Sizzling Summer in Greater Mankato: Events & Festivals

Your Guide to Summer in Mankato

After conquering the trails, unwind with electrifying headliner performances, discover hidden gems at local wineries and breweries featuring talented Midwestern musicians, and immerse yourself in the festive spirit of Greater Mankato’s annual events.


Recorrido a pie por las esculturas de CityArt

Embark on a journey of artistic discovery with Mankato’s outdoor sculpture exhibit. New works by US artists are installed every spring, transforming the city into a year-round open-air gallery.


Free State Park Admission Day

Four free days, spread across the seasons, give you the perfect excuse to explore somewhere new or revisit a familiar place in a fresh light. June 8th offers a Free State Park Admission Day- no vehicle permits needed!

Canciones en el césped

Gather your crew for Songs on the Lawn! This free, weekly event features live music from area bands, delicious bites from local vendors, and a fun atmosphere perfect for families and friends.


rojo, caliente, auge

Celebrate Independence Day in style at Mankato’s “Red, Hot & Boom!” festivities. Live entertainment, delicious food & drinks kick off at 5 pm in Riverfront Park, culminating in a spectacular fireworks display synchronized to music at 10 pm. Tune in to Radio Mankato for the soundtrack!

trueno de tambores

Get ready to be amazed by the Thunder of Drums! Witness a thrilling competition of world-class drum corps at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Prepare to be captivated by their soaring musicality and visual artistry. This electrifying event supports local Kiwanis youth programs and the Mankato ’77 Lancers Marching Band.

Días de diversión del norte de Mankato

Fun for all ages awaits at North Mankato Fun Days! This jam-packed, four-day celebration boasts a dazzling parade, a charming kiddie parade, a heart-pumping carnival, exciting softball tournaments, toe-tapping live music, and something for everyone!

Blues en Belgrado

North Mankato’s Blues on Belgrade is a free, rain-or-shine community celebration featuring a lineup of renowned blues bands from all over. Don’t miss this chance to experience the soulful energy under the open sky!


fiesta de las costillas

Get ready to sink your teeth into perfection at Mankato’s Annual Ribfest! Over four sizzling days, Riverfront Park transforms into a BBQ paradise. Award-winning ribbers from across the nation battle it out for rib supremacy, while chart-topping musical acts keep the party going every night. Come hungry, leave happy – it’s a feast for the senses!

Looking ahead


Festival de música de la curva del río

A brand new venue awaits at the Bend of the River Fall Festival! This year, the all-ages celebration takes place at the picturesque Vetterstone Amphitheatre. Gear up for a day packed with excitement – a thrilling Cornhole tournament, delectable festival eats, refreshing beverages, engaging vendors, and a whole lot more! Join the community for a day of unforgettable fall fun!

Pisotón de uva anual de la bodega Indian Island Winery

Get ready to stomp your way to victory! Teams of two will battle it out in head-to-head heats for a chance to win amazing prizes. Don’t forget to strut your stuff in the costume contest for the best dressed group! Live music will keep the energy high, and a variety of vendors will be on hand for shopping and delicious treats.

Pow-Wow tradicional anual de Mahkato

Immerse yourself in the rich culture of the Dakota people at the annual Mahkato Pow-Wow, also known as Wacipi. Held at Land of Memories Park, this vibrant celebration features traditional arts and crafts, mouthwatering food vendors, and the soul-stirring sounds of drumming, singing, and dancing. The Pow-Wow honors the 38 Dakota warriors who lost their lives in the U.S. history’s largest mass execution and serves as a symbol of reconciliation between the Dakota people and the local community.

Oktoberfest, Bier en Belgrado

The fun on Belgrade Avenue kicks off with a ceremonial first toast with city officials! Live music sets the mood, while a bratwurst eating contest tests the heartiest appetites. Feeling competitive? Challenge your friends to a bean bag toss tournament. And for the truly bold, try your hand at the hammerschlagen (hammer schlagen) – a German strength test where you drive a nail into a wooden block!

fiesta del orgullo

Join Mankato for a vibrant celebration of over 20 years of LGBTQIA+ pride and visibility! This inclusive event welcomes everyone to show their true colors and rock their rainbows. Get ready for a day filled with fun activities for all ages!

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