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May Fun in Faribault – An Activity Guide

Looking for something to do during the month of May? There are lots of activities for young and old going on in Faribault and our surrounding communities. Whether you’re just looking to get out of the house, wanting to explore the outdoors, or hoping to find some family fun, there is something for everyone to discover in our local communities!

May Fun in Faribault - An Activity Guide. Looking for something to do during the month of May? There’s lots of activities for young and old going on in Faribault and our surrounding communities.

Mother’s Day Specials

Mother’s Day is May 14th! Here’s some area restaurant specials in case you want to take mom out to eat! I will add more as I find them.

May Events

Star Gazing at the Godsell Observatory–  Friday, May 5, 9:30 PM.  FREE! Bring your family to the observatory and look through their enormous telescopes at the night’s sky. This event is dependent on clear skies.  Godsell Observatory is located on the campus of Carlton College in Northfield. Check its website to make sure the event is not canceled.

Encounters: Defend the Castle– Saturday, May 6, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School. Cost: $15.00.  Ages 9-14.  Can your catapult fend off the attacking dragons? Work with partners to use our large wooden catapults to hit varied targets. Analyze the forces and physics of your device to make it as effective as possible while we put these machines to the test!

Kentucky Derby Party– Saturday, May 6 at 4:00-6:00 PM at the Waseca American Legion. Come to the Legion for their annual Kentucky Derby Party. Watch the race live and enjoy food, drinks and enter the Derby Hat contest!

VFW Auxiliary Spring Craft Fair– Saturday, May 6 at 9:00 AM-2:00 PM at VFW Owatonna. Huge Spring vendor and craft show benefitting the VFW Auxiliary! The kitchen will be open all day with breakfast, lunch, snacks, and beverages available for purchase.

Maple Syrup Fun Run and Pancake Breakfast– Saturday, May 6, 6:00 AM-3:00 PM, at River Bend Nature Center. The races include a 50K, 25K, 10K and 5K trail runs (all jumbo clock timed) and a one-mile walk on an accessible paved trail (untimed). Register by April 21st to take advantage of early bird pricing! Race entry fee includes entry to the Pancake Brunch after the Fun Run, and a race shirt. More details can be found on our website athttp://www.rbnc.org/funrun/

Big Hats & Big Hearts Fundraiser– Saturday, May 6 at 4:00 PM at Paradise Center for the Performing arts.  Be part of this annual spring tradition of celebrating and supporting the arts through entertainment, fashion, and friends. Take part in live and silent auctions and watch the greatest two minutes in sports. Proceeds from this event help to continue the rich tradition of arts and education in Faribault. Cost: Pre-Sale Tickets $15
Day of Tickets $20. 

Girl’s Nite Out– Friday, May 12, 4:00-9:00 PM in downtown Northfield. Come to Northfield for a lot of fun! Bring a friend and enjoy the evening with food and drink specials, live music and a variety of fabulous entertainment throughout the evening! Pick up your Event Passport from participating locations for your chance to win $425 in Chamber Buck prizes!! LOOK FOR THE BLACK AND PINK BALLOONS!!!

Mother/Daughter Yoga– Saturday, May 13, 9:15-10:30 AM at Yoga Reset. Cost $15.00. A fun bonding morning for mothers and daughters.  Participants will warm up as a group and then break out into partner poses that will take some teamwork.  They will wrap up with relaxation. Space available for 6 pairs. Most appropriate for daughters ages 6 – 11. Instructor: Maggie DeMars.

Little Chef’s Cooking Class– Saturday, May 13 from 4:00-6:00 PM. The Little Chef’s Cooking Class is a popular event among many Hy-Vee stores across the country. The goal of this course is to educate children about food through interactive cooking. Cost: $15 per child. Parents can participate with their children and eat with them for free!

