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Festivals To Enjoy Year-Round In Mankato, Minnesota

 Mankato features an abundant array of activities and festivals to enjoy throughout the year, and is home of the Minnesota Vikings Training Camp. It's Mankato's small town charm which draws us back.

We love visiting festivals, fairs, and annual celebrations around the USA. It's a wonderful way to learn more about the people and culture of an area. In Mankato there are a number of great festivals and celebrations to experience. Spring is a wonderful time to savor a taste of cultures at the International Festival.

Summer heats up with the annual Rockin' in the Quarry Festival, Fourth of July Fireworks show, the North Mankato Fun Days, and the Annual Hickory Street Ribfest in August.

In September guests arrive from around the country to discover Native American traditions at the Mdewakanton, Mah-kato Traditional Powwow where you'll find unique craftsmen and cultural exhibits. History comes to life in October at the Historyfest.

And then the beauty of winter takes hold and everyone gathers for the Festival of Trees, annual Christmas Tea at Old Main Village, and a beautiful holiday musical and theatrical productions.

Visit Mankato and you'll discover nature's beauty is everywhere. From scenic trails to parks, there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy in the scenic Minnesota River Valley. Among the favorites are cross country skiing and snowmobiling in the heart of winter. Oh, for those who love fishing there are sparkling lakes within the Mankato area where you can drop in a line, go boating, swimming and camping. Drop in at the Minneopa State Park for a hike and picnic, and while you're there check out the 45 foot high waterfall; a breath-taking experience.

Visiting small towns across the nation is similar to unearthing a treasure chest, you never know what exciting sites you'll find around the next bend in the road. Stroll around Mankato's historic downtown and browse through unique shops or step back in time at one of the area historical sites. At night check out local entertainment or events at the Midwest Wireless Civic Center. Enjoy shopping at one of Mankato's malls, and discover special gifts and treasures at area specialty shops or antique stores. Among the antique shops around Mankato you'll also find relics from the past. Wherever we went we found friendly faces and helpful advice for enjoying all Mankato's entertainment and activities.

By Leroy Worley

Getting There:

To plan your trip and view current events, attractions and more visit the Greater Mankato CVB www.greatermankato.com.

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About The Author

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