Garlic Festival Entertainment

August 15th,2015

Headliner Acts

The Brass Messengers!

Brass Messengers Full

Brass Messengers Cropped

1:37 p.m. in the Peculiar Pragmatic Promenade

4:30 p.m. Somewhere on the festival grounds

See the Minnesota Original video here.

 Wild Goose Chase Cloggers

Cloggers Logo


 12:30 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.
on the Lakewinds Stage in “The Really Big Tent”

 2:30 p.m.
Song & Dance Workshop on the Kids & Edutainment Stage in “The Little Tent”



 Holy Clove Medallion Hunt

Garlic_bright_y…_trans_maskSeek the Holy Clove!
Hear ye! Hear ye!  Calling all treasure-hunters and truth-seekers, young and old!
In honour (yes, we spelled that correctly) of the Garlic Fest’s 10th anniversary, we invite thee to embark upon a quest of epic proportions!
Four separate “clove hunts” will occur throughout the festival.  He or she who finds the “Holy Clove” will receive fame, fortune, and perhaps a semi-generous fabulous prize maybe.
Find the clues for each of the four hunts at the Information Booth.
Hunts will begin at 10:3012:302:30, and 4:30.
Clove Hunters: the few, the proud, the stinky!


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.


Games, activities, interesting stuff and more for kids of all ages, presented by Budding Farmers in “The Little Tent”.


See the Schedule here.


 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 in The Pavilion.

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.

BagpipersMinneapolis Police Pipe Band

Scottish bagpipes and drums at their finest:
1:37 p.m. leading the Peculiar Pragmatic Promenade
5:00 p.m. “Piping in the Pig” for the Thomas Boemer PIG ROAST
0 p.m. Closing Pipes

Marc Rude & Mr. Harley

A MMarc and Harleyaster Falconer who has been involved with raptors since 1966, Marc worked with the U of M Raptor Center and other animal rehabilitation facilities.  Mr. Harley is a 2-year old Harris Hawk from New Mexico who could live to be 25 or 30. Marc and Harley practice the sport of Falconry, which means Mr. Harley flies free when they go hunting. Actually, Mr. Harley does the hunting, Marc just tags along.


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?  The Brass Messengers, Minneapolis Police Pipe Band, The Narren,  and many more!
In celebration of our 10th anniversary, this year’s Promenade Grand Marshals are the original founders of the festival.


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

Sponsored by Teal Tree LLC and Lowell Precision Manufacturing.


Local artists from across the region feature their pieces of work. Come and join them in the Agribition Building!

“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