Friday Fab Five

Dave Meir
Published on May 17, 2017

Friday Fab Five

Here’s our pick of Five Fabulous things you can do in Rochester, Minnesota this weekend.

#5 – Wedding Belles at the Rochester Rep Theater

My wife and I recently attended the Drowsy Chaperone at the Rochester Civic Theater and were amazed at the talent of our local performers. I have no reason to believe this performance at the Rochester Rep would be any less entertaining – and at a mere fraction of the cost of a play at the Guthrie or the Orpheum.

A comedy written by Alan Bailey and Ronnie Claire Edwards, Wedding Belles takes place on a beautiful summer day in 1942. A young woman, and a soldier bound for the war, want to get married. Four southern ladies in the midst of planning a garden party instead take advantage of the opportunity to plan this last minute pull-out-all-the-stops wedding.

Take in the show and then scoot over to La Vetta for a drink and a look at the downtown lights from the rooftop.

#4 – Art on the Avenue

Art on the Avenue has become an annual spring tradition in Rochester’s Slatterly Park. Featuring glass blowers, painters, jewelers, metal workers and musicians. A highlight of this event is the annual unveiling of a permanent boulevard sculpture in the Slattery Park neighborhood.

Promoting the arts and encouraging neighborhood walk-ability, Art on the Avenue helps to attract Rochester residents to our vibrant downtown neighborhoods.

This year’s event will be held on Saturday, May 20th from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm.

#3 – Downtown Farmers Market

Saturday mornings from May through October, get up early, skip the shower, pull on a baseball cap, (I’m only telling you what I do;-) grab a cup of coffee and head to the Rochester Downtown Farmers Market.

Locally grown vegetables, berries and grapes, plants for your garden, cut flowers, smoked and fresh meats, baked goods and crafts, fresh dairy products, jams, jellies and syrups fill the tables and booths of the many dozens of local vendors that set up shop every Saturday morning.

Walking through he Farmers Market on a sunny Saturday morning is a great way to start the weekend. And if you’re good, and you don’t touch anything you’re not supposed to, you just might be allowed to bring home a caramel roll.


#2 – Downtown Rochester Food Tours


Downtown Rochester Food Tours happen every Friday and Saturday starting at 11:00 am.
During your unique guided gourmet tour you’ll visit several locally owned and operated restaurants and speciality food stores in downtown Rochester, Minnesota.
Besides the great food you’ll hear the stories and learn the history of how these local establishments were founded. You’ll also receive a Neighborhood Guide brochure with a map and discounts at other great downtown Rochester restaurants.
Whether you’re a long-time local or a visiting guest of our great city, you’re sure to enjoy a downtown Rochester food tour.



 #1 – Innovationology: Benefiting the MN Childrens’ Museum Rochester

Saturday, May 20th from 7:00 to 11:30 pm – Bleu Duck Kitchen & Collider.

Come be a part of the power created when innovative and creative minds come together for a common purpose. Innovationology highlights the importance of innovation and creativity and the power of play. You will use all your senses and the organizers promise an event like none-other and one not to be missed.

Local innovators from all industries and levels of development will be combined with culinary artists and mixologists to provide a multi-sensory experience sure to delight.

 And, as a special addition to this event, you have the option of including a three-course gourmet Chef’s dinner prepared by the Bleu Duck Kitchen.

Your attendance at this fund-raising event will enable the Rochester Minnesota Children’s Museum to continue their important work in the community – providing a place for children and their families to connect, innovate and be creative.