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heritage days derbyHeritage Days Celebration

June 17 – 21, 2015

A community festival honoring one of the top historical communities in Minnesota. Saturday night parade, soap box derby, art show, car show, live music, carnival and food booths.

Rice County FairRice County Fair

July 21 – 26, 2015

Faribault has been the host of the Rice County Fair for most of the last 140 years. Find a midway full of thrills, breathtaking entertainment, 4-H exhibits, lots of animals and spectacular grandstand shows.

Blue Collar BBQBlue Collar BBQ & Art Fest

August 2015

BBQ competition, live music, art fair, kids area, beer garden, family activities and a variety of vendors. Held on Central Avenue in downtown Faribault.

Faribault Area Airfest & Balloon RallyAir Fest

Coming Again in 2016!

Airshow, hot-air balloons, vintage planes,  kid activities, food and unique aircraft displays.

Taste of FaribaultTaste of Faribault

September 18, 2014

Come to the American Legion to sample menu selections from the best dining and beverage options in Faribault.

Fall FestivalFall Festival & Chili Contest

October 11, 2014

Come to Central Avenue in downtown Faribault for kids parade, pumpkins and games. Don’t forget to taste all the chilis and vote for your favorite.


Top 10 Things that Happend for Tourism in Faribault for 2012

10. Finally a Gift Store Opens
Don’t let the name fool you, there were many other places in Faribault you could buy lovely gifts. However, this unique store in downtown Faribault  owned by Jana Viscomi who also owns Bernies Grill/Vintage ballroom & Suites ( which is right across the street, has those local Faribault items that have long been a void here. So next time you visit Faribault, go to Finally a Gift Store and pick up some great gift items for friends and family – and get a Faribault sweater for you!

9.  The Announcement of the return of the Faribault Area Balloon Rally & Airfest!
After the 2009 Faribault Balloon Rally & Airfest, which was by far the most successful and best show ever put on in its 25 year history, major construction projects happend at the Faribault Airport.  These construction projects greatly effected the areas of the airport where the show happend, including the field where the parking area was.  With no parking for thousands of cars and no place the FAA would allow a show to be put on, it was just impossible to hold a show at the airport.  The Airfest Board considered having a show in another part of town, but worried about “a watered” down event after the success of the 2009 show.  Keep an eye on this webpage for more information about the Airfest which will be held on September 13 & 14 2013.

8. Faribault enjoys the biggest year ever for large bus groups visiting Faribault.
Coach buses came – and they kept coming!  A total of 26 buses/large groups came to Faribault in 2012 which our Tourism office asssisted with.  Where did they go in Faribault?  They went to: The Cheese Cave, Paradise Center for the Arts, Shopping downtown Faribault, Schools for the Deaf & Blind, Cathedral of our Merciful Saviour, Woolen Mill, Ivan Whillock Studio, Alexander Faribault House, Rice County Historical Museum, Faribault Energy Park, Roberds Lake Resort, Shattuck St. Mary’s School, Donahues Greenhouse, Faribault Farmer Seed & Nursery to name just a few!  Many of the groups also did drive-by history tours.  We are looking forward to another great year in 2013 and even some bus overnights!




7. Brand New Visitor Guide and Map for Faribault!
We spent a lot of time in 2012 creating and perfecting a new Faribault Map and Visitor Guide.  We are really proud of it, you can view it on this website – or request a paper copy of it to be sent directly to you by going to the “Contact” link.

6. Faribault has very successful year with local Events.
Faribault once again hosted the State BBQ competition at the Rice County Fairgrounds in May, the Heritage Celebration in June made it all 4 days with very little rain, the Rice County Fair was held in July to with big crowds, August saw the Blue Collar BBQ and Art Fair which is increasing in its popularity every year and in October the Downtown hosted the Fall Festival and Chili competition.

5. Trippin with Perk visits Faribault!
Eric Perkins from KARE-11 the NBC station out of Minneapolis St. Paul visited Faribault in February for a segment called, “Trippin with Perk.”  The segment had so much great stuff that Faribault had to offer, they couldn’t show it all on their 10pm broadcast.  To see the whole piece, you had to go to the KARE-11 website – you can also view the finished product down below.

