Rochesterfest is committed to promoting and celebrating the city of Rochester and southeast Minnesota annually by connecting people through a variety of wholesome, entertaining community events.
In the beginning, many people said it wouldn’t work.
“Too many other attempts were made to have a festival in Rochester and none were successful,” they maintained.In 1983, to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Rochester, Mayor Chuch Hazama named a 17-member committee to develop a plan that would involve the entire community in a celebration of the city. A year later Rochesterfest was born.
2:00pm start on 6th St SW.
Enjoy southern Minnesota’s biggest parade with over 100 units! The Elks and K of C’s support the Parade.
Thursdays on First & 3rd Summer Market and Music Festival is a weekly outdoor market of over 100 art, craft and food vendors and live entertainment every Thursday throughout the summer. Thursdays on First & 3rd begins on June 7th, 2018 and runs until August 30th. Thursdays on First & 3rd is an event that unites the Rochester community and provides a free option to simply enjoy life, feel a sense of place, and interact with others! Dogs are welcome at Thursdays, but must be on a leash.
Sit back and relax with friends and family as musical talent is featured from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM. Stick around for the Music Festival performances at 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM on two stages!