Wild Flower Walk– Sunday, May 14, at 10:00-11:30 AM at Riverbend Nature Center. Cost: FREE. Join a naturalist and wander through the prairie in search of what’s blooming. This will be roughly a 1-mile walk, on easy to moderate terrain.  Wear sunscreen and sturdy shoes.  

Ride Your Bike to the Library Day– Friday, May 19, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. Ride your bike to the library on our 2nd annual Ride-Your-Bike-to-the-Library event. Put on a helmet and ride to the Buckham Memorial Library. Then pick up a prize at the Circulation Desk. Be sure to lock your bike. It’s fun, healthy, and free! All ages welcome.

Waseca City Wide Garage Sale– Friday/Saturday, May 19-20. Starts at 7:00 AM.

8th Annual Armed Forces Day– Saturday, May 20 at 10:00 AM-5:00 PM and Sunday, May 21 at 10:00 AM-3:00 PM at the Rice County Steam and Gas Engine Grounds in Dundas. Come to experience Military History through WWII battles demonstrations, Civil War artillery, a military swap meet, and 1940s fashion show.  Food & drink available. Cost: $8.00 with a Non-Perishable Food Item * $10.00 without * Ages 7-12 $6  * WWII Veterans & Kids Under 7 are Free.

May Fun in Faribault - An Activity Guide. Looking for something to do during the month of May? There’s lots of activities for young and old going on in Faribault and our surrounding communities.

An ambulance from World War II at the Rice County Armed Forces Day.

The Color Dash– Saturday, May 20, starting at 8:00 AM at Alexander Park. This Color Dash 5k benefits the Rice County Habitat for Humanity. Make sure to get there early to join in on the dance competitions, hula-hoop contest, and many more contests with awesome swag giveaways.

Party in the Park– Saturday, May 20, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM at Manthey Park, Owatonna. May 20th is National Kids to Park Day and we’re celebrating with a PARTY in the PARK! Enjoy FREE activities in Manthey Park – take your turn in the bounce house, play Nature Hunt BINGO and learn how to play pickleball! Fill up for lunch with Papa Murphy’s Pizza and Kona Ice (normal rates for pizza and Kona Ice). Come and celebrate with us!

2017 Annual Dragon’s Car Show– Saturday, May 20, 8:00 AM-1:00 PM at Rice County Fairgrounds. Come and view some classic cars and trucks. $10 Entry for Car Show participants. FREE admission to the public. We are adding more food vendors and displays. Rain or shine.

Vintage & Perennial Plant Sale– Saturday, May 20, 9:00 AM-2:00 PM at the Village of Yesteryear. Hosted by the Steele County Historical Society.

FrontLine Honors Ceremony– Sunday, May 21, 1:00 PM at the American Legion Hall.  Come to watch and reflect as fallen soldiers from the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and all U.S. service members who were killed in action over the course of the previous 30 days are recognized. With members of the Post 43 Honor Guard / Color Guard present, the names of the KIA are read, followed by a flag-raising, salute, and prayer vigil.

A Walk on the Water Side– Sunday, May 21 at 1:30-3:00 PM at Riverbend Nature Center. Cost: FREE! JoinMN GreenCorps member, Leah Weston, on a walking tour of River Bend’s water-dependent ecosystems.  Learn about the filtering function of wetlands, and the importance of good water quality in ponds and rivers. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

May Family Fun Event – Ice Cream Social– Tuesday, May 23 from 3:30-5:00 PM at McKinley Early Childhood Center. Join us for a fun community ice cream social and games on our playground! Fun for the whole family! Open to all families with kids Birth – age 5 and their older siblings. Please be sure to register so we know how much to get!!!! Fun event for the month of May! register here: https://faribault.ce.eleyo.com/courses/category/ecfe/75/mixed-age

Memorial Day Parade– Monday, May 29, 10:00 AM starting at Division going North on Central Avenue to 6th Street and then west to Central Park. downtown Faribault.

More Attractions and Ideas for Summer Fun

1.  Be creative and paint a picture. There are several opportunities to paint a picture under the direction of an artist in the communities of Faribault, Northfield, and Owatonna. Check out the following artists to find one of their creative events near you!

