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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 (320 Griggs Street South). 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, the Big Red Wagon, 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 2023 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, craft fair, robotics demo from Highland HS Robotics Team, yard games, 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 2023

Stage Schedule

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

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School of rock
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O’Shea irish dance
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Lex-Ham Community Band
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Kashimana

Stage Lineup

Learn about the amazing musical groups who are performing at Mac-Grove Fest 2023!

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.

Lex-Ham Community Band

We’re a sit-down concert band based in the Lexington-Hamline neighborhood. We’ve been performing in and around Saint Paul since 1992. We’ve played at Grand Old Day, the St Paul Saints, Highland Art Fair, Lex-Ham Ice Cream Social, and dozens of senior homes in the Twin Cities area. We love to perform in the neighborhood at social gatherings.

Kashimana

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 their Nigerian heritage and experiences growing up in Nigeria and Kenya and living in the United States.

Art Activities

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

Now Make Art

Now. Make. Art. invites an infusion of creative change-makers into the world by creating equitable access to arts experience that connect collaboration, change, joy, and imagination.

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. 

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.

Huldufolk Houses

Huldufolk are an Icelandic tradition based on Nordic stories that elves will grant wishes (if you’re polite). As a result, many people in Iceland build small houses for elves in their yards. I have installed elf houses in parks such as Eden Prairie, Rochester and temporarily at the Minneapolis Art Shanties winter festival and at St Paul at Springboard for the Arts. Each elf house comes with a mailbox and visitors are encouraged to leave letters for the elves. With my park installations, I have received hundred of letters that I talk about on my blog.