2023 Austin, Minnesota Visitor Guide

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AN OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE AUSTIN CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU 301 NORTH MAIN STREET, SUITE 101 • AUSTIN, MINNESOTA • 507-437-4563 • WWW.AUSTINMN.COM

We truly are proud of our town and want you to find out what makes it special in so many ways. Take your time visiting and enjoying our attractions; relish the varied tasty offerings in our many restaurants; relax and appreciate the great music, theatre and art that abounds here – explore and experience these and all the other pieces that make up our community. Looked at from any perspective, Austin has an astonishing amount to offer. We think you will be surprised and more than satisfied as to what there is for you to see and do. Be sure to stop by the Discover Austin, Minnesota office at 301 N Main Street, Suite 101 for additional information and assistance.

Average temperature: 44.1°

Average annual precipitation: 34.52 inches

Average annual snowfall: 38.7 inches

Elevation: 1,184 ft (360 m)

Longitude: -92.9739, Latitude: 43.6542

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3...... FIND A PLACE TO STAY 5...... MARK YOUR CALENDAR 7...... DELIGHTFUL DINING 9...... ARTS IN AUSTIN 11.... PARKS AND TRAILS 13.... HEAD OUTSIDE 15.... SPORTS AND RECREATION 17.... MAP OF AUSTIN, MN 19.... HOST YOUR EVENT IN AUSTIN 21.... SEASONAL SPORTING FACILITIES 22.... MOWER COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS 23.... GROUP TOURS 25.... COMMUNITY AND LOCAL FLAVOR 29.... PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES INSIDE THE GUIDE
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of Mower County
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Established 1853,
1856 County Seat
Area: 11.9 square
(11.79 square miles land, .11 square miles water) Population: 26,174 (2020 census)
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Hottest month: July
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Average high temperature: 53.8°
Coldest month: January
Average low temperature: 34.4° F
AUSTIN STATS WELCOME TO AUSTIN, MINNESOTA

A PLACE TO STAY

GUEST HOUSE

The Elam HouseFrank Lloyd Wright Home

309 21st St SW, Austin, MN 507-438-9503 www.theelamhouse.com

Jessie’s House

27030 Hwy 56, Brownsdale, MN 507-396-4705 www.jessiesguesthouse.com

Jim’s Farm House

27241 Hwy 56, Brownsdale, MN 507-396-4705

Josie’s House

27084 Hwy 56, Brownsdale, MN 507-396-4705 www.josiesguesthouse.com

DOG BOARDING, BATHING & BAKERY

All Fur Dogs

503 27th Ave NW, Austin, MN 507-355-3647 www.facebook.com/AllFurDogsMN

Chrest Kennels and Dog Boarding

59060 327th St, Waltham, MN 507-993-6426 www.chrestkennels.com

Bubbles ‘N’ Bows

1015 4th Ave NE, Austin, MN 507-433-0003

Hickory Lake Boarding Kennels

88089 258th St, Austin, MN 507-396-0145 www.hickorylakeboardingkennels.com

Pet Authority

803 18th Ave NW, Austin, MN 507-396-2770 www.thepetauthority.com

Pet Supplies Plus

1001 18th Ave NW, Suite 100, Austin, MN 507-460-7700 www.petsuppliesplus.com/Store/MN/ Austin/Austin/4108

HOTELS

AmericInn Lodge and Suites

1700 8th St NW, Austin, MN (Exit 178A) www.americinn.com 507-437-7337

Cobblestone Hotel and Suites

1000 16th Ave NW, Austin, MN (Exit 178A) www.staycobblestone.com/mn/austin 507-433-9797

Days Inn

700 16th Ave NW, Austin, MN (Exit 178A) www.daysinnaustin.com 507-433-8600

Holiday Inn and Conference Center

1701 4th St NW, Austin, MN (Exit 178A) www.hiaustin.com 507-433-1000

Rodeway Inn and Suites

805 21st St NE, Austin, MN (Exit 180B) www.rodewayinn.com 507-433-9254

Sterling Motel

1507 Oakland Ave W, Austin, MN (Exit 177) 507-433-1858

Super 8

1401 14th St NW, Austin, MN (Exit 177) www.Super8.com 507-433-1801

Sweets Hotel

128 W Main St / LeRoy, MN www.sweetshotel.com 507-324-9546

CAMPING

Adam’s City Park

303 W. Main St, Adams, MN 55909 (507) 582-3601 www.adamsmn.com/campgroundinformation

Adventure Bound Camping at Beaver Trails 21943 630th Ave, Austin, MN 507-607-0620 www.abcamping.com/beavertrails

Austin KOA 84259 County Road 46, Hayward, MN 507-373-5170 www.koa.com

Brookside Campground

52482 320th St, Blooming Prairie, MN 507-583-2979 www.campatbrookside.com

Lake Louise State Park

12385 766th Ave, Le Roy, MN 507-352-5111 www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/ lake_louise

Oakwoods Trails Campground 23614 890th Ave, Austin, MN 507-437-6165 www.Oakwoodstrails.com

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5 | Discover Austin, Minnesota | 301 North Main Street, Suite 101 | 507-437-4563 | www.AustinMN.com MARK YOUR CALENDAR SUMMERSETTHEATRE.ORG SEASON 55 - SUMMER 2023 SOMETHIN G ROTTEN! JUNE 15-18 & JUNE 22-25 THE CURIO US INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME JULY 28-30 & AUG 4-6 SEPTEMBER 2022 – APRIL 2023 AUSTIN BRUINS HOCKEY GAMES www.austinbruins.com APRIL – SEPTEMBER CEDAR RIVER 3D ARCHERY www.cedarriverarcheryclub.com JANUARY – FEBRUARY PAINT THE TOWN PINK www.hi.umn.edu/pttp APRIL 29, 2023 BEER, BACON AND BEIGNETS www.lifemowercounty.org MARCH 25, 2023 DANCING WITH AUSTIN STARS www.austinareaarts.org APRIL 30 – MAY 6, 2023 COMMON CHORDS See page 10 for more information FEBRUARY 25, 2023 CARAVAN DU NORD www.mnmusiccoalition.org/caravan-du-nord JULY 2, 2023 ZENSHIN DAIKO See page 11 for more information JUNE 17, 2023 SHOOTING STAR BIKE RIDE www.shootingstartrail.org
Discover Austin, Minnesota | 301 North Main Street, Suite 101 | 507-437-4563 | www.AustinMN.com | 6 Transforming lives through excellence in service, education, and career training since 1940. A member of Minnesota State. NOVEMBER 24, 2023 HOMETOWN CHRISTMAS www.austinenhancementgroup.com AUGUST 19, 2023 RIVER RATS CAR SHOW www.facebook.com/RRatsCarclubaustinmn JULY 2 – 4, 2023 FREEDOM FESTIVAL AND INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE www.freedomfestaustin.com SEPTEMBER 23, 2023 FALL HARVEST CELEBRATION www.mowercountyhistory.org AUGUST 8 – 13, 2023 MOWER COUNTY FREE FAIR www.mowercountyfair.com For the most current and complete information sign up for our “What’s happening in Austin” newsletter or go to www.AustinMN.com/events JULY 18 – 21, 2023 DISCOVER AUSTIN, MN AMERICAN JUNIOR GOLF ASSOCIATION TOURNAMENT See page 14 for more information JULY 22, 2023 DAMMEN ADVENTURE FAMILY FUN DAY AND DUCK RACE www.hormelnaturecenter.org NOVEMBER 16, 2023 – THE HOLIDAYS HORMEL HISTORIC HOME HOLIDAY PARTY www.hormelhistorichome.org AUGUST 26 – 27, 2023 AUSTIN ARTWORKS FESTIVAL www.austinareaarts.org

Restaurants in Austin, MN are known for their award winning BBQ sauces, French onion soup, raspberry French toast, super spuds, Bloody Mary’s, caramel bars, food challenges and MORE!

We invite you to come and sample for yourself.

