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Arts and Artists Celebration  

20th Anniversary Art and Artists Celebration

Saturday September 17, 11am - 7pm

A smörgåsbord of family activities set to music amongst the sculptures

Nobody throws a party like Franconia! Come celebrate our 20th Anniversary and the new artworks with our artists, staff, and thriving community. This event serves as the gala opening reception for the new sculptures created in 2016, offering opportunities all day to satisfy your artistic curiosity and try your hand at art activities.

Come early, stay late! 11AM to 7PM. The 20th Annual Franconia Art and Artists Celebration is the perfect destination on a beautiful fall day in the St. Croix River Valley.

• Free Event - Parking is $5 per vehicle
• Food and beverages available for purchase.
• Family friendly and open to the public.
•Accessible to all, with gravel and mowed grass paths throughout the park. Golf carts are available for those
 who require assistance.
• Free tours of the park exhibition throughout the day.

• Rain or shine

Schedule of Live Performances in the Earthen Amphitheater

Arts and Artists Noon - St. Croix Falls Festival Theatre will perform an excerpt from one of their 2016 shows.
Platypus 1:00 - 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.
Bruise Violet 2:30 -  Bruise Violet  is an all-girl teen punk and grunge band that describes themselves as “sugar, spice, and a kick in the teeth, “ with thick chord jumps and thumpy bass.
Communist Daughter 4:00 - Communist Daughter has been a Franconia and Twin Cities favorite for years, with inspired, harmonic indie songs that are deeply personal as well as hard-hitting.
Sonny Knights

5:30 - Sonny Knight and the Lakers is an 8-piece hard soul, nonstop review that dishes up raw R&B, soul, and big band in its own unique style. “Truly spectacular…joyful and spontaneous, largely thanks to Knight’s beaming personality.”—City Pages

“…a retro-soul blowout of epic proportions.” –Blurt Magazine

Family Activity on the Great Lawn

Open Eye Figure Theatre

12:30 & 3:30pm
Open Eye Figure Theatre will perform on of their unique and exciting puppet shows – a favorite throughout the Twin Cities, bringing communities together with original family-friendly theatre.

Face Painting 11am-6pm 
Face painting and Franconia’s people-powered spin art machine
$3.00 each or 2 for $5.00.
Family Art

Family art-making projects led by Franconia alumni artists.

“Heavy Metal Makers” with Pete Driessen: Participants will make simple musical instruments. “3-D Engineers” with Asia Ward: Participants will create their own engineered-paper project, such as “your dream playground.”
Water Bar

Water Bar is a bar that serves local tap waters staffed by water researchers and educators. Water Bar visitors are invited to engage with one another, as well as with Water Bar water tenders, who share their knowledge of water and water issues.

Sparkit 11am-5pm  
SPARKit! is a pop-up park trailer full of fun family activities such as hula hoops, table games, and bubbles.
Drawing Project

The Drawing Project  will provide guided instruction for participants to be immersed in the creative process, connect with oneʼs own hand and their ability to observe and simply draw.


sponsor   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.

Community Sponsors

Participating Sponsors

Carlson Highland & Co
Eagle Valley Bank
IKEA Twin Cities
Parts City Auto Parts
Pleasant Valley Orchard

Surley brewing Wild Mountain