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Things to Do

City Center Nightlife

After a day on the trails, be invigorated by a headliner act, take in a local band and brew in the City Center, relax at a local winery or pick an event from our packed year-round calendar.

Mankato’s entertainment district, which is in the heart of the City Center, is home to the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center, which has a full calendar with exciting events, concerts and shows. You can expect concerts with internationally-known artists like Elton John, KISS and Florida Georgia Line. The venue also hosts the Division I Minnesota State University, Mankato hockey team in the winter. The recent expansion of the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center includes a state-of-the-art performing arts center which now makes your experience even more enjoyable. Enjoy the open air in the summer when concerts are moved outdoors a few blocks away in the Vetter Stone Amphitheater at Riverfront Park.

Within walking distance of the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center and Riverfront ParkMM are several bars and grills to start your evening off right. Dance the night away to a DJ or find a local live band. You can easily find a variety of live music shows somewhere in Mankato every week.

If you would rather kick back and watch the game, several local bars and pubs offer big flat-screen TVs and great food and drinks to share with friends while rooting for your favorite team.

Day or night, it’s always a cool experience with an escape room. Use observational and critical-thinking skills to explore the elements of an escape room and use them to the solve the puzzles that will allow you and your friends to escape—and to solve a mystery. The players have one hour to use the elements in the room to escape and win. Test your problem-solving skills at Kato Escape in Mankato.