4. Paradise Center for the Arts has successful year of shows.
One of the biggest tourism hot spots in Faribault is the beautiful Paradise Center for the Arts.  This year the theater was booked with great entertainment nearly every week of the year.  During 2012 the Paradise was proud to host comedians Louie Anderson, Kevin Meaney, Scott Hanson, Jim Wiggins, Dan Cole and C. Willi Myles.  There was music from Boss Grant & the Johnny Cash Revue, Best of Broadway, Red Rock Canyon and the Sounds of the Season.  Theater performances were huge for the Paradise this year, the Merlin Players showcased “The Last Five Years,” “A Year with Frog and Toad,” and “Nunsense.” The Paradise Community Theater did “Noises Off,” “Into the Woods,” “The Car,” and the most attended play in the history of the Paradise, “Willy Wonka.”


3. It was a GREAT year to be near or on a Faribault Lake.
Because of such an early Spring (75 degrees on March 18!) and a late Fall (75 degrees on Thanksgiving!) there were plenty of oppotunities to visit one of Faribault’s 10 nearby lakes to see a view like this:

2. Sakatah State Trail was paved/widened and expansion of city trails.
The trails around Faribault have always been one of our best assets and 2012 was a great year for those bikers, walkers and rollerbladers who enjoy them.  Even though we are blessed with the River Bend Nature Center, 750 acres of trails right in the city limits – many people head for the flat Sakatah State Trail which lets them pass by lakes & prairies while visiting quaint towns.  Faribault is the hub of the Sakatah State Trail that goes 39-miles to Mankato, so we see many people from around the State come to Faribault to start their journey.  Now with the trail getting a smooth makeover along with some new bridges, we plan on seeing lots more folks coming to Faribault.



1. The Faribault Woolen Mill Back in Production – Opens a new Retail Store
So technically both of these things happend in 2011.  However, full production at the Mill didn’t kick in until 2012 and while there was a small retail store at the factory – the remodeled new version opened in the Spring of 2012.  And it was in 2012 that the Faribault Woolen Mill went National with news of their “Made in America” message on all of the major TV networks.  Just last month Esquire magazine listed the Mill in its list of “Great American Things.”  All of Faribault benefits when a Historic Business like the Faribault Woolen Mill is open because so many people from around Minnesota and the world are familiar with the name and brand.  And it seems like most of them came to Faribault in 2012 to buy a piece of history they thought might be gone forever in 2010.

What to Do in Faribault, MN

Paradise Marquee at Dusk

Are You Ready to Experience Faribault?

Faribault is a city full of great experiences. We think visitors are often surprised at the choices available to them in Faribault. Faribault is set along the beautiful Lake Country of southern Minnesota. The Faribault area serves as a perfect backdrop for a refreshing vacation or family outing. The relaxed lifestyle and picturesque surroundings draw many people to Faribault. Whether it is our lakes, history, shopping or recreation, they all combine to make Faribault a perfect place to visit.

River Bend Nature CenterFaribault has 10 miles of walking/biking trails and is the hub for both the Sakatah state trail and the soon to be completed Mill Towns Trail. Visit River Bend Nature Center and you’ll be delighted by the trails and programs offered. Faribault also has 3 golf courses, a BMX Track, archery, horse shoes, softball, baseball, paintball course and one of the best Aquatic Centers in the area.



alexander parkAlexander Park Complex

2nd Avenue & 20th Street NW

Faribault’s largest park on the banks of Faribault Lake

ArcheryArchery Indoor Range

Located at the Rice County Fairgrounds

bmx tracksBMX Track

South Alexander Park
1010 7th Avenue NW

Buckham LibraryBuckham Memorial Library

11 Division Street E
(507) 334-2089

Central Park BandshellCentral Park Bandshell

2nd Ave NW – Hosts Thursday evening Summer Concert Series and Faribault Heritage Celebration in mid-June.

faribault park and recreationCommunity Center Pool & Recreation Center

Faribault Parks & Rec Department – Gym, pool, weight room.
15 Division Street E
(507) 334-2064

wapacuta disc golfDisc Golf

Wapacuta Park
2nd Avenue SW
*Also at Camp Faribo & Camp Maiden Rock

Faribault TrailsFaribault City Trails

8.4 miles of paved city trails that are perfect
for an afternoon trip through the historic downtown or an evening walk along the Cannon or Straight Rivers.