AMERICAN

Applebee’s www.applebees.com 1401 18th Ave NW 507-433-4240

Barley’s Family Restaurant * 1207 N Main St 507-396-8400

Johnny’s Skillet * 107 11th Ave NE 507-433-8875

Kenny’s Oak Grill * www.kennysoakgrill.com 307 Oakland Ave W 507-437-4135

Perkins * www.perkinsaustin.com 701 17th Ave NW 507-433-6720

Piggy Blues Bar-B-Que *

www.piggybluesbbq.com 323 N Main St 507-434-8485

Sterling Café * 1426 1st Ave SW, Ste 3 507-433-6000

The Old Mill * www.oldmill.net 54446 244th St 507-437-2076

The Tendermaid 217 4th Ave NE 507-437-7907

Wahlburgers at Hy-Vee www.wahlburgers.com 1307 18th Ave NW 507-219-5513

Wing Bazaar 3401 W Oakland Ave 507-215-3077

BAR & GRILL

American Legion Post 91 www.austinpost91.com 809 12th St SW 507-437-1151

B & J Bar and Grill * www.bandjbarandgrill.com 114 4th Ave NE 507-433-9830

Bobee Jo’s Bar www.bobeejos.com 435 10th St NE 507-437-7897

Dusty’s Bar & Lounge 422 N Main St 507-396-8446

Eagle’s Aerie 703 107 11th St NE 507-433-8675

Hoot and Ole’s Tavern 105 11th St SE 507-434-7102

Lansing Corners Bar and Grill www.lansingcorners.com 27017 US Highway 218 507-433-9304

The Bakery II Lounge 113 2nd Ave NE 507-438-6978

Torge’s Live * www.torgeslive.com 1701 4th St NW 507-433-1000

Twister Lounge & Echo Lanes www.echolanesaustin.com 1600 10th Dr SE 507-437-8241

The Windrift Lounge www.thewindriftlounge.com 2511 11th St NE 507-437-7132

VFW Post 1216 300 4th Ave NE 507-433-6039

Tienda Y Taqueria

Guerrero

301

Maya Taqueria/Restaurant

1017

El Mariachi

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DELIGHTFUL DINING
Grill
8th St NW Ste F Highly recommend the fish taco (tacos
El Patron Mexican
1906
de pescado)
Oakland Ave W Highly recommend the breakfast taco (tacos de pastor - Available all day long)
Mexican Fresh 507 1st St. NW Highly recommend the beef taco (taco de barbacoa)
501
1910
NE
recommend the steak taco (taco de
4th Ave
Highly
asada)
Alicia Bakery and Restaurant
NE
recommend the chicken taco (taco de
2nd Ave
Highly
pollo)
TACO TOUR STOPS
227 N Main St Highly recommend the Desert taco (taco de postre)

BAKERY, COFFEE SHOPS & SMOOTHIES

Caribou Coffee www.cariboucoffee.com 1001 18th Ave NW 507-433-1063

Coffee House on Main * www.coffeehouseonmain.com 329 N Main St 507-433-1200

Hot Off the Press Comics and Coffee www.hotoffthepresscomics.com 508 1st Dr NW 507-606-3466

The Bistro 1701 4th St NW 507-433-1000

RAVE 310 N Main St 507-402-4313

Scooters Coffee www.scooterscoffee.com 1400 4th St NW 507-396-2811

Sterling www.yoursterlingpharmacy.com 1411 1st Ave SW 507-433-4586

BREWERY

Angry Hog Brewery www.angryhogbrewery.com 500 23rd Ave NW 507-407-6718

Gravity Storm Brewery www.gravitystormbrewery.com 309 N Main St 507-396-8808

ETHNIC

Alicia Bakery & Restaurant 1017 2nd Ave NE 507-437-4860

Bella Victoria www.bellavictoria.com 1801 14th St SW 507-396-8800

China Star www.chinastarbuffetaustin.com 1906 8th St NW 507-355-5888

El Mariachi 227 N Main St 507-434-5975

* SPAM® is served at 14 local restaurants.

CAFFEINE CRAWL

Caribou Coffee

1001 18th Ave NW

Highly recommend the Liz Latte

Scooters Coffee

1400 4th St NW

Highly recommend the Carmelicious

Sterling

1411 1st Ave SW

Highly recommend the Italian Sodas

El Patron Mexican Grill www.elpatronmexicangrill.com 1906 8th St NW, Ste F 507-355-2045

Hkakabo Razi 501 1st St NW 507-509-9028

Japan Panda * www.japan-panda.com 100 14th St SW 507-437-0033

Lawlasoe Market, LLC 208 S Main Street 651-313-1000

Maya Taqueria/Restaurante 501 Oakland Ave W 507-433-9524

Tienda y Taqueria Guerrero 301 4th Ave NE 507-437-4106

1910 Fresh Mexican Kitchen 5071st St NW 507-396-8688

FAST FOOD

Arby’s www.arbys.com 1305 18th Ave NW 507-433-2722

Burger King www.bk.com 1409 4th St NW 507-433-1505

Culver’s * www.culvers.com 1800 8th St NW 507-434-0100

Dairy Queen www.dairyqueen.com 1200 Oakland Ave W 507-433-1369

Coffee House on Main 329 N Main Street

Highly recommend any of the Flavored Syrups Hot Off the Press Comics and Coffee 508 1st Dr NW

Highly recommend the Coffee with Edible Glitter

Grinder’s Deli 604 3rd Ave NW 507-433-6806

Hardee’s www.hardees.com 1406 4th St NW 507-396-8470

Hy-Vee Market Grille Express

Chinese Express www.Hy-Vee.com 1307 18th Ave NW 507-437-7625

Jimmy John’s www.jimmyjohns.com 803 18th Ave NW, Ste A 507-396-8300

Kentucky Fried Chicken www.kfc.com 1401 18th Ave NW

McDonald’s (2 locations) www.mcdonalds.com 1009 Oakland Ave W 507-433-6030 1402 14th St NW 507-434-7810

QDOBA Mexican Eats www.qdoba.com 1011 18th Ave NW 507-509-9079

Subway (2 locations) www.subway.com 910 Oakland Ave W 507-433-8785 1309 4th St NW 507-433-1633

Taco John’s www.tacojohns.com 308 Oakland Ave W 507-433-3870

PIZZA

Domino’s Pizza www.dominos.com 106 S Main St 507-437-3030

George’s Pizza 209 N Main St 507-437-7766

Godfather’s Pizza www.godfathers.com 500 Oakland Ave W 507-437-8269

Papa Murphy’s www.papamurphys.com 402 1st Ave SW #1 507-433-3333

Pizza Hut Wing Street www.pizzahut.com 1004 18th Ave NW, Ste E 507-433-0333

Pizza Ranch * www.pizzaranch.com 1300 18th Ave NW 507-396-2677

Steve’s Pizza * www.pizzaaustinmn.com 421 N Main St 507-437-3249

WINERY

Four Daughters

Vineyard and Winery www.fourdaughtersvineyard.com 78757 St Hwy 16, Spring Valley 507-346-7300

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Austin ArtWorks Center

300 N Main St

507-434-0934 www.austinareaarts.org

Located in one of the oldest buildings in Austin, the ArtWorks Center combines an art gallery, clay cavern/classroom/studio and retail area. The ArtWorks Center hosts a full range of classes, concerts, jam sessions, and more. The retail center features art from over 100 different artists. Home of the Austin Area Commission for the Arts.

Austin Sculpture Tour

301 N Main St, Suite 101

507-437-4563 www.austinmn.com

Discover the many sculptural treasures around Austin with the help of a handy brochure listing location and interesting information about each statue or monument. Brochure available at Discover Austin, MN and other locations around town.

Austin Symphony Orchestra

www.austinmnsymphony.org

Established in October 1957, the Austin Symphony Orchestra brings live symphonic music to the Austin area through community concerts, provides an avenue of artistic growth for regional performers, and encourages continual musical study for area musicians. Performances in Knowlton Auditorium, Austin High School and the Historic Paramount Theatre.

Northwestern Singers

www.northwesternsingers.org

A diverse group of men and women of all ages from many backgrounds whose common thread is a love of music and performance. Along with several concert performances a year, the Northwestern Singers also includes local school choirs in special fundraising events to support local school music programs. Performances at St. Olaf Lutheran Church and Historic Paramount Theatre.

MacPhail Center for Music – Austin

1900 8th Ave NW 507-396-6730 www.macphail.org/austin

The MacPhail Center for Music – Austin offers music classes and individual lessons on instruments and voice. MacPhail also partners with the local schools, the Community Learning Center, Woodson Kindergarten Center and Apple Lane Childcare to provide music enrichment programs throughout the school day for students of all ages.

Austin Community Band

www.facebook.com/austincommunityband

A community-based volunteer organization made up of around 50 local musicians who get together for practices and performances throughout the year, notably for the Freedom Festival Parade and free summer concert series at Bandshell Community Park.

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Frank W. Bridges Theatre

1900 8th Ave NW 507-433-0595 www.riverland.edu/theatre Enjoy this beautiful modern theatre on Austin’s Riverland Community College campus which provides prime views from every row and in multiple theatre configurations. The theatre was named after a local beloved instructor who had been the head of the theatre department and founder of Summerset Theatre.

