Outdoor Performance and Festival Opportunities
 
Tip for musicians: Begin by calling Park & Recreation Departments (PRD) in the towns near you. Local Chambers of Commerce (CC), Convention & Visitor's Bureaus (CVB) and Jaycees (JC) may also be sources of information. Many towns have Summer Concert Series and special celebrations for which musicians are hired, and you can find out about them from the above-mentioned organizations.
 
There is also a great deal of information about this kind of performance opportunity on the MN department of Tourism's web site: http://www2.exploreminnesota.com
 
IMPORTANT:
Updates to this information are welcome. This list provides information for musicians about regional venues that offer musical entertainment to the public. No claim is made as to its comprehensiveness and no guarantee of accuracy, in whole or in part, is implied.
 
Acoustic Vision is grateful to Katy Tessman for the information she provided to this page!
 
OPPORTUNITY
LOCATION
CONTACT
PHONE
NOTES
American Festival
Thief River Falls
218-681-3720
1 day in late June
Art on the Lake
Commons Park Lake Minnetonka
Marlyn Thompson
217 First St.
Excelsior, MN 55331
952-474-4693
Strolling Musician Series
Bayfront Harvest Festival
Sustainable Farming Assn
218-717-1414
Becker Park Performing Arts Center
Co. Rd. 81 & Bass Lake Rd, Crystal
763-531-0052
Outdoor Concert Series
Big Top Chautauqua
Rt. 1, Box 122
Bayfield, WI 54814
715-373-5552
www.bigtop.org info@bigtop.org

Bloomington Parks & Recreation

2215 W. Old Shakopee Rd Bloomington
55431
Brenda
952-948-8877
Brookside Park Outdoor Concert Series-90 min. set Book in February
Blues & Brews
Hotel Kaddatz
Fergus Falls
Rebecca Peterson Center for Arts 124 W Lincoln 218-736-5453
218-736-6038
mid-June
Brooklyn Center Parks & Recreation
6301 Shingle Creek Parkway 55430
Sue LaCrosse
763-569-3400
Central Park Outdoor Concert Series

Brooklyn Park Parks & Recreation

5600 85th Ave N 55443
Pat Busch
763-493-8333
*
Gazebo & Rose Garden Outdoor Concert Series
Buckhorn Days
Gardner Printing
Box 352
Wayzata 55391
Mark Gardner
952-497-1331
Sat performances Start booking in Feb
Buffalo CC
9-4:30
763-682-4902
9 Central Ave
Buffalo 55313
Steve Tryggeseth
612-701-3976
13 Thurs concerts

Buffalo CC
9-4:30
763-682-4902

9 Central Ave Buffalo 55313
Joe Carlson
612-701-3976
Buffalo Days 1 street dance (band) 1 Sat Park concert
Buffalo Days
Luverne
507-283-4061
early June

Burnsville Civic Center Park

130th &134th Sts. on Nicollet Ave S
Susan Fleckner
308 W B'ville Pkwy 55337
952-707-4110
Outdoor Concert Series @ 7 Weds. June-Aug
Cannon Valley Fair
Cannon Falls, MN
Kay Gysbers,
Fair Board
507-263-3707
Contact CC in June for next year's Fair 507-263-2289
Cedar Fest
Cedar Cultural Center
Outdoor Fest in August
Centennial Lakes Park
centenniallakespark.com
7499 France Ave S Edina
Stacy Maas,
Special Events Coordinator
952-826-0367
(Edina Pk & Rec)
952-832-6789
(Stacy)
* 06
Outdoor Concert Series
smaas@ci.edina.mn.us
Central Park
8595 Central Park Place #102
Woodbury 55125
Ann
651 714 3515
         
Chaska City Square Park Gazebo
Hwy 212 on Hwy 41, Chaska
Heather Carlson
M-F 8-4:30
952-448-3176 952-448-5633
Outdoor Concert Series
City Pages Summer Block Party
612-375-1015
Early June
Como Park Conservatory
Como Park St. Paul
Leann Clemens Events Assistant
651-487-8240
Evenings Under Glass 651-487-8200 x 0
Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park
11155 Robinson Dr 55433
Joni Anderson
763-767-6493
Outdoor Concert Series
Craftsman Rest. & Bar
4300 E. Lake
Mpls
 
612 722 0175
 
         
Crystal Frolics
5216 W Broadway Crystal
763-533-2977
Outdoor Concert Series
Culver's
611 NW Coon Rapids Blvd Coon Rapids
763 780 9585
www.culvers.com
         
