A five-minute drive from downtown, Uptown’s public spaces entice visitors with bike paths, sculpture gardens, and locals blasting impressions of Björk's pet swan over a megaphone. Nearby, rented canoes crisscross Lake Calhoun’s calm waters, and restaurants serve eclectic cuisines from fresh seafood to Japanese cuisine on outdoor patios. Visitors to Uptown can feast on American fare at restaurants such as Primebar, which serves up sandwiches, steak, and seafood with largely local brews; The Herkimer Pub & Brewery in Lyn-Lake, known for its small batches of craft beer; and the Uptown Cafeteria, offering trendy contemporary meals. Evenings out at Bar Louie tempt guests with martinis, margaritas, and other cocktails accompanied by pub food, and Chino Latino delights palettes with dishes small and large, spicy and explosive. Wayward mermaids dining at Stella's Fish Cafe & Prestige Oyster Bar can enjoy a feast fit for the sea with raw, grilled, and baked items, or step on shore and visit moto-i in Lyn-Lake to sample the food you’d find on Japanese streets.
Sever’s Corn Maze isn’t just a cornfield with some paths cut into it. It’s a full-scale celebration of the autumn season, combining traditional harvest activities and treats with bounce pillows, petting zoos, and magic shows. The farm welcomes in guests from mid-September through the end of October, inviting them to share in the fun of picking their own pumpkin, biting into a crisp caramel apple, or finding all of the checkpoints in a themed maze without running into the centaur scarecrow. The Severs offer enough activities to keep families busy all day, including seeing which little piglet will win the derby race. Knowing that guests can work up an appetite between all their activities, the Severs offer a range of autumn goodies including brats, kettle corn, cheese curds, and steaming mugs of hot cocoa and cider.
When you're ready to take on your next adventure, head to Fairgrounds Concession Stand in Owatonna for some fun.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
If you're looking to spice up your weekends, give Fairgrounds Concession Stand a call today.
When you have a free day, head to Renville County Fairgrounds Office in Olivia for a day packed full of fun.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
If you're looking to spice up your weekends, give Renville County Fairgrounds Office a call today.
Staff Size: 50+ people
Parking: Free street parking
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Pro Tip: Bring extra cash for children's games, book sale, market place and more.
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Two music stages.
Q&A with Kathy Jurichko, Entertainment Coordinator and Social Media Marketing
As the old adage says, "Stuff happens." What training do you and your staff have to stay ahead of the unexpected?
This is a one day festival. This is our fifth year. We have a large amount of competent and experienced volunteers divided into categories of their expertise: food prep, entertainment, games, ticket sales/accounting, facility and grounds, etc. We have indoor space available in the event of too much rain or cold.
What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?
Don't make us choose just one. We are proud of our ethnic food offerings: perohi (which is stuffed pasta dumplings with potato/cheese filling) and holubki (which is a cabbage roll).
These are made by experienced volunteers in our church kitchen. We are also proud of our entertainment offerings. We have one indoor stage that is coffee-shop style with individual performers. And we have an outdoor stage that will present Russian folk music, Polish polka, old-time American folk music, and Slovak Dance groups. We are also proud of our cathedral choir and they will sing a concert in our cathedral, which will be open all day for tours.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
We are excited to welcome guests from our community to enjoy a day of food, entertainment, and fun.
The day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday, but starting in 2014, residents of Minneapolis can begin recognizing that day for something else: the start of the Minneapolis Holiday Market. Taking its cue from similar centuries-old markets around the globe, the Minneapolis Holiday Market generates seasonal spirit within its twinkling setting at the heart of Peavey Plaza. For nearly four weeks, this area transforms into a quaint village that, much like Santa's man cave, smells of mulled wine, cloves, and cinnamon.
Visitors begin their own traditions here, especially while browsing the countless handcrafted keepsakes and authentic German items. The selection includes wood carvings, knitted scarves, tin toys, beer steins, and more. Those steins might even come in handy, since food and beverage vendors dole out German beers, pastries, potato pancakes, and other European treats. On a centrally located stage, school choirs, brass ensembles, and other entertainers create a festive soundtrack for the market. Elsewhere, kids activities including scavenger hunts and carousel rides keep kids engaged.