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Summer spoiler: Get the scoop on the season’s hottest events

Motorcyclists cruise the Great River Road near Maiden Rock. (photo by Stacy Bengs)

Sunglasses, check. Phone, check. Free weekend, check.

It’s that time of the year again. The sweet, sweet sounds, sun and steady stream of family fun that is the summer festival season.

From biking around Lake Pepin to the celebration of all things cheese, festivals are filling the weekends of the region’s summer calendar. Check out the list below for a spoiler alert of what this upcoming season has to offer.


Covered Bridge Music & Arts Festival

The annual community event in Zumbrota includes the Art in East Park fair, parade, fun run, games, food and fireworks display.

When: June 16-19

Where: Throughout Zumbrota

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Father’s Day Car Show

The Phantoms Motor and Model Club present the annual Father’s Day Car Show in downtown Red Wing.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday June 19

Where: Third and Bush streets, Red Wing

Cost: Free

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Plein Air Art Festival

Artists gather in Red Wing for the annual Plein Air Art Festival. Painters work outdoors and scatter around the region during the week-long event.

When: June 20-25

Where: Depot Gallery, 418 Levee St. and throughout Red Wing

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Cheese Curd Festival

The 15th annual Cheese Curd Festival “Surfer Curd: Fun in the Sun” includes food vendors, live entertainment, sport tournaments, craft show, cheese curd eating contest and more.

When: June 24-25

Where: East End Park, Ellsworth

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Classic Rock Fest

Harbor Bar presents Classic Rock Fest with three days of live country tunes.

When: June 24-26

Where: Harbor Bar

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Water Ski Days

Three days of entertainment includes a grand parade, arts and crafts fair, midway, live music and much more.

When: June 24-26

Where: Lake City

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Blues Fest

Harbor Bar presents Blues Fest with live music from Jimmy & the Band of Souls, Big Mike Blues Band, Back Channel Blues and Sena Ehrhardt among others.

When: July 8-10

Where: Harbor Bar

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Summer Celebration of the Arts

The Anderson Center’s Summer Celebration of the Arts includes more than 100 local and regional artists, craftspeople, writers and musicians.

When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday July 9

Where: 163 Tower View Drive, Red Wing

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Stockholm Art Fair

The Stockholm, Wis., festival celebrates local art alongside Lake Pepin. The juried art fair features over 100 artists, food vendors, live music and more.

When: Saturday July 16

Where: Stockholm

Cost: Free

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Rolling River Music Festival

The Sheldon Theatre and Jones Family Foundation along with a host of other sponsors present the annual Rolling River Music Festival with headliner Natalie Stovall and the Drive.

When: Saturday July 16

Where: Central Park Band Shell

Cost: Free

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Reggae Fest

Harbor Bar presents Reggae Fest with artists including Innocent Band, Socaholix, Dread I Dred, Ipso Facto, International Reggae All Stars and more.

When: June 29-31

Where: Harbor Bar

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Riverboat Days

The annual Riverboat Days festival includes events for the whole family.

When: July 29-31

Where: Wabasha

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River City Days

Red Wing’s premier summer festival with free entertainment, food and games for all ages. The event features an arts and crafts festival, tournaments, vendors, car show, medallion hunt, beer tent, parade and live music.

When: Aug. 5-7

Where: Throughout Red Wing

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Goodhue County Fair

The annual county fair has been operating for well over a century. This year’s entertainment includes a lawn mower derby, kids power wheel contest, demolition derby, tractor and truck pull, bull riding and barrel racing and live music from Sawyer Brown. Special contests, chainsaw art, animal judging, fair food and more are part of the six-day event.

When: Aug. 9-14

Where: 4-H Buildings and Fairgrounds, Zumbrota

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Pierce County Fair

The Piece County Fair offers entertainment for the whole family. Events include live music, special contests, talent show, animal shows, tractor and truck pull, vendors, food and more.

When: Aug. 11-14

Where: Ellsworth

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Country Fest

Harbor Bar presents Country Fest with music from Earl Lovelace & Southbound Country, JT & the Gunslingers and more.

When: Aug. 19-21

Where: Harbor Bar

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Stacy Bengs-Silverberg

Stacy Bengs has been a photojournalist at the Red Wing Republican Eagle since 2010. She holds a bachelors degree in journalism and art from the University of Minnesota.

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