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August 4-6, 2020
Minnesota FarmFest
Redwood Falls, Minnesota
Farmfest is one of the Largest Agricultural Events in The World and it brings the best products and services to an audience that is drawn from every Minnesota county and has many visitors from five neighboring states.

August 22, 2020
Food Truck Festival
St. Paul, Minnesota
One of the Twin Cities most popular & delicious free events–The St. Paul Food Truck Festival– will invade Mears Park on.  Free Event!  Food. Beer. Live Music. 12-10 PM

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August 2-4, 2019 - 56th Annual Old Time Harvest Festival
Jordan, Minnesota
Presented by the Scott-Carver Threshers Association, dedicated to preserving the past agricultural and industrial history for the present and future generations.

August 3, 2019  12th Annual Chokecherry Festival
Pequot Lakes, Minnesota
Enjoy an arts and crafts fair, children’s games and activities, a Chokecherry Culinary Contest, pit spitting contest, water wars, bocce ball, and a talent show. (also: )

August 3-4, 2019  Good Old Days & Threshing Show
Hanley Falls, Minnesota
The Minnesota Machinery Museum. Come see antique tractors and engines, a pedal pull, antique automobiles, a craft show, flea market, food, music, a saw mill, and a threshing machinery parade.

August 3-12, 2019  Annual Stockyard Days - New Brighton, Minnesota
Recall the early days of New Brighton as a center for the cattle industry including the stockyards, railroads, fashionable hotels and meatpacking plants. Events include concerts, tournaments, a parade, street dances, a carnival, food sampling, fireworks and more.


August 6-11, 2019 - Mower County Free Fair - Austin, Minnesota

August 7-11, 2019 - Lyon County Fair - Marshall, Minnesota

August 7-11, 2019 - Brown County Free Fair - New Ulm, Minnesota
Enjoy free admission and free parking at the Brown County Free Fair! Just some of the highlights include carnival rides and games, exotic animals, 4H & FFA exhibits, free live music, lots of traditional fair food, demolition derbies, a truck & tractor pull, and many activities for kids on Kids' Day Friday. Brown County Fairgrounds. 507-354-2223

August 9-10, 2019 - 72nd Remer Annual Harvest Festival
Remer, Minnesota
Annual 2-day festival featuring family entertainment, flea market and craft show, kids games, food booths, live music and more.

August 10, 2019 - Annual Blue Collar BBQ, Music & Art Fest
Faribault, Minnesota
Regions biggest block party. Located in the heart of historic downtown Faribault, this FREE event attracted over 6000 attendees in 2018. Live music, barbecue competition, kids area, art fair, food vendors, beer garden, and more.   Attendance: 6,000.

August 10, 2019 - 14th Annual Minnesota Garlic Festival
Hutchinson, Minnesota
Minnesota Garlic Festival is the premier event for lovers of garlic, great local foods and good times! Family friendly, fun filled and fragrant, this festival features fantastic foods, celebrity chefs, marvelous music, area artisans, goofy games…and lots of GARLIC – all in support of a healthy environment, sustainable farms and vital rural communities in Minnesota.

August 10-11, 2019  49th Annual Corn Days Festival
Long Lake, Minnesota
Sponsored by the Church of St. George, the festival includes all the roasted sweet corn you can eat, games, beer tent, live entertainment, kids' games, raffles, and food, food, and more food!

August 11, 2019  Czech Heritage Festival - Bechyn, Minnesota
Each year, the town of Bechyn, a 140 year old bohemian settlement, celebrates its Czech heritage. In addition to numerous dance and music acts, enjoy ethnic foods featuring jitrnice, sauerkraut, and homemade kolache and knedliky, pivo (Czech beer), a farmers' market, handcrafted souvenirs, silent auction, Bingo, and children's games and housenka (caterpillar) rides. Historic St. Mary's Church, located 10 miles northeast of Redwood Falls. 320-522-1218

August 12-14, 2019  70th Annual Cokato Corn Carnival
Cokato, Minnesota
Parade, Free corn, carnival, tractor show and entertainment.

