Looking for things to do this Memorial Day weekend in Rochester, MN? It will be a vibrant three days in the city, with the centerpiece event being the Rochester Memorial Day Program, which will start with music from the Plummer Carillon at 9:15 a.mAt 9:45 a.m., there will be a procession from Central Park along 1st Avenue to Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial.  After the procession, the Memorial Day Program at Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial will start at 10:30 a.m.   The program will be followed by a Memorial Day "Wreath Over Waters" event at noon at Silver Lake. 

Besides the Memorial Day events, the weekend features the first waterski show of the season, and many opportunities for outdoor recreation and indoor fun, including live music and entertainment. Rochester, MN has plenty of options to keep you busy this weekend! 

Consider these activities occurring from May 25-27, and check out our Events Calendar for additional ideas.


Saturday, May 25, 2019


7:00 am Scheels Med City Marathon - Fitness Expo 

7:30 am Rochester Farmers Market

8:00 am UNRAVELED Escape Room

9:00 am Escape Challenge

9:00 am Free Family Showing | Cinemagic Theaters

9:00 am Old Order Amish Country Tour

10:00 am Historic Mayowood Mansion Tour

10:00 am Charles E. Gagnon Museum & Sculpture Garden

10:00 am Brunch at Cameo at the Castle

10:00 am Fossil Field Trip

10:00 am Air Insanity Nerf Zone

10:00 am Great River Road Wine Trail Trolley Tour

10:30 am 5th Annual Ronald McDonald House Family Walk

10:30 am Story Time | ABC & Toy Zone

10:30 am Family Dance Party | Rochester Public Library 

10:30 am Yoga & Wine

11:00 am Story Time | Barnes & Noble

12:00 pm Archery Addiction

1:00 pm Intro to Geocaching 

2:00 pm Assisi Heights Tour 

2:00 pm Wine Walk

3:00 pm 100 Years in Paradise: Voices of Whitewater State Park

5:00 pm Canvas & Chardonnay

5:00 pm Microbrewery Trolley Tour 

6:00 pm DIY Wood Craft Studio

6:00 pm Insanity After Dark Glow Party 

7:00 pm Moon Over Buffalo

7:00 pm Megan Hartzler & Tanner Peterson

7:00 pm Owl Prowl

8:00 pm Live Music: Matthew Griswold

10:00 pm Live @ The Loop


Sunday, May 26, 2019


7:00 am Scheels Med City Marathon - Race Day

8:00 am UNRAVELED Escape Room

9:00 am Mississippi River | National Eagle Center Tour 

10:00 am TOT Time at Air Insanity

10:00 am Brunch at Cameo at the Castle

10:00 am Intro to Trout Fishing

10:30 am Air Insanity Nerf Zone

11:00 am Escape Challenge

12:00 pm Historic Mayowood Mansion Tour

12:00 pm Archery Addiction

12:30 pm Bird Banding Demonstration 

1:30 pm Cave Tour and History Hike

2:00 pm Moon Over Buffalo

2:00 pm Live Peregrine Falcon

5:30 pm Linguistico Language Exchange

6:30 pm Bar Bingo | VFW 

7:00 pm Trivia Sundays | The Tap House


Monday, May 27, 2019


8:00 am UNRAVELED Escape Room

9:00 am Nature Retreat for the Pre-Teen’s Mind, Body & Soul

9:00 am Memorial Day on the Farm

9:15 am Memorial Day Program and Procession 

12:00 pm Memorial Day "Wreath Over Waters"

12:00 pm Escape Challenge

1:00 pm SkiDox Water Ski Team Memorial Day Show

2:00 pm Assisi Heights Tour 

3:00 pm Board Game Mondays | LTS Brewing

7:00 pm Carillon Concert

7:30 pm DJ Trivia

7:30 pm Open Mic Night


Need more ideas? Consider heading out on a family-friendly hike, check out a Rochester MN scenic spot, or explore the public art we have in Rochester MN! Also, check out our top ideas for summer fun, or visit the Rochester MN Moms Blog for additional family-friendly events this weekend.

Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day in Rochester, MNPhoto by Becky Montpetit