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Fall Fest is this Saturday from 10 am - 2 pm

Family-Friendly "Fall Fest" is this Saturday, and this is your guide

"Fall Fest," downtown Rochester's newest family-focused event, is this Saturday, October 15 from 10 am - 2 pm on the Peace Plaza, 1st Ave SW & 1st St SW, Rochester, MN 55902.

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Activities & More

  • Food & Beverage: Dunkin' Donuts, Mac's Café & Restaurant
  • Activities: Hasse Family Petting Zoo, Fall Themed Arts & Crafts for kids, Free Halloween temporary tattoos, Pumpkin Patch (Located in the grassy area of the Peace Plaza. Limited quantities available), Corn Search activity for hidden treasures, and more! Click here for more information.


Downtown Rochester has free and plentiful parking at all city ramps on the weekends. Street parking is also free during the weekends. Click here for a complete list of parking options.

Food & Dining

While food will be available for purchase on-site, there are a variety of other dining options within walking distance of Fall Fest. Click here for a complete list and map.

Still a Chance to Win: Why is Fall the Best?

Visit the Downtown Rochester Facebook page and look for our "Post to Win: Why do you love fall?" post and comment for a chance to win a Fall Fest Gift Basket! Items in the basket include scented candle, flannel blanket, fall decor and $20 gift card to Dunkin' Donuts. Click here to visit our Facebook page.

Enter the Fall Fest Pumpkin Carving Contest

Show off your skills at downtown Rochester's first ever Fall Fest Pumpkin Carving Contest! Three winners will each receive a $25 gift card to a downtown business and recognition on Downtown Rochester's website. Click here to access the registration form.

12th Annual Empty Bowls

When: Thursday, October 13
Where: Rochester Art Center - 40 Civic Center Drive SE
Cost: From $10 - $35

Join Channel One Regional Food Bank for the 12th annual Empty Bowls, an event to help end hunger. Come and enjoy a simple meal of soup and bread provided by top local restaurants and bakeries. Click here for more information.

Jazz Jam with The D'Sievers

When: Sunday, October 16 from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: Rochester Civic Theatre - 20 Civic Center Drive SE
Cost: FREE

John Sievers and the D’Sievers host a jazz open mic night at the Rochester Civic Theatre. Bring your instrument or your voice and sign up to play or sing along with a live jazz rhythm section. Musicians of all ages and experience levels are welcome. Click here for more information.

UMR CONNECTS: After the 2016 Election, Will MN Keep Being MN

When: Tuesday, Oct 18 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: University of Minnesota-Rochester - 111 S Broadway
Cost: FREE

Historically, Minnesota was known as one of the best governed states in the nation, if not THE best. Our political culture was thought to be just right for civil, problem-solving democratic action. Things began to change in the late 1990’s; this year’s election promises even more change. We will talk about the past—why everyone thought we were so good—then we’ll muse about this question: Can Minnesota’s fabled good politics survive Hilary vs Trump? Click here for more information.