Friday, Aug. 21

El Paso Days

El Paso Days, which are held each year in mid-August, offer a weekend of trail rides, food, country contests and a horse-filled parade.

When: All day

Where: El Paso, Wis.

Fat Fest

The annual Fat Fest, a family-oriented musical festival, is under way through Sunday at Coffee Mill Ski Resort in Wabasha. Numerous groups will perform on three stages, including Fat Maw Rooney, Pert Near Sandstone, Shoeless Revolution and Charlie Parr.

When: Music starts around noon daily

Where: 99 Coulee Way

More info: www.fatfest. org

Rose Fest

Rose Fest gets under way in Kenyon. Tonight's features include a hog roast at the VFW, mini-golf, celebrity dunk tank and music by Side Effects May Include.

When: 4 p.m.-midnight

Where: Depot Park and around town

More info: www.cityofkenyon.com/click on "Rose Fest"

Sheldon Theatre

Phoenix Theatre Summer Workshop will culminate in a stage show featuring local students at the Sheldon Theatre. This year's productions are "The Princess and the Princess" and "Twice Upon a Time."

When: 7 p.m.

Where: 443 W. Third St.

Cost: $10 adults, $6 students

More info: Call (651) 388-8700 or (800) 899-5759, or go online to www.sheldontheatre.org.

Lounge music

Steve Millar entertains at Treasure Island Resort & Casino.

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Parlay Lounge, Treasure Island

Cost: Free

More info: (800) 222-7077 or www.treasureislandcasino.com

Jimmy's Pub

Live music will be performed tonight in Jimmy's Pub.

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Fifth floor of the historic St. James Hotel

Saturday, Aug. 22

Rose Fest

Today's the big day at the Kenyon Rose Fest, starting with a Lions Club breakfast at St. Michael's Church. Classic cars will be on display from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and quilts will be shown from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at First Lutheran Church. Other activities will include a road rally, Gunderson House tours, a 2 p.m. pedal pull, a 3 p.m. dog fashion show, a 5 p.m. parade and a 9 p.m. street dance with the Casablanca Orchestra.

When: 7 a.m.-midnight

Details: See Aug. 21 listing

Farmers' Market

Karl Burke will sing and play guitar at the Saturday morning Farmers' Market in front of City Hall.

When: 8 a.m.-3 p.m., music at 10 a.m.

Where: 315 W. Fourth St.

El Paso Days

Festivities continue in El Paso.

Details: See Aug. 21 listing

Farm Fair

"Farm, Food and Fun Fair: Reconnecting with Agricultural Roots in Dakota County 1858-2009," will be held at LeDuc Historic Estate in Hastings.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: 1629 Vermillion St.

Cost: Free

More info: 651-437-7055 or www.dakotahistory.org

Threshing Bee

The 23rd annual West Bluff Threshing Bee will feature antique farm equipment processing grain the old-fashioned way, using steam and iron. Lunch will be available. Watch for signs on Highway 35.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: County Road K between Maiden Rock and Stockholm

Cost: Free

More info: (715) 448-3301

Fat Fest

Music continues at Fat Fest.

Details: See Aug. 21 listing

Cannon River Winery

Anthony Newes will perform at Cannon River Winery in Cannon Falls.

When: 6 to 9 p.m.

Where: 421 Mill St.

Cost: Tip jar

More info: (507) 263-7400 or www.cannonriverwinery.com

Vino in the Valley

Mare Lennon entertains at Vino in the Valley in rural Maiden Rock.

When: 6 p.m.

Where: W3826 450th Ave.,

More info: www. vinointhevalley.com or (715) 639-6677

Pepin play

Pepin High School Summer Theater presents Neil Simon's "Fools," which is described as "a comic fable," at Pepin School.

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Small gym

Cost: Donation

Blue Moon

James Cadwell performs acoustic music for the coffeehouse crowd.

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Blue Moon Cafe, downtown Red Wing

Cost: Tip jar

Jon Hassler Theater

"What I Want to Be When I Grow Up" will be performed by David Harris, Twin Cities comedian and vaudeville style performer, as part of the Summer Sampler at the Jon Hassler Theater.

Much of Harris' material is inspired by his own childhood heroes, Superman, The Lone Ranger, and even mountain climbers.

