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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 and Vetter Stone Amphitheater 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 Vetter Stone Amphitheater in 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.
203 South Victory Drive | Mankato, MN 56001
220 Centennial Student Union | Mankato, MN 56001 | (507) 389-2224
1030 Madison Avenue | Mankato, MN 56001
Mankato's only country bar with Honky Tonk Karaoke three nights a week and live music every weekend. BINGO on Mondays and Tuesdays.
This is Mankato's first escape room! Escape rooms are a form of immersive live-action entertainment in which you play a mental game in a physical space. In this game, you must use your observational and critical-thinking skills to explore the elements of the room and use them to the solve the puzzles that will allow you to escape--and to solve a mystery! Book online at oldtownescape.com.
Located in the heart of the Mankato City Center's Entertainment District, Pub 500 is a top restaurant featuring daily Happy Hour drink specials, great food and live entertainment. Pub 500 serves lunch, dinner, late night snacks, appetizers, weekend breakfast, as well as vegan and vegetarian options. Pub 500 has a wide selection of draft beer and drinks at their full bar. Pub provides the perfect downtown atmosphere for you to relax with your family and friends any day of the week. Weekly entertainment: live music, trivia, poker, karaoke and more. In the spring and summer, enjoy Pub 500’s delicious food and beverages on their outdoor patio, featuring a fire pit. Pub 500 provides catering and full bar service at their semi-private party room or at an off-site location. Pub is a proud supporter of Schell’s Brewery, Mankato Brewery, Indian Island Winery, Morgan Creek Winery and Chankaska Creek Winery. Bar and grill with live music.
Mankato Brewery is proud to revive the brewing tradition in the Key City. Mankato Brewery is the first production brewery in the community since 1967. Focused on creating authentic beers that reflect the heritage of the region and its people, the crew at Mankato Brewery invites you to try our beer and to 'Experience Local Flavor'.
23707 - 478th Avenue | New Ulm, MN 56073
Morgan Creek Vineyards’ eco-friendly underground winery provides perfect cellar temperature for wine production, and creates an inviting atmosphere for tasting room and gift shop visitors. The winery overlooks a magnificent oak tree surrounded by groves and vineyards. Specializing in German, French, and American style wines, the winery offers seasonal performing arts and culinary events, weekly live music, and wine appetizers baked in their European wood fired oven.