graphicFestivals make up the backbone of Willmar’s packed social calendar. Count on the fun spilling over from weekend into summer weeknights in June, July and August – starting with the Kandiyohi County Historical Society’s Tuesday evening folk entertainment, followed by a community band performance every Wednesday night at Rice Park.

The SonShine contemporary Christian music festival attracts more than 15,000 music lovers to the two-day event every July. Residents also look forward to four distinct festivals that comprise what we call Willmar Fests:

• Aqua Fest featuring lake front parties
• International Fest and Frameries Fest, two celebrations honoring our sister city of Frameries, Belgium
• Kaffe Fest, a tribute to our coffee-drinking Scandinavian heritage.

Other events on the radar screen: Kandiyohi County Fair, the West Central Dairy Days, Kandi Is Dandy Days, Flower Fest, and the Prairie Pothole Day archery competition. The Willmar Lakes Area Chamber maintains a community calendar online to ensure residents don’t miss a good time.


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