Every year, the Rock Bend Folk Festival comes to you the weekend after Labor Day.

Two days. Dozens of bands. Thousands of attendees from across the Midwest.

Held annually in the town of St. Peter, Minnesota, the Rock Bend Folk Festival has been happening since 1991. As a 501(c)(4) supported through business sponsorships, fundraisers, grants, and individual donations, festival attendance is always free.

More than 10,000 attendees over the course of two days converge at Minnesota Square Park in order to enjoy music; delicious food; and folk artists sharing their original crafts and wears.

Please note, the Rock Bend Folk Festival does not accept unsolicited music submissions.

what to expect

"Perhaps the best part about Rock Bend is the price. Rock Bend is a free show. Gratis. Zip. Kein geld. Zilch. Just bring a chair, sit down in the park and listen to some of the best music in all the land. Thank you St. Peter.  -Rich Larson, Scene Magazine, May 2015

View the Rock Bend Folk Festival video on YouTube (By True Facade Pictures)

  • The Rock Bend Folk Festival is held rain or shine, so dress accordingly.
  • To comply with city ordinances, please leave all pets at home.
  • This is an all-ages event, with activities for children as well as adults.
  • You are welcome to bring your own coolers and lawn chairs.

Rock Bend Folk Festival Committee Members

Ron Arsenault; Dawn Devens; John Ganey; Steve Guse; Kris Higginbotham; Mike Lange; Trudi Olmanson; Margo Powell; Megan Theis; Britta Higginbotham (intern)

For artists & artisans

To apply to vend at the Rock Bend Folk Festival, download and complete an arts and crafts booth application (PDF). To receive an acceptance letter that includes festival setup details, you must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your application. Applications for the 2018 festival must be postmarked no later than August 1, 2018 and mailed to:

Dawn Devens
Rock Bend Folk Festival
P.O. Box 222
Saint Peter, Minnesota 56082

Support the Rock Bend Folk Festival

Help us continue bringing music, dance, culture, and education to Minnesota! Companies and individuals are invited to make a donation at any of the following sponsorship levels:

  • Sponsors ($1,000 and up)
  • Contributors ($500 and up)
  • Supporters ($100 and up)
  • Friends ($50 and up)
  • Folks ($10 and up)

Donate via Paypal or check (payable to Rock Bend Folk Festival). Checks can be mailed to Rock Bend Folk Festival Inc., PO Box 222, St Peter, MN 56082.

Thank you to all of our supporters!

Sponsors, Contributors, Supporters, Friends, and Folks

Sue & Tom Zeller (Thanks for the “Green Room”)
Lisa Gault
Anne Makepeace & Kit Kildahl
Dr. Craig Nelson
Julie Larson & John Goranson
Larry & Thalia Taylor
Eric Steinmetz
Jean Scheibel (in memory of Bob Scheibel, Joyce Carlson Eaton & Cleo Eaton Miller)
Don (Fish) & Val Easterlund
Anthony Ulmen
Richard & Rosie Hoehn
Sue & Neil Hammes-Knopf
Judy Ahlstrom (in honor of Mark Ahlstrom)
Peter Eckoff & Nancy Lehn
Frani & Mark Anderson
Dean Bixenman
Jeff Eaton in memory of Joyce Eaton
Friends and family in memory of Ray Ganey
Drew & Melanie Dixon
Rosemarie Skoog
Terry & Sandy Gappa
Patti Kramlinger
Patricia Eaton - in honor of Sheila Applen’s birthday!

    This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through the Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment, and the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.