1. Watermelon Festival:

It's the 71st Annual Kellogg Watermelon Festival this weekend (September 8th, 9th, and 10th) with street dances, parades, sports tourneys and so much more!

2. Northfield's Defeat of Jesse James Days:

"A wild and wooly community festival that revolves around one of the most dramatic episodes of the Old West, the Great Northfield, Minnesota Bank Raid of 1876." September 6th - 9th.

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3. Go to the zoo:

Oxbow, Como Zoo, Minnesota Zoo, it really doesn't matter. It's the perfect weekend for the zoo

4. Climb the Elba Tower:

One of my favorite outdoor adventures. Head to Whitewater and get your sweat on with a beautiful hike.

5. Fall Fest at Quarry Hill:

Cave tours, canoeing, rock climbing, pumpkin decorating and more.
September 8th and 9th from 11 am - 5 pm.

6. Rochester Library Block Party :

A free event going on in front of the library on Sunday from 2 pm - 5 pm. Celebrating the library's National Medal win. Free food, games, art activities, and more!

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7. Renaissance Festival:

I know it's a little more of a drive but totally worth it. It's open through the end of September rain or shine. And this weekend, it's going to shine... a lot!