History Channel Features Faribault Icon – See it on Display Now!

History Channel Features Faribault Icon- the Tilt-A-Whirl!

Did you happen to see the American Restoration episode called “Boy Meets Whirl” on the History Channel in August?
The episode featured the refurbishment of a tilt-a-whirl, which as you should know was invented and manufactured in Faribault for over 80 years.

Now you can see that exact Tilt-A-Whirl on display in downtown Faribault, right now it is on display in front of Mill City Restaurant and soon it will move to its permanent home on Central Avenue (Downtown Faribault) next to Burkhartzmeyer’s Shoe store.

tilt-a-whirl downtown faribault

Welcome Anglers!

Dad and Boy FishThe Fishing Opener in Minnesota is May 10 and Faribault should be the place you should be. Why? Faribault has 10 lakes to choose from! This makes it easy to hop around the lakes and find the perfect spot. Did you know Faribault hosted the Governor’s Fishing Opener in 1985? Faribault was one of just 3 southern Minnesota locations to be a host city. Contact the Faribault Tourism office or look over the Lakes, Camping & Resort page in our brand new 2014 Visitor Guide for more information. The fish are biting here!

South Central Minnesota Studio ARTour and Sale

20 Studios
43 Artists
Saturday, October 19 (10am to 6pm)
Sunday, October 20 (11am to 5pm)


Faribault Area Balloon Rally & Airfest comes back this September!


Faribault Municipal Airport

  • Hot Air Balloon Launches
  • Aerobatic Performances
  • Aerobatic Racing
  • Aircraft Displays
  • Classic Car Show
  • Airplane Rides
  • Glider Rides
  • Helicopter Rides
  • Food Vendors
  • Bring the whole family
Ticket Information
Adults   $10
Kids 5-17 yrs $5
Kids <5 FreeFREE PARKING!Spectators purchase wristbands as they drive into the event parking area. Friday night spectators will be granted readmission for the all-day Saturday event, so keep your wristband on.Please be advised that spectators will have a short walk (approx. 250 yards) from the main parking area to the main event area.

Handicap Parking will be available at the main airport building.


Friday Sep 13

4:00 PM   Gates Open to the Public
4:45 PM   “Teaser” Air Show Acts

5:00 PM    Hot Air Balloon Inflation & Launch

6:30 PM    Night Glow / Ring of Fire

Saturday Sep 14

6:00 AM      Gates Open to the Public 

6 AM-6 PM Classic Car Show

6 AM-8 AM  Hot Air Balloon Inflation & Launch

12:00 PM  National Anthem                
                   Air Show Acts            
                   Parachute Jump            
       Car Demo 

3:00 PM    Air Show Acts

5:00 PM    Hot Air Balloon Inflation & Launch

Note: Events and activities are subject to change depending on weather conditions.

Faribault Airfest and Balloon Rally is Returning in 2013!

The organizers of the Faribault Airfest and Balloon Rally have announced that the event will be returning in 2013! The Airfest and Balloon Rally will be held on September 13&14 at the Faribault Airport.
This very fun and successful event needed to be postponed that last couple of years due to major construction at the Faribault Airport where the event was held. Organizers did not want a smaller or watered down event while trying to side-step the construction, so they felt they should just hold off and come back full-throttle with another great event. Details of everything that will be happening at this year’s event are being planned now. Check back to this website or contact the Tourism office at the Faribault Chamber for more details in the Spring.