Explore new excitement in Southern Minnesota

Stephanie Moua

ST. PAUL, MN - As the weather warms up, let southern Minnesota's festivals and fairs serve as the place to experience the outdoors.

Here are some fun festivals you can find in southern Minnesota.

1. Bavarian Blast in New Ulm

The annual Bavarian Blast in New Ulm features German-style bands, country music, and old-time fun. It's a great place to get out and enjoy the summer in southern Minnesota.

2. Boats & Bluegrass in Winona

This unique festival features a variety of music and camping options along the Mississippi River. On the weekend, Winona State University's canoe instructors lead group trips into the backwaters of the river.

3. Defeat of Jesse James Days in Northfield

Every year since 1876, the residents of Northfield reenact the James-Younger Gang's failed attempt at robbing the First National Bank. The event is held on Division Street outside the bank.

4. International Festival in Worthington

The International Festival of Worthington features various cultures and is held in July. This free event, which takes place each year, features live music, food, and more.

5. Wilder Pageant

The annual Wilder Pageant, which is based on the life of actress and author Laura Ingalls Wilder, is a family-friendly outdoor drama performed every July on the banks of Walnut Creek.

6. County Fairs

From the old-fashioned fun to the top-notch entertainment, each of the 36 county fairs in southern Minnesota has something for everyone.

7. Mankato Ribfest in Mankato

The Mankato Ribfest features ribs from all across the country. This free event features live music and a kids' area.

8. Water Ski Days in Lake City

Water Ski Days is held annually in Lake City, Minnesota. The event, which originated to celebrate the sport, features a variety of water skiing activities and live entertainment.

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