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21st Anniversary Art and Artists Celebration

Saturday September 23, 11am - 6pm

Free admission, parking $5/vehicle

What better way to celebrate an exhibition full of new ambitious sculptures made by truly
dedicated artists!?! Throw everyone a creative & fun-filled arts festival! In true Franconia
fashion, there will be live music, family art-making activities, guided tours of new work,
delicious food & beverages, and more.

All-day live music featuring:

• Parking is $5 per vehicle

• Food and beverage available from the Lizard Lounge

• Local food vendors selling a variety of dishes

• All events are open to the public family friendly

• Art making activities for all • Dogs on-leash are welcome, please clean up after your pet

• Rain or shine (Tent in the Amphitheater)


All-day live music featuring:

12:00pm -The Jags: Local Teen Rockers

The Jags are a rock band made up of Jeremiah Peer, Nolan Leahy, and Joseph Gorres. Formed from the ashes of River's Edge, The Saint Croix Valley's previous youth rock kings. River's Edge consisted of the drummer and guitarist of The Jags but lacked the low end drive that now frontman/bass player brings to the group.

Bruise Violet

1:15pm - Platypus

Platypus is a youth rock group from Minnesota. They perform rock-n-roll covers as well as original music written by the band.  Their music is Inspired by The Clash, Devo, Green Day, The Ramones, Jack White, The Who and Nirvana.

Communist Daughter 1:00pm -  Chisago Lakes Marching Band
The Chisago Lakes High School Wildcat Marching Band is made up of students in 7 th-12th grade from Lindstrom, Chisago City, Center City, Schafer, and Taylors Falls Minnesota. The Chisago Lakes Music department has students performing in public over 110 times throughout the entire year, every year. This Summer’s Band is proud to present the exciting music of Fitz and the Tantrums, 21 Pilots, and the Jimmy Castor Bunch, as well as our fight song: The Victors. The Wildcat Marching Band is instructed by Joe DeLisi, Steve Boal, and Amanda Wolkenhauer. The Drum Major is Kate Hansen. 
Sonny Knights
2:30pm -
Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank with special guest Ryan Young of Trampled by Turtles

The Hobo Nephew’s sound has been a part of the Upper Midwest’s American roots music resurgance for the past decade.  Their blend of folk, rhythm and blues, and rock and roll is uniquely their own, and celebrated by an ever growing grassroots fan base.
4:00pm - Malamanya: Live Salsa Music and dancing

Malamanya is a United States based band comprised of musicians who share a mutual respect and enthusiasm for traditional rhythms and melodies from Cuba and Latin America.

Master of Ceremonies: Dougie Padilla

    Family Art-Making Activities 12pm - 5pm

Face Painting

Spin Art

Franconia’s very own people-powered spin art sculpture machine will
be on the great lawn. For a nominal fee, you can hop on the saddle
to whirl you very own colorful masterpiece into existence. One
painting for $3 or two for $5.
Water Bar

Painted Faces with Franconia Artists

Join in the Franconia Fun and have one our artists-in-residence add
some pizazz to your day with creative face painting ideas. Fancy
faces are one painting for $3 or two for $5.
Family Art

Make Solar Fountains with Asia Ward

Use the power of the sun to build your own creative water fountain!
This activity demonstrates how solar energy is transformed into
electricity that we can use. You can use solar panels to power a small
water pump and sculpt a functioning oil clay fountain!



Blocks to Robots with Pete Driessen

Beep-- Bop-- Boop! Use wooden blocks to construct your own
robot figure and then individualize your robot with accessories and


Drawing Project

Spray Finger with Peyton Russell

See how well you can control a paint can by spraying aerosol paint to
paper to create your own original abstract artwork!

Tour the NEW 2017 Sculptures

Join a Franconia artist to learn about new work on exhibit and get
a glimpse of the outdoor work area to see works-in-progress. Meet
your tour guide near the information tent! Tours between stage
performances beginning at 11:30am. Can’t make it to a guidedtour?
Look for the sculptures with FLAGS to take a self guided tour
of work created in 2017. FREE guided tours every Sunday at 2pm
through October!


East Central Regional arts   This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the East Central Regional Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
  This project also received funding from the St. Croix Valley Foundation and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin. Thank you!

Surley brewing Wild Mountain