August 12-18, 2019  30th Ox Cart Days - Crookston, Minnesota
Home of the world's largest oxcart. In the days before railroads, long trains of huge oxcarts hauled trade and agricultural goods from the fertile lands surrounding Crookston. Rated as one of the top festivals in northwest Minnesota, Ox Cart Days and the Classic Cruisers Run to the Park is fun for the whole family and includes bed races, a tractor pedal pull, medallion hunt, 10K, 5K and fun run, Battle of the Bands, a teen dance, air boat rides, live entertainment, a top-rated Classic Cruisers Car show, the famous Torch Light Parade and a spectacular fireworks finale! (also: )

August 13-18, 2019 - AG Days - Spring Valley, Minnesota
Spring Valley farmers played an essential role in developing area land in Minnesota's most important industry. We celebrate their efforts during AG Days with fun for the entire family.

August 13-18, 2019 - Steele County Free Fair - Owatonna, Minnesota
This is Minnesota's largest free county fair! Enjoy daily grandstand and stage entertainment, 500 commercial, agricultural and 4-H exhibits, 40-plus midway rides, Adventure Alley attractions and over 100 food concessions. The Steele County Free Fair was chosen by the Special Events Directory and Events Business News as one of the top 200 events in North America! Steele County Fairgrounds. 507-451-5305.

August 14-17, 2019  58th Annual Turkey BBQ Days - Ulen, Minnesota
Annual Ulen Turkey BBQ. Children's Theatre, talent show, teen dance, fireworks, 5k walk/run, old timers softball game, street fair, car show, parade, meal, and more!

August 14-18, 2019  Itasca County Fair - Grand Rapids, Minnesota
The Itasca County Fair also offers plenty of free entertainment each day and many things to explore including the 4-H exhibits, arts and crafts, educational exhibits, items in the Activities Building and animals in the Children's Barn. Oher highlights include live music, performing artists, midway rides and games, and the best fair food around. Itasca County Fairgrounds. 218-256-1522

August 15, 2019  11th International Cold Climate Wine Competition
Chaska, Minnesota
A Unique Competition.  While there are dozens of wine competitions around the United States, there is no other competition devoted to the promotion of quality wines made primarily from cold-hardy grape cultivars.  The ICCWC sees to honor and promote wines of exceptional quality produced from these cultivars grown in non-traditional viticultural areas.  The judges represent wine sensory experts from across the country and from various segments of the wine industry.

August 16-17, 2019  Sabin Harvest Days - Sabin, Minnesota
Community celebration featuring a parade, games, street dance, car show, vegetable contest and more.

August 16-17, 2019  58th Annual Buttered Corn Days Celebration
Sleepy Eye, Minnesota
Join the lakeside celebration for free buttered sweet corn on Friday. Other highlights Friday include the Burgers & Beer Garden, pie & ice cream social, 1919 root beer, live music, children's activities, craft vendors and downtown street dance. On Saturday, attend the 3rd Annual BBQ Rib Contest, and watch the grand parade with roughly 100 units. Allison Park. 507-794-4731

August 16-18, 2019 - 81st Annual Cornfest - Ortonville, Minnesota
Hooked on Cornfest.  Highlights include a parade, races and games, free hot buttered sweet corn, live music, art show, air show, car show, boat rides, a sailing regatta, street dance, fireworks display, pancake and waffle breakfasts, chuckwagon supper, ice cream social, and much more!

August 17, 2019 - Summer Beer Dabbler - St. Paul, Minnesota
100+ craft breweries will pour beer samples inside the new home of the St. Paul Saints, CHS Field. With live music, classic ballpark eats at Saints concession stands, and fun activities like Human Foosball and Silent Disco, the Summer Beer Dabbler is a must!

