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Winter Events and Festivities in Mankato

Posted: November 2, 2020

You can pack a lot of fun this winter right in the heart of Southern Minnesota. Come to Mankato to experience winter events, festivities, and holiday fun! 

Keep checking back for more events being added!

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Pond road: christmas open house

November 18, 19, 20, 21

Join us for our Christmas open house sale. 

Wired to the Heart

November 19

Wired to the Heart is an annual fundraising gala supporting Loyola Catholic School. Join us on November 19th at the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center for this elegant evening of socializing with friends, amazing cocktails, a silent and live auction, fine dining and lots of fun memories. Take a short walk over to Pub500 afterwards for the fundraiser post party.
 
Social Hour and Silent Auction start at 6:00 pm. Dinner and Program begin at 7:30 pm. Post-party to follow.

southern minnesota christmas festival Presents: jingle + Mingle

November 19

Join us for the Toys for Tots Kick-Off Event at Courtyard by Marriot for festive fare, holiday demonstrations, vendors, and entertainment.
The event will be from 6pm to 9pm,
Tickets go on sale October 4th. Tickets are $20 and include appetizers and a glass of sparkling wine. (Must be 21).

Kato Local Holiday Experience

November 19 – 28

‘Tis the biggest shopping season of the year! Support the Kato Local Holiday Experience from November 19 – 28, 2021 at Kato Local Businesses in Mankato and North Mankato presented by Community Bank.

let it glow, Kato Window Display Contest

November 19 – December 26

Participating City Center businesses, from retail to hospitality to professional services and more have decorated their windows with festive holiday displays for all to enjoy. Be sure to head to the City Center to check out the displays and vote for your between November 19 and December 26. People’s Choice for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd will receive cash prizes.

Pumpkin Pi Run

November 20

Come out and support the Twin Valley Council, Salvation Army and Echo Food Shelf at the inaugural Pumpkin Pi Family Fun Run!
3.14 – 3 Causes, 1 Race, 4 Miles!
The Twin Valley Council will be collecting non-perishable food donations for the Echo Food Shelf, and new or gently used Winter clothing for the Salvation Army.
Early Bird Registration is $40 through November 9th at midnight. For more information and to register.

Cranksgiving Mankato

November 20

Key City Bike presents the 5th Annual Mankato Cranksgiving!
Cranksgiving is a food drive on two wheels. It’s part bike ride, part food drive, and part scavenger hunt. This year’s ride will take place on November 20th.
DESCRIPTION: Try something new for your charitable giving this year! Grab your friends and family and join us for a fun and challenging November bicycle ride around Mankato! This isn’t your average stroll around town…you’ll be collecting food from various grocery stores to benefit the Maverick Food Pantry while competing to win some cool prizes!
All food donations collected will go to the Maverick Food Pantry located on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato.

inaugural mankato turkey trot

November 25

This a family friendly event that we are inviting all members and non-members to participate! We also ask that everyone brings a non-perishable food item to donate to the Echo Food Shelf!

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Kiwanis Holiday Lights

November 26 – December 31

The biggest holiday event in Mankato is the Kiwanis Holiday Lights celebration in Sibley Park that attracts thousands of visitors annually. Families are invited to walk or drive through the route of more than 1.5 million holiday lights. Other on-site activities include ice skating (rentals available), reindeer encounters, an illumination show with LED lights, Santa visits, ice sculptures and more.

Small Business Saturday in Old Town Mankato

November 27

Shop the small local businesses of Old Town on Small Business Saturday! The stores will be open from 9am – 4pm offering unique deals and treats.
 
Shopping in Mankato’s Boutique District will surly set you apart this holiday season. Shop small, Shop local, GIVE BIG!

santa’s sip and shop

November 27

Sip wine and shop small business at Indian Island Winery on Saturday, November 27.
 
A variety of Vendors will be at the winery from noon-4pm, with the winery will be open until 9pm.
Tons of door prizes will be available to win!! Just visit our vendors, support their small businesses, and be entered to win!
 
This is a great way to support local small businesses on Small Business Saturday while also purchasing wine and gifts for the upcoming Christmas Holiday!
 
Santa will be here with Mrs. Claus from 1-4pm to listen to your Christmas wish lists, so bring your kids and your camera!! Or get photos with Santa by yourself!
Free admission today!