Where: Downtown Plainview

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $14

More info: Call (507) 534-2900 or toll free (866) 548-7469) or go online to www.jonhasslertheater.org

Movie by Moonlight

Lake City Better Futures will present its second Movie by Moonlight at the Bluff View Elementary School athletic field on a 40-foot screen. BYO lawn chairs. The Lake City Athletic Boosters will sell movie munchies through their concession stand.

The public voted on "Madagascar 2" as their choice for the showing.

When: 7:30 p.m. activities, movie around 8:30 p.m.

Where: Lake City

Cost: Free

More info: www.lcbetterfutures.org

Crossings at Carnegie

Tret Fure performs at Crossings at Carnegie in Zumbrota. A singer, songwriter and musician, she has blazed a trail in the acoustic women's music movement,

When: 8 p.m.

Where: 320 East Ave.

Cost: $15 in advance, $17 at the door

More info: Call (507) 732-7616 or go online to www.crossingsatcarnegie. com

Lounge music

Steve Millar entertains at Treasure Island Resort & Casino.

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Parlay Lounge, Treasure Island

Cost: Free

More info: (800) 222-7077 or www.treasureislandcasino.com

Sunday, Aug. 23

El Paso Days

The fun continues in El Paso.

Details: See Aug. 21 listing

Rose Fest

The final day of the Kenyon Rose Fest will feature a 9 a.m. tractor pull, Gunderson House tours, a 1 p.m. horse pull, family fun day and a 4:30 p.m. duck float fundraiser.

Details: See Aug. 21 listing

Tractor drive

The Pine Island Lions Antique Tractor Drive leaves from Collins Park, takes a morning break in New Haven, continues to Oronoco, then returns via Mazeppa.

When: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Where: Pine Island to Oronoco and back

Cost: $10 registration fee

More info: (507) 356-4009

Pepin play

Pepin students present Neil Simon's "Fools" at Pepin School.

When: 3 p.m.

Where: Small gym

Cost: Donation

Travelin' Shoes

Travelin' Shoes Gospel Choir performs a benefit concert at Cornerstone Church in downtown Red Wing. The proceeds used to benefit the Red Wings' Kids Count Enrichment Program.

When: 7 p.m.

Where: 420 W. Third St.

Cost: Free will offering

Monday, Aug. 24

Music & Movies

Music & Movies at the Band Shell will feature the Swing Street Big Band and a double feature, "Wall*E" and "It Came from Outer Space."

Popcorn and glow items will be available, but BYO lawn chair. Rain site is the Cannon Community Center.

When: 7 p.m. music, 8 p.m. movie

Where: Cannon Falls Band Shell

Cost: Free

Wednesday

Ice Cream Social

An Ice Cream Social and bake sale are planned at St. Paul's United Church of Christ. two miles east of Ellsworth.

When: 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Highways 63, 72 and DD

Thursday, Aug. 27

State Fair

The 2009 Minnesota State Fair gets under way in St. Paul and runs through Sept. 7.

When: All day

Cost: $11 adults, $9 seniors, $8 ages 5-12

More info: www.mnstatefair.org

Vino in the Valley

Vicky Emerson provides live entertainment at Vino in the Valley in rural Maiden Rock.

When: 6 p.m.

Where: W3826 450th Ave.

More info: www. vinointhevalley.com or (715) 639-6677

Sheldon Theatre

The Alfred Hitchcock Film Festival presents "Topaz," a 1969 movie described as "a complex and mature political thriller (that) delineates the bloody conquest of a Russian diplomat's defection to the west."

When: 7 p.m.

Where: 443 W. Third St.

Cost: $5

More info: Call (651) 388-8700 or (800) 899-5759, or go online to www.sheldontheatre.org.

Open dance

People of all ages are invited to check out the music in the pole barn near Red Wing High School.

Informal lessons are available, and organizers will play whatever type of music the crowd wants.

When: 7 to 10 p.m.

Where: 2375 Goodhue St.

Cost: $2

More info: (651) 380-2605

Friday, Aug. 28

Lake Pepin Art & Design

The final presentation of the Maiden Rock Revue's popular first show, "Trains!" is tonight at the Lake Pepin Art & Design Center in Pepin. Music, visual art and the spoken word are intertwined in this presentation.

