Partnering Sponsors - Rochester Public Utilities (RPU), Maier Tree & Lawn, and Rochester Park & Recreation hold an Annual Arbor Day Celebration on the last Friday in April every year.

2018 RPU Calendars are NOW AVAILABLE! 

The celebration is held between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Rochester and is open to the public. The festivities include live music, lunch, free trees, various vendors, and many family activities. Winners of the elementary school Arbor Day Poster Contest are also announced.

This year is our 15th Annual Arbor Day Celebration, which will be held on Friday, April 28, 2017 at Three Links – Silver Lake Park, located at 840 7th St NE in Rochester. As in past years, if there is extreme weather, the event will be moved indoors to Rochester Community and Technical College's Field House.

Co-Sponsors include: Hy-Vee, Minnesota Energy Resources, Sargent’s Gardens, and Seneca Foods.

Participants include: Boys & Girls Club of Rochester, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Olmsted County Environmental Resources, Olmsted Soil & Water Conservation District, Quarry Hill Nature Center, RNeighbors, Rochester Public Library, Rochester Public Works, and Zumbro Valley Audubon.

The festivities include:

  • Free Admission
  • Free Food – Hot Dogs, Chips, Corn on the Cob, Cookies, and Soda
  • Presentation of 2017 Poster Contest Winners
  • Live Music from Paul Mayasich and his band, Real American Made Music
  • Free Trees
  • Giveaways
  • Family Activities including:
    • Smokey Bear
    • Clowns and Balloonists
    • Bean Bag Toss Game
    • Magician
    • Prairie Walls’ Portable Climbing Wall
    • Football Toss Game
    • Temporary Tattoos
    • Bird Wheel of Fortune Game
    • Tree Medallion Necklaces

And much more!

Download the 2017 Arbor Day Flyer for more information.

Highlights from 2017's Celebration:


The 2017 winners are:Arbor Day Winning Drawing