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Fall Into the Season in Downtown Rochester

While we’re sad to see summer end so soon, we can’t wait for the cool, crisp weather to return. Help us celebrate the beginning of the new season at Fall Fest! Returning for its third year, Fall Fest will take place Saturday, October 6th from 10am-2pm on the Peace Plaza. Pumpkins, vendors, fall treats, and more will help this event fall into place.

Thanks to our 2018 Activities Partners, Olmsted Medical Center, Winona State University—Rochester, and MedExpress, we are excited to bring you more happenings than ever before! Everything from giant inflatables and bubbles to leaf piles and a mini farmers market, Fall Fest 2018 has it all. The fan-favorite petting zoo and pumpkin patch, provided by Red Barn Learning Farm, will also be returning to Fall Fest!

New to Fall Fest is the addition of ‘Game Day Action’! Head to the Tailgate Corner to toss a football and race your friends! Grab a treat or slice of pizza while your child creates one of our various fall-themed crafts or browse our vendor market while sipping on a warm, pumpkin-spiced drink. In addition, let the kiddos explore fall fruits and vegetables at the mini farmers market brought to you by the People's Food Co-op and Rochester Downtown Farmers Market.

So, who's going to be there?

  • Café Steam
  • Canvas and Chardonnay
  • Chuck & Don’s Pet Food Supply
  • Laurel Confections
  • MedExpress (Activities Partner)
  • Minnesota Children’s Museum – Rochester
  • Olmsted Medical Center (Activities Partner)
  • Pasquale’s Neighborhood Pizzeria
  • People's Food Co-op
  • Red Barn Learning Farm
  • Rochester Area Family YMCA
  • Rochester Civic Theatre​​
  • Rochester Downtown Alliance
  • Rochester Downtown Farmers Market
  • Rochester Math Club
  • Rochester Grizzlies
  • Tech Doctors
  • Winona State University—Rochester (Activities Partner)
  • Yoga Tribe

The estimated attendance in 2018 was 7,328—and 95% of attendees said they plan on coming back, so we’ll see a lot of familiar faces! But don’t fret if you’ve never been—nearly 80% of those in attendance last year were first-time attendees as well!

Fall Fest is the perfect place to toast to fall and embrace the beautiful seasons of Minnesota. Bring a friend, your family, or come by yourself to meet new people and spend a gorgeous autumn day in Downtown Rochester.

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