Matchbox

Children’s Theatre

201 1st St SE 507-437-9078 www.matchboxchildrenstheatre.org

The mission of Matchbox Children’s Theatre is to spark imaginations by presenting creative, professional, positive quality children’s theatre on a consistent basis. Productions appeal to a wide age range, so families can share Matchbox plays together as audience or performers. Performances held at the Historic Paramount Theatre.

Summerset Theatre

1900 8th Ave NW 507-433-0595 www.summersettheatre.org

A community theatre group founded in 1968 that performs 3 fully-mounted, professionalquality plays and musicals during the summers at the Frank W. Bridges Theatre on the Austin campus of Riverland Community College. Summerset Theatre operates in collaboration with the Riverland Community College Foundation.

Historic Paramount Theatre

125 4th Ave NE 507-434-0934 www.austinareaarts.org

Originally opened in September 1929 as a stage and first-run movie theatre and designed to represent the courtyard of a quaint Spanish village, complete with starry night sky overhead. Restored in 1990, the Paramount is a fully functioning theatre providing a venue for concerts, film, theatre and more. Part of the Austin Area Commission for the Arts.

Austin Walking Tour

301 N Main St, Suite 101 507-437-4563 www.austinmn.com

Take a self-guided tour of many of the historic or noteworthy attractions and points of interest in Austin. Brochures can be obtained at Discover Austin, MN and other locations around town.

COMMON CHORDS

MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA TO PERFORM IN AUSTIN

Austin is excited to announce that the Minnesota Orchestra will be coming to town as part of their Common Chords project, a multi-year endeavor that establishes partnerships between the Orchestra and Greater Minnesota cities, each culminating in its own unique residency. The Austin residency marks the ensemble’s first visit to Austin since the 1970s, and will feature Minnesota Orchestra musicians performing at more than a dozen events around the city for Orchestra Week April 30 to May 6, 2023.

All Common Chords residency events are being organized by a steering committee of Austin residents chaired by Bonnie Rietz, representing a broad cross-section of the community, with assistance from Orchestra staff. A complete schedule of Minnesota Orchestra musician activities will involve visits to schools, businesses, and civic and cultural organizations. Orchestra Week in Austin starts on April 30 at 2:00 p.m. with a concert by the Austin Symphony Orchestra in Knowlton Auditorium and culminates with a full Minnesota Orchestra concert performance at 7:00 p.m. on May 6 in Knowlton Auditorium.

For information about tickets please call 507-437-4563.

The Minnesota Orchestra, which was founded in 1903, makes its home at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. Led by Music Director Thomas Sondergard, the Grammy Award-winning Minnesota Orchestra is recognized as one of America’s leading orchestras, presenting nearly 175 concerts in a typical season. It is heard live by some 300,000 people each year, including thousands of students who attend Young People’s Concerts each year. The Orchestra has toured regionally, nationally and internationally, earning rave reviews in music capitals around the world, and is heard on radio stations across the country on award-winning broadcasts produced by Minnesota Public Radio and distributed nationally and internationally. It has received many awards for adventurous programming and much acclaim for its vast collection of recordings, which date back to the 1920s. In 2014, the Orchestra earned its first Grammy Award for a recording of two Sibelius symphonies. The Minnesota Orchestra first performed in Austin in 1947 with its fourth Music Director Dmitri Mitropoulos conducting. It subsequently returned for more than a dozen visits through the years, but the most recent of these was nearly 50 years ago.

The Common Chords project is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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PARKS AND TRAILS

Austin City Parks

City of Austin Park and Recreation 507-433-1881

www.ci.austin.mn.us

Austin, Minnesota maintains 26 city parks comprised of almost 600 acres which provide venues for picnics, hiking, sports, reunions, and more.

Bustad

8th St SW and 14th Ave SW

Bandshell Community 4th St SW and 9th Pl SW

Cullen between10-12th St SWand 11th Ave SW

Decker 19th St NE and 6th Ave NE

Early Morning Lions Oakland Pl NE

East Side Lake 8th Ave NE and Oakland Pl NE

Galloway 8th St SW and 2nd Ave SW

Honor Guard 8th St NE and 8th Ave NE

Horace Austin N Main St

Kaufman 8th St SE and 11th Ave SE

LaFayette S Main St and 8th Ave SE

LaFayette East S Main St and 7th Pl SE

Murphy’s Creek 7th St NW and 24th Ave NW

North Driesner 8th St SE and Oakland Pl SE

Northwest 12th St NW and 13th Ave NW

Orchard Creek 26th St SW and 16th Ave SW

Rotary Centennial Main St and 8th Ave SE

Sherman 14th St NW and 6th Ave NW

Shirley Theel Memorial 400 25th StSW

South Driesner Oakland Pl SE

South Grove 21st Ave SW and 4th Dr SW

Sutton 12th St SE and Oakland Pl SE

Todd 11th St NE and 21st Ave NE

Whittier 7th St SE and 3rd Ave SE

Wildwood 10th St NE and 16th Ave NE

Worlein 606 1st Dr NW

AustinDog Park

500 block of 2nd St SE

Fenced-in, off-leash dog park where canines can exercise and play in a clean, safe, dog-friendly environment. Separate areas for large and small dogs, water faucet, shelter area.

Jay C. Hormel Nature Center

1304 21st St NE 507-437-7519 www.hormelnaturecenter.org

This 529-acre center features hardwoods, pine forest, restored prairie, Dobbins Creek and ponds, a three-story observation tower, ten miles of hiking, crosscountry ski and snowshoeing trails, and a one-third mile paved trail that is handicapped accessible. The new, expanded Interpretive Center houses interactive exhibits, classroom spaces, a separate children’s discovery area, two red-tailed hawks, a barn owl, and other critters. The staff offer many programs that include wildflower and bird hikes, cider pressing, maple syruping, monarch tagging, hawk and bird talks, bird banding, beekeeping and honey making, and more.

Lake Louise State Park

12385 766th Ave, Mower CountyRd 14, LeRoy 507-324-5249 www.dnr.state.mn.us 1,168-acre park that contains two spring-fed streams forming the headwaters of the Upper Iowa River. Enjoy hiking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, crosscountry skiing, and interpretive trails. Features wildflowers, picnic shelters, recreation vehicle dumping station, horse campground, regular campground, sandy swimming beach, and carry-in boat or canoe access. The park is noted as being the oldest recreational site in Minnesota.

Spruce Up Austin Tree Trek

East Side Lake at the intersection of 5th Ave NE and Oakland Pl NE www.spruceupaustin.org/tree-trek This half-mile Tree Trek features 75 trees and spruce recommended for Minnesota, each one identified with a marker that provides additional information.

ZENSHIN DAIKO TO PERFORM AT BANDSHELL

Zenshin Daiko is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation that is dedicated to teaching taiko to children and sharing it with the community. Since forming in March, 1999, Zenshin Daiko has performed in over 1,000 cultural and community events all over Maui and on the neighbor islands. Zenshin Daiko has also performed in California, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nevada, Texas and Japan. Zenshin Daiko has performed at such

prestigious events as the International Taiko Stars Concert at the Waikiki Shell in 2004, the North American Taiko Conference’s Taiko Jam concerts in 2005 in Los Angeles and again in 2015 in Las Vegas. Zenshin Daiko was also honored to perform in Japan at the Hachijo Summer Festival and the Estasia Taiko Concert in Kanazawa Japan in 2014. Zenshin Daiko will perform in Austin, Minnesota on Sunday, July 2nd at the Bandshell.

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Action Trackchairs are provided to assist those with mobility limitations and enjoy the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center trails and facilities.

Children and adults with cognitive or physical disabilities limiting their mobility can now more easily explore nearly 530 acres of woods, prairie, creeks and miles of trails at Austin’s Jay C. Hormel Nature Center no matter if the surface is paved, grassy or covered in snow.

Trackchairs are free to use. Online reservations can be made at www.hormelnaturecenter.org. Rental may last 2 hours. After use, each chair will require 4 hours to charge before next use. Trackchairs are available for use Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and

Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Trackchairs also have a safety lap belt and harness. All models of trackchairs have an attendant control which allows the chair to be operated with the left hand or by a companion walking alongside or behind traveling about 3 miles per hour with a zero-turn radius.

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Watch for the 2023 author visits, story times and club schedules on Facebook (www.facebook.com/sweetreadsbooks) and the website (www.sweetreadsbooks.com) 407 N. Main St. Austin, Minn. 507-396-8660 sweetreadsbooks.com OPEN DAILY 11AM - 4PM Home to New and Used Books • Special Local Authors of Many Genres • Nostalgic and Fun Candies • Gift Certificates • Minnesota / Local Gifts - Mittens and Jewelry - Painted Rocks - Carmelites Soaps & Jams - Artistic Cards - Inukshuks and Feather Clips - Much More!