Maverick Hockey

Women’s Schedule | Men’s Schedule

The Minnesota State University Mankato Division 1 Men’s and Women’s Hockey program brings fans from all around to the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center in downtown Mankato! 

J Longs holiday party

December 2
 
J Longs cordially invites you to join us for the first annual J Longs Holiday Party on December 2nd from 4pm to 8pm 🎅🎄🎁
We’ll have HUGE giveaways like a $500 gift card to J Longs, a Michael Kors suit, lululemon leggings, and much much more! 🕴️🤑
There will be not one, but two remote broadcasts happening by local radio stations on site. Plus you’ll get to enjoy our favorite J. Longs Drink Mixes courtesy of our friends at Chankaska Spirits! 🥂

River hills mall photos with santa

December 2 – 24
 

Capture magical moments with Santa this season for you and your family. Reservations are encouraged. 

Scrooge the musical

December 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19

Davori Productions, Mankato Playhouse presents Roger Hoopman’s Scrooge
With unique music, dancing and humor, the show tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, whom is visited by a series of ghosts, starting with his old business partner, Jacob Marley. The three spirits which follow, the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet to Come, show Scrooge how his mean behavior has affected those around him. At the end of the story he is relieved to discover that there is still time for him to change and we see him transform into a kinder man who discovers the joy of giving, loving and caring for others.
Bells on Belgrade

Bells on belgrade

December 4

Join us for a free holiday family fun event on Belgrade Avenue in North Mankato on Saturday Dec 4th. There will be horse drawn trolley rides, Santa, goodie bags, games and lots of fun. The nights ends with a Holiday Parade starting at 6:30pm.

Maverick holiday carnival

December 4

Enjoy this fun annual tradition! A free carnival put on by MSU, Mankato students for children ages 5-12 to enjoy! Check back for more details, but for now, make sure it’s on your calendar!!!
Hubbard House Christmas

Christmas at the hubbard house

December 4 & 5

Mr. and Mrs. Hubbard are off attending a holiday party, so daughter Mary Esther has invited all of her friends (that’s YOU) to the Hubbard House. Esther’s favorite song is The 12 Days of Christmas and she’s created a 12 Days-themed scavenger hunt and puzzles that you can solve as you enjoy a self-guided tour of the festively-decorated house.
Fun or all ages! Admission is $10/adults, $7/BECHS Members, $5/children aged 5-17. Tickets must be purchased in advance and masks are required inside the Hubbard House and Carriage House.

United way’s fire & ice

December 4

Don’t miss Greater Mankato Area United Way’s signature event that raises funds to improve lives in our region, the annual Fire & Ice Ball! Follow the Fire & Ice Facebook page (@mankatofireandiceball) for up-to-date info.Purchase tickets at Bidpal.net/FireIce2021.
This year, Fire & Ice is moving to the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center! Join us 6 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, December 4. This event is black-tie and our theme is A Night of Northern Glamour.
Enjoy live music, live auction (limited items available for online bidding), games, food/drink and the opportunity to make a difference in our region.
Thank you to our presenting sponsor, PrimeSource Funding!
Greater Mankato Area United Way programs serve more than 51,000 people in our region annually.

christmas craftacular

December 5

Want to get your hands on some pretty unique Christmas gifts? We will have art, soap, jewelry, decor and oh so much more. Come and spend some time with us on December 5th. We would love to see you!

Exclusively diamonds dash 2021

December 5

A sunset fun run through the Kiwanis Holiday Lights benefiting the Mankato Family YMCA!

Sundays with santa

December 5 & 12

Celebrate Holiday Cheer with Exclusively Diamonds! Sundays with Santa are December 5th and 12th! Pictures with Santa are free of charge but if you are able, please bring a donation for our local CADA House.
Some things you can donate are:
– Shampoo
-Conditioner
-Toothbrush
-Toothpaste
-Body Wash
-Handsoap
-Feminine Products
-Basic Toiletry Items
Here is the link to the CADA House’s current needs:
https://www.cadamn.org/donate-goods
Clint Black

Clint Black Christmas

December 9

Grammy-winning Country superstar Clint Black is hitting the road with the Mrs., Lisa Hartman Black and are making a stop at Mayo Clinic Event Center in Mankato on December 9, 2021.   Tickets start at $49.50 plus applicable fees and go on-sale Friday, June 11th at 10:00 AM and available at the Mayo Clinic Event Center ticket office and online at Ticketmaster.

