Visit Mankato

Cultural Getaway

Visit Mankato

Art and Culture in Mankato City CenterMankato is Southern Minnesota’s destination of choice for cultural experiences. Relax in our vibrant downtown and enjoy enriching and entertaining cultural experiences. Our beautiful, historic river valley offers cultural encounters such as headliner concerts, theater, music, visual arts and lively night entertainment.

Day One

8:30 a.m. – Grab some coffee and a scone for the road at the Coffee Hag. While you are there enjoy the art for sale by local artists.

9 a.m. – Start your day with Mankato’s newest public art project – the Poetry Walk and Ride. The Poetry Walk and Ride will take you through several beautiful parks and along recreational trails in search of 34 poems by local poets. You can read the poems or listen to the poems read by the authors in an audio tour format. More about the Audio Tour. Go>

11:30 a.m.Olives provides Lebanese cuisine and culinary excellence. Make sure to try the signature Schwarma sauce.

1 p.m. – Talk a walking Betsy-Tacy Tour. Sitting quietly on top of Center Street Hill in Mankato you’ll find the childhood home of Maud Hart Lovelace, beloved author of the Betsy-Tacy series of children’s books. Tours are available on Saturdays from 1 to 3 p.m. by the Betsy-Tacy Society. As you are visiting the many significant Betsy-Tacy sites on this tour try to erase the view of modern advances and imagine a simpler time of the early 1900s when horse and buggies filled the streets.

4 p.m. – Visit Stones Throw Gallery in St. Peter. With original art work from over 80 artists, you’ll get to see a wide variety of art styles as well as a variety of types of art including jewelry, woodcarving, sketching, sculpture, and much more. You may even choose to purchase a piece or two.

5:30 p.m. – Begin your local winery tour. We have four beautiful wineries to choose from, all within 20 miles of Mankato. Each winery has a unique flair to offer its guests including flavorful wines, luscious views and mouthwatering food.

Day Two

9 a.m. – Start your day of culture with breakfast and coffee at Tandem Bagels or the Fillin’ Station. Take your coffee to go and bring it along for the CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour.

9:30 a.m. – Along the same street as Tandem Bagels you’ll find the CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour. The CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour is a walking tour in the City Center of Mankato and North Mankato. It features over 30 sculptures in a variety of styles and materials provided from artists all over the country. You can even vote on your favorite sculpture and the winning sculpture will have a permanent home in Mankato. The rest of the sculptures will be rotated out of the sculpture walk with a whole new batch of art in the spring.

11 a.m. – Walk a couple blocks further to the Carnegie Art Center, featuring the work of regional artists, on Broad Street. It is the largest visual art center is south central Minnesota. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1981. For over 30 years the Carnegie Art Center has displayed the contemporary culture of Greater Minnesota through the visual arts, crafts, and design.

12:30 p.m.Number 4 is just around the corner. This American Bar and Bistro specializes in quality cuisine, providing fresh ingredients from all four seasons including a range of meal options from traditional pub food to unique original dishes.

2 p.m. – Visit the 410 Project, located on south Front Street. This is a place where local artists can show and sell their work. It was founded by three former Minnesota State University, Mankato (360° virtual tourMore Mankato icon students in the spring of 2003.

3:30 p.m. – There are over 600 acres of parks and recreation areas in Mankato alone, so take your pick of artistic inspiration including the waterfalls of Minneopa State Park or Minnemishinona Falls. Sibley Park (360° virtual tourMore Mankato icon is another popular spot boasting a petting zoo, beautiful river views and lush flower gardens.

6 p.m. – Experience an exciting way to dine at Tokyo Sushi and Hibachi or Shogun Sushi and Hibachi. Tonight your evening meal is more than just food – it is its own artistic display.

8 p.m. – Greater Mankato offers many opportunities to enjoy the performing arts. Catch a play at Bethany Lutheran College Performing Arts, Gustavus Adolphus Performing Arts, Minnesota State University Theatre, Highland Summer Theatre or Merely Players Theatre. The Mankato Ballet, Minnesota Valley Chorale and Mankato Symphony Orchestra are also excellent options for evening entertainment. More about Mankato’s performing arts. Go>