ASTRONOMY

Sola Fide Observatory

180th St, 5 miles south of Austin 507-437-7519

www.hormelnaturecenter.org/sola-fide-observatory

BIRDING

Austin Audubon Society

1903 5th Ave NW 507-433-9387

The Austin area is one of the few places where Oak Savanna, an important wildlife habitat for sustaining many kinds of birds, can still be seen. Birding areas include the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center, Taopi Native Prairie area, and Lake Louise State Park. Also, be sure to check out the 2 Scientific and Natural Areas: Shooting Star Prairie and Wild Indigo Prairie.

CANOEING / KAYAKING

Canoes and kayaks are a great way to view and enjoy the scenic Cedar River State Water Trail and area wildlife. Launch in the Cedar River and enjoy miles of beautiful scenery.

Jay

C.

Hormel Nature Center

Canoe and Kayak Rental 1304 21st St NE 507-437-7519 www.hormelnaturecenter.org

Public launch sites:

Driesner Park ...........8th St SE

Ramsey Dam ............3504 11th Pl NE

Marcusen Park .........901 S Main St

Mill Pond..................600 N Main St

East Side Lake..........8th Ave and Oakland Pl NE

Riverwood Landing ...intersection of 180th St and 536th Ave, 5 miles south of Austin

WATERWAYS

Cedar River State Water Trail

1408 21st Ave NW (Cedar River Watershed District Office) 507-434-2603 www.cedarriverwd.org www.dnr.state.mn.us/watertrails/cedarriver/index.html

Part of Minnesota’s state water trail program, the Cedar River Trail runs for about 25 miles from the village of Lansing to the Minnesota-Iowa border, providing opportunities for fishing, canoeing, and kayaking.

East Side Lake

CEDAR RIVER

The Cedar River became a Minnesota state water trail in 2011, and runs 25 miles from East of Lansing through Austin on down to the border of Iowa. This designation enhances its value as a historic, beautiful corridor and location for recreational opportunities such as fishing, canoeing and kayaking.

8th Ave and Oakland Pl NE 507-433-1881 www.ci.austin.mn.us

Located along Oakland Place East, this lake, created by a historic dam, features a public boat launch, playground equipment, shelters, picnic area, gazebo and walking trail.

Mill Pond 700 N Main St 507-433-1881 www.ci.austin.mn.us

A .88-mile bike/walking trail circles this beautiful pond, with interpretive signs along the path explaining some of the history this part of Austin played in the growth of the city. Note the distinctive Flood Wall with commemorative plaques celebrating notable community members.

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PEARL CITY

There was a time when Austin was better known for its pearls than its pork. Clam hunters already prowled streams and rivers across Southern Minnesota, but they packed into Austin in the 1890s. The stretch of the Cedar River near the young city was thick with freshwater mussels, and they produced exceptional pearls. Hunters became familiar with the richest mussel habitats, and prided themselves in “cleaning out” the river each year.

Visit the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center and explore the brand new mussel exhibit with a video presentation, touch features, examples of mussels, and learn about Austin’s history as “Pearl City.”

GOLF’S NEXT GENERATION

AMERICAN JUNIOR GOLF ASSOCIATION BRINGS PLAYERS FROM ACROSS THE WORLD TO AUSTIN

The American Junior Golf Association is dedicated to the overall growth of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships. With 7,900 members ages 12-18 from 50 states and 60 foreign countries, the AJGA will conduct 120 events this year from January to December. Each year AJGA seniors secure more than $26 million dollars in athletic and academic scholarships from participating in the AJGA. Through initiatives like the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant, a financial assistance program, and Leadership Links, a service-oriented platform that teaches juniors charitable-giving skills, the AJGA fosters the growth of golf’s next generation. The AJGA event will begin with 78 qualifying players from across the world and bring their families to the Austin community, July 18-21, 2023. This event will be promoted on Golf Channel, PGA Tour and the AJGA website.

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ARCHERY

Cedar River Archery Club

54691 270th St 507-438-7619 www.cedarriverarchery.com For 3D public shoot dates go to www.facebook.com/ CedarRiverArcheryClub.

BASEBALL

Austin All Stars Baseball www.austinallstarsbaseball.com

Austin Greyhounds 901 S Main St (Marcusen Park) www.austingreyhoundsbaseball.com

Austin Youth Baseball 507-433-1649

Austin VFW Baseball

Austin American Legion Baseball

BASKETBALL

Austin Youth Basketball www.austinyouthbasketball.org

Outdoor Basketball Courts 507-433-1881 www.austin.ci.mn.us

Riverside Arena Parking ....501 2nd Ave NE

Rotary Centennial Park ......South Main and 8th Ave SE

Sherman Park .....................14th St and 6th Ave NW

South Grove Park ...............21st Ave and 4th Dr SW

Orchard Creek (1/2 Court) 16th Ave SW Murphy Creek (1/2 Court) 7th St and 24th Ave NW

BIKING

Bicycle Rentals are available in Downtown Austin May-September. For more information call 507-433-7571

Shooting Star Trail

An asphalt trail laid mostly on top of abandoned railway. Bike-friendly for all ages and abilities. New expansion connects the trail to the Austin city bike trails, for a total of over 40 miles. Join us for the Shooting Star Trail Ride held in June.

Austin City Trails

507-433-1881

MARCUSEN PARK

Picturesque and historic Marcusen Park has been creating community and family memories for 70 years. Not only notable for being the home field for Austin’s town ball teams, it has witnessed a legendary home run hit by the Twin’s Kent Hrbek and games played by fellow MLB players Paul Molitor, Dave Winfield, and Austin’s own Mike Wuertz. It is also the first Minnesota community field with LED lighting.

Austin is becoming a well-known destination for biking enthusiasts. We offer over 13 miles of hard-surfaced trails that connect you to many locations in the city. Austin, Minnesota has been awarded Honorable Mention for being a Bike-Friendly Community from the League of American Bicyclist.

Rydjor Bike Museum

219 N Main St 507-433-7571 www.rydjor.com

View the history of bicycles displayed on the 16-foot walls inside the shop. Each of the 84 bicycles has its own story, beginning with the 1868 “Boneshaker” and including one of the late Robin Williams’ bikes. View the evolution of bicycles up to the most current styles.

Schindler’s Way Mountain Bike Trail

Bike Trail Maps are available at the Discover Austin, MN office

DISK GOLF

Driesner Park South

Oakland PL SE 507-433-1881 www.ci.austin.mn.us 18 chain-basket course.

Todd Park 11th St NE 507-433-1881 www.ci.austin.mn.us 27 chain-basket course.

FISHING

East Side Lake...................8th Ave and Oakland Pl NE

Wolf Creek at Todd Park 11th St and 21st Ave NE

Ramsey Dam .....................3504 11th Pl NE

Mill Pond...........................600 N Main St

Cedar River State Water Trail 1408 21st Ave NW

GOLF

Austin Country Club

I-90 at 1202 28th St NE 507-437-7631 www.austincountryclub.net

Cedar River Country Club

18 miles SE of Austin on Hwy 56, Adams 507-582-3595 www.cedarrivercountryclub.com

Meadow Greens 25239 540th Ave 507-433-4878 www.meadowgreensgc.com

HOCKEY

Austin Bruins Hockey Team

501 2nd Ave NE, PO Box 451 507-434-4978 www.austinbruins.com

Austin’s own Junior League Hockey team plays 28 home games at Riverside Arena.

Austin Youth Hockey 507-438-6777 Austin.pucksystems2.com

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HUNTING

3 Arrows Hunting Preserve

78590 125th St, LeRoy 507-438-3313 www.huntthreearrows.com

Cedar Valley Conservation Club

25026 US Hwy 218, Austin 507-437-4537 www.cvcc-austinmn.com Opportunities for shooters of all ages and levels of experience – trap, skeet and 5-stand sporting clays; rifle and pistol ranges for practice; youth shooting programs.

Mower

County - 14 Wildlife Management Areas

507-359-6200 www.dnr.state.mn.us

Cartney Deer, small game, pheasant, waterfowl

Cary Creek ........Deer, small game, pheasant

Deer Creek ........Deer, small game, pheasant

Lena Larson ......Deer, small game, pheasant

LeRoy ................Small game, pheasant

Lyle-Austin ........Deer, small game, pheasant Mentel...............Deer, small game, pheasant, turkey (closed to all firearms hunting but open to archery hunting and trapping)

Ramsey Mill Pond ... Deer, small game, pheasant, waterfowl, turkey

Red Cedar River ... Deer, small game, forest birds, pheasant, waterfowl, turkey

Rose...................Deer, small game, pheasant, turkey

Rustic Retreat ...Pheasant

Schottler ...........Deer, small game, dove Schrafel .............Deer (restrictions – this area is closed to trapping and firearms hunting)

Schwerin Creek ... Deer, small game, pheasant

ICE SKATING

City of Austin Park and Recreation 507-433-1881 www.ci.austin.mn.us

Kaufman (outdoor) ............Bring your own skates Galloway (outdoor) ............Bring your own skates

Riverside Arena (indoor)....Open to the public on specific dates, skate rental available. Year round ice.

