Here are some choices selections for entertainment in southern Minnesota this month. Check out the Scene calendar page for an ongoing, regularly updated events list.
Mayowood Mansion Tours – Rochester – September
According to the History Center of Olmsted County, Dr. Charles H. Mayo, co-founder of the Mayo Clinic, built the Mayowood Mansion in 1911. He lived there until 1939. The estate features gardens and Dr. Mayo’s decorative arts collection. Over 40 rooms are furnished in French, English, Spanish, German and American antiques.
You will spend about 50 minutes with an educated tour guide as they escort you through the home and paint you a picture of life in the mansion for the Mayo family.
Rochester Trolley has added these stops to their tour route.
Defeat of Jesse James Days – Northfield – Sept. 6-10
When you think of the quaint, liberal arts college-town that is Northfield, Minnesota, bank robberies, horse shoe hunts, and tractor pulls aren’t really the first things that come to mind. And yet, the Defeat of Jesse James Days celebration, which features all those activities, is the town’s biggest annual event.
Tens of thousands travel into Northfield each year to see the re-enactment of the Sept. 7, 1876 attempted robbery of First National Bank, in which members of the James-Younger Gang were thwarted. After fleeing the Northfield scene, the three Younger brothers were captured and arrested in Madelia.
Defeat of Jesse James Days features a long line of events, including the re-enactments, a rodeo, a hog roast, a golf tournament, horse races, food stands, a carnival, a parade, craft shoes and more. The city’s centerpiece downtown is heavily featured throughout the festivities.
HermannFest – New Ulm – Sept. 9
Join a celebration at Hermann the German! The party is held at Hermann Heights Park (14 Monument St.) in the shadow of the 102-foot monument, and below in Harman Park (101 North Garden St.). Dance to live German music throughout the day, snack on some German and American food, and refresh with New UIm’s own Schell’s Beer and 1919 Root beer – on tap all day!
Festivities begin at 10 a.m. Be sure to check out the event highlights: Thunder in the Valley by the New Ulm Battery and New Ulm Municipal Band. Cannon shoot with 11 guns at 6 p.m. and the fantastic fireworks over the Hermann Monument at 8:30 pm. Music continues into the night.
Flo Rida – Mankato – Sept. 13
Flo Rida is coming to town. He’s performing at the Vetter Stone Amphitheater in Mankato Sept. 13, 2017. He’s bringing his My Endless Summer Tour 2017 (summer does technically end Sept. 22, to be fair).
I have my doubts that Flo Rida is at the top of many people’s all-time favorite artist chart, but he most definitely brings a list of well-known hits to the table. Those include “Low,” “Right Round,” “Wild Ones,” “Whistle,” “Good Feeling,” “My House,” and most recently “Cake.”
And for fans of Minnesota music, Lizzo will be the special guest. The soul/pop/hip-hop/R&B/rock singer knows how to entertain. Give her track, “Good As Hell,” a listen on YouTube if you want to get a taste.
Tickets are available at the Verizon Center box office in Mankato and through ticketmaster.com. Day of show tickets can be purchased at the Vetter Stone Amphitheater ticket tent.
Boats and Bluegrass Festival – Winona – Sept. 20-24
If you are looking for a laid-back festival with none of the large-fest hassles, this is your place. With camping just 50 yards from the festival grounds, it does not get any easier.
Boats and Bluegrass is a family-friendly festival held on the Mississippi River in Winona, Minnesota. Event organizers pride themselves on providing a fun, safe, and friendly festival environment.
This year’s celebration is headlined by Dead Man Winter and Horeshoes and Hand Grenades. Joining the headliners are Pert Near Sandstone, My Bubba, The Lil Smokies, Shook Twins, Jacob Joliff Band, Mandolin Orange, The Haunted Windchimes and many, many more. So far, there are 37 performers lined up.
Tickets on sale now: www.boatsandbluegrass.com