The Nutcracker

December 9, 10, 11, 12

Mankato Ballet Company is thrilled to bring back our full length ballet, The Nutcracker, to the community this winter. Our dancers missed performing last year and we could not be more honored to resume performances this season for our community and our loyal audience members.

Nicollet Bike Holiday Lights Ride

December 9

Join us for our annual Holiday Lights Bike Ride! We will leave the Nicollet Bike side parking lot at 6:30 pm and ride the city streets to Sibley Park to view the Kiwanis Holiday Lights display. After viewing the lights we will stop at LocAle Brewing Company for drinks and socializing. Helmets and lights are required. Please consider bringing a small cash donation for Kiwanis.

Free family concert series: winter wonders

December 11

Bring the kids to hear MSO’s “Winter Wonders” concert, the second in our Free Family Series! No tickets needed.

Home free warmest winter

December 18

Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center

Holiday in Old Town

December 18

Take care of some last minute shopping then gather the family and come visit Santa and his reindeer at Mom & Pop’s. Visit a gingerbread house at Bellisimo, Enjoy Carolers, River Valley Makers and hot chocolate at Wooden Spoon and capture a fun family photo opportunity at Sonny + Dot..

Winter wonderland at storeit

December 18

Looking for a fun and FREE place for the kids to experience all of the magic of the holiday season? Look no further. Store It is hosting our first annual Winter Wonderland event featuring pictures with Santa, live reindeer, giant Christmas tree and more. The photo opportunities are endless. You won’t want to miss this fun filled day!

tween/Teen ice skating

December 29

Join us for a fun time ice skating at All Seasons Arena during your holiday break. Admission and rental skates included! Registration required. Open to ages 9-17. Registration opens Monday, November 22nd at 10:00am. 

tween/Teen ice skating

December 31

Come join us for a family friendly event to ring in 2022 as Davori Productions presents a Mankato Playhouse Past, Present, and Future Cabaret show, dancing with Neon – LIVE and a midnight toast. 


Add dinner to your evening at The Blue Boat with a special menu and entertainment by The Amy Manette Band  

Craft Beer Expo

January 8

The expo will showcase the offerings of craft breweries here in Minnesota, as well as all over the United States. Attendees to the expo will have the opportunity to sample beers from over 40 different craft breweries in a commemorative sampling glass. In addition to this, they can enjoy educational seminars throughout the day covering subjects such as Food Pairing, Homebrewing, and the History of Brewing in Minnesota. With brewery and distributor representatives on hand to answer questions, attendees will be able to have an enjoyable and educational experience learning about beer, its components and flavors.

Hockey Day Minnesota

January 16-23

Hockey Day Minnesota originated in 2007 by the Minnesota Wild to celebrate the game that has made Minnesota the State of Hockey. It is produced in partnership with Bally Sports North, Minnesota Hockey and the respective local community that serves as host each year. See SchedulePurchase Tickets

Winter charm on the farm

January 22

Celebrate the winter season at Farmamerica!

Bundle up and join us to experience farm fun for everyone during this limited winter series.

Lake Washington - Pond Hockey

Anthony ford pond hockey

January 29-30

The expo will showcase the offerings of craft breweries here in Minnesota, as well as all over the United States. Attendees to the expo will have the opportunity to sample beers from over 40 different craft breweries in a commemorative sampling glass. In addition to this, they can enjoy educational seminars throughout the day covering subjects such as Food Pairing, Homebrewing, and the History of Brewing in Minnesota. With brewery and distributor representatives on hand to answer questions, attendees will be able to have an enjoyable and educational experience learning about beer, its components and flavors.

Winter charm on the farm

February 22

Celebrate the winter season at Farmamerica!

Bundle up and join us to experience farm fun for everyone during this limited winter series.

Holiday shopping with the DVBF

DVBF events are over for this year, but you can still support Minnesota authors this holiday season by shopping from the DVBF Author Directory. You will find authors with books of all genres for all ages on your shopping list. Thank you for supporting local authors and books! 

