Don’t Drink the Water: September 18 – 20 & 24 – 26

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Don’t Drink the Water

Written by Woody Allen and premiered on Broadway on November 17, 1966, playing 598 performances at three different Broadway theaters, Don’t Drink the Water is a cascade of comedy. This affair takes place inside an American embassy behind the Iron Curtain. An American tourist, a caterer by trade, and his wife and daughter rush into the embassy two steps ahead of the police who suspect them of spying and picture taking. It’s not much of a refuge, for the ambassador is absent and his son, now in charge, has been expelled from a dozen countries and the continent of Africa. Nevertheless, they carefully and frantically plot their escape, and the ambassador’s son and the caterer’s daughter even have time to fall in love.

Date & Time Location Price
September 18-20
September 24-26
7:30 pm
(2:00 pm on the 20th)
Paradise Center for the Arts
321 Central Ave
Faribault, MN 55021
$14 Members
$15 Non Members
$10 Students


Taste of Faribault: September 17

Taste of Faribault

23rd Annual Taste of Faribault

Come to the American Legion to sample menu selections from the best dining and beverage options in Faribault. 25+ vendors – food, beer, wine and music. Purchase tickets starting September 1 from the Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism(507) 334-4381.

Date & Time Location Price
Thurs. September 17
5 pm – 8 pm
American Legion
112 5th St NE
Faribault, MN 55021

International Festival Faribault: August 22

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International Festival Faribault

This will be the 10th annual festival. Experience the many cultures of Faribault.  Entertainment, Arts & Crafts, Jugglers, Flag Ceremony, Aztec & African Dancers,  Silent Auction,  Kids Activities, International Music,  Food From Around the World.

Date & Time Location Price
August 22
10 am – 4 pm
Central Park
2nd Ave NW
Faribault, MN, 55021


Ride for Hospice: August 8

Ride for Hospice

Ride for Hospice

Through the efforts of the hospice ride committee, our mission is to provide a memorable, fun and safe ride whose attendees will come back year after year to enjoy the day with people who have been “touched by hospice” in their own way. The scenic, 100-mile ride for hospice is intended to build awareness and dollars for Faribault Area Hospice to support hospice patients and their families. Hosted by 1st United Bank & Faribault Harley Davidson. You don’t need to ride to attend! Join us for a $5 breakfast buffet from 8:30am to 10:30am and the after party from Noon to 3:00pm.

Date & Time Location Price
Sat. August 8
9 am – 2:30 pm
Faribault Harley Davidson
2704 W Airport Dr
Faribault, MN, 55021

Blue Collar BBQ & Arts Festival: August 8

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Blue Collar BBQ & Arts Festival

Faribault’s Biggest Block party is back. Attracting over 6000 people last year, this years festival has all your favorite elements from years past. Food Vendors, Beer Garden, 12 Hours of Live Music, BBQ Contest, Home Brewing Contest, Washers Tournament, Pull Tabs, Art Fair, Family Activities, Kids Area and More.

Date & Time Location Price
Saturday, August 8 Paradise Center for the Arts
321 Central Avenue
Faribault, MN, 55021


Run Baby Run: August 8

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Run Baby Run 5k run/walk 10k run & kids run

Pregnancy Options is hosting a 5/10k run/walk Saturday, August 8, 2015. This event is being held in conjunction with Faribault’s Annual Blue Collar BBQ and hope it will give people yet another reason to visit beautiful, historic Faribault. The route will highlight historic areas on the east side of Faribault, beginning at Roosevelt Elementary School, passing through Shattuck and Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf campuses, the path along the Straight River and passing by other historic homes and buildings. Same day registration and packet pick-up begins at 7:30 am.

Date & Time Location Price
August 8
Packet pickup: 7:30
Kids Run: 8:15
10k: 8:30
5k: 8:35
Roosevelt Elementary School
925 Parshall St
Faribault, MN 55021
5k – $30
10K – $35
kids run- free

(Photo credit to Josiah Mackenzie, original image has been cropped.)

Pet Parade: August 6

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Pet Parade

The Faribault Pet Parade is a long-stnading tradition (77th annual). The event sparks the creativity of community members and gives their beloved pets an opportunity to strut their stuff. however, you don’t need a pet to join this parade, simply consider the theme and prepare accordingly. See the Faribault Park & Recreation Facebook page for photos from last year’s event.

Date & Time Location Price
Thursday, August 6 Faribault Park & Recreation
15 Division Street W
Faribault, MN, 55021

(Photo credit to Tulane Public Relations, original image has been cropped.)

Carv-Fest: August 6 – 8



Carv-Fest is brought to you by the Ivan Whillock Family in Faribault, Minnesota. This festival started as an anniversary party for the Whillock’s and their carving friends. Over the past 9 years it has grown to be a Midwestern carving favorite …. little bit of carving, little bit of music … lots of friends! Be sure to register for your classes early … we have filled 95 to 100% of the openings each year!

Date & Time Location Price
August 6 – 8 Alexander Park
1816 2nd Avenue NW
Faribault, MN, 55021
$10 – $50


NINE, The Musical: July 24 – 25 & July 30 – August 1


NINE, The Musical

The vibrant and provocative musical “Nine” will close Merlin’s 20th season. The production features Steve Lawler as the musical’s focal point, Guido Contini, an Italian film director. More than a dozen beautiful women in Contini’s life swarm around the once-lauded director as he attempts to revive his career and arouse inspiration by escaping Rome. The original Broadway show won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, in 1982. Its revival won two additional Tonys, including Best Revival of a Musical, in 2003. The musical has wonderful music and lyrics by Maury Yeston, with a book by Arthur Kopit. Director Eric Parrish (Footloose, Ten November) and choreographer Mary Hahn (Northfield Arts Guild’s Chicago) will surely inspire you to “Be Italian!”

Date & Time Location Price
July 24 – 25 & July 30 – August 1
7:30 pm
Paradise Center for the Arts
321 Central Ave
Faribault, MN 55021
$16 Adult
$10 Children 12 & Under


Rice County Fair: July 21 – 26

Rice County Fair

Rice County Fair

Grandstand Entertainment
Free Stage Entertainment
Senior Day
Horse Shows
Demolition Derby
Beer Garden
Passport to Fun
Hog Calling Contest
Apple Pie Contest

Date & Time Location Price
July 21 – 26 Alexander Park
1816 2nd Avenue NW
Faribault, MN, 55021