August 18, 2019  Japanese Obon Festival - St. Paul, Minnesota
Bonsai, martial arts, Ikebana, singing, dancing, drumming, delicious food and other aspects of Japanese culture will take center stage at the 21st annual Como Park Obon Festival (FKA Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival), a family-friendly event, reminiscent of Japan’s annual Obon holiday, from 3:00pm-9:00pm on the grounds of the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in Como Park. Admission is $5.00 per adult (13+), $3.00 per child (ages 3-12) and Seniors (ages 65+), free for children under 3. Free shuttle bus service will be available until 10:30pm from a staffed off-site parking lot at the District Service Center located at 1930 Como Ave. Sorry, no pets will be allowed on festival grounds.

August 22-September 2, 2019 - Minnesota State Fair
Falcon Heights, Minnesota
Showcasing the state's finest agriculture, art, and industry, "The Great Minnesota Get-Together" is the largest state fair in the country in terms of daily attendance. Visitors enjoy many different types of food, with over 50 kinds served on a stick: espresso on-a-stick, hotdish on-a-stick, walleye on-a-stick and deep fried pickles on-a-stick to name a few. During a typical year, 20,000 gallons of milk are served at the all-you-can-drink concession. Don't miss the Princess Kay of the Milky Way butter sculpture.  Attendance: 1.7 million.

August 22-September 2, 2019 - Eco Experience
Minnesota State Fair, Minnesota
12 days of healthy local foods in the EcoExperience at the Minnesota State Fair. 48 cooking demos - over 100 food samplers - photo essay of three sustainable farms - food film screenings - and a different food theme every day.

August 22-September 2, 2019  Brewed In Minnesota Exhibit
St. Paul, Minnesota
The Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild is proud to present the “Brewed in Minnesota” exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair. The exhibit will explore craft beer, agriculture, and the people who bring it all together.  Featuring:  • 450+ beers from 70+ Minnesota breweries and brewpubs, and non-alcoholic and craft soda options.  • NEW: Live brewing demos.  • Presentations by MN craft brewers and industry leaders.

August 23-24, 2019 - Potato Days Festival - Barnesville, Minnesota
Two days of zany potato activities, taste tempting potato specialties and small town hospitality. Over 17,000 tater lovers descend each year from across the country to this town of 2,200. Often selected as one of the best summer festivals in the nation. Mashed potato wrestling, Miss Tator Tot Pageant; picking, peeling, carving, cooking and sacking potatoes. Norwegian lefse, potato pancakes, french fries, potato sausage, potato soup, German potato dumplings.  Attendance: 17,000.

August 23-24, 2019 - 12th Annual Big Island Bar-B-Que Steak Cookoff
Albert Lea, Minnesota
Entertainment.  A KCBS sanctioned State Championship. We draw some of the top teams in the United States that are a part of Kansas City Barbeque Society to compete annually in Albert Lea, Minnesota. The winner of the Big Island Bar-B-Que receives a cash payout as well as an invitation to the American Royal/KC Masterpiece Invitational in Kansas City MO. Overall BBQ and chili winners qualify for the World Food Championships in Kissimmee, Florida.

August 23-25, 2019  Askov Rutabaga Festival and Fair
Askov, Minnesota
Askov is a town of Danish decent with street signs in Danish and English. Askov is also the Rutabaga Capital of the World. The Rutabaga Festival and Fair features Aebleskiver and Rutabaga Sausage, as well as a Rutabaga Cupcake Walk, hike to Rutabaga Falls, live music, fair food, a parade, children's games, the coronation of Miss Askov and much more! Askov Fair Pavilion at the corner of H.C. Andersen Alle & Brogade. 320-838-1561

August 24-25, 2019  54th Annual Threshing Bee - Donnelly, Minnesota
Threshing, engines, antique tractors and machinery, horse and pony pull contests, a rural school, shingle mill and lumber sawing, tractor pull contests, plowing demonstrations, a classic car show and softball tournament.

August 25, 2019  Minnesota Cooks Day at Minnesota State Fair
St. Paul, Minnesota
Minnesota Cooks is all about celebrating respected Minnesota farmers and premier Minnesota chefs and cooks who serve locally-produced foods from these farmers in their restaurants. During our one-day event, the chefs and cooks entertain audiences with their cooking demonstrations while the farmers and other local food heavyweights weigh-in on Minnesota's vibrant food scene.

