Garlic Festival Entertainment

Just Announced!
2015 Headliner Act

The Brass Messengers!

Brass Messengers Full

Brass Messengers Cropped

See the Minnesota Original video here.


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 Garlic Season and the opening of the festival day by “throwing out the first bulb”, with Festival Director, Jerry Ford, presiding and The Narren of New Ulm providing the fanfares.


Kids activités and scheduled performances take place in the same tent.

Taikollaborative with The Women’s Drum Center
High-Energy Percussion

Taiko + Collaborative = Taikollaborative! A community taiko group made-up of seasoned players from a variety of NorthChuDaiko_2856-6x8-72ppi American taiko groups, performing Japanese drumming and worldbeat works.

The Women’s Drum Center has a mission is to energize the community with music, and to be a place for women and girls to learn, teach, and play percussion together, emphasizing the joy of drumming.   http://www.womensdrumcenter.orgThe 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 on stage and all around the grounds.

Rogue Flamenco

Rogue Flamenco ROGUE FLAMENCO presents authentic Flamenco music and dance from Southern Spain.  Featured performers Laura la Gatita (dancer) and Mateo (guitar/vocals) will delight and enchant the Garlic Fest crowd.  They’ll be joined by a guest dancer and percussionist.  

The Narren

The 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.

Sound System Provided by

Bridge of Harmony


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.


At Precisely 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.Promenade Grand Marshall Joel Girarden

And you can win fabulous prizes in these categories:
Most Peculiar
Most Pragmatic
Best Promenade

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,  and many more!
This year’s Promenade  Grand Marshall is Randy Starke, Grand Poobah of the McLeod County Fairgrounds, who, when Garlic Festival was lost and looking for a home, offered it a plate of milk and a contract, and the rest is history.

  ——-  KITE MAKING & FLYING  ——-

Agribition Building 2:00 – 4:00

Kids of all ages can build and decorate your own 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

“It was so nice to have things for the kids to do…we never heard “When can we go home?” once while we were at the festival.  We are looking forward to next year!”
Nicole German