Downtown Street Fair
Moorhead
701-241-1570 701-282-3653 800-235-7654
3 days in late July
East Side Arts Council
1000 Payne Ave St. Paul 55101
Wendy Peterson
651-774-5422
Outdoor Concerts - "Thurs nite live" - books end of March
Sarah Fair runs the Council (friend of Curt Milburn)
Fargo Folk Festival
1726 S 10th St Fargo ND 58103
Linda Coates
888-298-0009
August barkingdogrecords.com
Farmington Arts Festival
325 Oak St 55024
Andy Halvorson
651-463-1850 651-463-1608
Rambling River Park Festival of the Arts
Central Park 435 Garden View Lane, Owatonna
507-451-0533
2 days in late July
Fiesta Days
110 N 1st, #2 Montevideo
320-269-5527
mid-June
Lakeside Park Gazebo
220 N Lake St Forest Lake 55025
Carole Nelson
651-464-3550
651-464-8955
         
George Green Park Bandshell
7th & South Sts Anoka
763-421-6630
Glencoe Days
Oak Leaf Park Glencoe
320-864-3650
Goodview Days
Winona
507-454-3769
Grand Marais Arts Festival
Box 626 55604
Jay Anderson
800-385-9585
Grand Old Day
Grand Ave St. Paul
651-699-0029
Happy Days
Waseca
507-835-3260
Harmony Park Music Festival
703 W Lake St
Tari 3rd Stone Productions
612-825-6120
612-823-6651
Late June www.harmonypark.com
Hennepin Ave Block Party
Downtown Council
81 S 9th St #260 Mpls
July
4th & 10th Sts
Hennepin Parks
3800 Co Rd 24 Maple Plain 55359
Tim Anderson
Heritage Days
Central Park 2nd Ave NW Faribault
507-334-4381
CC: 800-658-2354
5 days in late June
Heritage Days
Two Harbors
218-834-2600
4 days in early July
Heritagefest
Fairgrounds
New Ulm
507-354-8850
2 weekends in mid-late July

Highland Summer Music

Ford Pkwy & Cleveland
Dennis Stern
dstern@myvillager.com
6-8 Thursdays (14 gigs)
         
Hopkins Raspberry Festival
Jaycees
6 N 6th Ave
55343
Brad Johnson
952-931-0132
July decide in January
Interlaken Heritage Festival
Fairmont
Ida Lou Plenge
507-235-5547
507-235-5164
Juneteenth
612-331-6653
African-American Celebration
Land of the Loon Arts & Crafts Fest
Olcott Park Virginia
Barb Fivecoate
218-749-8161
800-777-8497
218-749-5555
June
Lincoln Ave Fine Arts Festival
Center for Arts
124 W Lincoln
Rebecca Peterson
218-736-5453
218-736-6038
mid-June
         
Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Dr.
Chanhassen
55317
JanelleStevens
952-443-1425
952-443-1400
book summer gigs
early in the year!
Loring Block Party
Loring Bar & Grill
John Devine
612-486-5537
Lumberjack Days
PO Box 21
Stillwater
55082
Randy
651-430-2306
late July
Mankato CC
507-345-4159
Source of info
Market Fest

2202 Fifth St #24
White Bear Lake

Barb Lyke
651-426-2271
6-9 pm each Thurs from Mid June to Mid Aug
www.marketfest.org
info@marketfest.org
         
Meet Me Under the Bridge
2001 Heritage Square Park
Wabasha
651-565-4158
(CC)
all summer
MN Festival of Music
Vogel Arena
New Ulm
507-345-7305
April
MN State Fair
1265 Snelling Ave N, St.Paul
651-642-2200
651-642-2253
late Aug - early Sept
Mpls Parks & Recreation
200 Grain Exchange
400 S 4th St 55415-1400
Kevin Molner
612-370-4929
**06
Books Lake Harriet Bandshell
& Minnehaha Falls
No pay
MN Folk Festival
Box 4047
St. Paul 55104
Debra Martin
651-224-1899
www.mfinley.com/folk
Mississippi Music Fest
Univ Pgm Bd
720 S 4th Ave
118 Atwood Memorial Ctr
St. Cloud 56301
Ebay Kabu
320-255-2205
Blues, World Beat
State Fair
Fairgrounds
Falcon Heights
651-642-2000
August
Music on the Waterfront
Lowell Park Stillwater
651-439-4001
June & July Concerts
Music Meltdown 2001!
Silver Star Park Park Rapids
218-732-7300
218-732-9439
2 days in late July
Civic Center Park
4401 Xylon Ave N
New Hope 55428
Susan Raider
763-531-5151
763-531-5158
6-7 concerts/season
@ 7 pm on Weds
Books in January!
Peavey Plaza Lunchtime Concerts
11th St & Nicollet Mall
Jill Evenocheck Mpls Downtown Council
612-338-3807
Phelps Mill Festival
Mill County Park Fergus Falls
Judy Stringer
CVB
218-739-0125
mid-July
Pioneer Festival
Walnut Grove
Bruce Mathiason
507-274-6320
Laura Ingalls site on Plum Creek
bluegrass, old-time, folk
Pine Street Grill
500 Pine St
Chaska, MN 55418
         