faribault energy parkFaribault Energy Park

4100 Park Avenue
Walking trails, fishing pond open to the public
(507) 331-4791

faribault Aquatic CenterFaribault Family Aquatic Center

North Alexander Park
(507) 334-2064

faribault golf clubFaribault Golf Club

1700 17th Street NW
(507) 332-0372


faribault ice arenaFaribault Ice Arena

North Alexander Park
(507) 332-0372

horseshoe pitsHorseshoe Pits

South Alexander Park

J&J bowling centerJ&J Bowling Center

1802 4th Street NW
(507) 334-3262

legacy golf courseLegacy Golf Course

1515 Shumway Avenue
(507) 332-7177

bike rentalRent a Bike in Faribault

Faribault Rental
504 Wilson Avenue

(507) 334-8440
Enjoy the many Faribault Trails with the whole family. Adult, women’s & kid’s
bikes available along with the option for a Burley bike trailer. Daily andweekly rentals available. Open daily Mon-Sat until 5pm, Sundays 9am-1pm.

Historical MuseumRice County Historical Society/Museum

1814 2nd Avenue NW
(507) 332-2121
Founded in 1926 with the mission of “discovery, preservation and dissemination of the knowledge of the history of Rice County and the State of Minnesota.”

River Bend Nature CenterRiver Bend Nature Center & Interpretive Center

1000 Rustad Road
(507) 332-7151

You’ll be delighted by the programs offered in this 750 acres of woods, prairies, rivers and ponds. 10 miles of hiking and biking trails make bird watching and flower excursions a must in Faribault.

Faribault TrailsSakatah Singing Hills Trail
(White Sands Trail Head Facility)

900 Lyndale Avenue

45 miles of paved trail with a new trail head facility for you to begin your adventure. Plenty of parking and easy access to the state trail will have you enjoying nature within minutes.

straight river golf courseStraight River Golf Course

23442 Cates Avenue
(507) 334-5108

18 hole public golf course with a great combination of an executive and par 3 course.

tennis courtsTennis Courts

Faribault Middle School
704 17th St SW

Faribault High School
330 9th Ave SW

faribault woolen millsFaribault Woolen Mills

(Tours on Thursdays)
(507) 412-5534

For many generations, the Faribault Woolen Mill Company has grown and thrived as a business. Since 1865,the year Lincoln died and the Civil War ended, the Woolen Mill has played a part in history, whether its blankets
traveled in covered wagons with the frontier movement West, covering our troops during the war years, or providing warmth for those in need, Faribault blankets and woolen products have been woven into the fabric of American history.
The Woolen Mill retail store offers Faribault balnkets, throws, scarves and accessories, as well as mill seconds and special runs.

CathedralCathedral of Our Merciful Savior

(Tours Available)
(507) 334-7732

The “cathedral idea” was in the air at the time Henry Benjamin Whipple became Minnesota’s first Episcopal bishop in 1859. According to Whipple, this was the first Episcopal church in the US to be built as a cathedral. Built 1862 – 1869,
it is the oldest cathedral in Minnesota. The architect was James Renwick, Jr. who also designed St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York and the Smithsonian Institution Building in Washington, D.C.

Paradise Center for the ArtsParadise marquee at night

(Open to the Public)
Paradise Center for the Arts Schedule

Built in 1929 on the site of the former Faribault Opera House, the Paradise was recently renovated. Originally built to seat 915, the Paradise has been altered to seat 300. The remainder of the building has become a multipurpose art center with an exhibition gallery, classrooms, and retail space, with fully restored facades in the lobby.

farmers seed and nurseryFarmers Seed and Nursery

(Open to the Public)
(507) 334-8214

Farmer Seed & Nursery has all the seeds, bulbs, perennials  and ornamentals to make our yard and garden more beautiful.
Each year new and exciting varieties and values are added to tried and true favorites. Celebrating 126 years in Faribault.

rice county historical societyRice County Historical Society

(Open to the Public)

The Rice County Historical Society was founded in 1926 as an outgrowth of the Old Settlers Association, formed in 1874.
It’s mission is to “collect, preserve, and interpret the history of Rice County and the State of Minnesota.” The museum contains a collection of objects, images and artifacts, ranging from pre-history to present day.

alexander faribault houseAlexander Faribault House

(Tours Available)

The Alexander Faribault House, built in 1853, was the first wood-frame house built in Rice County, Minnesota. It was built by fur trader Alexander Faribault in the Greek Revival style.

