Rochester, MN Arts and Culture

Robust arts and culture scene adds to city’s quality of life

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Rochester, MN

<p>Creativity and entertainment are two of the many appealing characteristics that highlight the arts and culture scene in Rochester, where a thriving environment is in place for artists, residents and tourists.</p>

<h2>Visual Arts</h2>

<p>Fine art is displayed in abundance at <a href="http://www.rochesterartcenter.org&quot; target="_blank">Rochester Art Center</a>, where contemporary exhibits are housed in an eye-pleasing building. Meanwhile, natural art fans should check out <a href="http://www.jameskromnaturalimages.com/&quot; target="_blank">James Krom Natural Images</a>, a downtown gallery that showcases Krom’s drawings, paintings and portraits as well as jewelry, books, sculptures and more by other artists.</p>

<h2>Live Music</h2>

<p>In Rochester, there is never a shortage of live music events and venues. Highlights include a monthly Thursdays on First &amp; 3rd Summer Market and Music Festival,&nbsp;the Rochester Civic Theatre's&nbsp;Civic Live patio music series, and&nbsp;an Americana Showcase that celebrates the rich musical heritage of the American Midwest. There is also live music at Rochester Civic Music-Riverside Concerts, including a popular <a href="http://www.riversideconcerts.com/&quot; target="_blank">Down by the Riverside</a> series.</p>

<p><a href="http://www.rochesterwinterfest.com/&quot; target="_blank">WinterFest</a> is a two-week concert festival held every February, and don’t miss <a href="http://www.downtownrochestermn.com/events/socialice&quot; target="_blank">SocialICE</a> that features outdoor ice bars where people gather in February and listen to live music. Other highlights include Honors Choirs of Southeast Minnesota and live music destinations like Charlie’s Eatery &amp; Pub, Doggery, Forager and Kathy’s Pub.</p>

<h2>Theater and Dance</h2>

<p>Rochester certainly has no shortage of shows, with regular productions by <a href="http://www.rctc.edu/studentlife/theatre/index.html&quot; target="_blank">Hill Theatre at Rochester Community and Technical College</a>, <a href="http://www.rochestercivictheatre.org/&quot; target="_blank">Rochester Civic Theatre</a> and <a href="http://northlandwords.org/home2&quot; target="_blank">Words Players Theatre</a>. If you’d rather learn to dance than watch, take a class at <a href="http://allegrodancemusic.com/&quot; target="_blank">Allegro School of Dance and Music</a>, Dahl Dance Center, <a href="http://www.fredastaire.com/&quot; target="_blank">Fred Astaire Dance Studio</a> and Tippi Toes Dance Company.</p>

<h2>History</h2>

<p>Tour the recently renovated <a href="http://www.olmstedhistory.com/mayowood-mansion/&quot; target="_blank">Mayowood Mansion</a> and then browse exhibits at the <a href="http://www.olmstedhistory.com/&quot; target="_blank">History Center of Olmsted County</a>. The center, which features artifacts, furniture, medical equipment and art, hosts educational and local events for the community.</p>

<p>Experience what life was like in Rochester 140 years ago at <a href="http://www.downtownrochestermn.com/go/heritage-house-victorian-museum&q…; target="_blank">Heritage House Victorian Museum</a>, located in&nbsp;a beautifully preserved Italianate home in Central Park downtown. The community pays respect to its local veterans at the Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial.</p>

<h2>Event Center</h2>

<p><a href="http://www.mayociviccenter.com/&quot; target="_blank">Mayo Civic Center</a> hosts large events throughout the year, and in 2017 visitors can expect even more because of an $80 million expansion. The final results will double the space to 200,000 square feet and add a grand ballroom, 16 meeting rooms and multi-function spaces. Surrounded by Mayo Park, the center is also a prime spot for outdoor events.</p>

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