Powderhorn Park Arts Festival
Neighborhood Association
3222 Bloomington
Ave S, Mpls 55407
Akhmiri
Sekhr-Ra

Pablo
612-722-4817


612-384-7202
Starts booking in March
Prairie Days
Long Prairie
320-732-2879
June
Country music
Ranier Summer Festival
International Falls
800-325-5766
mid-August
Red Wing Arts Assn
315 W 4th St 55066
Linda Day
651-388-7569
Book Concerts in the Park Series
Red Wing CC
Red Wing
651-388-4719
Source of info
Renaissance
Festival
Shakopee
Erin Kasper
Talent Manager
952-445-7361
www.renaissancefest.com
questions@... (e-mail)
         
Riverboat Days Festival
Main St & Pembroke Ave Wabasha
651-565-4158
(CC)
800-565-4158
2 days in late July
River City Days
Bay Point Park & Levee Park
Red Wing
651-385-5934
800-762-0516
early August
Ribfest Mankato
800-657-4733
3 days in mid-August
Riverfest June
Little Falls
Elaine
320-632-5155
800-325-5916
Rivertown Art Festival
Box 21
Stillwater
651-430-2306
late May
music?
Rivertown Days
Hastings
651-437-6775
888-612-6122
late July
Rochester CVB
Rochester
800-634-8277
Rochesterfest
Rochester
507-285-8769
mid-June
Rock Bend Folk Festival
MN Sq Park
401 N 8th St
St. Peter 56082
Ron Arsenault
800-473-3404

507-931-3850
(CC)
September
Start booking in March
www.rockbend.org
Roseville
Central Park
Lexington & Co. C Fairview Cmty Ctr 1910 Co Rd B Roseville 55113
Roxanne
651-628-0088 651-415-2100
*06
Scenic North Shore Art Festival
3626 McKinley St NE, Mpls 55418
Rollie & Rosie Nelson
612-706-5887
2 days in late May
Other events pending
Spass Tag Festival
Waite Park
320-252-8978
June
Spirit Fest
Soo Pass Ranch
Detroit Lakes, MN
800-493-FEST
3 days in late July
St. Anthony Main Concerts
St. Anthony Main Courtyard
201 SE Main St Mpls
Karrie
SRO Productions 530 N 3rd St #220
Mpls 55401
612-378-1266
612-881-INFO x92
612-341-4110
June - Aug
Fri & Sat
St. Croix Events
PO Box 21
Stillwater, MN
55082
Randy
651-430-2306
St. Louis Park
Parks & Rec
3700 Monterey Dr
55416
Michelle
952-924-2540
Outdoor Concert Series
Starts booking at Halloween for following summer!
St. Paul Park & Rec
Como, Rice & Mears Parks
Howard Bell
651-266-6400
651-266-6415
No pay; can sell CDs
Eden Prairie
Park & Rec
Staring Lake Park Amphitheater


Nicole Weedman
8080 Mitchell
Rd 55344

952-949-8449
952-949-8452
952-949-8456
Start booking late Jan.
Steamboat Days
Levee Park Winona
Jay Cees
507-452-2272
7 days in late June & early July
Summer Fest
Fergus Falls Downtown
218-736-6951
June
Swayed Pines Folk Festival *
Box 7222
St John's U Collegeville 56321
Anna Thompson
320-363-5030 320-363-2011
decisions in November
Talley's Dockside
4440 Lake Ave S.,
White Bear Lake 55110
Jan & Keith
651-429-2633
* 06
Summer Wednesdays
         
Tree Frog Music Festival
859 Westwood Dr.
Faribault, MN 55021
Marnie Whillock
Festival Director
507-333-4446
marniew5@home.com
www.treefrogmusic.org
Two Harbors
Folk Festival
Northstar Route Box 227 55616
Mark Skinner
218-834-4668
3rd weekend July
like old folk songs,
not singer/songwriter
Uptown Art Fair
Lake & Hennepin Mpls
612-823-4581
612-473-9081
First weekend August uptownminneapolis.com
Uptown Street Jam
Mpls Uptown Assn & Cities 97
July
Veterans Park
400 10th St NW New Brighton
Pat Tuma
651-638-2123
ptuma@ci.new-brighton.mn.us
Wannigan Days
Taylor's Falls
651-465-4405
3 days in mid-July
Wayzata Parks & Rec
Wayzata CC
402 E Lake St Wayzata
612-473-9595
Summer concerts start
@ 7 pm
Winona CVB
67 Main St 55987
507-452-2272
800-657-4972
Woodbury Days
Woodbury
651-578-0722
August
Wood Duck Festival
Fulda
507-425-2393
507-425-2505
June
Yankee Doodle Arts & Crafts Fest
Eagan
Jill or Patsy
651-432-4233
June
Zumbrota Covered Bridge & Music & Arts Fest
Zumbrota
Bob Hawley
507-732-7446
June
 

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