Lake Washington - Pond Hockey

Anthony ford pond hockey

January 29-30

The expo will showcase the offerings of craft breweries here in Minnesota, as well as all over the United States. Attendees to the expo will have the opportunity to sample beers from over 40 different craft breweries in a commemorative sampling glass. In addition to this, they can enjoy educational seminars throughout the day covering subjects such as Food Pairing, Homebrewing, and the History of Brewing in Minnesota. With brewery and distributor representatives on hand to answer questions, attendees will be able to have an enjoyable and educational experience learning about beer, its components and flavors.

Mankato Bridal Show

February 20

Minnesota. Each show brings over 50 talented wedding professionals together to help plan your upcoming wedding!

Old Town Indigenous Art Festival

February 3-5

Join the Old Town Mankato community as we host indigenous artists, food vendors, hand made good vendors, and amazing Indigenous Snow sculpture artists.

Mankato Playhouse – Who Murdered my Sweetheart

February 11 – 13

The story involves the fabled sweetheart paper cup company. Trouble is brewing as the next generation of owners want to take the company totally green. This means a shake up at the top and at the bottom so one thing is for certain: a murder will occur and the audience must solve the Whodunnit. Lots of fun and interactive entertainment for your Valentine

Til Death do us part Murder Mystery Night

February 12

Chankaska is hosting a Murder Mystery Night in our Event Center! This Valentine’s weekend, dress the part and enjoy provided appetizers while helping to solve a murder… or die trying. Tickets are $40 and limited, so get them before they’re sold out!

Valentine’s Day Private Dinner and Room Deal!

February 14

Have the kid’s on Valentine’s day but still want to celebrate? Concerned about Covid-19 but still want the experience?
Make this a memorable year for your loved one by staying at Country Inn & Suites by Radisson in Mankato, MN.
Try out our exclusive Valentine’s Package with a Dinner and Room or just the meal in your own PRIVATE area for just the two of you or your small party!
Choose to stay in our whirlpool suite furnished with chocolates and wine while enjoying a 5-course meal without leaving the building.
Can’t find a sitter? Let us watch your kid’s while you and your loved one enjoy a special dinner together while staying in our 1-bedroom Suites with a King bed and a pull-out couch. Enjoy our indoor pool and whirlpool and wake up to a HOT complimentary breakfast.
This special is only available to be booked by calling 507-388-8555-Ask for Miriam or Sarah. Limited availability so call now to book your dinner and/or room!

Winter charm on the farm

February 22

Celebrate the winter season at Farmamerica!

Bundle up and join us to experience farm fun for everyone during this limited winter series.

let it glow, Kato Window Display Contest

November 25 – December 31

Participating City Center businesses, from retail to hospitality to professional services and more have decorated their windows with festive holiday displays for all to enjoy. Be sure to head to the City Center to check out the displays and vote for your favorite. People’s Choice for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd will receive cash prizes.

Cranksgiving Mankato

November 12

Key City Bike presents the 6th Annual Mankato Cranksgiving!
Cranksgiving is a food drive on two wheels. It’s part bike ride, part food drive, and part scavenger hunt.
Try something new for your charitable giving this year! Grab your friends and family and join us for a fun and challenging November bicycle ride around Mankato! This isn’t your average stroll around town…you’ll be collecting food from various grocery stores to benefit the Maverick Food Pantry while competing to win some cool prizes!
All food donations collected will go to the Maverick Food Pantry located on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Exclusively diamonds holiday party

November 17

Join us for our BIGGEST party of the year!
-Cocktails
-Hors d’oeuvres
-Giveaways
DESIGNER SHOWCASE FEATURING ROBERTO COIN
Celebrate the kick-off to the holidays
Friendsgiving Dinner

Friendsgiving Dinner

November 17
Grab your friends and enjoy a handcrafted meal featuring food paired with Chankaska wines, spirits, and kremes.

We invite you to join us for our Friendsgiving Dinner in the Barrel Room! Chankaska and S&B BBQ will be putting their creative spin on a tantalizing Thanksgiving meal. Each course will be perfectly paired with Chankaska Wines and hosted by our Winemaker, John Taylor.

fall vendor and craft fair

November 19

Join us Saturday November 19, 9:00am-3:00 pm
Something for everyone!!

holiday decoration inspiration

November 20

Our plant and home decor designer will show you how she designs her space and the tips and tricks she uses. She will focus on a holiday table setting and a fire place mantle using her own traditional decor that she’s used for many years and incorporating fresh evergreens, flowers, and new decoration items she found this year!

