Join us for these events that 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 around the downtown area in the German peasant tradition, and the “Narren,” masked characters in colorful costumes, walk the streets inviting people to the party.
Join the Narren on Friday, March 1 as they “capture” the Mayor of New Ulm. On Saturday morning, they are hosting an event for kids at the New Ulm Public Library from 10 – 11 am. The Fasching Festival, hosted by the Concord Singers, is held at Best Western Plus on March 2 and includes music, food and dancing, and costumes are encouraged! Click here to learn more.
Schell’s Bock Fest takes place outdoors on the grounds of Schell’s brewery on Saturday, March 2. 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. For more details, visit Schell’s website.
Be safe when attending Bock Fest and don’t drink and drive! There are free shuttle buses and vans, as well as taxi and other ride services. Catch a ride and take in other happening around town! Shuttle service information is here. There is a lot to take in during the Fasching/Bock Fest weekend! The downtown is always hopping before and after Bock Fest, with live music at several downtown venues. Friday Pre-Bock Fest parties include The Johnny Holm Band at the Event Center, and a Promo Party at Green Mill. Saturday Post-Bock Fest activities include IV Play at the heated tent outside Green Mill, and much more! View the Event Calendar online for more entertainment options!
Coming to Bock Fest and can’t find a hotel room in New Ulm? Catch the MN Beer Bus from Mankato, Maple Plain, or Plymouth!
Above photo by Don Borstad.