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Second and Main streets

Cost: $10

More info: Call (715) 442-4442 or go online to www.pepinartdesign.org

'Godspell'

Pine Area People for the Arts present the musical "Godspell" at the Olde Pine Theatre.

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Pine Island

Tickets: Pine Island Bank or at the door

Jon Hassler Theater

"Revelations of Mann" will be presented by David Mann as part of the Summer Sampler at the Jon Hassler Theater. Mannis a Twin Cities actor, playwright and director.

Where: Downtown Plainview

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $14

More info: Call (507) 534-2900 or toll free (866) 548-7469) or go online to www.jonhasslertheater.org

Lounge music

Power of 10 entertains at Treasure Island Resort & Casino.

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Parlay Lounge

Cost: Free

More info: (800) 222-7077 or www.treasureislandcasino.com

Jimmy's Pub

The Shawn, Steve & Russ Trio will entertain tonight in Jimmy's Pub.

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Fifth floor of the historic St. James Hotel

Crossings at Carnegie

John McCutcheon performs tonight at Crossings at Carnegie in Zumbrota. He sings songs of the nation's heritage, writing about subjects both small and great.

When: 8 p.m.

Where: 320 East Ave.

Cost: $25 in advance, $27 at the door

More info: Call (507) 732-7616 or go online to www.crossingsatcarnegie. com

Saturday, Aug. 29

Saturday Market

Homegrown produce, fresh baked goods, flowers and live music by Roy Holdren, a singer, songwriter and guitarist, will be featured at this week's Saturday Market in front of Red Wing City Hall.

When: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; music 10 a.m.

Where: 315 W. Fourth St.

Vino in the Valley

Emily and Tim entertain at Vino in the Valley in rural Maiden Rock.

When: 6 p.m.

Where: W3826 450th Ave.

More info: www. vinointhevalley.com or (715) 639-6677

Blue Moon

Brad Dunse performs acoustic music for the coffeehouse crowd.

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Blue Moon Cafe, downtown Red Wing

Cost: Tip jar

'Godspell'

Pine Area People for the Arts present the musical "Godspell" at the Olde Pine Theatre.

When: 7:30 p.m.

Details: See Aug. 28 listing

Lounge music

Power of 10 entertains at Treasure Island Resort & Casino.

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Parlay Lounge, Treasure Island

Cost: Free

More info: (800) 222-7077 or www.treasureislandcasino.com

Jon Hassler Theater

"Revelations of Mann" continues at the Hassler.

When: 8 p.m.

Details: See Aug. 28 listing

Cost: $14 to $22

More info: Call (507) 534-2900 or toll free (866) 548-7469) or go online to www.jonhasslertheater.org

Sunday, Aug. 30

Cannon River Winery

Greenwood Tree, also known as duo Bill Cagley (guitar, mandolin, bodhran and limberjack) and Stu Janis (hammered dulcimer and bowed psaltery), performs at the Cannon River Winery in Cannon Falls. Musical partners since 1985, they perform lively and lyrical traditional music of the British Isles.

When: 1 to 5 p.m.

Where: 421 Mill St.

Cost: Tip jar

More info: (507) 263-7400 or www.cannonriverwinery.com

'Godspell'

Pine Area People for the Arts present the musical "Godspell" at the Olde Pine Theatre.

When: 2 p.m.

Details: See Aug. 28 listing

Ice Cream Social

A Pie and ice Cream Social will be held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in rural Pierce County. Hot beef sandwiches also will be served. Funds will be supplemented by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

When: 4 to 7 p.m.

Where: 8 miles north of Red Wing on Highway 63, then east one mile on County Road V to N3699 730th St.

Crossings at Carnegie

Cadillac Sky performs at Crossings at Carnegie, Zumbrota. The band consists of Bryan Simpson, Matt Menefee, David Mayfield, Ross Holmes and Andy Moritz . Their music is described as "experimental acoustic music" or "psychobilly grass."

When: 7 p.m.

Where: 320 East Ave.

Cost: $28 in advance, $30 at the door

More info: Call (507) 732-7616 or go online to www.crossingsatcarnegie. com