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There’s no reason to turn in early – after hours is when Greater Mankato comes to life.
Xarunta Dhacdada Nidaamka Caafimaadka Mayo Clinic and state-of-the-art performing arts center, which has a full calendar with exciting events, concerts, and shows from popular world-renowned recording artists. The venue also hosts the Minnesota State University, Mankato Mavericks Hockey team with an impressive arsenal of NCAA D1 National Championships and repeat visits to the NCAA Frozen Four.
Enjoy the open air in the warmer months when concerts are moved outdoors. The summer months bring concertgoers to Vetter Stone Amphitheater for epic performances under the stars. Every August, the outdoor concert venue also holds Mankato’s Tastiest Music Festival with the Annual Mankato Ribfest! This multi-day event features iconic performances by national recording artists as well as award winning ribbers from around the US. Other outdoor musical favorites featuring an eclectic mix of local artists and performers can be found at Songs on the Lawn in June, Music in the Park in July & September, and Alive After 5 in August. Classical vibes come from the Mankato Symphony Orchestra, which fills the bill with four full symphonic programs, five Music on the Hill chamber concerts, and multiple free family events annually.
All within walking distance, the City Center boasts several bars and grills to start your evening off right. There is an abundance of locally owned establishments offering a variety of dishes, drinks, and experiences. Dance the night away to a DJ or find a local live band. You can easily find a variety of live music shows around Greater Mankato.