2.  Take your kids to the Faribault Youth Center– Cost: FREE! The Faribault Youth Center is located at the Faribo West Mall and is a place for youth ages 8-18. Play board games, air hockey, and pool, along with internet and TV. Juice, water, soda and snacks available for purchase. Open 4:00-8:00 Monday-Friday, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM Saturdays, and 12:00 to 5:00 pm Sundays.

3.  Join the Restoration Club at River Bend Nature Center. Open to adults. Cost: FREE! Wednesdays in March through May, 3:00-5:00 PM. Join River Bend for a restoration-themed work day.  Along with River Bend staff, you will head onto the property to remove non-native invasive species and work to restore native habitat.  You will learn restoration skills that you can take home and implement on your property.

4.  Visit a Historical Society Museum– There are some great local museums nearby where you can learn about the history of our local cities and Minnesota. Check them out!

  • Rice County Historical Society– Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM. Cost: Seniors $2.00, Adults $3.00, Ages 12 & under $1.00. Learn about the history of Rice County, including everything from the Native Americans who lived here to Faribault’s founders, and the businesses that have called Faribault home.
  • Northfield Historical Society–  Cost:  $5.00 Adults, $3.00 Seniors (60+), $3.00 Students, Members Free. Open Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Cost: Tour the First National Bank of Northfield and learn about the day Jesse James robbed the bank. Located at 408 Division Street in Northfield.
  • Steele County History Center and Village of Yesteryear– Click here for hours of operation. Cost: Adult Admission: $5, Children: 7 – 16 $3, Six and under: FREE, Group Rates Available, SCHS Members: FREE.  The Village of Yesteryear consists of fifteen structures where you can experience what life was like in Owatonna and Steele County at the turn of the 20th Century. The Steele County History Center features rotating exhibits, displays, and educational programming relative to Steele County and Minnesota history.

5.  Take a history tour and learn more about Faribault.

  • Faribault Woolen Mill– Wednesdays at 11:00 AM, Fridays at 11:00 AM & 1:00 PM, Second Saturday of the Month at 11:00 AM & 1:00 PM, Cost: Adults $6, Students (5-18) $3, Kids (0-4) Free. Reservations are required Call 507-412-5534 or email customerservice@faribaultmill.com to reserve your spot.
  • F-Town Brewery– Take a tour to see how beer is made. All tours are first come, first served and are limited to 20 people. Sign up required at the brewery in-person only. The tour is free but you are encouraged to bring one non-perishable food item per person.
  • Cathedral of Our Merciful Savior–  Cost: FREE but donations to the Cathedral are appreciated! Tour and learn about the history the Cathedral and Bishop Henry Benjamin Whipple. Read about my experience taking the tour. It was amazing! Learn more about tour times and the guided tour here.
Touring the Oldest Cathedral in Minnesota

Inside Gilbert Hall at the Cathedral of Our Merciful Saviour in Faribault.

6.  Go to a FREE movie on Friday night!  Come to the HideAway Coffeehouse and Wine Bar in Northfield for a free movie night. A movie for the kids starts at 5:00 PM and a movie for adults starts at 7:30 PM. Enjoy free popcorn.

7.  Get crafty and take a beading class.  Come to Glass Garden Beads on Thursday nights and learn to bead with friends or family.  You can order a glass of wine from the Cheese Cave or a cup of coffee from the Bluebird Cakery / Coffee Shop and enjoy those options while you work on a unique beading project. Reserve your spot by calling 507-645-0301. There is only room for 6 so make your reservation early.

8.  Check out classic cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Come to downtown Faribault on the third Friday of the month during the summer and see some classic vehicles.  In addition to the cool cars, the night includes a live DJ playing music, food vendors, and more! Free to the public. The Faribo Drag-ons are a proud sponsor of this event.

Happy Travels,

Minnesota Wonders


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