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.
Spend a day discovering different cultures during Culturfest in September. Try your hand at making butter, taste traditional Somali food, and watch music and dance performances. The perfect family event for a multi-cultural experience.
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 four 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, and the Fire Hall Mural on historic Firemen’s Hall.
The Little Theatre of Owatonna recently celebrated fifty years of producing plays in Owatonna and bringing culture and entertainment to the community. The 2016 season includes the comedy Harvey, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and the musical Grease.
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.