Festivals and Events

 New Ulm has been known as a “City of Festivals.”
No matter the time of year, you’ll find a reason to link arms with your neighbor and celebrate.



Check out the Community Calendar to see what’s happening this weekend!

Click here to see a listing of 2015 events!



This traditional festival is modeled after one of the world’s largest celebrations, held each year for several centuries in Munich, Germany. New Ulm’s version takes place during the first two weekends in October, with festivities in 4 locations: Historic Downtown, Best Western Plus, Schell’s Brewery, and Morgan Creek Vineyards.

Join us in downtown New Ulm for German food and music, horse-drawn trolley rides and dancing.  The festivities continue during the day and into the evening at the Best Western Plus, with a full schedule of “oom-pah!” including performances from New Ulm’s famous Concord Singers.

Events downtown are free; admission fees for Best Western Plus, Schell’s Brewery, and Morgan Creek Vineyards vary.  

2016 Dates: Oct 7-8 & 14-15 (Cambria Crush Grape Stomp at Morgan Creek Vineyards will take place on Oct 1, 2016).

Fasching/Schell’s Bock Fest:

Held the Saturday prior to Ash Wednesday, Fasching and Schell’s Bock Fest give everyone something to look forward to amid a long, cold winter.

Fasching is an old carnival tradition that originated in the European Alps to chase away winter. Each year, strips of cloth are strung across downtown streets in the German peasant tradition, and the “Narren,” masked characters in colorful costumes, walk the streets inviting people to the party. Held at Turner Hall, Fasching includes music, food and dancing, and costumes are encouraged.

Schell’s Bock Fest takes place outdoors on the grounds of Schell’s brewery. Enjoy an award-winning beer or root beer beside a big bonfire and a few thousand friends. The highlight of the day is the Bock Medallion Hunt, when participants use clues to find the “bocks” (a gruff and stubborn goat of winter), to win cash and merchandise prizes.

 Bavarian Blast; Festival; New Ulm; Beer

 Bavarian Blast:

July brings Bavarian Blast to the Brown County Fairgrounds for a weekend-long celebration of our German heritage and culture. In addition to music and food under the festival tent, visitors will enjoy an arts and crafts festival, Kinderblast for the kids and a 10K or 2-mile Fun Run and the Grande Parade, held on Sunday. www.bavarianblast.com

 Fireworks over Hermann

Hermann Fest:

Join us for a celebration at Hermann the German!  The party is held at Hermann Heights Park (14 Monument St.) in the shadow of the 102-foot monument, and below in Harman Park (101 North Garden St.).

Dance to live German music throughout the day, snack on some German and American food, and refresh with Schell’s beer and 1919 Root Beer – on tap all day!  Festivities begin at 10am.

Be sure you check out the event highlights: Thunder In The Valley by the New Ulm Battery and New Ulm Municipal Band (cannon shoot with 11 guns!) at 6 pm, and the Fantastic Fireworks over the Hermann Monument at 8:30 pm.  Music continues into the night.


For more information, go to www.hermannmonument.com.

Other events:


Downtown2Christmas in New Ulm:

The holidays are a magical time to visit New Ulm. The fun begins with the “Shopping Opener,” a kickoff to the shopping season held the first two weekends in November in conjunction with the Minnesota deer hunting season. 

Click here for more details about visiting New Ulm during the Holidays!

The Friday evening after Thanksgiving, New Ulm welcomes Santa to town with a Parade of Lights.

Throughout December, downtown New Ulm is adorned with natural evergreen boughs, trees and lights – a tradition since 1925.


Shopping Opener

Kick off the shopping season at the Holiday Shopping Opener, November 6-8 & 13-15, 2015


If you are not deer hunting in November, the place to be is the Annual Shopping Opener in New Ulm! “No license” is needed for this destination event.

Shopping divas make it a tradition to kick off the shopping season here in New Ulm. Eat, stay and play on either of the two weekends. The New Ulm Specialty Shops have joined together for open houses, tasty treats, events and giveaways.

