Garlic Festival Entertainment


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.”


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

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 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.


To be announced soon.


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.

Greg Herriges copyGreg Herriges

Guitarist, bouzoukist, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist, and composer Greg Herriges creates an eclectic mix of original and traditional “whirled music,” with a unique approach honed by his studies of Asian and other international styles.


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 ad 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

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“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