Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility Annual Community Wide Events - Worthington Chamber and Visitors Bureau

Worthington hosts several annual events that bring our community together. Activities for the young and old alike, the adventurous, and those just wanting to relax and be a spectator.  Below is the list of our annual events which Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to sponsor.

2020 Community Events

Winterfest-RadioWorks Polar Plunge


January 17th & 19th

January’s Winterfest, one of Worthington’s newest events, is sure to add chilling excitement to the winter season. Participate in the Southwest Minnesota Fishing Club’s Ice Fishing Tournament. Be sure to catch The Deep Freeze Dip (local residents jump into ice cold Lake Okabena) all to raise money for a local charity. Sample an assortment of chili during the Chili Cook off competition.  Other events include Puzzle tournament, Broom Ball, Pond Hockey and more are sure to please!

Windsurfing Regatta &  Music Festival

Sailboard Beach - Lake Okabena, June 12th - 14th

Enjoy live music, food, arts and of course windsurfing.

International Festival

2020 Event Postponed - July 10th & 11th

Celebrate the many cultures in Worthington at the International Festival. This colorful festival is every July at the Nobles County Government Center lawn in downtown Worthington.  A talent contest, music and food from around the world, children’s activities and much more make this an event you do not want to miss. Their website is

Nobles County Fair

2020 Event Postponed - August 5th - 9th 

There is sure to be family fun for everyone at the Nobles County Fair held each August at the Nobles County Fairgrounds. A full carnival runs Thursday through Sunday and grandstand events Friday through Sunday. All 4-H and open class entries from livestock, to photography to flowers are on display throughout the fair. Visit Machinery Row on Stower Drive. And of course there is plenty of tasty fair food available. There is no admission charge to get on the grounds!

King Turkey Day

2020 Event Postponed - September 18th & 19th 

Don’t miss Worthington’s King Turkey Day celebration. For more than 80 years, this event has attracted thousands of people to Worthington. Start your day at the free pancake breakfast. During the Great Gobbler Gallop live turkeys are raced down the street in a friendly rivalry with Cuero, Texas. A delegation from Cuero brings a turkey to challenge Worthington’s famous turkey, Paycheck. Right after the gallop, one of the area’s largest parades kicks off. Hundreds of people gather along Worthington’s Tenth Street to catch the action. A featured speaker, 10K race and carnival are all a part of King Turkey Day festivities.

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