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Events

Dakota City is host to a number of events throughout the year providing living history, educational and entertaining experiences. We also collaborate with organizations seeking a pioneer village setting for their events. Admission prices vary per event with affordability for families to attend kept in mind.

All Events
Adult or Senior Citizen Tour

Come relive the youth of your parents or maybe even the youth you remember! This tour is tailored to the needs of the adults, either walking or riding the trolley through the Village, visiting select buildings with a costumed guide. You have the opt...

2017 Chautauqua: It Takes All Kinds

"What's a Chautauqua" you say? (Shu-taw-kwuh) “An annual gathering providing public lectures, concerts, and dramatic performances during the summer months, usually in an outdoor setting.” (Very Entertaining!) Almost everybody in Minneso...

Autumn Harvest in the Village

Come spend an autumn day in the village and experience what a  day in 1900 would have offered. Join in on the fun creating a carved pumpkin for the Pumpkin Carving Contest, build a scarecrow, guess the $ amount in the piggy bank, shell corn, grind c...

Summer Fun in the Village

Join us for a summer evening full of 1900's era fun! You'll be able to participate in a variety of lawn games and enjoy a FREE dinner with ticket purchase!...

Summer In The Village

Dakota City is open during the months of June, July and August for scheduled group tours.  This 2 hour program is designed to give the daycare centers, home daycare groups, YMCA groups, and other groups, the experience of what life would have been l...

Give to the Max Day

Thank you for considering Dakota City as a benefactor of Give to the Max Day! Please click on the Give to the Max Day logo below to be directed to Razoo to make your donation. ...

Become A Member

Do you enjoy visiting Dakota City's different events? Become a member and be involved with decision making and running the events. Receive our newsletter three times a year. Come to our annual meeting and vote for Board of Director members. Membershi...

Group tours for schools

Dakota City provides a number of educational programs that provide personal experiences designed to meet the age and interests of the school group attending. Tours can be customized to classroom learning and you can choose which buildings you want t...

Lunch, Tea and Trolley tour for adult groups

Ladies, put on your Red Hats and come back in time for a Village tour and luncheon! This is a tour for all adults and is especially popular with Red Hat groups. Ride the trolley through the Village with a costumed guide and visit many of the old bui...

Summer Day Camps

Dakota City is offering two Day Camp options for the summer of 2017, and we are happy to be partnering with Farmington Community Education to offer online registration and payment options. An Apprentice is one who learns a trade or skill from an exp...

Junior Apprentice Day Camp

Elementary aged children (6 – 12 years old) can live life through a 1900's child by learning in a one room school, doing chores in the family home, dressing in old-fashioned clothes, practicing a trade and visiting village buildings. The theme this...

Master Apprentice Teen Camp

This is a camp for teens (age 12 and up) who want more hands-on experience in the buildings, being immersed in Village history and life in the early 1900s. Step back in time and continue learning a trade or skill, apprentice with a business, and have...

Family & Friends Fun Day

This summer, bring your kids, grandkids and friends to visit the past and experience life at the turn of the last century on our Family & Friends Fun Day, offered one Friday in June and one in July. Stroll through the museum and see horse-drawn b...

Christmas in the Village

Christmas in the Village is a community favorite, an annual event you won't want to miss! Check back in the fall for more details. You are welcome to drive through the Village any evening during the month of December to enjoy the buildings illumi...

Visit Dakota City during the Fair!

Visit us during the fabulous Dakota County Fair, one of the largest and oldest county fairs in the state! Our Chautauqua is free with your paid fair admission!...

Victorian Tea

Step back over 100 years and enjoy an opulent 3-course luncheon as costumed table hostesses preside over tea. This year, the Kentucky Derby excitement is in the air as your hostess, Lady Jane, leads the day's music and vignettes. Wear your fine dress...