Come one, Come all! It’s time for the annual Fun Days celebration! The event is held in beautiful Wheeler Park in lower North Mankato. Fun Days was begun in 1965 by the city of North Mankato as a thank you to the many volunteers who filled sand bags ahead of an anticipated flood. 2018 marks the celebration’s 54th year!

North Mankato Fun Days - Starship 2000
Photo by Don Lipps – Starship 2000 one of the many rides presented by Family Fun Shows at North Mankato Fun Days.

City spokesperson, Lynette Peterson, offered, “We are super excited about our new event Pancakes in the Park on Sunday from 10 am to 1 pm, available for a free-will donation.” She added, “This is in conjunction with our Family Day where there will be a petting zoo, car and motorcycle show, kid’s pedal pull, special needs carnival, and carnival wristband time from 1 pm To 5 pm.”

Peterson went on to announce, “We are also excited about our grand marshals for the parade, local law enforcement! It’s a tribute to their hard work and dedication to our community.”

“We are also excited about our grand marshals for the parade, local law enforcement! It’s a tribute to their hard work and dedication to our community.”

The parade, one of the highlights of the event every year, takes place on Saturday the 7th beginning at 11 am. Volunteers will be collecting non-perishable donations for the Echo Food Shelf so come prepared!

Friday, July 6th

  • 4:00 pm: Food Concessions Open
  • 4:00 pm: Bingo Open
  • 4:00 pm: Family Fun Shows Open
  • 6:00 pm: The Band Stand Open**
  • 6:15 pm: Kiddie Parade
  • 7:00 pm: Celebrity Horseshoe Tournament
  • 7:00-11:00 pm: Switchboard at The Band Stand**

Saturday, July 7th

  • 9:00 am: Championship Horseshoe Tournament
  • 11:00 am: Fun Days Parade (Bring donations for Echo Food Shelf)
  • Noon: Family Fun Shows Open
  • Noon: Bingo & Food Concessions Open
  • 1:00 pm: Bean Bag Tournament in The Band Stand
  • 2:00 pm: The Band Stand Open**
  • 7:00-11:00 pm: Powerhouse at the Band Stand**

**ID and wristband (available for $4:00) are required for The Band Stand

Sunday, July 8th

  • 10:00 am – 1:00 pm: Pancakes In The Park (Free will donation)
  • 10:00 am: Car & Motorcycle Show
  • 10:00 am: Petting Zoo at Wheeler Park
  • 10:00 am: Mankato Baltics vintage baseball double header vs. Rum River Rovers and Quicksteps Base Ball Club
  • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Special Needs Carnival
  • 11:00 am: Registration for Kids Pedal Tractor Pull (ages 4-11)
  • Noon: Kids Pedal Tractor Pull
  • Noon: Bingo & Food Concessions Open
  • 1:00 pm: Family Fun Shows Open
  • 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Carnival Wristband (All rides for $20)
  • 10:00 pm: Family Fun Show closes

Carnival Tickets

2018 Fun Days parade route

Zac Zaun
Zac Zaun, originally from Des Moines, Iowa, currently resides in North Mankato. He enjoys the arts and playing guitar.