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

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 2019 festival must be postmarked no later than August 1, 2019 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

Jeff Rosoff Memoriam
Larry & Thaila Taylor
Terry & Sandy Gappa    
Eric Steinmetz            
Peter Echkoff/Nancy Lehn        
Michele Rusinko/Robert M Weisenseld in memory of Jeff Rosoff

Anthony Ulmen            
Mike Pengra            
Anne Makepeace/Kit Kildahl

Judy Ahlstrom in memory of Mark (19 yrs)  
Sue & Tom Zeller -“Green Room” Thanks!
Lisa Gault
Dr. Craig Nelson
Julie Larson & John Goranson
Jean Scheibel (in memory of Bob Scheibel, Joyce Carlson  Eaton & Cleo Eaton Miller)
Don (Fish) & Val Easterlund
Frani & Mark Anderson
Dean Bixenman
Jeff Eaton in memory of Joyce Eaton
Friends and family in memory of Ray Ganey
and more!
We appreciate you all!

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.