Holiday open house

November 17-20

Please join us at our spectacular Holiday Open House 2022! New, unique items you will not want to miss!!! New vendors!!! You do not want to miss this sale!!! Antique, Vintage and New!!!!
Thurs- 10am-6pm | Fri-10am-5pm | Sat- 10am-5pm | Sun-11am-3pm
Kiwanis Holiday lights Parade

10th Year Kiwanis Holiday Lights Opening Night Parade

November 25

The biggest holiday event in Mankato is the Kiwanis Holiday Lights celebration in Sibley Park that attracts thousands of visitors annually. Families are invited to walk or drive through the route of more than 1.5 million holiday lights. Other on-site activities include ice skating (rentals available), reindeer encounters, an illumination show with LED lights, Santa visits, ice sculptures and more.

2nd Annual mankato turkey trot

November 25

This a family friendly event that we are inviting all members and non-members to participate! We also ask that everyone brings a non-perishable food item to donate to the Echo Food Shelf!

Greater Mankato Support Local

All Year Long

Follow Greater Mankato Support Local Facebook Group to check out happens with many local businesses around Greater Mankato. 

Chankaska's Shop small Saturday

November 26

Stop by for holiday drinks, live music, wreath-making classes, holiday décor, and shopping!
Join us on Saturday, November 26th from 12-5 pm in our Event Center for our Shop Small Saturday event! Stop by for holiday drinks, live music, wreath-making classes, games, holiday décor, and shopping! This event is the kickoff for the start of Winter at Chankaska and will be lighting up our walking trails and bridges with hundreds of lights.

Shop Small Market

November 26

The WineCafe Bar is having their first ever Shop Small Market. Check out the eight area artists that will accelerate your holiday shopping in Old Town!

Shop Small at Bumbelou + Hazelkin & co

November 25- 27

Join Bumbelou and + Hazelkin & co  for the annual Shop Small weekend at our Baby + Kids store: Bumbelou and our Gift + Lifestyle Store: Hazelkin & Co.
Both will be open for extended hours and offering specials all weekend.

Shop Small at Pond Road Market in Old Town

November 26

Shop Small Business at Pond Road Market in Old Town where your decoration and gift buying needs are covered!

Shop Small at the Vintage Market

November 26

Shop Small at Mankato Vintage Market!  Shop home decor, Christmas decor, gifts and more!

Small Business Saturday at Whimsy

November 26

Join in the festivities and support a local small business and shop Whimsy along with the other small businesses in Old Town. Whimsy is full of beautiful work from talented home town artists and we will take the weekend to highlight their work and dedication.

GSR Fine Arts Festival

November 26 – 27

he GSR Fine Art Festival celebrates the fine arts in the greater Mankato area. We’re committed to creating an outlet for professional artists to connect with the community. More than 45 visual artists will display their locally-made, one-of-a-kind work at a live show on Nov. 26-27, 2022 or you can connect year-round at ShopART Midwest—GSR’s new gallery.
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Kiwanis Holiday Lights

November 25 – December 31

The biggest holiday event in Mankato is the Kiwanis Holiday Lights celebration in Sibley Park that attracts thousands of visitors annually. Families are invited to walk or drive through the route of more than 1.5 million holiday lights. Other on-site activities include ice skating (rentals available), reindeer encounters, an illumination show with LED lights, Santa visits, ice sculptures and more.

Maverick holiday carnival

December 3

Join the Community Engagement Office as we host the Maverick Holiday Carnival, an annual children’s party for youth ages 6-12 (although everyone is welcome)! This is held in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom from 1:30-3:30 on Saturday, Dec 3! Bring the Entire family for a day full of fun and holiday cheer! Have any questions? Email us at community.engagement@mnsu.ed
Bells on Belgrade

Bells on belgrade

December 3

Join us for a free holiday family fun event on Belgrade Avenue in North Mankato on Saturday Dec 3th. There will be horse drawn trolley rides, Santa, goodie bags, games and lots of fun. The nights ends with a Holiday Parade starting at 6:30pm.

