Events

Dakota City holds many events throughout the year as we bring the past to the present. See below for information on our regular yearly events and watch for announcements of one-time and special events.

Victorian Tea

Victorian Tea

Step back over 100 years and enjoy a 4-course luncheon as costumed table hostesses preside over a tea. Wear your fine dresses and beautiful hats as you relax and delight in refined Victorian entertainment.

This fundraising event is held at the Crystal Lake Golf Course located at 16725 Innsbrook Drive in Lakeville, Minnesota. Ticket prices are TBD and must be purchased prior to the event.

Our next Victorian Tea will take place on May 6th, 2023! Stay tuned for more details.

Dakota County Fair

Dakota County Fair

Come experience the sights and sounds of the early 1900s at Dakota City during the Dakota County Fair! Go back in time to a summer day in a rural Minnesota town of 1900 – walk through historic buildings like our Depot, one-room School, and family homes, or see demonstrations at the Millinery, Print Shop, and Carpenter Shop. You can listen to music at the Bandstand and grab a delicious root beer float in the Drug Store, then head to the Gift Shop or General Store for candy and more. Don’t forget a refreshing glass of lemonade or hot corn-on-the-cob from our Corn & Lemonade Stand!

The Dakota County Fair is August 8th – 14th, 2022! See below for our entertainment schedule. Stay tuned for our demonstrator schedule!

Monday, August 8th

1:oo PM – Tractor Parade: through Dakota City

6:00 PM – Tinta Ottonwe Youth Drum and Dance Group: in the Bandstand

7:00 PM – Lakeville Sliders: brass sextet in the Bandstand

Tuesday, August 9th: Kids Day

11:00 AM – Amy Nicolai: ragtime on the Drug Store piano

1:00 PM – Tractor Parade: through Dakota City

2:00 PM – Royal Sil-O-Ets: clogging in the Bandstand

3:00 PM – Royal Sil-O-Ets: clogging in the Bandstand

Wednesday, August 10th: Military Day

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Ron Seipp: folk, blues, and gospel on the General Store porch

1:00 PM – Tractor Parade: through Dakota City

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Marv Gohman: folk music in the Bandstand

7:00 PM – Shenanigans: in the Bandstand

Thursday, August 11th: Senior Day

10:00 AM – Ron Seipp: folk, blues, and gospel on the Harris House porch

11:00 AM – Singleton Street: bluegrass, Celtic, and old-time music in the Bandstand

1:00 PM – Tractor Parade: through Dakota City

2:00 PM – Royal Sil-O-Ets: clogging in the Bandstand

3:00 PM – Royal Sil-O-Ets: clogging in the Bandstand

4:00 PM – John Peterson: country and gospel on the Drug Store piano

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Lowie Rutten: in the Bandstand

Friday, August 12th

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Ron Seipp: folk, blues, and gospel on the General Store porch

1:00 PM – Tractor Parade: through Dakota City

7:00 PM – Dakota Brass Quintet: in the Bandstand

Saturday, August 13th

1:00 PM – Tractor Parade: through Dakota City

2:00 PM – Dillinger Bank Raid Re-enactment: at the Vermillion Bank

5:00 PM – Dillinger Bank Raid Re-enactment: at the Vermillion Bank

Sunday, August 14th

12:00 PM – Dillinger Bank Raid Re-enactment: at the Vermillion Bank

1:00 PM – Tractor Parade: through Dakota City

3:00 PM – Dillinger Bank Raid Re-enactment: at the Vermillion Bank

Autumn Harvest

Autumn Harvest

As the weather gets cooler and the leaves begin to change, Dakota City gets ready for fall with Autumn Harvest. This event changes annually with a different theme – stay tuned for more information on our next Autumn Harvest.

Our regular Autumn Harvest event will not take place in 2022. Get ready for the return of Autumn Harvest next year in the fall of 2023!

Christmas in the Village

Christmas in the Village

We’ve got holiday fun for the whole family at Dakota City’s Christmas in the Village! See the Village’s dazzling lights, make your own ornaments, listen to Christmas music in the Church, and warm up with a cup of soup or mug of hot cocoa in the Drug Store. Check out demonstrations of early 1900s wintertime chores in the Millinery and Harris House and see fire trucks lit up at the Fire Barn. There will also be old-fashioned candy and goods will be for sale at the Gift Shop and General Store. After you send your letter to Santa at the Post Office, you can visit him at the Depot!

Our next Christmas in the Village event will be December 3rd, 4th, 10th, and 11th, 2022. Stay tuned for more details.

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