Mahkato Wacipi

Sept. 20-22/Mankato – Native Americans from a number of tribes gather each September in Mankato’s Land of Memories Park, where the Dakota people held many ceremonies and gatherings before the US-Dakota War of 1862. The conflict resulted in the execution of 38 Dakota warriors in Mankato on December 26, 1862. In keeping with the theme of reconciliation, visitors and participants, native and non-native alike, are welcome to attend. This three-day event includes the beautiful regalia of the dancers, traditional music, delicious foods and beautiful crafts. Land of Memories Park. 507-514-5088

Renaissance Festival

Thru Sept. 29/SHAKOPWW  (Saturdays, Sundays, Festival Friday) King Henry and his royal court invite one and all to his 16th Century European village featuring 16 stages of exciting entertainment. Over 250 artisans fill the Festival Marketplace to display and sell their handcrafted wares for a truly unique shopping experience. Patrons can interact with hundreds of memorable characters roaming the village streets as well as view live armored jousting throughout the day. The Minnesota Renaissance Festival is the largest Renaissance Festival in the United States with an annual attendance of roughly 300,000! Renaissance Festival Grounds. 952-445-7361