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Dakota City is host to numerous
events throughout the year providing
living history and educational
experiences.  We also collaborate
with organizations seeking a pioneer
village setting for their events.  For
more information, please contact us
at 651-460-8050 or by email to
Dakota City  Events
(see Education page for youth activities)
Dakota City Heritage Village, 4008 220th St. W., Farmington, MN 55024 651-460-8050

Please visit our Calendar for dates, times, and admission.

May 3           Lady Jane's Victorian Tea  

    Step back 100 years and relax at an opulent luncheon as costumed table hostesses
    preside over tea. Delight in refined Victorian entertainment as your hostess, Lady
    Jane, leads the day's music and vignettes. Crystal Lake Golf Club located at 16725
    Innsbrook drive in Lakeville, Minnesota.

May 18-19    WWII Re-enactment Weekend  (Reenactor Website)

                  Experience the World War II Era

    Our World War II event includes battles, authentic military displays (static &
    hands-on displays), WWII living history, military camps, home front civilian life,
    1940’s fashion show, weapons demonstrations, WWII military and civilian
    vehicles, swap meet and a symposium. Have a conversation with the reenactors
    representing various military groups and experience the atmosphere of the times.

    The 70th Anniversary of the Normandy Campaign will be highlighted during this
    living history weekend. It will include realistic battles complete with armored
    vehicles. Saturday’s battle shows are featured at 11:30 am and 3:00 pm. Sunday the
    battle times are 11:30 am and 2:30 pm.

    Maps of the event site will be available when visitors arrive showing were the
    battle will be staged and were the various encampments, equipment and
    attractions will be located.  This event will be held rain or shine.  

    Food & drinks will be available.  

    EVENT SPONSOR LIST                      

Family and Friends Fun Day
    A day for families, friends or individuals to enjoy a visit to the past and spend a
    day at Dakota City touring our historic village from the early 1900s. The village
    will be open from 10am - 2pm, with tours starting on the hour and the last tour at
    noon. Meet a costumed guide in our office to take you on a 90-minute walk
    through the village. Do some hands-on activities with the local villagers. Visit the
    gift shop for a treat and maybe find a souvenir to take home. Stroll through the
    museum and see horse-drawn buggies and farm machinery from the good ol'
    days. Bring your own lunch and have a picnic on our village grounds. A ticket is
    needed to be in the village. Cost is $5 per person age 3 and up; includes museum
    entrance, guided village tour and a treat from the gift shop.   

    Purchase your ticket in the Dakota City Office located in Ahlberg Hall. For
    questions please call our office.  

August         Dakota County Fair  (

    Visit us during the fabulous Dakota County Fair, one of the largest and oldest   
    county fairs in the state! Dakota City buildings will be staffed with costumed hosts
    interpreting rural 1900-era life in Dakota County. Enjoy demonstrations on wood-
    stove cooking, blacksmithing, and many more.  Enjoy bands and performers at
    the Bandstand and big-top tent all week long, and refreshments in the cool
    climate of the Drugstore.

October       Harvest Moon Festival

    Harvest Moon Festival provides an opportunity to bring people of all ages to
    experience activities of the past in our Village through hands-on demonstrations.

           There are activities at different stations that may include:
    Shelling corn
    Getting water at the Fire Barn
    Playing old-fashioned games
           Plus many more activities

    Adults can enjoy showing everyone how things were done in the past or learn
    themselves from costumed demonstrators and volunteers. Don’t forget to stop in
    the Museum and enjoy our new exhibits. Also check our Variety Store and
    Confectionery for candy, books, and gifts for all ages.

    Harvest Moon Festival is for the young and the young-at-heart.

December     Christmas in the Village/ Village Holidays

    Visit our buildings that will be lit with lights inside and out throughout our village.
    Draft horses draw trolleys and give visitors a ride around the village with a
    costumed guide.

    Mrs. Santa will be in the village to help children write letters to Santa. There will
    be cooking in the Harris House, Christmas trees in all the buildings, Choirs and
    individuals providing holiday music in the Church.

    Spend a leisurely pre-holiday outing with us. Hot food and other refreshments are
    available in the Drug Store.

    NOTE: Drive through the Village any evening during the month of December
    and see the buildings decorated with lights - a delightful photo opportunity.