Check out the Women’s Expo – over 100 vendors with demonstrations, crafts, wellness, home businesses and more. This first-weekend event is sponsored by the Early Childhood Family Education Program and grows every year.

The GnomeMade Artisan Market will host open houses throughout the city on the first weekend of the Shopping Opener.

Don’t miss all of the creative energy that this town has to offer! Grab your gear, polish up your charge card and plan a visit to New Ulm for Shopping Opener.

Location: Downtown and all around town.
Date/Times:  1st and 2nd full weekends in November
Contact: 507-233-4300



This free festival, in Riverside park along the Minnesota River, is two days of music catering to many tastes and features blues, rock, Cajun, folk and old-time. Food and drink are plentiful and there is camping available. Bike rides and foot races also happen. Saturday afternoon has seen a few different fun-filled competitions on the water that bring howls of approval!

For a laid-back couple of days (around Labor Day) focused on fun and music, and to appreciate the value and beauty of the river, Riverblast is hard to beat!


Morgan Creek Vineyards:

The vineyard plays host to a series of festivals throughout the year, starting each spring with Maifest and the Bacchus Festival.  In October, get your feet grape-stained during the Cambria Crush annual grape stomp. Jazz nights, the annual winemaker’s dinner and a Christmas Candlelight Wine Tasting round out the year. www.morgancreekvineyards.com


Brown County Free Fair:

Each August the fair includes a carnival, a variety of free entertainment, livestock shows, the demolition derby and a truck and tractor pull. Admission to the fairgrounds is free; tickets are required for some events. www.browncountyfreefair.com.



2015 Calendar of Events (see Community Calendar for more events)

Fasching – Feb 13-14

Bock Fest – Feb 14

Figure Skating Club Ice Show – Feb 27-28

Farm Show – Mar 6-7

Great Irish Fair – Mar 14

St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Mar 17

Joe’s Camper Show – Mar 18-21

New Ulm’s Home and Health Show – Mar 27-29

City-wide Indoor Garage Sale – Apr 11

Spring Boutique Week – Apr 16-18

The Circus Comes to Town! – Apr 24

Scenic Byway-Long Garage Sale – May 1-2

Mai Fest at Morgan Creek Vineyards – May 2

Bacchus Fest/Spring Wine Release at Morgan Creek Vineyards – May 16

Schell’s “Lager Lauf” (6 & 12K run) – May 16

Sytende Mai (in Hanska) – May 17

Motorcycle Road Run at FDMC – June 7

New Ulm Golf Invitational – June 12-14

Summer Party at FDMC – June 27

Quiltistry – June 27

Autofest – Car Show – June 28

Patriotic Day at Turner Hall – July 4

Bavarian Blast – July 17-19

German Winefest at Morgan Creek Vineyards – July 17-19

Crazy Days – July 17-18

Brown County Free Fair – Aug 12-16

US-Dakota War Commemoration – Aug 17-23

Martin Luther College Start Weekend – Aug 20-21

FDMC’s Motorcycle & ATV Hill Climb – Aug 23

Riverblast – Sept 4-5

Farm and Toy Show – Sept 5-6

Hermann Fest – Sept 12

FDMC Motorcycle & ATV Flat Track Races – Sept 19-20

Oktoberfest – Oct 2-3/9-10

Pumpkinfest – Oct 4

New Ulm Area Wedding Show – Oct 11

MN Music Hall of Fame Induction – Nov 6

Showcase of Hall of Fame Musicians – Nov 7

Holiday Shopping Opener Weekends – Nov 6-8/13-15

“Wine Diva Days” at Morgan Creek Vineyards – Nov 6-7

Women’s Expo and Holiday Craft Sales – Nov 7

Christmas Candelight Winetasting at Morgan Creek Vineyards – Nov 20

Parade of Lights Downtown – Nov 27

Holiday Open House at Morgan Creek Vineyards – Dec 5-6