GET YOUR ARTS FIX
The arts are always alive in Owatonna. Catch an outdoor concert, discover downtown murals, or enjoy a live theatre performance during your stay here.
While you are enjoying the architecture in downtown Owatonna, you will come across several street murals depicting the community’s history and heritage painted by local artists. See if you can find all five murals: the Little Red School House Mural at Pocket Park, Main Street Mural at Pocket Park, the Owatonna Gateway Mural on the side of Straight River Sports & Fitness, the Fire Hall Mural on historic Firemen’s Hall and Princess Owatonna Mural on the side of Owatonna Shoe. Also look for five “mini murals” of Owls hidden throughout the historic buildings in downtown. The newest mural located near Blast Soft Serve was led by Owatonna Human Rights Commission to promote and reflect Owatonna’s rich cultural diversity.
The Little Theatre of Owatonna recently celebrated fifty years of producing plays in Owatonna and bringing culture and entertainment to the community. Go to www.littletheatreofowatonna.org for current shows.
Grab your lawn chair and listen to live music at the 11@7 Concert Series on Thursdays in Central Park during the summer. Enjoy an evening of entertainment at the Steele County History Center during their Americana Showcase events, featuring musicians like Brandon Sampson and John Wheeler of Six Mile Grove. Sample award-winning barbeque while listening to live blues bands at the Smokin in Steele BBQ and Blues Festival in June. Watch the downtown come alive with music from competitive high school marching bands during the Harry Wenger Marching Band Festival. Be sure to check out the carolers in Central Park during the Hometown Holiday Weekend.
Spend an afternoon enjoying the current art exhibit at the Owatonna Art Center and the diverse group of works by local and regional artists, which comprises the majority of the OAC permanent collection. For more than 40 years, the Owatonna Arts Center has been a cultural beacon serving community members by inviting them to explore, experience, and engage in unique and meaningful art experiences. The Owatonna Arts Center is housed on the West Hills Campus where the Minnesota State Public School for Dependent and Neglected Children was in operation from 1886 until 1945. Make sure to check out the beautiful stained glass windows that were salvaged from a local church. Walk down the hall to the Orphanage Museum to learn more about the rich history of the State School. No Admission Fee – donations appreciated.
History comes to life in Owatonna during Steele County Historical Society’s Extravaganza at the Village of Yesteryear. You will experience what life was truly like in Minnesota during the late 19th Celebrate 31 years of historical reenactments and demonstrations, hands-on activities, food, music, and more historically related family fun!
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