Event Information

Stone Arch Bridge Festival 2018

Minneapolis Riverfront
Minneapolis, Minnesota (Midwest)

Phone: 952-473-6422
Event Dates: 6/16/18 - 6/17/18
Application Deadline: 4/13/18 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Jury Fee): $25.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.


Event Summary
The Stone Arch Bridge Festival is a free, art festival on Father’s Day weekend, Saturday, June 16 and  Sunday, June 17. This legacy event is in it's 24nd year. It is the 3rd largest festival in Minneapolis.  It is ideally located along the beautiful Minneapolis Riverfront stretching from the foot of the Stone Arch Bridge to Hennepin Avenue. The event will feature over 200 quality visual artists.

Festival hours will be Saturday, 10 am - 7 pm and Sunday, 10 am - 5 pm. Overnight security provided Friday and Saturday nights.

General Information
General Information
Stone Arch Bridge Festival
Show Dates: Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17
Application Deadline: 4/13/18 

Important Artist Information
- Located along the Mississippi River within walking distance of the heart of
Downtown Minneapolis
- This festival has been a Father’s Day Weekend tradition in the Twin Cities for 2 decades
- 200+ Artist booths - 12 Categories
- More than $150,000 in media in Twin Cities area - print, tv and radio.
- Convenient parking for artists
- Drive-up/day before show set-up
- Overnight security

Completed Application with correct medium (category) selected.
Images: 5 (a booth shot is not required but highly recommended) 
Jury Fee: $25 Non-Refundable

Location: Minneapolis Riverfront District is an ideal setting for this legacy festival of the arts! The festival stretches along the Mississippi River anchored by the historic Stone Arch Bridge and iconic Hennepin Avenue Bridge.

Features: The Stone Arch Bridge Festival is a platform for artists to sell, share inspiration and receive recognition for their fine arts and crafts. Additionally, the event offers: A platform for local musicians to showcase, a fun family activities area, and the Pop Art Father’s Day Car Show.

Heather Williams
email: heatherwmpls@gmail.com
Culinary Artists
Stephanie Hansen
email: shansenmarketing@gmail.com 

General Festival Management:
Sara Collins
email: sara@somersetamp.com
Festival Business Office
Stone Arch Bridge Festival
900 Wayzata Blvd
Suite #130
Wayzata, MN 55391
Phone: 952-473-6422 

April 13                Application deadline at midnight (CST)
April 23                Jury results e-mailed – First Round Invites, Wait List Notice.
April 23                First Round Acceptance and Booth Purchase Due Date. Second round invitations will be extended on April 30 
April 30                Second round invitations sent.
Booths will be available to puchase on first come, first serve basis, until sold out.
May 4                    Booth sales close.
May 4                    Deadline for cancellation with 50% refund. After May 4, there are no refunds
May 18                  Space/booth numbers assigned (NOTE: date subject to change).

Friday, June 15                                 
8 am – 5 pm     Event set up
5 pm - 10 pm   Kick off concert on Water Power Park
Saturday, June 16                          
10 am – 7 pm – FESTIVAL HOURS
Sunday, June 17                              
10 am – 5 pm – FESTIVAL HOURS
5 pm – 8 pm  - Event load out
We strive to include quality and unique work in the 12 categories. Our goal is to include artwork that is accessible to a diverse buying audience and available in a variety of price points. No sell-through items. The artist attending the festival must handcraft all work. Prints of photography, drawings, painting and printmaking may be sold if original work is also present. Henna and caricature artists need to apply to management for invitation status. 
Any work that uses more than one medium. This also includes digitally altering photographs as a part of the creative process. Photographers are required to disclose their creative process and printing process.
Clay and porcelain work. No machine made or mass produced work is permitted.
Works created using chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax crayons, etc. or from fluid media of inks and washes applied by pen or brush.
Work from fibers including wood, leather, paper, basketry, embroidery, weaving, tapestry, hand-made soap/botanicals and papermaking.
  1. GLASS
Works that have been crafted via glass blowing, molding, or casting, as well as works that have been kiln-formed and stained glass. No form of mass production is permitted.
  1. JEWELRY (metal/stone – not beadwork)
No commercial casts, molds, mass production, or production studio work allowed.
This includes jewelry items and sculptures. Also includes lamp work.
Works created in oils, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
Photographic prints made from artist’s original negative that have been processed by the artist or under his/her direct supervision.  Photographers are required to disclose their creative process and printing process. This category does not allow for digitally altered photographs. (see Mixed and Digital Media)
Printed work for which the artist hand-manipulated the plates, stones, or screens. Prints must be signed and numbered as a limited edition.
Three-dimensional original work created in any metal.
Pre-packaged handcrafted culinary products. These artists need to apply via our Culinary Arts Quarter manager, Stephanie Hansen. For an application, email shansenmarketing@gmail.com .  No jury fee.

