Mayo Civic Center: The “Center” of Action in Rochester, MN this Spring

Mayo Civic Center is gearing up to be “the center of the action” in Rochester, MN this spring. Musicians, comedians, and other entertainers are scheduled to perform almost every weekend from now through May in the newly-upgraded Presentation Hall, the Auditorium, and other venues.

“It’s definitely the busiest Spring since I started working here six years ago,” says Mayo Civic Center Box Office Manager Laura Woolworth, who runs ticketing for the center. “It’s exciting! The shows that are coming offer a ton of variety and seem to be attracting great attendance,” she says.

Woolworth notes that the recent improvements to Presentation Hall--including improved acoustics and lighting, new seating and stage curtains, new dressing rooms, a noise isolation system, and more--have appealed to promoters interested in bringing their shows to the center. In addition, there are currently many national touring shows that are perfect fits for Mayo Civic Center and Rochester. “The industry ebbs and flows, and right now there are a lot of great shows designed for a mid-sized market like ours,” Woolworth says.

Upcoming major events include:

March 16: Three Dog Night. From 1969 to 1974, no other group achieved more top 10 hits. Their songs include “Joy to the World” and “Mama Told Me (Not to Come).”

March 16-17: 2018 NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship. Come watch four of the nation’s best teams compete to be champions!

March 20: Casting Crowns: The Very Next Thing Tour. A top-selling act in Christian music.

March 30: Harlem Globetrotters. They’re back! One-of-a-kind family entertainment featuring ball-handling wizardry and basketball artistry.

March 30-31: Cirque D’Or. Electrifying and mesmerizing stunts performed by some of the world’s greatest acrobats, contortionists, and aerial artists.

March 30: Dwight Yoakam. Grammy-winning country music artist. Fourteen of his singles have made the Billboard Top 10.

April 2: “Weird Al” Yankovic: The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour. Biggest-selling comedy recording artist of all time.


April 5: Chefs: The Sizzling Kitchen Showdown. It’s Iron Chef meets Magic Mike!

April 10: Rockin’ Road to Dublin. New sensation that combines the art of an Irish dance show and the power of a rock concert, all with the finish of a Broadway presentation.

April 10: Gaither Vocal Band. Best-loved voices in gospel music provide audiences with an evening of entertainment and meaningful music.

April 13: Lewis Black: The Joke’s on US Tour. Grammy-winning stand-up comedian, actor, and author.


April 20: Del & Woody presented by Riverside Concerts. Bluegrass legend Del McCoury sets Woody Guthrie’s handwritten lyrics to music.

May 5: Kansas. One of America’s iconic classic rock bands—“Dust in the Wind” is one of their most famous singles--with music spanning four decades.

May 14: PJ Masks Live! Brand-new live musical featuring the heroic trio from the children’s series THE PJ MASKS!

May 17: Paula Poundstone. Comedian heard regularly on NPR’s show “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!”

Attend one of Mayo Civic Center’s entertainment events this Spring! Buy your tickets at the *Mayo Civic Center Box Office, Ticketmaster Online or Ticketmaster Charge By Phone 800-745-3000.

*Tickets purchased at the Box Office incur no convenience fees or service charges.

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