Lanesboro, MN: One of America’s Best Small Towns!

April 14th, 2014

Have you heard the news? Lanesboro, MN was named by

Smithsonian Magazine as one of the 

20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2014!


We are thrilled to have this honor.

And we hope you will visit us soon and often.


*Bluff Country Studio Art Tour (April 25-27, 2014)

*”Brand” at the Commonweal Theatre (through June 13, 2014)

*Exhibit “Inspiration in the Familiar” (through June 15, 2014)

*”Lanesboro Live” at the St. Mane Theatre (Saturday, May 3, 2014)

For more information on these and other upcoming events in Lanesboro,
please visit and check our “Calendar of Events”. 

Ibsen Festival 2014, Lanesboro, MN

March 28th, 2014

Lanesboro, MN is home to many special events and festivals throughout the year. Join us in celebrating Ibsen Festival, April 11-13, 2014!  


Looking for loads of Scandinavian culture? Then join us in Lanesboro, MN for this year’s Ibsen Festival! Named for Henrik Ibsen, the acclaimed “Father of Modern Drama,” the Festival is a celebration of Scandinavian theatre, visual art, music and dance, centered amidst the opening of Commonweal Theatre’s annual Ibsen production.

The highlight of this year’s Festival is the opening of a world premiere adaptation of Ibsen’s Brand on Friday, April 11 at 7:30 pm at The Commonweal. The action of the play focuses on fundamentalist pastor Brand and his desperate search for a new model of humanity. With his faith being constantly tested, Brand remains steadfast in his ideal of “all or nothing” and risks everything in his quest for spiritual perfection.

Jeremy van Meter as Brand in traditional Sami Bracelets by Liz Bucheit; photo by Ethan Bjelland (2)

The Ibsen Festival offers events and presentations throughout the weekend to satisfy a variety of interests. Guests may attend lectures, film presentations, musical concerts, and artist displays. A complete schedule of events is available at For more details, including information about schedules, tickets, and other Commonweal programs, visit or call the Box Office at (800) 657-7025. Funding for Commonweal Theatre’s programming is provided in part by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and private funders.

Norwegian Rosemaling


*”Tigers Be Still” at the Commonweal Theatre (through March 30, 2014)

*”Lanesboro Live” at the St. Mane Theatre (Saturday, April 5, 2014)

*Dinner on the Bluff – “For Love of Lakes” (Saturday, April 5, 2014)

*Exhibit “In Common Hours” (Through April 6, 2014)

*Ibsen Festival (April 11-13. 2014)

For more information on these and other upcoming events in Lanesboro,
please visit and check our “Calendar of Events”. 

*Artist Reception: Courtney Bergey – (February 22, 2014)

2014 Major Annual Events & Festivals in Lanesboro, MN

March 18th, 2014

Lanesboro, MN has been recognized as one of America’s Prettiest Towns by Yahoo! Travel/Forbes Traveler for scenic beauty and small town charm. Minnesota Monthly noted Lanesboro as one of 10 Small Town Weekend Trips in Hidden Minnesota.

It’s easy to see why people return time and again to renew themselves in Lanesboro’s riches.

Come, create your own memories! 

Orval and Marie

2014 Major Annual Events & Festivals

Whalan Candlelight Ski   Feb 1, 2014
Candlelight Ski or hike on the Root River State Trail. Local foods and bonfire at both ends of the trail.

“Over the Back Fence” at the St. Mane Theatre  Monthly on 2nd Fri Feb – Nov at 7:30 pm. A community variety radio show featuring musical guests, comedy, drama, skits, and audience participation.

Ibsen Festival  April 11 – 13, 2014
Celebrate Scandinavian theatre, art, music and dance with the Commonweal Theatre.

Bluff Country Studio Art Tour  April 25-27, 2014
Travel scenic back roads to the studios of the area’s finest artists.

Root River Earth Day  April 26, 2014
SE Minnesota is a fantastic place for humans and wildlife alike to live.  Kids’ crafts, scavenger hunt, exhibitor booths, and making rain barrels.

