JUNE 22-30, 2024

An annual tradition since 1983, Rochesterfest is a weeklong celebration of the city of Rochester and an opportunity to connect community members and visitors through a variety of entertaining events and activities. This year’s theme is Live Your Dream. While you can find the full schedule of events here, here are some highlights of the week and tips to make the most of your Rochesterfest experience.

Note: While most events take place at Soldiers Memorial Field Park, others are hosted throughout the community. Be sure to check the schedule to find each event’s location.

The Treasure Hunt

A longstanding Rochesterfest tradition is the Treasure Hunt. Use daily clues to locate a special acrylic medallion hidden somewhere on public property in the City of Rochester. The first person to find the medallion wins $500! 

Food vendors at Rochesterfest

Live Entertainment

A highlight of Rochesterfest is the live entertainment at Soldiers Field Memorial Park throughout the week. This year’s lineup features a variety of tunes, including Salsa Del Sol, Amanda Grace, Nancy Tobiason-Kramer Music, fABBAulous, MedCity Misfits, Swing Street, Reunion Band, Spartz Electric Band, D'Sievers, Incognito, Nostalgic No Names, Ravensfire Band, and Sequoia South Band. Check the full Rochesterfest music schedule for more details.

Live Entertainment at RochesterfestRochesterfest Button

The Rochesterfest Button is not required for entry to the events, but proceeds support Rochesterfest and its family-friendly events. Show your button at a variety of local businesses to score some bargains. Find details, including where to purchase a button, here.

The Grand Parade

On Saturday, June 29 at 2:00 p.m., don’t miss Southern Minnesota’s biggest parade with over 100 units! Cheer on a variety of community groups, local sports teams and more and be prepared to catch some candy thrown by parade participants! Find the parade route here.

Find more summer fun on our Events Calendar, or visit the Fairs and Festivals page for more area celebrations.