June Fun in Faribault – An Activity Guide
Looking for something to do during the month of June? 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!
Star Gazing at the Godsell Observatory– Friday, June 2, 10:00 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.
Morristown Dam Days– June 3-5 in Morristown. Street dance, car show, farmers market, art show, BBQ contest, carnival, and more. Twilight Parade at 7:00 PM on June 3.
Smokin’ in Steele BBQ and Blues Festival– June 2-4 in Owatonna. Activities include BBQ competition, food vendors, live music, car show, 5K run, and bike cruise.
Finding Fossils– Saturday, June 3, 2017, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM at River Bend Nature Center. Walk with a naturalist and learn about the many fossils that can be found along the banks of the Straight River. Cost: $5 per person ($3 member).
Taste of the Farm– Tuesday, June 13, from 5:00-8:00 PM at Farm America in Waseca. Food, animals, farm equipment, live entertainment, and more.
Faribault Heritage Days– June 14-18. Inflatables, karaoke, carnival rides, city wide garage sales, Bingo, live music, food vendors, craft show, kid’s fun run, car show. Grand Parade on Saturday, June 17, at 6:15 PM. See the Heritage Days website for a complete list of activities.
Straight River Days– June 15-17 in Medford. City wide garage sales, volleyball tournament, car show, bean bag tournament, craft sale, street dance, food vendors and more. Parade on Friday, June 16 at 7:00 PM.
Movies in the Park– Friday, June 16 at sunset in Central Park, Owatonna. Come see the movie Trolls. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets. Concessions will be available. Pre-movie activities will begin an hour before sunset.
Faribault Car Cruise Night– Friday, June 16, 6:00-9:00 PM downtown Faribault. View classic cars, trucks, and motorcycles. 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.
Harry Wenger Marching Band Festival– Saturday, June 17 in Owatonna. Marching Band Parade begins at 11:00 AM. Watch as high school marching bands compete in this unique music competition.
Jammin in June Music Festival– Saturday, June 17 in Trowbridge Park in downtown Waseca.
Cannon River Clay Tour– Saturday, June 17 from 10:00 AM- 6:00 PM and Sunday, June 18 from 11:00 AM-5:00 PM. Come to Northfield and stop at four different locations to meet local ceramic artists. The tour features eleven local clay artists and eleven guest artists from around the country.
Squamates– Saturday, June 24 10:00-11:00 AM at River Bend Nature Center. What has scales, smells with its tongue, and can be found throughout most of the world? Squamates! Join a naturalist to learn all about these fascinating animals. The program includes a presentation, activities, and a meet and greet with live animals!
More Events, Attractions, and Ideas for Summer Fun
1. Go swimming at an area swimming pool. Cool off from the hot summer heat at one of our local swimming pools!
- Faribault Family Aquatic Center– Features several slides, a climbing wall, lily pad walk and zero depth entry. Opens June 3rd! Check out their website for fees and special events.
- River Springs Water Park in Owatonna– Features several slides, lazy river, climbing wall, lily pad walk, and zero depth entry. Opens June 4th at 4:00 PM.
- Northfield Memorial Pool– Features a separate toddler pool, zero-depth entry, a 50-meter section, diving board, a 1/2 court basketball court, and a climbing wall. Opens June 5th at 3:30 PM.
- Medford Community Pool– Features a kiddie pool and diving boards. Opens June 3rd.
- Waseca Water Park– Features water slides, lily pad walk, and zero depth entry. Opens in early June.
- Kenyon Municipal Swimming Pool– Opens June 5th.
2. Get entertained at the library. Many of our local libraries have special summer programs that are open to the public. From magicians and comedians to jugglers and storytellers, family fun will fill the library! Check out the links below for dates and times.
- Buckham Memorial Library in Faribault- special programs held every Friday during the summer in the Great Hall. See the library’s Facebook page for event times and performers.
- Northfield Public Library– special programs held every Wednesday afternoon during the summer at various Northfield parks. See the library’s website for locations, times, and performers.
- Waseca-LeSueur Public Libraries– special programs are held on different days at the libraries located in Waseca, Elysian, Janesville, Le Center, Le Sueur, Montgomery, New Richland, Waldorf, and Waterville. See their event calendar for times, locations, and performers.
- Owatonna Public Library– special programs are held on Thursdays. See their event calendar for times and performers.
3. Listen to live music at a “Concert in the Park.” Musical groups perform outdoors at parks in some of our local communities. Click on the links below to discover the performers, locations, and times of free area concerts.
- Faribault Concerts in the Park– Held on Thursday nights at 7:00 PM at Central Park in Faribault.
- Owatonna’s 11 @ 7 Concert Series– Held on Thursday nights at 7:00 PM at Central Park in Owatonna.
- Waseca Public Library Summer Concert Series-Held on Tuesday nights at 6:00-7:00 PM at Trowbridge Park in downtown Waseca.
4. Shop at a farmers market. Check out the local produce and crafters at area farmer’s markets.
- Faribault– Central Park. Saturday from June 3rd to October 28th 7:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Wednesdays from July 5th to October 25th 1:30 – 5:30 PM.
- Owatonna– Central Park. Saturdays from 7:00 AM – 12:00 PM, May – October.
- Northfield- Riverwalk Market Fair on Bridge Square located at Division Street and 4th. 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Rain or Shine. Every Saturday from June 3 – October 21, 2017. Except September 9, 2017.
- Waseca– Courthouse Parking Lot — Downtown Waseca. Thursdays – 5-7 p.m. Saturdays – 8-11 a.m.
- Medford– Christ the King Church parking lot. Thursdays from 3-7 p.m.
5. 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!
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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 email@example.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.
9. 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.
10. 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.