Lanesboro Farmer’s Market at Sylvan Park  May – Oct Sat 9 am – noon
Locally grown products, produce, plants, baked goods, preserves, meats.

Stand-Still Parade  May 17, 2014
Stroll along and view the parade exhibits in Whalan.  “The Parade doesn’t move, the spectators do!”

Bluff Country Gathering May 16017, 2014
Concert May 16, Barn Dance May 17 at the Lanesboro Community Center.  Live music and calling, including teaching.

Memorial Day Program May 26, 2014 at 10 am. Honoring our fallen comrades with a parade, a program of patriotic music and speakers, & a gun salute with taps.

Rhubarb Festival June 7, 2014
Celebrate Rhubarb,Minnesota’s sweet tart favorite. Free tasting of rhubarb delights, games, music & entertainment. 5K and 1-mile Rhubarb Run.

Art in the Park June 15, 2014
Art festival in beautifulSylvanPark, 90 exhibitors, eclectic food, live music and entertainment.

Buffalo Bill Days Aug 1-3, 2014
City-wide Festival, marketplace, food booths, entertainment, dances, volleyball & softball tournaments, and grand parade.

Holiday Dinner Dance Dec 6, 2014
Live entertainment, social hour, dancing and fine cuisine.

Lanesboro Christmas Inn Tour Dec 7, 2014
Showcasing Bed & Breakfasts and Inns charmingly decorated for the Christmas season.

For more information on these and other upcoming events in Lanesboro,
please visit and check our “Calendar of Events”. 


“Of the Earth” Featuring Local Artist Courtney Bergey Now Open

February 21st, 2014

 The Lanesboro Arts Center is proud to showcase the work of local artist Courtney Bergey, February 22-March 29, 2014. Courtney’s artistic style has been influenced by her natural surroundings, growing up on a farm just outside of Lanesboro.


“Of the Earth” features ceramics by Courtney Bergey in a SEMAC McKnight Showcase held at Lanesboro Arts Center. “I created a body of ceramic work inspired by my family’s ancestral farmland,” she says. “Being raised where my father and grandmother were raised has been very influential, but it was not until recently that I began to see my agricultural roots as a source of endless inspiration. I was struck by the parallel between my family using the land to nourish plants and animals, and my own use of clay to create things. Both are products ‘Of the Earth’.”

The exhibit opens on Saturday, February 22, 2014 with a reception from 6-8 p.m., and runs through March 29, 2014. Both are free and open to the public.

“A pond situated in the pasture behind my home inspired me to explore the juxtaposition of the warm, natural surfaces of clay with the cool, shiny surface of glass,” she explains. “The patchwork quilt fields and the tidy rows of corn on my farm have inspired some of my more geometric forms, and the tight clusters of assorted trees have moved me to apply texture to much of my work.”

“Of the Earth” is a mixture of functional objects (mostly spoons, plates, and bowls) as well as sculptural objects, such as vases and wall pieces. Courtney recently conducted a workshop with local high school students to teach them about ceramics, and together they produced a series of tiny handmade bowls. No stranger to a variety of creative ventures, her felted finger puppets can be found in the Juried Sales Gallery at Lanesboro Arts Center, and Courtney herself works at the Arts Center’s administrative office in her role as Capital Campaign assistant director for Lanesboro Arts Center.


The exhibit is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fundHandicapped accessible and free to the public, the Lanesboro Arts Center gallery is located at 103 Parkway Ave N. in Lanesboro, Minnesota; gallery hours through March are Tues-Sat 10-5.


*Artist Reception: Courtney Bergey – (February 22, 2014)

*3rd Annual Veterans Ice Fishing (February 22, 2014)

*Dinner on the Bluff – “New Zealand: Discovering Beauty” (March 1, 2014)

*Exhibit “In Common Hours” – (Through April 6, 2014)

For more information on these and other upcoming events in Lanesboro,
please visit and check our “Calendar of Events”