2018 Stone Arch Bridge Festival


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 24th 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 250 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.



  • 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 two decades
  • 250+ 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



November 14, 2017 Application available online
April 13, 2018 Application deadline at midnight (CST)
April 23, 2018 First Round Acceptance. Booths must be purchased by April 30 to guarantee a spot. Second round invitations will be extended on April 30
April 30, 2018 Second round invitations sent. All available booths will be available to puchase on first come, first serve basis, until sold out.
May 4, 2018 Booth sales close.
May 4, 2018 Deadline for cancellation with 50% refund. After May 4, there are no refunds.
May 18, 2018 Space/booth numbers assigned (NOTE: date subject to change).

Friday, June 15, 2018

8am – 5pm Event Set Up
5pm – 10pm Kick-Off Concert on Water Power Park

Saturday, June 16, 2018

10am – 7pm Festival Hours

Sunday, June 17, 2018

10am – 5pm Festival Hours
5pm – 8pm Event Load Out



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



All spaces will be 10 ft. deep x 12 ft. wide. If you want a double space, purchase two singles. There is an additional fee of $100 for corner booths.



Main Street $475
Fr. Hennepin Park $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.)



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.



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.



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



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 with 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.

Works that have been crafted via glass blowing, molding, or casting, as well as works that have been kiln-formed. No form of mass production is permitted.

6. JEWELRY (metal/stone – not beadwork)
No commercial casts, molds, mass production, or production studio work allowed.

Jewelry or sculpture, including 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 works 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.

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 art fair
  • Booth fee waived for the 2019 art fair (in the same area – or available for upgrade for additional fee)
  • Festival Favorite ribbon
  • Marketing and publicity during and after the event



Approximately 250 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.

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