Packer Arena (indoor) ........Open to the public on specific dates, skate rental available.

SNOWMOBILING

http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/snowmobiling/interactive_map/index.html.

RACING

56 Speedway 25707 St Hwy 56, Brownsdale 507-440-3824 www.56speedway.com

Chateau Speedway 54219 266th St, Lansing 507-440-8238 www.chateauraceway.net

Deer Creek Speedway 25262 US Hwy 63, Spring Valley 507-346-2342 www.deercreekspeedway.com

PAINTBALL

Splat!

17722 US Hwy 218 507-279-1096 www.splatpaintballfield.net

ROLLERSKATING

Minnesota Southbound Rollers www.minnesotasouthboundrollers.com

Minnesota Southbound Rollers is Austin’s own women’s flat-track roller derby league, and offers action-packed, family-friendly fun while providing charitable donations from the proceeds of ticket sales. Bout and event schedules posted on their website.

SKATE PARK

Austin Skate Park 2 840 Hormel Century Parkway 507-433-1881 / www.ci.austin.mn.us

In-line skaters and skate boards can enjoy a free outdoor Tier 1 park.

SKIING / SNOWSHOEING

Jay C. Hormel Nature Center

1303 21st NE 507-437-7519 www.hormelnaturecenter.org

Enjoy 10 miles of well-groomed trails through the Nature Center’s woodland and prairies. Cross country skies and snowshoe rentals available – no MN ski pass required.

SOCCER

Austin Villa FC

Plays at Wescott Field www.facebook.com/austinvillafc

A local UPSL team. Season begins late April and goes through June.

SWIMMING

Austin Municipal Swimming Pool

700 N Main St 507-433-1881 www.ci.austin.mn.us

This outdoor Olympic-size pool features a wading pool, splash pad, and climbing wall.

Atlantis Swimming Federation hosts swim meets and throughout the summer. For event dates go to www.teamunify.com

YMCA

at Austin Community Recreation Center

501 4th Ave NE 507-433-1804 www.ymcaatacrc.org

An indoor 6 lane, 25 yard pool for lap and open swimming. Family Fun Center with slides and lazy river.

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AUSTIN WELCOMES YOUR EVENTS

American Legion

809 12th St SW 507-437-1151

Seating Capacity: 150

Austin Country Club 1202 28th St NE 507-437-7631

Seating Capacity: 475 www.austincountryclub.net

Austin Public Library 323 4th Ave NE 507-433-2391

Seating Capacity: 125 www.austinpubliclibrary.org

Austin Public Schools Knowlton and Christgau Auditoriums, gymnasiums 301 3rd Street NW 507-460-1800

Seating Capacity: 1400 - 2000 www.austin.k12.mn.us

Bella Victoria 1801 14th St NW 507-396-8850

Seating Capacity: 300

Eagles Aerie 703

107 11th St NE 507-433-8675

Seating Capacity: 180 www.foe.com

Historic Paramount Theatre

125 4th Ave NE 507-434-0934

Seating Capacity: 620 www.paramounttheatre.org

Holiday Inn & Austin Convention Center 1701 4th St NW 507-433-1000

Seating Capacity: 500 www.hiaustin.com

Hormel Historic Home

208 4th Ave NW 507-433-4243

Seating Capacity: 200 www.hormelhistorichome.org

Izaak Walton Cabin, Todd Park 11th St NE 507-433-1881

Seating Capacity: 109 www.ci.austin.mn.us

Jay C. Hormel

Nature Center

1304 21st St NE 507-437-7519

Seating Capacity: 150 www.hormelnaturecenter.org

Minnesota Army National Guard

800 21st St NE (507) 434-2757

Seating Capacity 320 www.minnesotanationalguard.org

Mower County Fairgrounds

700 12th St SW 507-433-1868

Seating Capacity: varies www.mowercountyfair.com

Mower County Historical Society

Pioneer Bldg. 1303 6th Ave SW 507-437-6082

Seating Capacity: 100 www.mowercountyhistory.org

HOW DISCOVER AUSTIN, MN HELPS

The Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau staff is proud to promote tourism for the Austin Area to enhance the economy of the community.

We think of ourselves as colleagues to the meeting planners (just located in a satellite CVB office). Our knowledge of the local area and partnership with local vendors can easily create success for everybody, working together for the same goal. Plus we prepare the proposals for FREE!

If you have a tournament, reunion, convention, meeting or gathering of any type coming to Austin and would like to distribute welcome bags to the participants, the Austin CVB can provide them for FREE.

Contact us at visitor@austinmn.com or call 507-437-4563

Mower County Senior Center

400 3rd Ave NE 507-433-2370

Seating Capacity: 290 www.mcs-inc.org

Pacelli Catholic Schools Auditorium

511 4th Ave NW 507-433-8859

Seating Capacity: 209 www.pacellischools.org

Riverland Community College

1900 8th Ave NW 507-433-0528

Seating capacity up to 150, 330 in Frank W. Bridges Theatre www.riverland.edu

Salvation Army - Austin 409 1st Ave NE 507-437-4566

Seating Capacity: 140 www.salvationarmynorth.org/ community/austin/

The Hormel Institute Live Learning Center

801 16th Ave NE 507-433-8804

Seating Capacity: 250 www.hi.umn.edu

Veteran’s Pavilion, Band Shell Community Park

104 9th Pl SW 507-433-1881

Seating Capacity: 250 www.ci.austin.mn.us

VFW Post 1216

300 4th Ave NE 507-433-6039

Seating Capacity: 225

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Ideally located in southern Minnesota at the junction of Interstate 90 and State Highway 218, Austin is easily accessible from almost anywhere. We excel at conventions, conferences, district or regional meetings, training seminars, family reunions, class reunions, military reunions, weddings or any other occasion you might have in mind. Austin has numerous modern facilities that can be set up in in a variety of ways. AUSTIN HAS AN ABUNDANCE OF AWESOME ATTRIBUTES THAT MAKE IT A UNIQUE PLACE TO HOST YOUR FUTURE GATHERINGS.

IT PAYS TO STAY & PLAY IN AUSTIN

Use the Austin, MN Stay & Play Incentive to book your next meeting or event in our community. We are truly proud of our town and want you to discover how we take Minnesota Nice to the Nth degree.

Plan a visit and find out what makes it so special in so many ways. Take your time visiting and enjoying our attractions; relish the wide variety of tasty offerings in our many restaurants; relax, and appreciate the great music, theater, and art that abound here – explore and experience these and all the other pieces that make up our community.

Looked at from any perspective, Austin has an astonishing amount to offer. We think you will be surprised and more than satisfied at what you see and do. Plus, no other community has a SPAM® Museum! If that isn’t enough reason to book a meeting or event here, Austin, MN Meeting and Events Incentive has been introduced to assist in the community’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. As an added bonus, it also will help groups get back into the practice of meeting face-to-face. It’s a win-win for everyone!

BASIC GUIDELINES

n The Austin, MN Stay & Play Incentive provides applicants with a $10/lodging room rebate up to $1,000.00 for hosting “New to Austin, MN” meetings and events that take place between January 1, 2022, and December 31, 2024. Events that were last held in Austin, MN prior to 2015 would also be considered “New to Austin, MN”

n A minimum of 10 rooms on peak night and must utilize a minimum of 40 total room nights.

n Eligible events include but are not limited to business meetings, conferences, livestock shows, festivals, sports tournaments, concert series and military reunions.

n The pre-application must be submitted and accepted no later than 45 days before the meeting or event has occurred.

n The Austin, MN Stay & Play Incentive final request for funds must be done within 30 days after conclusion of the meeting or event. Only actual rooms picked up in the room block will be verified by the contracted and approved lodging establishments licensed by the City of Austin, MN will be accepted towards total pick-up numbers.

n The Austin, MN Stay & Play Incentive will be paid directly to the organization or event listed on the registration form after the room pick-up is recorded and verified.

n To receive the incentive, the applicant must be the primary organizer, event host, or the meeting or event planner.

GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS

n The Austin, MN Stay & Play Incentive can be discontinued at any time without prior notice.

n An incentive cannot exceed $1000.00 no matter the total number of rooms actualized.

n Discover Austin, MN Executive Director will have final determination and approval as to any questions regarding qualifications, the meeting of qualifications and the reward amount to be given.

n Discover Austin, MN will not be held liable for any action of the meeting facilities or venues or meeting/event planner. Further, Discover Austin, MN and its employees and directors will not be liable for any injury suffered by participation in the Austin, MN Stay & Play Inventive program.

AUSTIN, MN IS THRILLED TO BE OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

For more information please contact:

Discover Austin, MN

301 North Main Street, Suite 101, Austin, MN 55912 507-437-4563, Director@AustinMN.com

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SEASONAL SPORTING FACILITIES

AUSTIN IS HONORED TO WELCOME MANY SPORTING ENTHUSIASTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. WE OFFER SOME INCREDIBLE FACILITIES FOR VARIOUS ACTIVITIES.

Austin City Bike Trails/

Shooting Star Trails

Austin, Minnesota 507-433-1881

• Biking www.ci.austin.mn.us

Austin Country Club 1202 28th St NE 507-437-7631

• Golf - 18 holes/Driving Range www.austincountryclub.net

Austin Public Schools 301 3rd St NW 507-460-1800

• Basketball - 5 courts

• Volleyball - 5 courts

• Wrestling

• Swimming

• Diving www.austin.k12.mn.us

Austin Municipal Pool Austin, Minnesota 507-433-1881

• Swimming

• Splash Pad

• Diving

• Climbing Wall www.ci.austin.mn.us

Cedar River

Watershed District 1408 21st Ave. NW 507-434-2603

• Canoeing

• Kayaking

• Fishing www.cedarriverwd.org

Driesner Park

Oakland Pl SE 507-433-1881

• Disc Golf - 9 holes www.ci.austin.mn.us

Echo Lanes 1600 10th Dr SE 507-437-8241

• Bowling www.echolanesaustin.com

Jay C. Hormel

Nature Center 1304 21st St NE 507-437-7519

• Cross Country Running

• Cross Country Skiing

• Snowshoeing

• Canoeing / Kayaking

• Hiking www.hormelnaturecenter.org

Marcusen Park

901 South Main Street 507-440-2059

• Baseball www.marcusenpark.com

Meadow Greens Golf Course

25238 540th Ave 507-433-4878

• Golf - 27 holes

• Driving Range www.meadowgreensgc.com

Packer Arena

601 7th Street NE 507-433-1881

• Figure Skating

• Ice Hockey

• Roller Derby

• Archery www.ci.austin.mn.us

Riverland

Community College

Austin, Minnesota 507-433-1881

• Baseball - 4 diamonds

• Softball - 1 diamond

• Basketball - 1 court

• Batting Cage - 1

• Soccer - 1 field

• Volleyball - 2 courts www.ci.austin.mn.us

Riverside Arena

501 2nd Ave NE 507-433-1881

• Figure Skating

• Ice Hockey www.riverland.edu/athletics

Splat! Paintball Field, LLC 17722 US Hwy 218 South 507-279-1096

• Paintball www.splatpaintballfield.net

Todd Park

11th St and 21st Ave NE 507-433-1881

• Disc Golf - 21 holes

• Soccer

• Baseball

• Softball

• Sand Volleyball www.ci.austin.mn.us

Wescott Field

301 3rd St NW 507-460-1800

• Tennis

• Football

• Track/Field

• Soccer

• Seasonal Dome www.austin.k12.mn.us

YMCA at Austin Community Recreation Center

501 4th Ave NE 507-433-1804

• Swimming

• Gymnastics / Tumbling

• Tennis

• Indoor Track

• Basketball

• Volleyball www.ymcaatacrc.org

Austin, MN has many different spaces and facilities for you to host your sporting events for all seasons! During the spring/summer time we have many parks and recreational spots. Enjoy baseball/ softball/disc golf at Todd Park, swim meets at Austin Municipal Pool, or bike races held on Schindler’s Way Mountain Bike Trail and golf at the country club or Meadow Greens. During the fall/winter, you could plan a hockey tournament at our Riverside or Packer arenas, an indoor soccer/football/kickball tournament at the seasonal dome located at Wescott Field and have fun bowling at Echo Lanes. Any season, any sport, we’ve got it!

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HOST YOUR SPORTING EVENT IN AUSTIN

WITH ITS MANY FACILITIES, THE MOWER COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS IS AVAILABLE TO HOST A WIDE VARIETY OF EVENTS.

The fairgrounds include over 40 acres of fence-secured property and includes: n 4 large exhibit buildings with over 50,000 square feet of space

An inside arena that seats 800 people

A covered grandstand that seats 1,500 people

An outside lighted horse arena

Exhibit buildings of various sizes

Meeting rooms (heated & air conditioned) n Modern restrooms with showers (heated & air conditioned)

n Paved streets n Camping hook-ups n Livestock penning:150 box stalls (10’x10’)

n 300 horse tie stalls (5’x10’) n 3000 feet of cattle tie area n 700 small animal pens (5’x5’) n Portable stage n Picnic tables, Benches and Portable bleachers

MOWER COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Mower County Historical Society preserves the history of Mower County using 17 buildings and 11 outdoor themed exhibits. Take a tour of an original building from the early days of George A. Hormel and Co., explore steam engine locomotive 1004, or search for your ancestors in the Research Library. The Administration Building and Research Library are open year-round. The Historical Society is perfect for family outings, student groups, and those who just want to see what it was like “in the old days.” Open to the public. Site tours available.

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Austin, Minnesota is a special community with an astonishing abundance of unique attractions, events, and activities that will keep you busy for your entire visit. Allow us to help customize these incredible experiences for your next trip.

ONE-OF-A-KIND ITINERARY

H 10:30 AM – SPAM® Museum Tour: Please don’t eat the exhibits. Yes, it’s real. The SPAM® Museum is stuffed with interactive exhibits that bring the iconic history of the SPAM® Brand to life like you’ve never seen it before! Go behind the scenes and behind the can for an experience adults and kids will savor. See what’s trending in our pork-filled world; email yourself delicious recipes; and share your SPAM® brand story for a chance to become part of our exhibits. Explore the SPAM® brand across the globe. Travel to Japan, U.K., Philippines, South Korea, Latin America, China and Hawaii. Find out what 6 simple ingredients make SPAM® classic, and then work the assembly line. Learn the history of Hormel Foods Corporation from its inception and stand behind the actual desk of company founder George A.

Hormel. Following the tour we will have time to explore the gift shop.

H 11:30 AM – Sweet Reads: Is not your average book & candy store – it is truly a unique experience. You will find new and used books, local and regional authors, old-fashion candies, frozen treats and a selection of Minnesota and Austin novelty items.

H 12:00 PM – Lunch at Gravity Storm catered by Piggy Blues: Gravity Storm Brewery brews their own beer right here in Austin, MN. The bar area is set up to look like a tiki bar from a tropical paradise, and most of the beers are inspired by Jimmy Buffet songs such as their Pencil Thin Mustache IPA or License to Kill Maibach. Piggy Blues BBQ can cater

for groups as small as 5 and up to 2500. Their motto is “Where you can eat pig or eat like a pig!” Their signature dish is the Pulled Pork Lip Smackin’ Sandwich.

H 1:30 PM – Rydjor Bike Shop Museum: Each of the 84 bikes displayed on the 16 foot walls inside the store has its own story. You will witness the evolution of bicycles beginning with the 1868 “Boneshaker” up to one of the late actor Robin Williams’ personal bikes

H 2:00 PM – ArtWorks Center: A space to learn, create, display, and perform in all artistic avenues. The space includes the county’s only public clay studio with kiln, three galleries, an artists’ lounge, and a retail space supporting local artwork. They offer classes for group tours of various artistic opportunities – painting, glass work, crafts, knitting, fabric art, and more.

H 4:00 PM – Check into the Hotel: Austin offers over 400 hotel rooms to relax and rejuvenate. Lodging options in Austin, MN include Holiday Inn, Days Inn, AmericInn, Cobblestone Hotel, Super 8 and RodeWay Inn & Suites.

H 5:30PM – Dinner: Enjoy a very warm and casual atmosphere where you are able to wine, dine, and relax. Group menus arranged through Discover Austin, Minnesota.

H 7:15 PM – Paramount Theatre: One of only four remaining atmospheric theatres remaining in Minnesota. The Paramount is designed to represent being in the courtyard of a quaint Spanish Village with twinkling stars and rolling

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clouds overheads. Group tours available to watch a short film while sipping a soda and munching on some popcorn.

H 9:00 PM – Arrive back at the hotel.

DAY 2

H 9:00 AM – Hormel Institute: Cancer has affected so many people and now you can tour The Hormel Institute, a world leader in cancer research focusing on the study of food agents and cell functions. Experience a 3D simulation of molecules, view into the research labs and see a microscope so large it has its own special space.

