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Mankato is a regional center for entertainment, shopping and 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.
Verizon Center Events
The Verizon Center has a packed annual events calendar with an exciting schedule of events, concerts and shows. You can expect concerts with internationally-known artists like Elton John and Florida Georgia Line. The venue also hosts the Division I Minnesota State University, Mankato hockey team. Each summer expect a full line-up of events and concerts including its outdoor concert series and the annual Ribfest located at Riverfront Park in Mankato.
Wine and Dine
You can call us the Napa Valley of the North. Greater Mankato offers four wineries all within 20 miles of Mankato. Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery, Indian Island Winery, Morgan Creek Vineyards and Javens Family Vineyard & Winery all offer award winning wines, a packed events calendar, delicious food and exceptional scenery, each with its own unique atmosphere. Sip your way to relaxation. Learn More. Go>
Keep it Local
City Center Mankato offers a taste of the local life in Mankato. Sip on a local brew from Mankato Brewery or from Schell’s Brewery in New Ulm at one of our local pubs. Eat a local favorite like the Pub 500 sloppy joe or the classic deep dish from Pagliai’s Pizza. While you’re out, kick back and enjoy music from a local band like Fish Frye. There is no better way to experience a city.
Mankato’s entertainment district, located in the heart of the City Center, is home to the Verizon Center and numerous bars and grills, all within walking distance of each other. Dance the night away to a DJ or find a local live band. Over 700 shows are held in Mankato annually. You can easily find a variety of live music shows somewhere in Mankato every week.
If you would rather just relax and watch the big game, several of our bars and pubs have flat-screen TV’s and great food and drinks to share with friends while rooting for your favorite teams.
Looking for more excitement? Try an evening with friends at the WowZone! where you can bowl, play arcade games, laser tag or glow in the dark mini-golf.
Customize your Mankato entertainment experience with the online directory below.
The Kato Ballroom was built in 1946 and has played a large part in the musical history of Mankato and Minnesota for over 68 years. Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, Bobby Vee and many other famous artists have played at the venue. Having the second largest dance floor in Minnesota, the Ballroom today continues its tradition of hosting excellent live entertainment in a magical atmosphere. In addition, the Ballroom is a premier choice for private functions including weddings, reunions, banquets, corporate meetings, trade shows etc. There are three rooms available for events. The large ballroom holds anywhere from 150 to 1600 attendees. The Banquet room holds up to 185. The Grooms room holds up to 100. The Ballroom provides full service catering, decoration services, table settings, as well as four full service bars. If you are looking for entertainment or to host an event, be sure to consider the Kato Ballroom. Be a part of history!
619 South Front Street | Mankato, MN 56001
An Escape Room is a real-life puzzle game. It is like National Treasure and Clue mixed together in the most engaging way imaginable. The players have one hour to use the elements in the room to Escape and win. This is a great relationship or team bonding experience for people ages 7 to 107.
A family owned business built on historic grounds. Serving award-winning wines.
KingPins current owners are Dwight and Jess as of September 2014. KingPins was originally forged in July 2011 by Scott and Brittney Anderson. Built in 1962 we have been St. Peter's bowling home for over 50 years. Previous names for this bowling alley were: Sioux Trail Lanes and Bowlero Lanes. We offer 12 lanes of bowling with automatic scoring, bumper bowling, King's Pro Shop & 11th Frame Bar and Grill. Great place for birthday parties, company outings and holiday get togethers! From open bowling to league bowling, KingPins has something for everyone. Roll in and check out our daily bar & bowling specials. We have a wide selection of bottled beers along with an assortment of tap beers, wine, liquor & cocktails. In the mood for some great food? Be sure to try one of our many favorite selections of appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, wings or pizza. You won't be disappointed! While you are munching on something off the menu, please enjoy one of our many tv's to watch the big game, or feel free to use our complimentary wi-fi. For a great night out with family or friends make KingPins your entertainment destination.