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Fall Festival: A Homecoming Weekend

Please join us September 23 – 25, 2022 for the annual Bethany Fall Festival–A Homecoming Weekend. This event includes activities for all ages and alumni reunions. All alumni and friends are invited to be part of the weekend. Enjoy athletic contests, live music, and more! Let us know on our Fall Festival Facebook event if you are planning to attend this exciting weekend at Bethany.

Friday, September 23
Saturday, September 24
  • Coffee, Donuts, and Cookies available (or until gone) – Alumni Tent – 9 AM – 4 PM
  • Little Viking 1/ 2 Mile Fun Run  (For ages 12 and under) – Sports and Fitness Center – 10 AM
  • BLC Viking 5K – Sports and Fitness Center – 10:30 AM
  • Alumni Class Reunions – Alumni Tent/Honsey Hall – All Day
    – Class meet and greet at 11:30 AM in Honsey Hall
  • Admissions Open House (registration recommended) – Honsey Hall – 9:30 AM
  • Bethany Spirit Store /Bookstore Open – Old Main – 10 AM – 3 PM
  • Bethany Book & Craft Fair – SFC Younge Gym – 10 AM – 3 PM
    – Browse or purchase books and crafts from members of the Bethany Family and ELS/WELS. If interested in showcasing and selling your books or crafts, please contact BethanyBookFest@gmail.com or call (507)-220-0561. Cost is $25 for an 8-foot table and must be reserved by Friday, September 16. Up to two vendors may share a table. . 
  • Memorial Library Open10 AM – 5 PM
  • Inflatable Games and Children’s Activities – Near Alumni Tent – 10 AM – 4 PM
  • B-Town Drumline Performance – Alumni Tent – 11 AM
  • Tailgating Party/Hog Roast (Free-will donation) – Alumni Tent – 12 PM
  • Live Music/Entertainment – Alumni Tent – 12 – 3 PM
  • Author talk: Only the Brave, by BLC Alumna, Katie Roiger – Memorial Library – 2 PM
  • Bethany Women’s Soccer vs. Northland – Bethany Soccer Field – 2 PM
  • Concert Band Performance – Trinity Chapel – 3:15 PM
  • Alumni and Friends Reception – Honsey Hall – 4 PM
  • Bethany Men’s Soccer vs. Northland – Bethany Soccer Field – 4:30 PM
  • Theatre Physics – Ylvisaker Fine Arts Center – 5 PM & 7 PM
  • Bethany Social at the Mankato Brewery (All alumni, parents, and friends welcome!) – Mankato Brewery7-11 PM
    • Cash Bar, Complimentary  hors d’oeuvre’s, and live music. Let us know on our Facebook event if you plan to attend this event.
      • GBK Trio – 7:15 – 8:15 PM 
      • The Divers8:30 – 10:30 PM
Sunday, September 25
  • Worship Service with Bethany Choir – Trinity Chapel – 9 AM
    – Bethany alumni, family, and friends will be invited to join the choir at the end of the service to sing Prof. Fremder’s arrangement of On My Heart Imprint Thine Image.
  • Breakfast at Bethany – Dining Center-Old Main – Following Service 
    – All you can eat with many options available.
    – $8.63 per person
  • Remembering Ruth: A recital featuring faculty, alumni, and students in memory of Ruth Wilde Gullixson Webber, and for advancement of Bethany’s Steinway Initiative – Trinity Chapel – 1 PM 
  • Bethany Softball Alumni Game Come watch current and past Viking softball players – Softball Field – 1 PM
  • Theatre Physics – Ylvisaker Fine Arts Center – 2 PM

Fall Festival Events

Fall Festival events will be posted here as they're finalized.

Accommodations, maps and directions

Here is a list of local accommodations who support Bethany.

Check out our maps and directions for how to find the campus.

Please contact Jake Krier – Manager of Alumni Relations at (507) 344-7519 with any questions.