Garlic Festival Entertainment from 2013 (new schedule soon)


Get an early start on the silliness at 9:50 a.m. as our guest dignitaries and festival entertainers participate in the tradition of inaugurating the 2013 Garlic Season and the opening of the festival day by “throwing out the first bulb.”


We’ve changed things up a bit this year:  the entertainment will be on one stage, aptly called “The Entertainment Stage”, and the Chef Demos will be on another stage, called The Local Foods Stage.

Mu Taiko DrummersMu Community Taiko Drummers

The Mu Community Taiko Drummers return with their highly physical and riveting Japanese drumming. As zestful and potent as garlic itself, these enthusiastic and impressive players will thunder and shake the performance stage.

The Light of the Moon Band

Light of the Moon BandFestival favorites, Light of the Moon Band brings their own brand of unstoppable toe-tapping hyperfolk all around the grounds.

Mariachi Jalisco

Jalisco CroppedA full Mariachi quartet, consisting of a guitarron (acoustic bass), viguela (acoustic guitar), accordion, and horn, with four-part harmonies. Traditional and contemporary songs to take you south of the border – and they take requests!

The NarrenThe Narren

The Narren of New Ulm is an entire village of elaborately masked characters – funny, quirky and just a bit scary – each with their own personality and story. An old German festival tradition (“narren” means fool), think of them as the relatives everyone has but no one wants to own.


Prairie Fire Lady Choir

Prairie Fire Lady ChoirYou may be standing in line to get a glass of fine local wine, or browsing through the 80+ hand-picked vendors, and suddenly a brilliantly dressed choir materializes beside you. Don’t be too surprised – it’s a “flash mob”!  Prairie Fire Lady Choir is a group of Twin Cities area women who sing, take risks, stretch their skills, dress in fire-colored outfits, and share their collective talent with the world.  Their mash-up of “Mr. Sandman” and Metallica’s “Enter the Sandman” is a life-changing experience.

BagpipersMinneapolis Police Pipe & Drum Corp

Scottish bagpipes and drums at their finest, leading the Peculiar Pragmatic Promenade, playing throughout the grounds, and piping us out at the end of the day.


10:30-11:00   The Narren
11:05-11:40    Light of the Moon  Band
11:50 – 12:30  Mariachi Jalisco
12:40 – 1:20   “Be in the Promenade” Workshop
1:37                  The PECULIAR PRAGMATIC PROMENADE parades the perimeter of the festival!
2:30-4:30       Kids Creative Workshops
4:45-5:45        Mu Community Taiko Drummers
Pumkin Artist Girl lowIt was so nice to have things for the kids to do…we never heard “When can we gohome?” once while we were at the festival.  We are looking forward to next year!        -Nicole German


1:37 P.M.
Garlic Promenade 2YOU can be a part of the parade! Bring your costume, your act – can you juggle? Hula Hoop? Dance? Unicycle? – or just your peppy promenading self and join in! Meet at the twin silos at 1:20 p.m.

The Promenade proceeds at precisely 1:37 p.m. to perambulate the public party already in progress at the Festival.

Who will be promenading, besides YOU? Minneapolis Pipe and Drum Corps, The Narren, Mu Community Taiko Drummers, Mariachi Jalisco,  The Prairie Fire Lady Choir  and many more!
This year’s Promenade  Grand Marshall is the Grandfather of Minnesota Garlic, Joel Girardin.


Agribition Building
2:00 – 4:00: Kids of all ages can build and decorate your on kite, and then go fly it! All under the direction of Dave Herzig, former director of The Minnesota Kite Society. Now, that’s what we call wind power! Suggested donation: $5