Rochester Thaw Music Festival

The Rochester Thaw is back for 2024!

It all takes place on March 23rd, 2024 in Downtown Rochester, MN.
Once again we’ll be hosting performances across 6 different stages!
All Ages Event | Tickets: $55 Adv / $65 Day of show | Tickets on Sale Now!
Ticket check-in, and festival passes are to be picked up in the lobby of Chateau Theatre.

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$55 Adv / $65 Day of Show

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where do I get tickets?

A: Tickets will be available online, or if you’d prefer paper tickets, you can purchase them at Threshold Arts, Café Steam on Broadway, Art Heads Emporium or Treedome once on sale.

On the day of the festival, you can purchase a festival pass inside the entry way of Chateau Theatre.

Q: Is there a minimum age requirement? Are kids allowed?

A: Kids of all ages are allowed. Kids 10 years old and under are free with a paid adult. Please note that not all acts may be appropriate for children.

Q: Where do I go when I arrive?

A: Upon arrival in Downtown Rochester, you’ll need to stop by Chateau Theatre to have your ticket scanned and recieve your Festival wristband which will gain you access to all of our venues.

Q: Where can I get something to eat?

A: There are several great restauraunts all within walking distance of the venues, but if you’re looking for something quick and easy, head to the alleyway by Bleu Duck Kitchen where we’ll be hosting three different food trucks as part of the Thaw Outdoor Food Hall.

Q: Where can I find a restroom?

A: Each venue has a restroom(s), however there may be limited access to those bathrooms depending on crowd size. Another alternative, is to head to the alleyway by Bleu Duck Kitchen where we’ll also have some portable restrooms available.

Q: Are there any free shows?

A: Yes you can still come and enjoy some live music in downtown Rochester without a ticket. Café Steam‘s original location will be hosting a free stage with music stating at 3:45PM and the last set starting at 6:45PM.

Q: Are the venues ADA Accessible?

A: Yes, all venues for this festival are ADA accessible. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Q: What is your ticket sale policy? What if the event is canceled?

A: All ticket sales are final, unless the festival is canceled, in that case all tickets will be refunded.

Q: Do you pay your artists?

A: The Rochester Thaw Festival is proud of the fact that all artists are paid for their performance. This is made possible because of the generosity of our sponsors and ticket holders.