August 30-31, 2019  World Ploughing Championship
Lake of the Woods, Minnesota
The world contest will be held on the Arnesen family farmland two miles south of Baudette.  This prestigious international competition brings together the world’s best ploughers from over 30 countries. These competitors are the best of the best with each having to win their respective countries contest to qualify for this worldwide contest.  Lake of the Woods County has a rich tradition of farming with more than 40,000 acres of farmland. The county is known for a variety of unique crops including rye grass, sun flowers, canola, soybeans and other grains and oilseeds.  The USA ploughing contest will follow the day after on September 1, 2019.

August 30-September 1, 2019  55th Annual Wild Rice Days
McGregor, Minnesota
Highlights include music, arts and crafts, a parade, prizes, wild rice education tent, family fun run & walk, an antique car show, kiddie parade, corn feed, wild rice pancake breakfast, and a book sale at the library.

August 30-September 2, 2019  60th Annual Red Rooster Days
Dassel, Minnesota
Farmer's market, lots of Kids Activities, Pie Social, Brat Feed, Largest Chicken BBQ in Minnesota, Tractor Pull, Quilt Show, and much more!

August 30-Sept 2, 2019  Western Minnesota Steam Thresher's Reunion
Rollag, Minnesota
Every Labor Day weekend since 1954, generations of threshermen & women get together to relive the tradition of the good ol’ days and bring the past to life for the enjoyment of young and old alike.

August 30-Sept 2, 2019  Western Minnesota Steam Thresher's Reunion
Rollag, Minnesota
Every Labor Day weekend since 1954, generations of threshermen & women get together to relive the tradition of the good ol’ days and bring the past to life for the enjoyment of young and old alike

August 31-September 1, 2019  Annual Big Muddy Brew 'N Que
Winona, Minnesota
Levee Park downtown Winona. FREE - no admission fee, enjoy the entertainment free of charge. Best In Area BBQ Competition $10 per person - Microbrew Beer Tasting Event and Wine Tasting Event $20 per tasting event - Art & Craft Fair - Cornhole Tournament.

Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events
events waiting for new dates

August 2, 2018  Taste of Winona and Arts Auction
Winona, Minnesota
The annual event, held at the Winona County History Center, will benefit the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Winona.


events still waiting for new dates

August 12, 2017  Bread Making Day - Preston, Minnesota
Historic Forestville in Preston. Bread is the staff of life and is the most widely consumed food in the world. Step back into 1899 and observe costumed guides as they complete the weekly task of bread making. Nineteenth-century techniques of bread making will be showcased with opportunities for hands on participation.


events still waiting for new dates

August 8, 2016 - Agnition Soil Summit - Balaton, Minnesota
Agnition is pleased to welcome soil health expert, Dr. Jill Clapperton to Balaton, Minnesota. Dr. Clapperton and her team are developing new technology to help farmers make real-time decisions about soil fertility, plant nutrition and soil microbial activity. Join us and learn more about the quest to create healthy, productive soils.

August 17-21, 2016  Corn on the Cob Days - Plainview, Minnesota
Dances, children’s games, a large parade, live music, BBQ Chicken dinner, a Gopher Count reunion, and quirky tractor games. Don’t miss the free sweet corn, dripping with butter. (also: )  Attendance: 15,000.

August 20, 2016  Watermelon Day - Vining, Minnesota
Craft show, children's games, petting zoo, food, bingo, musical entertainment, free watermelon. 3rd Saturday each August. See the giant watermelon sculpture at the Vining Sculpture Park.  Attendance: 3,500.

2015 MINNESOTA - AUGUST 2015 - Food Shows and Local Food, Beer & Wine Events
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August 22, 2015  Real Horse Power - Grand Rapids, Minnesota
The draft horse powered much of America well into the 20th century. Logging and lumbering, one of the nation's largest and most important industries, relied heavily on powerful Percheron draft horses to move the huge white pine logs from the forest to landings on the river. This program features horses doing traditional tasks such as skidding, cross hauling and jammer loading.



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