Register for the 2023 Mac-Grove Fest!

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Mac-Grove Fest on Saturday, September 9, 2023

The fest is a free all ages event at the Edgcumbe Recreation Center. Mac-Grove Fest aims to celebrate the businesses, organizations, artists, and residents that make Saint Paul a great place to live, work, learn, play, and worship! 

Click the button below to see photos from last year’s event!

Build Community Together
  • Food Trucks: buy tasty treats from local food truck vendors – Soft Serve Social, Yummy Tummy, and Thai Thai Street Food
  • Music and Dance: enjoy a variety of performances throughout the day (you are welcome to bring chairs and blankets). See below for the 2022 Mac-Grove Fest musicians!
  • Arts & Crafts: Create one-of-a-kind art, learn interesting, processes, and let your creativity shine. Be sure to stop by the artist tents to enjoy creating free art! Learn more about the participating artists below!
  • Activities: come and enjoy a plethera of fun, free activities for all ages! Some activities include: Face painting, bounce house, craft fair, robotics demo from Highland HS Robotics Team, yard games, K9 Demos with the SPPD, gaga pit, and more!
  • Marketplace: Visit local businesses, artists, and organizations in the Marketplace!
  • Craft Fair: This year there will be a craft fair containing local artists and crafters selling their one-of-a-kind art!

Mac-Grove Fest 2022

Stage Schedule

See what time these amazing artists are performing at Mac-Grove Fest!

School of rock
O’Shea irish dance
Tony Ortiz & Randy Wideman

Stage Lineup

Learn about the amazing musical groups who are performing at Mac-Grove Fest 2022!

School of Rock

School of Rock is performance-based music education program for all ages, skill levels, and musical aspirations. With students ranging from toddlers to adults, School of Rock is where music students grow into real musicians. The  patented School of Rock Method uses programs that are designed to encourage learning in a supportive environment where students of all skill levels are comfortable and engaged. The best part is, they are located right in Macalester-Groveland on Cleveland Ave!

O’Shea Irish Dance

O ‘Shea Irish Dance is led by director Cormac O’Sé. Established in 2005, OID provides training for the demanding and technical art form of traditional and competitive Irish Step dance where dancers train as artists, musicians, and athletes.  Teaching ages three to adult, OID instructors inform the whole dancer to train a healthy body in strength, flexibility, and fitness as well as a healthy mind in confidence, discipline, and performance.


Kashimana is a mother, musician, vocalist, composer, producer and teaching artist with a rich soulful blues voice that soars through their original compositions. The name Kashimana means ‘that’s their heart’ and you can hear Kashimana’s heart beating in the compelling sound of their music which is an exploration of Soul, R&B, Folk, Afro-funk and more. Kashimana often draws from her Nigerian heritage and experiences growing up in Nigeria and Kenya and living in the United States. Kashimana is a 2021 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow, a 2019 In Common Composer in Residence, a Cedar Commissioned Artist ‘Phantom Cries’ and a Northern Spark Festival Artist in 2018 and 2019 ‘Applause Posse’ and ‘Soundscape of Stories’. Kashimana is also the co-creator of a MN Opera MNiature Opera ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ with Khary Jackson, a contributing artist and composer to The Art of The Revolution Twin Cities Community Album ‘Mama’ and a composer on a Sprig of That trio latest album ‘Eight Threads – The Only One’. Check out Kashimana’s latest single “Oh Yes Flow” on Bandcamp.

Tony Ortiz and Randy Wideman

From San Diego to Minnesota, Tony Ortiz has thrilled audiences with his outstanding singing and heartfelt songs. As lead singer of the Monroes in the 80s, you’ve heard Tony on the radio singing ‘What Do All the People Know’ or perhaps seen them touring with Rick Springfield or Toto. Now in Minnesota and fronting his band, the Guns of Soul, Tony’s original songs are a powerhouse of Americana soul.

Art Activities

Enjoy free art activities throughout the duration of Mac-Grove Fest!

Now. Make. Art

Now.Make.Art creates spaces for people of all ages to have incredible experiences making art together. They specialize in interactive installation art using clay – their current interactive installation art project is called Clay City. The city is filled with sculptures that come from the minds and hands of everyone who participates to make one amazing city at the end of the day. They are currently partnering with St. Paul Parks and Rec so you can find them at various St. Paul parks throughout the summer leading up to Mac-Grove Fest. Visit their  instagram to find out more! 

Art Start

Art Start’s mission is to inspire artistic creativity and illuminate the connections among people, ideas and the environment through engaging artists, children, families, and communities in quality arts education experiences. lkjlfkja;lfkjl;adsfjk

Crayon Kelly

Crayon Kelly started making art while in High School. In 1999, she received her Associates degree in Graphic Design and in 2003, she went back for a graduate degree in Graphic Design. After a marriage and two kids, her and her husband started an art business focused on allowing individuals to express their emotions through art.

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