Arts & Culture

in Houston County, Minn.

Proactive libraries, community theaters, art galleries, music festivals, and loads of historic resources help make Houston County a haven for creativity and curiosity.

Printable Arts & Culture list (PDF)

Arts & Crafts
  • Annual Bluff Country Studio Art Tour (end of April)

  • Bluff Country Artists Gallery
    111 W. Main, Spring Grove
    (507) 498-2787

  • Crystal Creek Citizen-Artist Residency
    Houston
    An annual program that hosts three artists, individually, for week-long residencies during the months of June, July and August.

  • Just Stitch It / Meisch Upholstery
    14574 Cty Rd 12, Caledonia
    (507) 725-2708

  • Mainspring
    404 E. Main, Caledonia
    (507) 458-2045

Educational activities & Libraries
  • Brownsville Wildlife Overlook
    14286 Great River Rd, Brownsville
    Tundra Swan viewing point, Oct.-Nov.

  • Caledonia Public Library
    231 E. Main, Caledonia
    (507) 725-2671

  • Hokah Public Library
    57 Main, Hokah
    (507) 894-2665

  • Houston County History Hunt
    County-wide self-led scavenger hunt. Print your guidebook and map from website, or pick up from any Houston County library.

  • Houston Public Library
    202 E. Cedar, Houston
    (507) 896-7323

  • Houston Nature Center
    215 W. Plum, Houston
    (507) 896-4668

  • International Owl Center
    126 E. Cedar, Houston
    (507) 896-6957

  • KARST Driftless Guidepost
    111 E. Cedar, Houston

  • La Crescent Public Library
    321 Main, La Crescent
    (507) 895-4047

  • Mainspring
    404 E. Main, Caledonia
    (507) 458-2045

  • Mound Prairie Scientific and Natural Area (SNA)
    Houston area
    (651) 259-5800

  • Norwegian Ridge Language & Culture Camp
    163 W. Main, Spring Grove
    (507) 498-2267
    Annual week-long day camp for children and teens, centered around the Norwegian culture & language. Held in June.

  • Spring Grove Public Library
    172 W. Main, Spring Grove
    (507) 498-5800

Theaters
  • Appleseed Community Theatre
    1301 Lancer Blvd, La Crescent

  • Spring Grove Cinema
    167 W. Main, Spring Grove
    (507) 498-1234

  • Ye Olde Opera House
    155 W. Main, Spring Grove
    (507) 498-5859

  • Ye Olde Gray Barn
    Hwy 44, Spring Grove
    (507) 498-5859

Music
  • Apollo Chamber Music Festival
    Annual chamber music festival; concerts take place at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Houston.
    210 S. Chase St., Houston 

  • Caledonia Summer Music in the Park
    Tuesday nights from mid-June ending on National Night Out, the first Tuesday in August.
    Gazebo Park, Caledonia

  • Houston Summer Music in the Park Series
    Weekly summer music series.
    Trailhead Park Bandshell, Houston

  • Southeast Minnesota Bluegrass Festival
    Bluegrass festival that takes place twice each year, in May and August.
    Cushon’s Peak Campground, Houston

  • Spring Grove Summer Music in the Park Series
    Eight weeks of summer music in the park, begins the first week of June each year.
    Viking Memorial Park, Spring Grove

  • SubOctave Electronic Music Festival
    Annual electronic music festival.
    Outback Ranch, Houston

Historical Locations
  • Caledonia Historic Walking Tour
    Downtown Caledonia

  • Church of the Holy Comforter, Episcopal
    Main St., Brownsville
    Open by appointment only, care of the Houston County Historical Society: (507) 725-3884.

  • Christian Bunge Jr. Store Museum
    Main St., Eitzen
    Open annually during Eitzen July 4th activities, or by appointment only, care of the Houston County Historical Society: (507) 725-3884.

  • Giants of the Earth Heritage Center
    163 W. Main, Spring Grove
    (507) 498-5070

  • Hokah Municipal Building
    Main St., Hokah
    Art deco-style, two-story reinforced concrete building built in 1938 through the Works Progress Administration (WPA), listed on National Register of Historic Places. Currently houses Hokah City Library in basement.

  • Houston County Historical Society
    104 S. History Ln, Caledonia
    (507) 725-3884

  • Houston County History Hunt
    County-wide self-led scavenger hunt. Print your guidebook and map from website, or pick up from any Houston County library.

  • La Crescent Historical Society
    328 S. 3rd, La Crescent
    (507) 895-1857

  • La Crescent Old Hickory Ball Field
    La Crescent
    (507) 895-2595
    Home of the Vintage Base Ball team, the Apple Jacks

  • Initial Survey Point MN-IA State Line
    Pool Hill Dr/County Rd 2, MN/IA Border
    Originally surveyed in 1852, this replica & interpretive kiosk was dedicated in 2010.

  • Portland Prairie Methodist Episcopal Church
    Portland Prairie Road, Eitzen

  • Schech’s Mill
    W Beaver Rd, Caledonia
    (507) 896-3481
    Open for tours on weekends May through October, and by appointment.

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