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 Vimeo (by Ryan Sturgis)

  • 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 2017 festival must be postmarked no later than August 1, 2017 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!



  • Al Fack
  • J Schiebel/L Freemon (in memory of Joyce Eaton)
  • Don Easterlund
  • Doris & David Boyce
  • William & Deborah Dixon
  • Anthony Ulmen


  • Peter Eckhoff & Nancy Lehn
  • April Moen Johnson & Clark Johnson
  • Frani Anderson
  • Ray Ganey
  • Dr. Craig Nelson
  • Peg Ganey - Century 21
  • Judy Ahlstrom
  • Katie Harnes


  • Dick & Rosy Hoehn
  • Renee Koch
  • Ray Ganey
  • Don & Jan Glimsdal
  • Joan Compart
  • Dolores McDonough
  • Polly Pfeifer
  • Florence Amamoto
  • Jeffrey Eaton
  • Drew & Dawn Campbell


  • Eunice Amos
  • Bruce & Liz Hawkinson

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.