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Spring is here and Greater Mankato is your place to be.  Looking for a fun trip for two or a family-friendly adventure? Plan your getaway around these Greater Mankato events!

Bunnies on Belgrade Join in the fun on Belgrade Ave for the 3rd Annual Bunnies on Belgrade Adult Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by Business on Belgrade! The festivities start at 4PM with live music and the egg hunt will begin at 6PM! Tickets just $10.

200 block of Belgrade Ave., North Mankato, MN 56003

April 9th, 2022 | Website

Easter Egg Hunt at Snell Auto Wash This unique Easter Egg Hunt will take place inside the car wash tunnel! Stay in your car, and count the number of eggs you see as your car is being washed. At the exit, tell the towel attendant your guess for a chance to win a prize! 

1990 Madison Ave., Mankato, MN 56001

April 4 – 16, 2022 | Website

GAYLA – Presented by South Central MN Pride Support South Central Minnesota Pride at the Gayla! Held at The Capitol Room there will be a cash bar, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, and a drag show hosted by Gosh Alice Jones.

419 S. Minnesota Ave., St. Peter, MN 56082

April 16th, 2022 | Website

Easter Keg Hunt A keg will be hidden somewhere in Mankato or North Mankato, join in Mankato Brewery’s hunt to find it! Find the keg and win free beer for a year! Gather your team and devise a strategy at 9:00 AM at the Mankato Brewery. All teams must be registered by 9:45 AM on April 16th, registration is free.

1119 Center St., North Mankato, MN 56003

April 16th, 2022 | Website

Earth Day Celebration Let’s get serious and have some fun! Learn about the new Water Storage Program and ways our local groups, state and federal legislators are working for the Minnesota River. Speakers from 6-7PM and the Bockfest Boys to follow at The Blue Boat.

12 Civic Center Plaza Suite 1710, Mankato, MN 56001

April 22nd, 2022 | Website

Mankato Area Spring Shop Hop – Grab your friends and spend the weekend shopping in Mankato! Shop all of the amazing locally owned stores in Mankato. Each shop on the map will have it’s own promotions and activities just for this weekend. Grab a passport at your first location and get your card stamped at every location you visit to be entered into a drawing for great prizes! You will need 10 stamps to be entered. There is a total of 23 locations.

Old Town Mankato, Mankato MN 56001

April 23rd – 24th, 2022 | Website

Pop Up Markets River Hills Mall in Mankato is hosting the Pop Up Market. This a special tabling event where local businesses, crafters, direct sales reps, artisans and more can come into River Hills Mall to showcase, sell, or advertise products and services. For more information contact or call (507) 550-1109.

1850 Adams St., Mankato, MN 56001

April 23rd – 24th, 2022 | Website

Historic Mankato Post Office VIP Tours Want to be one of the first to get a guided tour of the Historic Mankato Post Office and Federal Courthouse? The VIP Experience is the tour you want! Enjoy a beverage, live music, and a chance to peruse Post Office memorabilia. Tickets go on sale April 12 for $75 per person.

401 South Second St., Mankato, MN 56001

April 28th, 2022 | Website

Grease Mankato Playhouse is presenting the musical, Grease, of Rydell High School’s 1959 senior class. At the heart of the story is the romance between hot-rodding gangster Danny Zuko and the sweet new girl in town, Sandy Dumbrowski. The whole gang sings and dances around Danny and Sandy’s romance, through such hit songs as “Greased Lightnin,” “We Go Together,” and “Mooning.”Starting off with an eight-year Broadway run, Grease is among the world’s most popular musicals and has cult-like following, especially among teens!

12 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato, MN 56001

April 29th – May 15th, 2022 | Website

River Valley Makers Opener Time to open the season up with the first outdoor event. Bringing you 30+ at the Food Hub Mankato. Music, food, and of course Makers. Bring the family and enjoy the spring weather!

UPDATE: Indoor Location – The Hubbard Building

424 N. Riverfront Drive, Mankato, MN 56001

April 30th, 2022 | Website

Old Town Spring Fling Old Town Mankato is hosting a Spring Fling and the Hub Food Park season opener. There will be over 30 vendors from The River Valley Makers Market, five food trucks, and two hours of full band live music! Look for the discounts from many of the Old Town retailers plus so much more!

UPDATE: Indoor Location – The Hubbard Building

424 N. Riverfront Drive, Mankato, MN 56001

April 30th, 2022 | Website

The Hub Food Park The Hub Food Park is where love for food and community met. Striving to bring together local food, art, music, and entertainment, The Hub is the ultimate destination for foodies and all families to go! Bring the kids and your friends to experience Mankato’s food park. The season opener is April 30th, but the fun doesn’t stop there! Find more dates and details on their website.

512 N. Riverfront Dr., Mankato, MN 56001

April 30th, 2022 | Website

Historic City Center Bicycle Tour The Mankato Heritage Preservation Commission takes you on a tour that weaves together the past and the present. This area represents the most extensive remaining architecture of Mankato prior to Urban Renewal in the 1970s. The Old Town walking/biking tour runs many businesses that we encourage you to visit along the route. You may find historic features intact such as tin ceilings or wood floors. 

