2014 Multicultural Calendar




Ongoing Events

International Film Series

Every second Wednesday, 6pm at the library.


Mosque Open House

Last Saturday of every month, 11 - 1:30, at Masjed Abu Bakar (17 N Broadway). Meet Muslims and ask questions about Islam. For more information, call 253-6710 or email Rochester.Mosque@ gmail.com





Events & Opportunities


This page is updated frequently. Check back often for new event listings. Last updated June 30, 2014.



Movies on the Plaza

Every Saturday, June 7 - August 23, 9pm

Peace Plaza

FREE family-friendly movies all summer! Bring your own lawn chair or blanket.


Canada Day

Tuesday, July 1


Independence Day

Friday, July 4

Celebrate our great nation! Freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom to be yourself.


Dalai Lama's Birthday

Sunday, July 6


South Sudan Independence Day

Wednesday, July 9

The third birthday of the world's newest nation.


Pride Film Festival: In the Name Of

Wednesday, July 9, 6 - 8pm

Rochester Public Library

Adam's embrace of the priesthood is a flight from his own sexuality. Polish with English subtitles. Followed by facilitated discussion. Sponsored by RPL, the Mayo Clinic Office of Diversity & Inclusion, and the LGBTI Mayo Employee Resource Group. Mature themes.


Martyrdom of the Bab

Wednesday, July 9

One of the most important religious celebrations in the Baha'i faith.


Wassana (Dharma Day)

Saturday, July 12

Wassana, celebrated on the full moon in July, commemorates the first teachings of Buddha. It also marks the beginning of Buddhist Lent, a three-month period when monks are cloistered in the temples for study and meditation. Lay people may avoid eating meat or drinking alcohol during this period, and many Thai men will take monastic vows for one Lenten season during their lifetime.


Pride Film Festival: XXY

Tuesday, July 15, 5:15 - 7pm

Judd Auditorium (Mayo Bldg subway level)

Adolescence is full of complex decisions, even more so for 15-year-old Alex, who was born as an intersex child. Spanish with English subtitles. Followed by facilitated discussion. Sponsored by RPL, the Mayo Clinic Office of Diversity & Inclusion, and the LGBTI Mayo Employee Resource Group. Mature themes. Pizza and lemonade.


World Music: Noura Mint Seymali

Thursday, July 17, 7pm

Thursdays on 1st, Peace Plaza stage

The Diva of Mauritania brings her unique take on pentatonic desert blues to Rochester. Hailing from the meeting place of Arab and Black Africa, her music links tonal and rhythmic modalities from both sides of the Sahara. More about the artist



Thursday - Sunday, July 17 - 20

Block party, drag show, happy hours, family picnic, plus the main festival on Sunday afternoon. Details


Nelson Mandela's Birthday

Friday, July 18


Progressions: Camp for Teens with Mental Illness

July 21 - 25, 10am - noon

NAMI SE MN Conference Room

This 5-day camp for teens with mental health issues provides a safe space to talk about what they're going through with others who understand. Participants will learn how to maintain good mental health, recognize signs of stress, anxiety, depress and bipolar disorder, and more. FREE. Call NAMI at 287-1692 to register.


Pride Film Festival: Orchids: My Intersex Adventure

Wednesday, July 23, 6 - 8pm

Rochester Public Library

Documentary filmmaker Phoebe Hart embarks on a journey of self-discovery to embrace her future and reconcile the past shame and family secrecy surrounding her intersex condition. Followed by facilitated discussion. Sponsored by RPL, the Mayo Clinic Office of Diversity & Inclusion, and the LGBTI Mayo Employee Resource Group. Mature themes.



Wednesday, July 23

The most holy night of Ramadan. In Shi'ite tradition, this night is when one's fate for the following year is decided, and many Muslims will therefore spend the entire night praying for mercy.


Pioneer Day

Thursday, July 24

This Mormon celebration commemorates the entry of Brigham Young and the first group of Mormon Pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. An official holiday in the state of Utah, Pioneer Day is also celebrated by many members of the Church of the Latter Day Saints around the nation.



Monday, July 28

This Islamic festival marking the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan is celebrated with feasting and giving charitable gifts.


World Music: Moscow Nights/Golden Gates

Thursday, July 31, 7pm

Thursdays on 1st, Peace Plaza stage

You'll be thoroughly entertained by the lively traditional music and dancing of this exciting Russian ensemble. This is a concert adults and children alike will enjoy. More about the artists


Hiroshima Day

Saturday, August 6

Remembering the destruction of the first atomic bomb.


International Day of the World's Indigenous People

Tuesday, August 9

They were here first!


International Youth Day

Friday, August 12


World Music: Calle Sur

Thursday, August 14, 7pm

Thursdays on 1st, Peace Plaza stage

This duo from urban Panama and rural Colombia bring a wide variety of Latin styles to the stage, from bossa nova to salsa to Afro-Caribbean cumbia. More about the artists



Monday, August 18

This Hindu holiday celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna. Read about its history, celebrations, legends, and special foods here


Afghan Independence Day

Tuesday, August 19

Since the war in Afghanistan began, Rochester has become home to a number of Afghan refugees.


Mathew Tembo & AfroRoots

Thursday, August 21, 7pm

Thursdays on 1st, Peace Plaza stage

Mathew Tembo fuses indigenous Zambian vibes with contemporary sounds for an upbeat, Afro-fusion, reggae-fueled sound featuring handmade instruments. More about the artist 


Greek Fest

August 22 - 24

Sts. Kosmas & Damianos Greek Orthodox Church

Be Greek for a day! Enjoy Greek music, dancing, and food. Details


International Day for Remembrance and Abolition of the Slave Trade

Saturday, August 23

The Emancipation Proclamation legally ended slavery in the U.S., but trafficking in human beings, particular for the sex trade, remains a serious issue in our country and around the world.


Paryushana Parva

Saturday, August 23

One of the two most important Jain festivals, this is a time when many Jains take vows of study and fasting for the 8 to 10 day period of the festival.


Irish Fest

August 29 - 31

History Center of Olmsted County

Featuring big bands direct from Ireland, dancing with the world champion O'Shea Irish Dance School, Irish dog breeds, Gaelic games including rugby, hurling and football, children's activities, cultural center, storytelling workshops, and a whiskey tasting. Details at irishfestmn.org.