Stone Arch Bridge Festival of the Arts

This is one of my favorite events of the year!

The 2011 Stone Arch Festival of the Arts will be held on June 18 & 19 along the stunning Mississippi River in Northeast Minneapolis. In its 16 years, this free, two day festival held on Father’s Day weekend, has brought nearly a million people to the Minneapolis downtown Riverfront District. The festival features more than 250 visual artists, 60 live performances and family entertainment.

• ARTIST BOOTHS! Original, inspiring, engaging, imaginative Hundreds of artists from across the country apply to be juried into the Stone Arch Festival of the Arts. Patrons enjoy shopping for treasures by the wide variety of talented artists that appeal to a range of tastes and pocketbooks.

• LIVE MUSIC! Music, Dance and Theater Performances What sets the Stone Arch Festival of the Arts apart from other local art festivals is the inclusion of live art genres including 60 dance, theater and music performances on four stages throughout the weekend. Cities 97 Stage – located on Water Power Park on the Mississippi River includes a beer and wine garden and food vendors. City Pages Central Avenue Bridge Stage located under the Central Ave Bridge, adjacent to the beer and wine garden and food court. Star Tribune Stage – located in Father Hennepin Park, adjacent to Youth Arts Quarter and food court.  St. Anthony Main Courtyard Stage – located in on the patio between Tugg’s Tavern and Vic’s Dining on Main Street.  Click for a full performance schedule.

• YOUTH ARTS QUARTER! This area is located in Father Hennepin Park at the foot of the Stone Arch Bridge. It is all about making art an active experience of families.

• ART OF THE CAR! The Art of the Car display has grown from a classic car show into a modern celebration of cars. The car show hosts an impressive 100 different classic, imported and restored cars per day.

June 18, 19, 2011