The Parker

101 East Center Street
Rochester, MN

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  • We’re in the second week of October, and right in the middle of corn harvesting season! In Minnesota, we celebrate corn season with corn mazes and corn on the cob grill outs. According to, Minnesota produced over 1,533,195,000 bushels of corn in 2016. With that much corn, each person in Rochester could have over 13,568 bushels of corn! Minnesota is a leader in corn production. In our city, we have a reminder of how important corn is to our state. The Ear of Corn Water Tower, located by Seneca Foods and the Olmsted County Fairgrounds, is one of our city’s attractions. Let’s look at some of the history behind the Ear of Corn Water Tower.   In 1931, our

    Oct 17,
  • At the end of the month, we’ll celebrate Halloween by dressing up as other characters and parading as them. Whether these characters are working jobs we don’t, or they live in a world we couldn’t, Halloween is a day to dress up as someone else. Throughout Rochester, we’re blessed to have theatres recreating the essence of Halloween each production. 1) Rochester Civic Theater 20 Civic Center Drive SE Rochester, MN Not far from us, you’ll find the Rochester Civic Theatre. Beginning in 1951, the Rochester Civic Theatre set out to be Southeastern Minnesota’s premiere theatre.They’re a multidisciplinary performance center, offering anything that can be set up on a stage. If attending a performance at the Rochester Civic Theatre interests you,

    Oct 10,
  • We had quite a few festivals and concerts come through our community with the last month! We hope you were able to enjoy those performances, but if not, we have more for you in October! 1) Cafe Steam Cafe Steam offers an array of musical performances each month. Whether you're there for Thursday evening open mics, where you get the chance to listen to Rochester's brewing local performing arts scene, or there for a featured artist on Friday and Saturday, cafe steam will have you moving to the music, but not too much to spill your mocha.   2)Forager Brewery Forager Brewer includes Monday night open mics and featured artists performing throughout the month. With the show, you'll have the

    Oct 02,
  • The season of costumes and candy, of scary movie reruns and haunted maze fun has arrived! We have 30 days left until Halloween, but this whole month is filled with events to celebrate all hallow's eve. Below we've included events to get you into the Halloween spirit. 1) Fright at the Farm Fright at the Farm includes over 10,000 square feet of haunted rooms, corridors, and corn mazes. Southeastern Minnesota's most chilling will both guide and chase you inside the farm, and outside in the cornfield. Even before you enter into the actors haunted home, you'll feel your heart race to the tune of the Halloween theme. If you're interested in walking through Fright at the Farm, please visit the

    Oct 02,
  • Apple orchards are as much a Minnesota tradition as picking Christmas trees. Fall is the season for apple pies, apple crisps, and apple cider. With your taste buds thinking about apples, we've take you through a Rochester orchard Sekapp's Orchard has been in our community for over 50 years and continues to remain a Rochester icon of Fall. With over 170 acres of produce, not only will you find an abundance of locally grown apples, but you'll also find pumpkins and gourds for to carve for Halloween. If you're unable to visit Sekapp's Orchard, but still want to taste their produce, they are regulars at the Rochester Farmer's Market during the Farmer's Market Season. If you're interested in stopping by

    Oct 02,