Owatonna is known for fun events year-round. The Steele County Free Fair is the largest county fair in Minnesota, bringing hundreds of thousands of people to the fairgrounds each August. Smokin’ in Steele BBQ and Blues Festival offers the perfect combination of barbeque tastings and blues music. The Extravaganza at Village of Yesteryear will take you back in time with reenactments and demonstrations. Check out our calendar of events for the most up-to-date information.
TOP ANNUAL EVENTS
January 26 – 28, 2018
Embrace the cold weather and enjoy sledding, bocce ball, ice fishing and a polar plunge this weekend.
February 16, 2018
A multicultural celebration of food, beer and coffee. Guests will take a trip around the culinary world.
March 15-17, 2018
Held in at the Four Seasons in Owatonna for the past 15 years, this is a great show for farmers and families alike.
March 23-25, 2018
Stop by the Four Seasons for all of your home and recreation needs!
Saturdays May-October, 7am-12pm
Stop by Central Park every Saturday during the summer to pick up fresh vegetables, flowers and fun hand-crafted items from more than 80 vendors.
May 3-6, 2018
This slow-pitch softball tournament is one of the largest and most competitive men’s softball tournaments in the country. Held at the Steele County Fairgrounds Softball Complex and various fields throughout Owatonna and Faribault.
Thursdays May 31-Aug 9, 2018
Enjoy the wide variety of musical groups that perform througout the summer on Thursdays at 7pm in Central Park.
June 1-3, 2018
A smokin’ good time! Kansas City Sanctioned BBQ Competition and live blues music at this one-of-a-kind event.
June 16, 2018
This festival showcases competitive high school marching bands and pays homage to the vision and work of the founder of Wenger Co., Harry Wenger.
July 15, 2018
Enjoy a Sunday afternoon of music, food, historic demonstrations, antique tractor show and more during this family day of historically related fun! All Village of Yesteryear buildings are open to enjoy.
July 26 – 28, 2018
Join us for this fun summer-time event! Ice Cream Social & Old Car Cruise-In, Crazy Days Sidewalk Sales, Kiddie Parade, Food Vendors, Music, and more!
July 28-29, 2018
Stroll the beautiful Owatonna Arts Center grounds and enjoy live entertainment, art demonstrations, and fine art by regional artists.
August 11-12, 2018
This is the second year the Pirate Festival will be held in Minnesota! Grab your eye patch and head down to Morehouse Park for entertainment, activities and vendors.
August 14-19, 2018
Don’t miss Owatonna’s signature event – the largest county fair in the state of Minnesota! The fair offers a wide variety of events and attractions, and admission is free!
The Orphanage Museum’s annual event is an opportunity to celebrate and honor the children who lived at the State School. Enjoy outdoor music, historic tours, food and family fun. Keep an eye on their website for details.
September 22, 2018
Culturfest is a free multicultural event. Be sure to come out for this incredible day of music and dance talents, ethnic foods, authentic merchandise and activities for all ages.
October 26 – 31, 2018
Owatonna goes big for Halloween with several large events geared towards families this week.
November 1-3, 2018
Craft shows, bazaars and store specials are in full swing for Deer Opener weekend. Come get early holiday shopping done and enjoy your own getaway while your other half is out hunting.
November 29, 2018
Bundle up and head to downtown Owatonna for the Lighted Holiday Parade starting at 6pm. Parade vehicles will be decked out in their finest holiday lights. The parade ends with carolers and cider in Central Park.
November 30 – Dec 2, 2018
This weekend is full of special events and music, plus plenty of opportunities to shop local. Stop by Christmas in the Village, the Historical Holiday House Tour, and more.