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The Stone Arch Bridge Festival
June 14 – June 16Free
This summer, the Stone Arch Bridge Festival will celebrate 25 years of bringing art, music and community to the historic riverfront district of Minneapolis. As a tradition on Father’s Day weekend in the community for as many years, the festival continues to pay homage to its roots in the arts while evolving with the dynamic changes of the neighborhood. Festival dates are Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16.
This festival continues to draw a competitive field of top quality artists from across the country. Local and regional talent is also well-represented. Just over 200 artists are invited to participate in categories including ceramics, glass, metalwork, painting, photography, fiber arts and more. Handcrafted items are sold in a wide variety of price ranges to appeal to many buyers.
In 2018, the festival introduced a vibrant Culinary Art Market in the beautiful Riverplace Plaza near East Hennepin Avenue. This market will return with over 20 food artisans selling gourmet packaged food products. NEW in 2019, the Vintage and Vinyl Market will take over Water Power Park. Vendors will fill a massive tent with curated treasures including clothing, décor and vinyl records. A DJ, food vendors and games will create a festive atmosphere. Friday night there will be a ticketed “Sneak Peak” event from 6 pm – 8 pm. Admission will include a free beer ticket to be redeemed at the Kick-Off Concert in Fr. Hennepin Park. Links to tickets will be on the festival website.
Minnesota Makers, a local art shop, will have a roster of workshops where all ages can craft and take home projects. Classes range from metal stamping, bracelets making, mandala painting, essential oil mixing and with a nod to dad’s day, a painted Father’s Day coffee mug project. Advance registration is encouraged. The Makers Workshop will be in Father Hennepin Park near the Family Activities Area. A link to workshop registration and fees will be on the festival website.
In addition, there will be live music throughout the festival, with a kick-off concert at Father Hennepin Park on June 14 from 6-10pm. There will also be a beer sampling on Saturday and Sunday from 2-4pm; tickets can be purchased online. Find more info at www.stonearchbridgefestival.com
Friday, June 14 / 6pm-10pm Kick-Off Concert in Father Hennepin Park
Saturday, June 15 / 10am-6pm FESTIVAL
Saturday, June 15 / 6pm-10pm After Hours Concert in Father Hennepin Park
Sunday, June 16 / 10am-5pm FESTIVAL