Art at Rice Creek Festival: September 14, 10 am to 4 pm

Join is for the 16th Annual Art at Rice Creek Festival on Sunday, September 14 from 10 am to 4 pm.

Art at Rice Creek features:

  • Entertainment on the Pavilion Stage in Manomin Park all day long (See schedule below)
  • Artist Vendors selling their art work (Artist listing below)
  • Scavenger Hunt in the Building
  • Free Art Workshops through the day (Schedule below.  No RSVP necessary- just drop by! All ages welcome.)
  • Facepainting, Caricatures, Portraits and More
  • Community Partners Sharing their Programming
  • Master Gardener here to advise on your garden challenges
  • Art Quilt
  • Draw animals
  • Grandpa’s Ice Cream and Little G’s Pizzeria

The event is free to attend and participate. 

Performance Schedule:

10:15-11:15am: Scott Dercks – Scott has been performing professionally since 1972. He has played for everyone from the homeless to the President of the United States.

11:20am-12pm: Dirty Hands Reading Series. Poet and writer Patricia Barone and novelist Faith Sullivan will be featured.

12-12:45pm: Circus Manduhai – Founded in 2002 as a way to share the Mongolian culture, display circus skills, and to entertain the Twin Cities area.

1-1:45pm: Kalpulli Yaucenoxtil – Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli means warriors of the first cactus flower. This group is composed of families that are committed to life-long learning of the philosophy, dance, drum and songs of the Mexica (Aztec) traditions.

2-2:45pm: Lau Hawaiian Collective – A joyful plunge into the sweet, poignant, rollicking music of Hawai’i with singing, ‘ukuleles, hula ‘ili’ili, guitars, lap steel, bass, and glass harp.

3-3:45pm: Fridley City Band – The specialty group called the German Band has about 20 musicians and performs “old-time”, German-style polkas, waltzes and marches.

Artist Vendors participating in this year’s festival include:

Angelica Romero TapestriesArtists del NorteBaroness Color, Elna Goodspeed, Gustin Schumacher Photography, Inspired Vittles, Jes Lee Studiosand Dad and Kiddo PotteryJules LoftKAP Custom WoodturningKaren Wallach, Lasting Images, Lauri Rockne and Deb Newton, Mike and Wendy Egan, Mitten Art by Beth Kimball, Paintings by Joyce (VanderWyst), Richard Yacelga’s Handmade Clothing, Shawn Leer Photography: Prairies Images, TSE Inc., Turner and Pooch, UT Jewelry (Ulrike Thomas)

Art Workshop Schedule:

10-11:30 am: Be inspired by the nature of Rice Creek and your surroundings. Create Broadside nature prints and poems, led by Mary Esch.

11:30-1 pm: Japanese fish prints, led by Janelle Doyle. Before the invention of the camera, Japanese fishers needed a way to show off their catches so they invented the art form known as Gyotaku (literally “fish rubbings”). Learn how to do this process and no one will ever doubt your fishing tales again.

1-2:30pm: Letterpress printing with a Kelsey Press, led by Jes Lee. Participants will be able to come see an old Kelsey Press (borrowed from Minnesota Center for Book Arts), learn about movable type and a little history of letterpress printing, and print a souvenir postcard to take with you!

letterpress demo

2:30-4pm: Write a site-specific poem, story, or play, led by Rachel Jendrzejewski. There will be a big collection of creative writing prompts available that invite participants to observe, explore, and respond to the festival and its surroundings. Use the prompts to create a short piece to share with friends on the spot, or ignite a longer project that you can keep developing at home. Rachel will be on site to help you brainstorm and craft your work.


Free Parking is available in the north Manomin Park lot (at the intersection of Hartman Place and East River Road), in the neighborhood around Hartman Place, or across East River Road.  Fridley Community Service Officers will be on hand to help direct you to a safe spot.


If you require assistance getting around or enjoying the festival, let us know in advance or locate a volunteer.  We will have a golf cart designated to help those with special needs.


This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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