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Mankato Ultimate Guide to Summer Fun

Sweet Summertime! The Mankato area is full of summer fun!  Whether you’re looking for Southern Minnesota festivals and fairs, pools and beaches or indoor activities our Guide to Mankato Area Summer Fun has you covered!  


This guide is published in partnership with the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota

The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota, settled in downtown Mankato, offers hands-on play and learning opportunities for children birth through ten and their families. The Museum’s indoor and outdoor exhibits are all designed to stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity, and reveal the wonders of STEAM and agriculture, while also calling attention to Southern Minnesota heritage and Dakota culture. Daily admission to the Museum is $8 per person older than 12 months and, for those who like to play more, there are membership packages starting at $108 for a whole year.  Open seven days a week this summer! Check the Museum website for details.

Fairs + Festivals + Music + Events

Live Music & Events

Mankato Area Community Band Free Concert Sibley Park, Mankato July 19th 7:30 pm 

Ribfest Vetter Stone Amphitheater August 2nd – 4th 

Alive After 5 Civic Center Plaza every Thursday in August, 5 – 7:30 pm

Breakfast on the Farm Guentzel Family Farm, Kasota August 11th 7 – 11:30 am 

Town Festivals

Giant Celebration :: Le Sueur August 3rd – 5th

County Fairs

Freeborn County Fair July 31st – August 5th

Nicollet County Fair August 8th – 12th

Brown County Fair August 8th – 12th

Steele County Fair August 14th – 19th

Martin County Fair August 13th – 19th 

Outdoor Movies

MNSU Summer Outdoor Movie Series :: Frozen, CSU Amphitheater, August 2nd 9:00 pm

North Mankato Movies in the Park :: Toy Story, Spring Lake Park, August 10th 8:50 pm

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