Shattuck - St. Mary'sShattuck – St. Mary’s School

In 1858, the Rev. Dr. James Lloyd Breck established the Episcopal mission school and seminary from which Shattuck
St. Mary’s School has developed and prospered. In the last decade, SSM has attracted national attention in areas the
school refers to as “Centers of Excellence,” namely ice hockey, soccer, figure skating, golf, and the arts.

the cheese cavesThe Caves of Faribault & The Cheese Cave

(507) 334-5260

In 1854 a German immigrant named Gottfried Fleckenstein began using the natural sandstone caves along the Straight River for brewing and storing beer. The largest natural cave (still in use today) was enlarged in 1936, then entirely new
caves were hand hewn from the sandstone rock beginning in 1938. Home of Americas first cave-aged Blue Cheese – St. Petes Select and Amablu.

minneota state academies for deaf and blindMinnesota State Academies for the Deaf & Blind

Minnesota became a state on May 11, 1858. In that year, during the session of the first state legislature, definite action
was taken looking toward the establishment of a school for the deaf children of Minnesota. The Honorable George E. Skinner,
one of Faribault’s representatives in the state legislature, asked that a  “deaf and dumb asylum” be located in Faribault.
The legislature decided that this institution should be located in Faribault if the citizens of the town would provide 40 acres
of land within two miles of town for a site. The academies are still in operation today and are highly respected centers
for education.

Donahues greenhouseDonahue’s Greenhouse

(Open to the Public)
(507) 334-7156

Donahue’s has over one hundred thirty varieties of climbing Clematis vines. It is the most complete list anywhere. Donahues
Spring retail store is unbelievable. While it might be raining outside, the amazing colors inside are remarkable to witness first

Ivan Whillock wood carvingIvan Whillock Woodcarving Studio

(507) 339-0336

Ivan Whillock did his first wood carvings at the age of twelve in his father’s furniture shop. He received his art degree in
1959 and has studied with sculptor Angel Lillo, and master carver Eduardo Gutierrez. Ivan’s Wood sculpture, bronze statues,
and reliefs can be found in churches, businesses and private collections around the world.


faribaultOur 10 area lakes and two rivers create the scene for fishing, boating, canoeing, restful walks by the water and even hearing some fish stories while at a local resort.





Faribault Area Lakes

cannon lakeCannon Lake

Acreage: 1593
Depth: 15 ft.
Species: Walleye, Yellow Perch, Crappie

cedar lakeCedar Lake

Acreage: 804
Depth: 42 ft.
Species: Walleye, Crappie, Lg. Mouth Bass

fox lakeFox Lake

Acreage: 308
Depth: 47 ft.
Species: Walleye, Crappie

french lakeFrench Lake

Acreage: 816
Depth: 56 ft.
Species: Walleye, Crappie, Sunfish

hunt lakeHunt Lake

Acreage: 160
Depth: 27 ft.
Species: Crappie, Sunfish, Northern Pike

kelly-dudley lakeKelly-Dudley Lake

Acreage: 125
Depth: 60 ft.
Species: Lg. Mouth Bass, Crappie, Sunfish

mazaska lakeMazaska Lake

Acreage: 685
Depth: 50 ft.
Species: Crappie, Sunfish, Lg. Mouth Bass

roberds lakeRoberds Lake

Acreage: 625
Depth: 43 ft.
Species: Walleye, Crappie, Sunfish

shields lakeShields Lake

Acreage: 827
Depth: 42 ft.
Species: Walleye, Crappie, Northern Pike

wells lakeWells Lake

Acreage: 634
Depth: 4 ft.
Species: Walleye, Yellow Perch, Crappie

Faribault Area Bait Shops

John’s Bait and Tackle

19826 Roberds Lake Blvd
(507) 332-6787
GPS: 44.300003,-93.31226

Lake Country Convenience and Bait

15090 Shieldsville Blvd.
(507) 334-9711
GPS: 44.377428, -93.425243

 Nagel’s Live Bait

2030 7th Street NW
(507) 334-8341
GPS: 44.297379, -93.299559