+ years. They built landmarks such as the Rochester International Airport, Miracle Mile Shopping Center, University Square, Centerplace, and 318 Commons. For Kraus-Anderson, Thursdays on First & 3rd was a perfect partner and a great location for a client and business event. Kraus-Anderson is the first blog in our partnership series for Thursdays on First & 3rd. In the following weeks, we will be highlighting all of the partners that make this event possible. Thursdays on First &Third would not be possible without the support of businesses in the Rochester community. Thanks to Kraus-Anderson and our numerous other partners, we bring musicians, artists, craftspeople, and restaurateurs together, uniting residents and visitors alike.

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Thursdays on First & 3rd 2018 Evening Entertainment

Thursdays on First and 3rd 2018 kicks off on June 7 at 11:00am. In partnership with Riverside Concerts, the Rochester Downtown Alliance (RDA) presents to you the evening entertainment lineup for this summer's market.

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Bremer Bank Gives Back

If you have been down to Thursday’s on First and 3rd this year, you know how great some of our vendors are, but this year we want to take the time to highlight a few of the organizations that help make this event possible. Throughout the rest of the summer we will be using our blog and social media accounts to introduce some of our fantastic partners.

Bremer Bank has truly been instrumental to Thursday’s on First & 3rd, not only do they provide a few lucky members of the crowd with a t-shirt, but each week they provide a local nonprofit with their tent space to help them promote their mission and vision to the community. That is truly what giving back is all about and we couldn’t be more grateful for the support of Bremer. 

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Announcing the 2017 Thursdays on First band lineup!

Announcing The 2017 TOF Band Line-Up!

This summer, Thursdays on First & 3rd will have 85 performers! All the bands are now listed on our website with music ranging from rock, folk, pop, country, and blues. Click to see the lunchtime and evening band line-up.

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Meet our Partners: Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota

Thursdays on First & 3rd is quickly becoming a downtown Rochester summer tradition. With its unique selection of artisan vendors, delicious street eats, and energetic live entertainment, our partners like Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota team up with the Rochester Downtown Alliance to make Rochester's summer tradition possible.

Founded in 1954, the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota (EFMN) is a non-profit organization that offers programs and services to educate, connect and empower people affected by seizures. EFMN leads the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures and save lives.

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Meet our Partners: IBM Rochester

Thursdays on First & 3rd is quickly becoming a downtown Rochester summer tradition. With its unique selection of artisan vendors, delicious street eats, and energetic live entertainment, our partners like IBM team up with the Rochester Downtown Alliance to make Rochester's summer tradition possible.

IBM Rochester is proud to partner with Thursdays on First & 3rd as we celebrate 60 Years of Innovation in 2016!

The unique venue and offerings of Thursdays on First & 3rd - smack in the heart of Rochester with live music, delicious street food, and artisan vendors – is the perfect place to share our celebration with the Rochester community, business associates, our employees, and former IBMers. With a history that spans computer technology from the programmable era, through to this decade’s birth of cognitive computing systems and solutions, IBM Rochester has been a stalwart contributor to the IBM Corporation.

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Meet Our Partners: CB3

Thursdays on First & 3rd is quickly becoming a downtown Rochester summer tradition. With its unique selection of artisan vendors, delicious street eats, and energetic live entertainment, our partners like CB3 Burgers & Brews team up with the Rochester Downtown Alliance to make Rochester's summer tradition possible.

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