The village contains 40 restored buildings plus a museum of farm machinery reflecting the early years of Nobles County. Located adjacent to the Nobles County fairgrounds, the Village is open weekdays and Sundays, Memorial Day through Labor Day, other times by appointment. Telephone 507-376-3125.
Nobles County Art Center
12 annual shows are scheduled throughout the year, and the Art Center has a permanent collection on display. The Art Center is sponsor of Art in the Courtyard, an annual showcase for local and regional artisans, held the first Saturday in August. Art Center hours are 12-3:00 p.m. weekdays. Telephone 507-372-8245.
Memorial Auditorium - Performing Arts Center
Constructed in 1931 in the classic Art Deco style, the renovated and newly restored building is one of the largest auditorium facilities in a wide region of southern Minnesota and Northern Iowa. Memorial Auditorium is a 735-seat performance center owned and operated by the City of Worthington. The large proscenium stage features state-of-the-art lighting and sound. Telephone 507-376-9101.
Located at 1311 Fourth Ave. in Worthington, the Dayton house was built in 1890 as a residence for the George Draper Dayton family by respected Sioux Falls, SD, architect Wallace Dow. George Dayton was a banker and a real estate developer in Worthington before moving to Minneapolis shortly after 1900 to start Dayton's Department Store. The Dayton house served as a family home for many years, and was later used as a nursing home. The house was purchased and restored by Historic Worthington, Inc. Tours available upon request. Telephone 507-727-1311.
Nobles County Historical Museum
The museum features many historical displays and archives which preserve the early days of European settlement in Nobles County. Located in the Nobles County Library and Information center, Worthington, it is open Monday through Friday from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Display of over 300 advertising items of automobiles, implements, oil, gas, etc. See the lost art of porcelain and neon signs and clocks. All are restored and in working order. Also on display are peddle cars and 20-30 classic cars. Located on 322 Oxford Street, by chance or appointment; groups prior appointment -
866-450-6366 or (507) 376-9557
Winterfest, January 20th & 21st
January's Winterfest, one of Worthington's newest events, is sure to add chilling excitement to the winter season. Participate in the Southwest Minnesota Fishing Club's Ice Fishing Tournament. Watch the crowning of the Winterfest ambassador and enjoy winter activities on Lake Okabena. Be sure to catch The Deep Freeze Dip (local residents jump into ice cold Lake Okabena) all to raise money for a local charity. New events like the Chili Cook off and Pond Hockey are sure to please!
Windsurfing Regatta & Music Festival , Sailboard Beach - Lake Okabena, June 9th - 11th
Regatta Bike Ride, Centennial Park - June 10th
Enjoy live music, food, arts and of course windsurfing. Visit www.worthingtonwindsurfing.com for more information.
Old Fashioned 4th of July , Pioneer Village - July 4th
See history come to life at Pioneer Village's Old Fashioned Fourth of July celebration. Pioneer Village is a historical attraction located next to the Nobles County Fairgrounds. Visitors can enjoy barbecues, hot dogs and lemonade in the village's fire hall; sip sarsaparilla in the Red Garter Saloon; and watch demonstrations of frontier life at various venues. Each year a melodrama is performed by local actors and actresses. Take a step back in time and spend the Fourth of July in Worthington.
Visit www.noblespioneervillage.com for more information
International Festival , July 14th & 15th
Celebrate the many cultures in Worthington at the International Festival. This colorful festival is every July at the Nobles County Government Center lawn in downtown Worthington. A talent contest, music and food from around the world, children's activities and much more make this an event you do not want to miss. Their website is www.worthingtoninternationalfestival.org
Nobles County Fair , August 9th- 13th
There is sure to be family fun for everyone at the Nobles County Fair held each August at the Nobles County Fairgrounds. A full carnival runs Thursday through Sunday and grandstand events Friday through Sunday. All 4-H and open class entries from livestock, to photography to flowers are on display throughout the fair. Visit Machinery Row on Stower Drive. And of course there is plenty of tasty fair food available. There is no admission charge to get on the grounds! For more details visit www.noblescountyfair.com for more information.
Crusin' Downtown Worthington , August 15th
Enjoy a fun night in downtown Worthington looking at classic cars and antique tractors. Enjoy live music and food on the street. This event is getting bigger and bigger each year and is becoming a favorite for those who attend.
King Turkey Day , September 15th & 16th
Don't miss Worthington's King Turkey Day celebration. For more than 70 years, this event has attracted thousands of people to Worthington. Start your day at the free pancake breakfast. During the Great Gobbler Gallop live turkeys are raced down the street in a friendly rivalry with Cuero, Texas. A delegation from Cuero brings a turkey to challenge Worthington's famous turkey, Paycheck. Right after the gallop, one of the area's largest parades kicks off. Hundreds of people gather along Worthington's Tenth Street to catch the action. A featured speaker, 10K race and carnival are all a part of King Turkey Day festivities. Visit www.kingturkeyday.net for more information.
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