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

blue collar bbq

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. Contact the Paradise Center for the Arts for additional information.

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

pet parade

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!”. Contact the Paradise Center for the Arts for additional information.

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

For more information visit the Rice County Fair website.

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


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!

Hometown Holidays in Beautiful Downtown Faribault