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STONE ARCH BRIDGE FESTIVAL

Head down to the banks of the Mississippi River for the Stone Arch Bridge Festival June 16-18

Image by Gina Reis

By Kyle Smelter

What do you get when you combine one of the Twin Cities' most popular attractions with a three-day celebration full of live music, artwork from locally and nationally renowned artists, a classic car show and brew from some of the area's best breweries? An explosion of imaginative brilliance known as the Stone Arch Bridge Festival. Taking place June 16-18, we break it down for you so you don't miss any of the action.

Friday, June 16

Opening the festivities on a high note, the Stone Arch Bridge Festival begins with the Kick-off Concert at Water Power Park and will have Gates Open, Zingrays, Jake Jones and Pete Wolf Crier taking the Cities 97 stage for an evening of lyrical and musical wizardry, all with the backdrop of the Minneapolis skyline. And be sure to bring your inner night owl, because the opening ceremony tunes don't stop until 10 p.m.

Music Lineup (June 16)

Cities 97 Stage (Water Power Park)

5:00 p.m. | Gates Open
6:00 p.m. | Zingrays
7:15 p.m. | Jake Jones
8:30 p.m. | Pete Wolf Crier

A classic car on display at the Art of the Car Show at the Stone Arch Bridge Festival.

Image by Gina Reis

Saturday, June 17

Day two is when the Stone Arch Bridge Festival really starts to turn the key and rev its engine. Every year thousands of art enthusiasts are drawn to the Stone Arch Bridge and the banks of the Mississippi River to explore the latest creative genius of the festival's 200 hand-selected artists, as well as the pulse-pounding musical performances spread across four stages. And that's just the first course. Seconds and thirds are served up in the forms of the Art of the Car Show and the Stone Arch Beer Sampler. Parked up and down St. Anthony Main, festival-goers can show their love and artistic appreciation for the rides from yesteryear while sipping on suds from some of the area's best breweries. And to top it all off for dessert, another free concert will be cranking up the decibel levels at Water Power Park in the evening.

Music Lineup (June 17)

Cities 97 Stage (Water Power Park)

12:15 p.m. | St. Paul Youth Dance Company
1:20 p.m. | Radiochurch
2:25 p.m. | Warren Thomas Fenzi (WTF)
3:30 p.m. | David Gerald Sutton
4:35 p.m. | Tall, Tall Mountain
5:40 p.m. | Johnny Rey
6:45 p.m. | The Plott Hounds
8:00 p.m. | Jackson & the Roosters
9:15 p.m. | Erik Koskinen & Friends

City Pages Stage (Central Avenue Bridge)

12:15 p.m. | Bob & Lynn Dixon
2:15 p.m. | Kendrick Koh
3:15 p.m. | Maya Dengel
4:15 p.m. | Billy Johnson
5:15 p.m. | Paul Seeba
6:15 p.m. | Matt Hannah

Star Tribune Stage (Father Hennepin Park)

11:00 a.m. | YogaFit (free class)
12:15 p.m. | Peter Lochner
1:15 p.m. | Mike Michel
2:15 p.m. | Ben Cook-Feltz
3:15 p.m. | Kate Lynch & Her Most Excellent Fellows
4:15 p.m. | Kaleidoscope Effect/
5:15 p.m. | Leslie Rich & the Rocket Soul Chair
6:15 p.m. | Gambler's Daughter

Family Activities Stage (Father Hennepin Park)

12:30 p.m. | UniProShow: Unicycling Unicorn
2:00 p.m. | Interact Theater
3:00 p.m. | UniProShow: Unicycling Unicorn
4:00 p.m. | Interact Theater
5:00 p.m. | UniProShow Unicycling Unicorn

People shopping for art at the Stone Arch Bridge Festival.

Image by Gina Reis

Sunday, June 18

The fun doesn't stop for day three. For those who didn't make it to either of the first two days and want to get in on the action, or for those who want a second or third helping before having to wait to an entire year for it to come around again, the art will still be on display, and the tunes will still be rocking. The brew will also still be flowing, and the cars on full display.

Music Lineup (June 18)

Cities 97 Stage (Water Power Park)

12:00 p.m. | Black Isles Bellydance
1:00 p.m. | Machete Boom Betty
2:05 p.m. | AYVAH
3:10 p.m. | Billy Dankert and the Sanchos Four
4:15 p.m. | FAIRFAX, AK

City Pages Stage (Central Avenue Bridge)

12:15 p.m. | The Home Fires
1:15 p.m. | Blue Groove
2:15 p.m. | Dan Israel
3:15 p.m. | Footfall
4:15 p.m. | Crankshaft

Star Tribune Stage (Father Hennepin Park)

11:00 a.m. | YogaFit (free class)
1:15 p.m. | j. briozo
2:15 p.m. | Shoop!
3:15 p.m. | Dave Sandersfeld
4:15 p.m. | Courtney Yasmineh Band

Family Activities Stage (Father Hennepin Park)

12:00 p.m. | MN Sinfonia
1:30 p.m. | Interact Theater
2:00 p.m. | UniProShow: Unicycling Unicorn
4:00 p.m. | UniProShow: Unicycling Unicorn

In a city known for its dedication and support of the arts, the Stone Arch Bridge Festival is one of the handfuls of times during the year when the creativity of our community shines its brightest. So what are you waiting for? Get out and let your imagination soar.

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