H 10:00 AM – Jay C Hormel Nature Center: Visit the new 7 million dollar interpretive center which includes exhibits such as Creatures of the Night, Renewable Energy, Climate Change, Forest Ecology, Live Birds of Prey, Soil is Habitat / Prairie Exhibit, Pond Ecology & Macroinvertebrates. A geological timeline wraps all the way around the main exhibit space, with images and information about the billions of years of Earth’s history.

H 11:00 AM – City Tour: Be introduced to local points of interest and lesser known or quirky sites around the city that may merit further attention! Your step-on guide for the City Tour will stay with you for the rest of your scheduled day; PLUS, you get a SPAM® cookbook!

H 11:00 AM – Hormel Historic Home & lunch: Discover the stately 14-room home of the George A. Hormel family (founder of Hormel Foods Corp). Built in 1871, the home features stained glass windows, decorative woodwork, front pillars imported from Italy, Tiffany light fixtures and a Greek marble fireplace. Following the tour, a group lunch will be provided in the banquet center.

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PM – Depart Austin

We look forward to helping you make many memories in Austin, MN by creating a FREE custom itinerary for your group. For more information or to schedule a tour contact Discover Austin at 507-4374563 or tourism@austinmn.com.

LILLIAN’S TABLE

A CUSTOM DESIGNED

CULINARY EXPERIENCE

FOR YOU AND YOUR GUESTS AT THE HORMEL HISTORIC HOME

is intimate dining experience is designed for 6-8 guests and includes multiple courses along with two drink pairings.

Up to two hours of time onsite is included in your Lillian’s Table Experience. As your guests arrive you’re invited to stroll through the entire House Museum.

Custom designed menu includes a welcome plate, pre course, main course with accompaniments and dessert course. For more information call 507-433-4243 or visit www.hormelhistorichome.org.

is experience is a fundraiser to support the missions, continual preservation, and operations of the Hormel Historic Home.

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AGRICULTURE

Ethanol Plants

Mower County 507-437-4563

Ethanol production, creating a cost-effective and renewable alternate fuel, is becoming a significant industry in southern Minnesota. Processing corn products instead of exporting raw corn doubles the value of each bushel. There are 3 Ethanol Plants within 45 minutes of the Austin Community. Group tours of 10 or more can be pre-arranged.

Wind Farms

Mower County 507-437-4563

The Austin area is well known for being a major player in the Wind Industry. There are multiple wind farms in the county and over 350 wind turbines total. Visit a farm and learn why wind power is currently the fastest growing source of electricity production in the world.

HISTORY

Grand Army of the Republic Hall Post 130

207 S Main St, Grand Meadow 507-437-6082 www.mowercountyhistory.org

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the GAR Hall is one of only two remaining in Minnesota. Booth Post 130 was organized January 23, 1885 with 16 charter members, and the building was constructed in 1891. The hall houses Civil War memorabilia from the post and the surrounding area. Tours by appointment.

Mower County Historical Society

1303 6th Ave SW 507-437-6082 www.mowercountyhistory.org

The Mower County Historical Society preserves the history of Mower County using 17 buildings and 11 outdoor themed exhibits. Take a tour of an original building from the early days of George A. Hormel and Co., explore steam engine locomotive 1004, or search for your ancestors in the Research Library. The Administration Building and Research Library are open year-round. The Historical Society is perfect for family outings, student groups, and those who just want to see what it was like “in the old days.”

• Open to the Public.

• Site tours available.

Hormel Historic Home

208 4th Ave NW 507-433-4243

www.hormelhistorichome.org

The stately Hormel Historic Home, built in 1871, was the residence of the George A. Hormel family from 1901 to 1927. The house was extensively remodeled and modernized by the Hormels in 1902, including the installation of stained glass windows, leaded glass beautifully accenting the decorative woodwork, and the front pillars, imported from Italy. Now restored to early 1900’s décor (including Tiffany light fixtures and Greek marble fireplace), the 14-room home is open for guided and self-guided tours. For those looking for a special venue for a meeting, reunion, reception or other event, the Hormel Historic Home manages a banquet facility with a full range of amenities. Open to the Public, Tours available.

LIBRARY

Austin Public Library

323 4th Ave NE 507-433-2391 www.austinpubliclibrary.org The only public library with a copy of the Heritage Edition of the St. John’s Bible. Full calendar of events online. Check out books, music, DVD’s, iPods, even a telescope!

LOCAL FLAVOR

Cotter Farm Sunflowers

50203 205th St

These sunflowers are certified organic. No chemicals used on the land for 5 years helps promote healthy soil, attracts bees and insect predators, and produces sunflower oil and birdseed. Open to the public in August and September.

Farmer John’s Pumpkin Patch 90537 273rd St 507-437-9180 www.farmerjohnspumpkinpatch.com

A place like none other – ample parking, surrounded by fall splendor, located on a dead end road, a safe environment, free admission as well as a complete selection of pumpkins and other fall decorating needs.

Hot Off the Press Comics and Coffee

508 1st Dr NW, Austin 507-606-3466 www.Hotoffthepresscomics.com Austin’s go to spot for comics, catching up with friends, and getting a great cup of coffee.

PROJECT 25

The Austin Public Library’s building turned 25 in 2021, and in anticipation of that anniversary, Project 25 was created to celebrate that milestone and reimagine the next 25 years of library service. In the fall of 2022, construction began and Project 25 started to become a reality.

Project 25 highlights:

n Addition of a project room off the children’s area with cement floors to allow for “messy” projects such as gardening, cooking and STEAM classes, as well as direct access to the outdoors for additional program options.

n Redesigned service desk to provide a better patron service experience.

n Additional study rooms for tutoring and small meetings.

n Expanded library storage.

n Improved lighting in the “porch” area overlooking the park and Mill Pond.

Construction will continue through May of 2023. Funding for Project 25 is a combination of grant funding, City funding and community donations.

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Knauer’s Meat Market

121 1st Ave NW 507-433-2575

The building was built in 1886 and purchased by the Knauer family. Known for their beef jerky and great steaks, this unique market continues to serve many loyal customers.

Ratatoskr Games

223 N Main St www.facebook.com/RatatoskrGamesMN

A gamers paradise, carrying trading card games, board games and miniatures.

Superior Cannabis Company

125 North Main St Austin, MN 507-438-1000

www.superiorcannabiscompany.com

Focused on CBD Premium CBD products. Growers of legal high CBD organic Cannabis L Flower and Oils. Plans include medical and recreational Cannabis as legalization allows.

Sweet Reads Book and Candy Store

407 N Main St 507-396-8660 www.sweetreadsbooks.com

Sweet Reads is not your average book and candy store – it’s a unique experience! You’ll find new and used books, local and regional authors, magazines, old-fashioned candies, frozen treats, a selection of Minnesota and Austin novelty items, jams and jellies from the local hermitage.

101 3rd Ave NE 800-588-7726 www.spam.com

The SPAM® Museum tells the amazing story of the Hormel Foods Corporation, the only Minnesota Fortune 500 company outside of the metro area, featuring the famous, versatile, and historic SPAM®. Enjoy audio, video, traditional and interactive displays that are educational and fun for all ages. The on-site SPAM® Gift Shop offers all varieties of SPAM® and over 400 SPAM®themed items. FREE admission!

The Nativity House

606 Oakland Pl NE 507-437-4563

A local family displays over 900 complete nativity scenes from 42 different countries in and around their home during the holiday season. Seasonal tours by prearrangement.

SCIENCE

The Hormel Institute

801 16th Ave NE 507-433-8804 www.hi.umn.edu

The Hormel Institute is a world leader in cancer research on the prevention and cure of cancer through the study of food agents and cell functions. The recent expansion doubles the lab space and includes a state-of-the-art Live Learning Center.

