2014 Multicultural Calendar




Ongoing Events

International Film Series

Every second Wednesday, 6pm at the library.


International Speakers Luncheons

Every 2nd Wednesday (Sept - May), 11:45am, Balfour Hall at the Y. RSVP by the Monday before to 289-3359.


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 April 17, 2014.



April is Multicultural Communications Month


Rochester International Film Festival

April 11-17

Wehrenberg Galaxy 14 Cine

Film descriptions and schedules will be posted at rifg.org.



April 15 -22

This Jewish festival commemorates the Israelite's escape from slavery in Egypt to the Promised Land. On the first night, a special symbolic meal called the Seder is eaten. For the remaining week of the festival, observant Jews abstain from eating bread and all other foods with leavening. Read more about the origins, traditions, symbols, songs, and foods of Passover.


Good Friday/Holy Friday

Friday, April 18

Commemorating the death of Jesus Christ. This year the Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox celebrations all fall on the same date.



Sunday, April 20

Celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.


Earth Day

Sunday, April 20


Administrative Professionals Day

Wednesday, April 23


Arbor Day

Friday, April 25

Plant a tree!


Interfaith Event: High Tea & Small Bites

Saturday, April 26, 1 - 3pm

Rochester Public Library Auditorium

The Rochester Muslim Community Circle warmly invites you to join them for interfaith dialogue, meeting new people, and building bridges in our community while enjoying finger foods, tea and coffee. FREE! Please RSVP by Saturday, April 19, to rmcc@rmccmn.org.


Rochester Vidhyalaya Annual Performance Day

Sunday, April 27, 1pm - 5pm

Creative Salon (324 1st Ave SW)

Indian music and dance. Student performances at 1:00, faculty performances at 2:30, refreshments at 3:15, discussion on the values of Indian classical music at 3:30, more music at 4:00. Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the gate. More information at rvmn.org.


Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Day)

Monday, April 28

A day to remember and to say, Never again.


Walpurgis Night

Wednesday, April 30

A traditional Scandinavian spring festival celebrated with dancing and bonfires.


May is Asian/Pacific Heritage Month


May is National Older People's Month


May Day

Thursday, May 1

This ancient holiday originating in pagan England celebrates the end of winter and the first spring planting. Learn more about the history and traditions of May Day and its political significance for peasant uprisings and for the modern labor movement.


World Press Freedom Day

Saturday, May 3


Cinco de Mayo

Monday, May 5

Not Mexico's Independence Day, as is commonly thought, this festival celebrates the unlikely victory of the Mexican army over the French at the battle of Puebla. The French loss forced them to withdraw support for the Confederate Army (then embroiled in the American Civil War), contributing to the victory of the Union troops. Learn more


Buddha's Birthday

Tuesday, May 6


Mother's Day

Sunday, May 11


Celebrate Dakota Week

May 11 - 17


Celebrate Dakota Week: Presentation of Icke Wicasta Magazine

Sunday, May 11, 2:30 - 4:30pm

Rochester Public Library

Icke Wicasta means "common people" in the Dakota language. Florestine Renville from Peever, SD, will share the story of how and why she started this magazine and her journey to gather stories from members of the exiled MN Dakota community. Part of Celebrate Dakota week.


Resiliency of Dakota Women

Monday, May 12, noon

Florestine Renville will discuss essays by American Indian women from the book Shaping Survival.


Celebrate Dakota Week: Film & Discussion

Monday, May 12, 6 - 8pm

Rochester Public Library Auditorium

"Wellbriety Movement: Journey to Forgiveness" documents the abuses of the Indian Boarding Schools and discusses the intergenerational trauma in native communities. Panel discussion with members of the local Dakota community will follow.


Celebrate Dakota Week: Stewardship of the Land

Tuesday, May 13, 5:30pm

Friends of Indian Heights Park will present and offer a tour of the park. Bring your own picnic. Tables will be provided. Bring chairs if you wish.


Celebrate Dakota! Proclamation

Wednesday, May 14, noon

City Hall

Mayor Ardell Brede will read a proclamation.


Wesak (Buddha Day)

Wednesday, May 14

Wesak is the celebration of Buddha's birth & enlightenment, & in some traditions also his death. (Combines Buddha Day, Bodhi Day, and Nirvana Day) Visit the BBC website for more information, photos, and video on Wesak.


Prairie Island Dance Troupe

Thursday, May 15, noon

Peace Plaza

Part of Celebrate Dakota Week


PowWow with the Prairie Island Dance Troupe

Thursday, May 15, 6pm

Riverside Elementary School

Be inspired by traditional dance and music celebrating culture and traditions of Dakota First Nation people. Featuring the Winta Wita Takoja, a drum and dance troupe composed of grandchildren of the Prairie Island Community. Part of Celebrate Dakota Week.


Celebrate Dakota Week: Papal Bull

Friday, May 16, 6:30pm

Our Savior's Lutheran Church (2124 Viola Rd NE)

The Papal Bull was a 15th century document proclaiming the right of Christians to claim any lands they explored, effectively disregarding the rights of indigenous peoples around the world. Two short films will explore the effects of the Papal Bull and present the Episcopal Church's repudiation of it. Refreshments provided. Freewill offering.


Syttende Mai

Saturday, May 17

Want to celebrate Norwegian Independence Day? Yah, you betcha!


Day Against Homophobia

Saturday, May 17


Armed Forces Day

Saturday, May 17


Victoria Day

Monday, May 19

A Canadian holiday celebrating the birth of Queen Victoria and the reigning monarch of the Commonwealth (currently Queen Elizabeth). The holiday kicks of the Canadian summer season, similar to America's Memorial Day.


International Day for Biological Diversity

Thursday, May 22

Diversity is everywhere!


African Liberation Day

Friday, May 23

African Liberation Day was instituted in 1958 to unite African countries in the struggle to end colonialism and win independence. Today the celebration is used to raise political awareness and organization in African communities worldwide. Read about the history of African Liberation Day


National Sorry Day

Monday, May 26

An Australian holiday instituted to apologize for the wrongs done to indigenous people. Sounds like a day we could all make use of!


Memorial Day

Monday, May 26


STARDREAMERS: The Spirit Water People

Wednesday, May 28, 4:45pm

Geffen Auditorium, Gonda Bldg subway level

Sheldon Wolfchild, former Tribal Chairman of the Lower Sioux Indian Community, will present his documentary on the Papal Bull, a 15th century document proclaiming the right of Christians to claim lands they explored, disregarding the rights of indigenous peoples around the world. Following the film, he will host a discussion along with Steven Newcomb, co-director of the Indigenous Law Institute.


Ascension of Baha'u'llah

Thursday, May 29

A Baha'i holiday.


Walk Around the World International Festival

Saturday, June 21, 11am - 11pm

Peace Plaza

More details to follow


Juneteenth Rochester Celebration

Saturday, June 21

Mayo Park (behind Mayo Civic Center

Featuring artist Lamar Peterson. More details to follow.