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


This is one of Dakota City’s annual fundraisers and we are planning a very special tea luncheon and visit with Lady Jane.

This year’s event will reflect admiration for Queen Elizabeth and honor other women of distinction from Dakota County. Attendees may also celebrate and honor that special Mother, Grandmother, Aunt, Sister or Friend that has impacted them, others or the community. Bring that special someone or a small photo in a frame to set on the table. Tables of eight to ten are available, as well as smaller groups. $50/ticket or Table Sponsor $500/10 tickets. Sponsor will be listed in program. All ages are welcome!

Please order your tickets promptly, due to limited seating. Ticket purchase deadline is April 25 or when event is sold out.

Please call our office at 651-460-8050 ext. 1, to reserve your tickets and arrange payment. We can accept credit card or payment by check.

Five Course Meal with Tea/Water
Vegetarian and Gluten free meals are available
Over 24 door prizes will be awarded.
Costumed Hostesses and Wait Staff
Beautiful table settings
Wear your favorite dress and hat
Seating begins at 11:30 am- luncheon begins promptly at 12 noon


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

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

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 – Bob’s Rubber Band: concertina and polka music in the Bandstand

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 – Amy Nicolai: ragtime on the Drug Store piano

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

4:00 PM – Phouthone Syvilayvanh: pin (3-string guitar) and Asian flute from Laos and Thailand in the Bandstand

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

Saturday and Sunday, December 3, 4, 10, & 11 from 3-8 pm, we’ve got holiday fun for the whole family at Dakota City’s Christmas in the Village! Experience the spirit of this warm, holiday event through the village’s dazzling lights,  Christmas music in the Church, the scent of wood burning stoves and the sound of horses and their jingle bells as they pull trolleys through the village. 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.  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! New this year is a model railroad display with holiday themed trains running around a festive winter scene in the village library. Located at Dakota County Fairgrounds, 4008 220th Street W., Farmington, MN                         In case of inclement weather, please watch this website or our Facebook page.


Admission tickets are available at the Admission Gate each day of the event, 3-8 pm. Cash or Credit Card accepted. $5 each, Children under the age of 5 are FREE.

Interested in volunteering at this special event? Volunteer opportunities are available on our online Sign Up Genius page here:

Or call 651 460-8050 for more information or to sign up over the phone. Please leave a voice mail so we can call you back if our Admin Assistant is not available when you call.

You can also email with any questions or if you need more information. Thank you!