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Rediscover the past: River Rendezvous

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Bloomington Briefing Published July 29, 2022
Updated on November 2, 2022

Each fall Bloomington hosts one of the largest educational history festivals in the Midwest. River Rendezvous is a living history event that provides a unique experience to learn about the daily lives of indigenous people and settlers who lived in the Minnesota River Valley during the 1800s. Visitors will interactively learn about 19th century life including Dakota history and culture, early trades and crafts, frontier farming, the fur trade, wilderness skills, frontier activities and games and much more. The event features a wide variety of hands-on participation opportunities for kids and families.

The weekday sessions are reserved for school field trips enjoyed by thousands of students, and Saturday’s public day is open to all. Join in the fun and celebration on Saturday, September 24, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., at Pond Dakota Mission Park, 401 East 104th Street. Admission to this event is $10 for adults ages 18 years and older, $5 for children ages 4 – 17, and free for children ages 3 and younger. For more information, visit or call Bloomington Parks and Recreation at 952-563-8877.