Downtown, Mankato, MN 56001


Mankato Farmers’ Market Mankato Farmers’ Market is the region’s premier source for locally-grown produce, baked goods, homemade goodies, preserves, eggs, and artisan crafts, home. The market strives to provide a space for people to gather on a regular basis in order to share good food, music, laughter and friends. Their season opener is May 7th, but more dates and details can be found on their website

1895 Adams Street (Best Buy parking lot), Mankato, MN 56001

May 7th, 2022 | Website

Nicollet Bike Casual Friday Slow Roll Social-paced ride leaves Nicollet Bike Shop at 6PM. 10 miles/ 1 hour long with a stop for a drink afterwards. All abilities and bikes welcome.

607 North Riverfront Dr., Mankato MN 56001

May 7th, 2022 | Website

5K Walk/Run with River Valley Running Leaves River Valley Running at 7:30AM. Win raffle prizes, including giftcards! Walk or run the 5K route: kids, dogs, strollers welcome.

605 North Riverfront Dr., Mankato MN 56001

May 7th, 2022 | Website

REAL Big Band Southern Minnesota’s REAL Big Band featuring guest Jazz trumpet artist Robert Baca and the EZ Jazz Trio will present a concert at Ylvisaker Fine Arts Theater on the Bethany Lutheran College campus. Sure to be an exciting evening of Jazz celebrating the SMRBB 24th year of performances! Tickets for the event can be purchased online or at the Mankato Music Mart. 

Luther Ct., Mankato, MN 56001

 May 14th, 2022 | Website

Matilda: The Musical Merely Players Community Theatre presents Matilda: The Musical. The story of an extraordinary girl who dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Tickets are available on the Merely Players’ website!

110 Fulton St., Mankato MN 56001

May 14 – 22, 2022 | Website

WheelWorks at Key City Bike Event for Key City Bike that will include art silent auction kids bikes available (donation-based), art and game activities, music alleycat ride.

204 E Vine St., Mankato MN 56001

May 14th, 2022 | Website

Mayors’ Ride Join your local mayor for a 10-mile social-paced ride starting at North Mankato Municipal Building at 6 PM.

1001 Belgrade Ave., North Mankato MN 56003

May 17th, 2022 | Website

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Rescheduled: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band at Mankato’s Vetter Stone Amphitheater, an open-air, scenic riverside locale, music venue. Get you tickets soon! Original date tickets will be honored for the new date.

309 West Rock St., Mankato, MN 56001

May 19th, 2022 | Website

Mountain Bike Try-It-Out at Kiwanis Mountain Bike Try-It-Out at Kiwanis Try mountain biking from 10 AM-2PM at the Kiwanis MTB Trails, hosted by the Mankato High School Cycling Team. Loaner bikes and helmets available.

Kiwanis Mountain Bike Trails, MN 56001

May 21st, 2022 | Website

7th Annual Bike Safety Rodeo Kids’ bike rodeo at River’s Edge Hospital in St. Peter, 10:30 AM –  12:30PM

1900 N Sunrise Dr., St.Peter MN 56082

May 21st, 2022 | Website

Bookin’ on Belgrade Nearly a 5K family fun run and walk brought to you by Business on Belgrade and North Mankato Taylor Library. Family friendly opportunity to get up and moving in beautiful lower North Mankato. 

1001 Belgrade Ave., North Mankato, MN 56003

May 21st, 2022 | Website

Justin Moore Concert

Justin Moore | The Country On It Tour with Granger Smith ft. Earl Dibbles Jr. and Lucas Hoge are coming to the Mayo Clinic Health Systems Event Center.

1 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato MN

May 21st, 2022 | Website 

Batter Up Mankato Do you love baseball/softball? Do you have kids who need a hobby? Do you like to win amazing prizes? Join the fun at the Country Inn and Suites Conference Center in Mankato for a free admission event! Show your support for the Special Olympics sponsored by your favorite local businesses like Radio Mankato and Visit Mankato.

1900 Premier Dr., Mankato, MN 56001

May 22nd, 2022 | Website

Ride the Lanes Ride the Lanes Gather at the shelter at Riverfront Park at 10 AM for some tips for riding on-street bike lanes, followed by a short group ride. 

309 W Rock St., Mankato, MN 56001

May 28th, 2022 | Website

MoonDogs Home Opener Mark your calendars, the Mankato MoonDogs baseball season is starting and you won’t want to miss a game. Head on over to their website for a full schedule of games both at home at the ISG Field and away.

601 Reed St., Mankato, MN 56001

May 30th, 2022 | Website

North Mankato Farmers’ Market Located and presented by South Central College, the North Mankato Farmers’ Market offers fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables, baked and canned goods, handmade products and more, and has no fees for vendors! The market will be held every Monday, June 6th through October 17th from 3:00 – 6:00PM.

1920 Lee Boulevard, North Mankato 56003

June 6, 2022 | Website

Public Kayaking Clinic Mankato native professional kayaker, Heather Herbeck, is joining forces with Bent River for a public kayaking clinic. Event sign up and more details coming soon!

606 N. Riverfront Dr., Mankato, MN 56001

June 11-12, 2022 | Website

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