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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
COVID19 update at Dakota City

Dakota City Heritage Village values its staff, volunteers and visitors to the village. For the past several months, we have all faced a new situation with a great deal of uncertainty and unease from day to day and week to week as the country has batt...

Dakota City Heritage Village Annual Meeting

Dakota City Heritage Village Annual Meeting will be Saturday, November 16, 2019 at Ahlberg Hall at 10:00am....

Vintage Base Ball Day

The Vintage Base Ball event planned for Saturday, June 13, 2020 has been canceled due to the covid pandemic. Dakota City Heritage Village and the Dakota County Historical Society partner to bring these games to the community to share, enjoy and learn...

Adult Enrichment classes – CANCELLED for spring

Come see what Dakota City Heritage Village has to offer for adults! Learn about the organization, how to volunteer for an event, apprentice in a building to learn a trade, and more. click here for Skills of Yesteryear classes...

Try-It Day Camp

Children will get an introduction to life in 1900 at our one-day Try-It Day Camp. Hands-on activities in each building will help children understand a different way of life from long ago. There is a half-day option, however, campers will be in differ...

Adult Enrichment – Skills of Yesteryear

Have fun and learn the skills that people used in 1900. Choose from Wood-Fired Cooking, Trades or Handcrafting. Classes for age 18 and up. Learn to cook like the farm women did in 1900 on the wood-fired stove in our 125-year-old historic Harris ho...

Bingo and Meat Raffle Fundraiser

Unfortunately we are postponing this event until we can be sure that everyone can be safe and healthy at a gathering. With the outbreak of Covid-19, Dakota City is monitering and following the recommended guidelines set by the state for assemblies an...

Homeschool Tour

Homeschool tours are available for homeschool groups. Tours are tailored for the ages of the children and length of the tour time (2 – 4 hours), similar to our other school tours. The cost is $7.00 for each person attending, age 3 and up. M...

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 docent. You have the opt...

Autumn Harvest

Come spend an autumn day in the village and experience what a  day in 1900 would have offered. Join in on the fun building a scarecrow,  shell corn, grind corn into flour, play games and create activities from autumn items, make rope, visit animals...

Summer In The Village

Dakota City is open during the months of June and July for scheduled group tours.  This 3 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 like for ...

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 docent and visit many of the old bui...

Summer Day Camps

Dakota City is offering three Day Camp options for the summer of 2020. An Apprentice is one who learns a trade or skill from an experienced worker. Children can become a 1900's Dakota City Apprentice through our camps. The Master Apprentice Teen C...

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 (7th-grade fall/age 13 and up) who are familiar with Dakota City and 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 tra...

Family & Friends Fun Day

This summer, Family & Friends Fun Day will be held in conjunction with Dew Days on Friday June 26 from 10am to 2pm. This is a free educational day for you to wander through the Village and visit with costumed docents, watch a demonstrat...

Christmas in the Village

An Old Fashioned Christmas in the Village is the theme for this year.   The horse-drawn trolley will transport you through the village streets as you explore the traditions of Christmas 1900's style. Join in the caroling, warm yourself by an inviti...

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 – CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Unfortunately we are postponing this event until we can be sure that everyone can be safe and healthy at a gathering. With the outbreak of Covid-19, Dakota City is monitering and following the recommended guidelines set by the state for assemblies an...