This new category was created to support and encourage new artists. Applicants must currently be a student and/or the first year of their business. A limited number of these booth spaces are available. 

Festival Favorite Awards
One awarded in each medium. Prize package includes:
  • $100 check
  • Acceptance into the 2019 Stone Arch Bridge Festival
  • Jury fee waived for the 2019 festival
  • Booth fee waived for the 2019 festival (in the same area – or available for upgrade for additional fee)
  • Festival Favorite ribbon
  • Marketing and publicity during and after the event
200+ artists will exhibit in the 2018 show. The 2017 award winners in each media are invited first, with the remaining slots filled through a competitive jury process based on the jury score within each category. At least 2 rounds of invitations are standard. 

Each artist is required to submit a total of five (5) images (four images of CURRENT work and one booth image) along with a $25 NON-REFUNDABLE jury fee per media. If a photo of your booth is not available, submit an additional photo of your work. All work to be exhibited must be represented in the images. Each of the four images should feature individual pieces that accurately represent the body of work to be exhibited; work shown in the images must be representative of current work. We can not stress enough the value of current photographs.

Artists may apply ONCE per media. Collaborating artists (defined as “Artist Partner” on ZAPP™) may apply to participate at the event, but only joint work may be shown and sold and both artists must be present for the duration of the event. Both names must appear on all application materials and both artists must contribute to the creation of the art pieces.

  • All artists must be onsite during the festival. No sell through items. (Buy/Sell not allowed)
  • Artists may only sell items represented in their applicaiton and only sell items within the media category they were juried into. 
  • Artists are responsible for proper insurance and protection of work and setup. Festival is not responsible for loss or damages. 
  • Artists are responsbile to collect and report sales tax. 
  • Artist booths must be open all hours of the festival. No late arrivals or early exits. 
  • Artists must provide a tent and setup that all withstand wind and rain. We can not allow artists to use a tent that seems unsafe for neighboring artists or attendees. 


Booth Information
All spaces will 10 deep x 12 wide. If you want a double space, purchase 2 singles. There ia an additional fee of $100 for corner booths.
  • Main Street: $475
  • Fr. Hennepin Park: $350
  • Culinary Art Quarter: $350
  • Corner spaces (when available): add $100 (not available for Student/New Artist spaces)
  • Student / New Artist: $100  (Must have an invitation and coupon code to purchase in this area.)

Main Street = Main Street from Hennepin Ave to 3rd Ave. 
Fr Hennepin Park = inside Fr Hennepin Park
Student / New Artist Area = Water Power Park

Returned checks and credit cards for insufficient funds will be charged a $40 fee, after which only money orders or cashier checks will be accepted.

1.            Completed application for each media entered
2.            Four images of artist’s work and one booth image per media (a total of 5 images). A booth shot is highly recommended but if you don’t have one available, use a 5th photo of your work.
3.            $25 NON-REFUNDABLE jury fee per media

Individual booth assignments are at the sole discretion of the Stone Arch Bridge Festival and are not interchangeable or transferable. If you have a special request please email the festival and indicate it in the space provided when you purchase your space. We strive to accommodate special requests, although not always possible.
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