Santa photos at pet expo

December 3

PETS! KIDS! FAMILIES!
Join us December 3rd from 11am-1pm for FREE photos with Santa! No sign up necessary. Just join the event!
*Photos will be edited and emailed within 7 days of the event.

the winter holiday showcase

December 4

This is a free event! Students of Alyssa’s Vocal Studio will be bringing in great talent and holiday music to the community on the wonderful stage at the Mankato Playhouse. Invite your friends and family to come and celebrate the hard work of these kids and adults. The varieties in music, ages, and talent will keep you on your toes, so come and have an amazing night of fantastic entertainment!
Hubbard House Christmas

Christmas at the hubbard house

December 3 & 4

Explore Victorian holiday décor at the Historic R.D. Hubbard House. New this year, discover holiday traditions celebrating light in the dark days of December. Enjoy a special display, stories and crafts celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule and Kwanzaa.
Admission is $10/adults, $7/BECHS Members, $5/Children 5-17. Advanced tickets on sale November 19

the nutcracker

December 10

Mankato Ballet Company is thrilled to bring back our full length ballet, The Nutcracker, to the community this winter. We could not be more honored to bring performances of this holiday favorite to our community and our loyal audience members.

Merry Market - River Hills Mall

December 10, 11

The Merry Market will feature a combination of handmade arts & crafts, jewelry, bath & body products, home décor, gourmet food / concessions, glass / metal art, wood working, and so much more!
 
Come support local small businesses.

kato ballroom holiday party

December 16

SCHEDULE THIS GREAT NIGHT INTO YOUR HOLIDAY SEASON PLANS! Meet up with friends and do your holiday celebrating with us and make your night fun and easy!
Show is 8pm – 11:30 pm
This show is always a great time with lots of people singing along to their favorite classic songs! If you are a fan of Queen, Journey, Bon Jovi, Boston, REO Speedwagon, Def Leppard and Styx, you’re going to love this full-blown show, complete with non-stop music, spectacular light show with video screen and streaming confetti topping off the excitement throughout the evening.

breakfast with santa

December 17

Enjoy breakfast with Santa Claus on Saturday, December 17th! Let Santa know what you want for Christmas and enjoy crafts and a goodie bag. Visit darnnicearea.com to register! Registration opens Monday, November 21st at 10:00am. Tickets are $25 per child and $10 per adult.

mankato holiday princess ball

December 17

Get ready for a day of magical fun for the whole family, brought to you by Dream Parties! You’ll get an amazing opportunity to meet and greet your favorite characters! Dream Parties is bringing to you a one of a kind event with all new stage performances, dancing, picture opportunities and more for some magical entertainment ! Your little one will get to participate in princess games, story time sing along, learn some ballroom dance moves and more.  Our event is geared towards your 3 – 7 year old princess fan, though all are welcome! Fun filled and interactive Princess Balls are our specialty. We bring them to many cities and enjoy meeting thousands of our little friends!

Holiday in Old Town

December 17

Join us for an afternoon of strolling through historic Old Town Mankato! Visit Santa and his reindeer, take a horse drawn carriage ride, listen to carolers and wrap up your holiday shopping!
 
Come support local small businesses.

Mankato Craft Beer Expo

January 14

The expo will showcase the offerings of craft breweries here in Minnesota, as well as from across the United States. Attendees at the expo will have the opportunity to sample beers from over 40 different craft breweries in a commemorative sampling glass.

Winter charm on the farm

January 14 & February 25

There’s nothing like a fresh coat of snow to remember why winter can be so magical. Come to Farmamerica on Saturday January 14 or February 25 from 11am-3pm to explore all that winter has to offer. Family fun activities include snowshoeing (free rentals with admission), snow painting, scavenger hunts, and more.

cabaret at merely players

January 19-28

In a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920’s draw to a close, a garish Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the Cabaret. With the Emcee’s bawdy songs as wry commentary, Cabaret explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. Cliff, a young American writer newly arrived in Berlin, is immediately taken with English singer Sally Bowles. Meanwhile, Fräulein Schneider, proprietor of Cliff and Sally’s boarding house, tentatively begins a romance with Herr Schultz, a mild-mannered fruit seller who happens to be Jewish. Musical numbers include “Willkommen,” “Cabaret,” “Don’t Tell Mama” and “Two Ladies.”

 

Mankato Hockey

Anthony Ford Pond Hockey Classic

January 28, 29

In the State of Hockey, taking it outdoors and playing on a frozen lake is the ultimate grass roots experience that needs to be included in your hockey schedule this year.  The Anthony Ford Pond Hockey Classic is an annual tradition that will create memories of a lifetime.

