Stone Arch Festival Returning To Our Side Of River
After an overwhelmingly positive response to last year’s switch to the west side of the river, the Stone Arch Bridge Festival will be back on this side again this year, June 18th and 19th, from 4th Avenue North in the North Loop to Gold Medal Park in the Mill District.
“We got a lot of feedback about how more connected to the river the west side seems because it’s more visible,” said festival spokesperson Sara Collins. “People really enjoyed that. Construction continues in Father Hennepin Park for the next few years so we do plan to stay on the west side of the riverfront.”
There will be 235 juried artists this year between the Stone Arch Bridge and the North Loop playground, along with food, drink (beer, cider, wine + NA beverages), Culinary Arts Market, the Cities 97.1 performance stage and the Art in Action area with live mural painting and two renowned chalk artists. From the bridge to Gold Medal Park, they’ll be featuring the Art of the Car show and 2 of the 3 specialty markets (The Black Market and the Vintage and Vinyl Market).
“We have seen a steady increase in applications for artists over the past few years,” said Collins, “but 2021-2022 have been especially strong.”
Here is the festival’s official news release:
Minneapolis, Minnesota. May 23, 2022 —- The Stone Arch Bridge Festival returns Father’s Day weekend June 18 & 19. After 25 years on the east side of the Mississippi River, the festival moved in 2021 and now makes its home on the west side of the river along West River Parkway. The festival stretches nearly a mile along the riverfront from Gold Medal Park, Stone Arch Bridge , the Hennepin Ave. Bridge to N. 4th Avenue. The Stone Arch Bridge Festival is the third largest festival in Minneapolis and features art, music and other interactive experiences.
JURIED ARTIST & THREE SPECIAL MARKETS
The core of the festival is the 200+ juried artists. Categories including; photography, painting, jewelry, sculpture, woodworking, ceramics, printmaking, glass and fine crafts.
The festival hosts three specialty markets:
- Culinary Arts Market – located under the Hennepin Avenue Bridge
- The Black Market – located on West River Parkway across from Mill City Museum
- Vintage and Vinyl Market – located on West River Parkway across from the Guthrie Theater
TWO LIVE MUSIC STAGES FEATURING 28 PERFORMANCES
Cities 97.1 Stage presented by ASPIRE is located just north of the Hennepin Ave. Bridge along the Mississippi River.
Star Tribune Stage is located just south of the Stone Arch Bridge next to the food court in the parking lot of Mill Ruins Park.
FAMILY ACTIVITIES presented by UCare. Hosted by Mill City Museum
Families will find entertainment and activities in the Mill City Museum courtyard and surrounding area. Open Eye Figure Theater will perform on Sunday at 11:30 am. Parents with infants and toddlers are invited to use the Mobile Family Care Center presented by North Coast Realty. Located near the courtyard entrance at Mill City Museum, this provides private space for soothing, nursing/feeding, and caring for small children.
ART OF THE CAR DISPLAY
NEW location: Across from Gold Medal Park and the Guthrie Theater on West River Parkway. The vintage and collected car show runs from 11 am – 3 pm on Saturday and Sunday..
UGLY TIE 5K presented by the Star Tribune
5th annual fun run brings families and friends together for a beautiful route that crosses the Stone Arch Bridge and covers both sides of the Mississippi River. After the run, participants are greeted with beverages and encouraged to stay for more festival fun.
ART IN ACTIONS: CHALK AND MURAL ARTISTS
The Art in Action gallery is located near the train bridge towards N 4th St on the walking path along the river. Hillside Murals will be painting a mural live throughout the weekend. In the past few years, artist Andrew Gallagher has created some spectacular pieces at the Stone Arch Bridge Festival. https://hillsidemurals.com/
Look for some unbelievable chalk art by Jamie and Craig Rogers. Don’t miss these truly incredible intricate works of art. www.rogerscreate.com
Báilame Dance Festival presents: “Dancing at the Bridge”
Báilame Dance Festival presents Dancing by the Bridge! Come find your groove on the Báilame Dance floor at the corner of Plymouth Avenue and West River Parkway. Báilame DJ’s will be spinning the sweet beats in Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, East Coast Swing, Hip Hop, and more. Ever wanted to learn Salsa? Bachata? East Coast Swing? All in one weekend? Join in on a free dance lesson from local studios, performances, and social dancing!
For more information on Báilame visit https://www.bailamedancefestival.com
Honoring the History and Indigenous Culture: Owámniyomni, St. Anthony Falls.
NATIFS presents: Art through Indigenous Foods
Come and explore the connection between art and Indigenous food at the North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems (NATIFS) booth in the grassy area next to Owamni. Staff from the Indigenous Food Lab Culinary team and the Indigenous Education Team will be there with examples of the beauty of Indigenous foods and how Indigenous peoples express culture through food in the past and present day.
Friends of the Falls: Friends of the Falls and NACDI (Native American Community Development Institute) will engage with community members about the future of Owámniyomni and share visualizations of the Falls.
Morning Yoga hosted by Mill City Farmers Market
Get the day started right with One Yoga! Drop in to a free class 60 minute class at 8:30 and 10 am on Saturday and Sunday See attached map.
FESTIVAL KICKOFF & AFTER PARTY hosted by Pryes Brewing
On Friday and Saturday night, festival attendees are invited by our sponsor, Pryes Brewing to their anniversary Block Party. There will be live music on an outdoor stage all weekend, special event only food, a sprawling craft market, and the debut of our anniversary beer: Miraculite! Pryes Brewing is located just a few blocks north of the festival on West River Parkway.
Saturday, June 18 / 10 am – 7 pm
Sunday, June 19 / 10 am – 5 pm
West River Parkway from S. 11ths Avenue to N. 4th Avenue.