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MUSEUM FREE ADMISSION! 501 4th Avenue NE jointoday! ymcaatacrc.org YOUTH PROGRAMS HEALTHY LIVING & SO MUCH MORE! HEALTHY AGING PROGRAMS After School Childcare Gymnastics Preschool Youth Sports FREE Fitness Assessment Group Exercise Personal Training Book/Walking Clubs Enhance Fitness Legends Intro classes Moving For Better Balance 2023 EVENTS Paint the Town Pink Events • Jan. 21 – Fishing for a Cure • Jan. 28 – Plunging for Pink • Feb. 4 – Paint the Rink Pink • Feb. 11 – Bean Bag Tournament • Feb 18 – VFW Pool/Dart Tourn. • Feb 18 – Shooters for Hooters • Feb. 25 – Demo Derby • Feb. 25 – Ice Golf The Hormel Institute Events • April 21 – Mammograms • May 27 – Taste of Nations • June 3 – Family Learning Day • Sept. 9 – Welcoming Week • Jan. 28, April 29, July 29, Oct. 28 Science Saturdays For more information: hi.umn.edu/events 100% of donations go directly to research on cancer and other diseases TOURS •Large Group •Small Group •Educational For more information or to schedule a tour, contact Chelsey Lustig at 507-437-9652 or lusti032@umn.edu TO DONATE visit hi.umn.edu/donate/ or scan this QR code using your phone’s camera
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SERVICE CLUBS

American Legion Post 91 ..............507-437-1151

Austin Audubon Society...............507-481-6145

Austin Shrine Club ........................507-437-7292

Eagles Aerie 703 ............................507-433-8675

Izaak Walton League ....................507-433-2735

Kiwanis Noon Club .......................507-219-1452

Kiwanis Early Risers Club .............507-438-7027

Lion’s Morning Club ......................507-437-8299

Lion’s Noon Club ...........................507-434-2225

Masonic Lodge ..............................507-433-2533

Order of the Eastern Star .............507-440-1909

Rotary Club ....................................507-437-9459

Toastmasters..................................507-481-4469

VFW Post 1216...............................507-433-6039

Zonta International .......................507-437-8773

SHOPPING

Exit 177 North – you will find shopping opportunities galore, strip malls, a wide variety of local and chain restaurants, a multi-screen cinema, specialty shops, grocery stores, auto parts, salons and more!

Exit 177 South – explore one of the original strip malls in Minnesota, about 3 miles south of the exit – a truly unique experience with a distinctive blend of “just what you’re looking for” gifts, eateries, shops, hardware store, pharmacy, and essential items.

Exit 178A – takes you to the historic, picturesque downtown, a charming area of quaint shops and boutiques offering one-of-a-kind specialty products. Indulge in local flavors at a variety of restaurants. Refresh and rejuvenate at one of the revitalizing spas or salons. Take a relaxing stroll around the Mill Pond and enjoy some coffee or ice cream from one of the local shops.

Exit 179 – convenient shopping for groceries, household items, and more.

SPAS / SALT SAUNA

Daisy Blue Naturals Wellness

311 N Main St 507-396-8137 www.daisybluenaturals.com

Golden Tress Salon and Day Spa

104 11th Ave NW 507-433-2291 www.goldentress.com

The MOD Medspa

416 Main St N 507-437-9333 www.themodmedspa.com

TRANSPORTATION

AB Taxi 1015 4th Ave NE 507-434-9689

Austin Aeroflight 710 21st St NE 507-433-1813 www.austinaeroflight.com A full-service FBO offering both Jet A and 100LL fuel services, flight training, ground instruction, and air rides.

Austin Municipal Airport 710 21st St NE 507-433-1813

Austin Municipal Airport is a public-owned, public-use airport with a mile-long paved runway. Heated hangar protects the aircraft in all weather conditions. Austin’s airport currently accommodates corporate jets with a 4,800-foot runway and plans are underway to expand to 6,500 feet.

Bird Ride Scooters

www.bird.co Available throughout Austin.

Land to Air Express 507-625-3977 www.landtoairexpress.com Bus service that connects Austin to Minneapolis/St. Paul airport and to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester

Quick Ride Taxi Service, LLC 805 5th Ave NE 507-433-9055

S.M.A.R.T.

(Southern Minnesota Area Rural Transit) 2801 Oakland Ave W 1-855-762-7821 www.smartbusmn.org

EDUCATION

Austin Public Schools 401 3rd Ave NW 507-460-1900 www.austin.k12.mn.us

Austin High School 301 3rd St NW 507-460-1800

Ellis Middle School 1700 4th Ave SE 507-460-1500

IJ Holton Intermediate School 1800 4th Ave SE 507-460-1525

Banfield Elementary School

301 17th St SW 507-460-1200

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Located 90 miles south of Minneapolis - St. Paul, and 12 miles north of the Iowa boarder, Austin is at the junction of Interstate 90 and U.S. 218. Seven entrances to the city o I-90 serve the community. CONVENIENT LOCATION

Neveln Elementary School

1918 Oakland Ave E 507-460-1600

Southgate Elementary School 1601 19th Ave SW 507-460-1300

Sumner Elementary School 805 8th Ave NW 507-460-1100

Woodson Kindergarten 1601 4th St SE 507-460-1400

Community Learning Center 912 1st Ave NE 507-460-1700

Pacelli Catholic Schools

Pre-School, Elementary, Middle and High Schools 311 4th St NW 507-437-3278 www.pacellischools.org

MEDIA

Austin Daily Herald Newspaper

310 2nd St NE 507-433-8851 www.austindailyherald.com

RIVERLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE

1900 8th Ave NW 507-433-0600 www.riverland.edu

Riverland community college serves more than 4,000 students at campuses in Austin, Albert Lea and Owatonna as part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, Riverland provides more than 50 career options for students entering the workforce directly after graduation and 32 training and development transfer degrees. The customized training division works with business an industry to assess and train their employees.

Mower County Independent

135 E Main St, LeRoy 507-324-5324

Mower County Shopper 3405 Oakland Ave W 507-437-7731 www.mowercountyshopper.com

KAAL TV 1701 10th Pl NE 507-437-6666 www.kaaltv.com

KSMQ Public TV 2000 8th Ave NW 507-481-2095 www.ksmq.org

KAUS 1480 AM

18431 St Hwy 105 507-437-7666 www.myaustinminnesota.com

US Country 99.9 FM 18431 St Hwy 105 507-434-3699 www.myuscountry.com

MEDICAL

Mayo Clinic Health System – Austin 1000 1st Dr NW 507-433-7351

Mayo Clinic Health System Express Clinic 1307 18th Ave NW (HyVee) Walk-in clinic

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PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES

SPAM® Museum – Farmer and Pigs Statue Main Street and 3rd Avenue NE, Downtown Austin

After a quick photo in front of the Greetings from Austin sign, go inside the museum to see exhibits and displays relating to the history of Hormel Foods, thousands of cans of SPAM® from all around the world, and more than 275 different SPAM® items in the gift shop.

@SPAMMuseum

The Power of Food - Hormel Foods

1 Hormel Place, Austin

Standing 25 feet tall and fashioned from nearly 20,000 forks, the piece serves as a tribute to the food that powers our world and the inspired people at Hormel Foods who make it.

@HormelFoods

Ray of Hope – The Hormel Institute

801 16th Ave NE, Austin

A 30’ high aluminum sculpture of a protein from the milk thistle plant. The Hormel Institute has revealed that silybin, a major bioactive component of this plant is a natural anticancer agent and effectively weakens melanoma growth.

@TheHormelInstitute

Mill Pond – City of Austin Logo and Pillars of the Community

North Main Street, Downtown Austin

Take a photo in front of the Austin City logo on the flood wall and then learn about the men and women who have made Austin the community that it has become.

@TheCityofAustinMN

Paramount Theatre

125 4th Avenue NE, Downtown Austin

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Paramount originally opened September 14, 1929, and was designed for stage theatre and first-run movies. It is one of just 4 atmospheric theatres left in Minnesota.

@ParamountAustinMN

Hormel Historic Home

208 4th Avenue NW, Austin

The Hormel Historic Home is a can’t miss destination for visitors. A tour will open a window into the life of the George A. Hormel family. This 1871 home is where Hormel lived with his wife and son when he founded Hormel Foods, Inc.

@HormelHistoricHome

Trailhead Bike Arch

Oakland Avenue East, east of 4th Street SE

With over 15 miles of Austin City trails and a connection to 30 miles on the Shooting Star State Trail, this arch features two adult and two kids’ bikes on top at the Oakland Avenue Trailhead. It was installed in 2018.

@BikeAustinMN

Mower County Fairgrounds – Buffy the Cow

700 12th Street SW, Austin

Buffy was a long time fixture on Austin’s east side before being mooo-ved to the Mower County Fairgrounds in 2011. Buffy, a Guernsey Cow, 20 ft. long, 15 ft. tall and made of fiberglass, now serves as a roadside ambassador for the Mower County Fairgrounds.

@MowerCountyFreeFair

Sherman Tank – Mower County Historical Society

1303 6th Avenue SW on the Mower County Fairgrounds

This 32 ton, M-4 Sherman Tank built during World War II is on display at the Historical Society grounds.

@MowerCoHistory

Jay C. Hormel Nature Center

1304 21st St NE, Austin • I-90 Exit 180B

This 529-acre center features Dobbins Creek, a three-story observation tower, ten miles of hiking and interactive exhibits including two red-tailed hawks.

@HormelNatureCenter

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