Once upon a mattress at Bethany lutheran college

February 3-11

Music by Mary Rodgers. Book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer. Lyrics by Marshall Barer. Directed by Ann Fredrickson. Music Direction by Dennis Marzolf.

February 3, 4, 10, 11 at 7:30 pm February 5 at 2:00 pm

Assassins at Mankato Playhouse

February 9-26

“In this darkly humorous musical revue, Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics) and John Weidman (book) depict nine misfit men and women who set out to assassinate American Presidents. Though only some were successful, all left their mark on American history. While every nation has its assassins and would-be assassins, only in America, the authors suggest, do disturbed and disturbing individuals act not because they hope to influence national politics, but because they are wrapped up in a malignant sense of entitlement. Feeling betrayed by the failed promise of American democracy and the American Dream, they strike out at the symbol for America: the American President. Assassins spans several musical styles and many decades in a dizzying series of musical and theatrical inventions that culminate in the assassination of John F. Kennedy.”

Rockstar Rail Jam

February 11

This snowboarding and skiing competition will take place at Mount Kato on February 11th. The competition will begin at noon. For more event and registration information visit Mount Kato’s website.

Marisol at Minnesota State University mankato

February 16-26

Brooklyn is a war zone, coffee is extinct, the moon has disappeared, and angels are trading in their wings for machine guns. As a celestial battle brews in heaven, the rebellion spills over into New York City. Without the protection of her guardian angel, Marisol Perez begins a surreal journey through the chaos of a crumbling world to find her way home. Winner of the 1993 Obie Award, Marisol is a harrowing and timely dark fantasia.

Old Dominion No bad Vibes Tour

February 17

Old Dominion: No Bad Vibes Tour is happening on Friday, February 17, 2023 at 7:30 pm at The Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center

Holiday at Moulin Rouge House

November 12 – January 2023

Moulin Rouge House will be decorated for Christmas starting and is ready to serve you and your guests.  Services include a reception with appetizers or a 4-course dinner and overnight accommodations for up to 8 guests with a 4-course breakfast.

At home at the zoo at minnesota state university mankato

March 1-4

The play begins with Homelife, Albee’s 2004 play, and offers a revealing look at Peter and Ann’s rocky marriage, their brutal attempts to communicate, and the loneliness within their shared life. The tension escalates in the next act, The Zoo Story, Albee’s 1959 play. A man named Jerry approaches Peter in Central Park and begins to tell tale after tale, probe deep into Peter’s life, and attempts to take the bench for himself.

The Nerd at Merely Players

March 10-19

Set in Terre Haute, Indiana in late 1979, The Nerd centers on the hilarious dilemma of a young architect who is visited by Rick Steadman, a fellow ex-GI whom he has never met but who saved has life after he was seriously wounded in Vietnam. Willum is delighted when Rick shows up unexpectedly at his apartment on the night of his thirty-fourth birthday party. However, Rick’s awkward manner and inappropriate behavior throw the occasion into shambles. It turns out that Rick is a stupid “nerd” who overstays his welcome with a vengeance.

Mankato Farmers Market

Mankato Winter Market

November – March 2023

Visit the Winter Farmers’ Market on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month at Bomgaars Mankato from 9 am – noon. The market offers the community a wide variety of fresh, local products and strives to provide a space for people to gather on a regular basis in order to share good food, music, laughter and friends.

Maverick Hockey

Women’s Schedule | Men’s Schedule

The Minnesota State University Mankato Division 1 Men’s and Women’s Hockey program brings fans from all around to the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center in downtown Mankato! 

Deep Valley Book Festival - Cabin Fever

March 5

Book lovers of all ages will find dozens of authors and books, programs and panels, book giveaways and autographed books, and more. FREE virtual event, but you must REGISTER!

Where to Stay

Where to Stay

We have hotels with on-site restaurants; game rooms and swimming pools and more!
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Where to Dine

Where to Eat

Greater Mankato has a strong local food scene with plenty of options to choose from.
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Where to Play

Where to Play

Mankato is your adventure getaway destination in southern Minnesota!
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Visitor Guides

Visitor Guides

Look thought the Travel Guides an explore all there is to do in Greater Mankato.
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