The Fest is an all ages, FREE event at Groveland Park!
Join us on September 7 from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Groveland Park (corner of St. Clair Ave and Prior Ave S.) to celebrate the businesses, organizations, artists, and residents that make Saint Paul a great place to live, work, learn and play. Attendees are encouraged to walk, take public transit, or bike to Mac-Grove Fest.
- Food trucks: Buy tasty treats from local food trucks and vendors.
- Music and dance: Enjoy a variety of performances throughout the day (you are welcome to bring blankets, chairs, hammocks, and more!)
- Arts & Crafts: Look out for the teaching artists on site! Create unique items, learn interesting processes, or engage in a performance piece! (read more about the artists down below!)
- Activities: Yoga with Carrie Your Yogi (every half hour!), Archery with Boy Scouts of America – Northern Star Scouting, Hockey HotShot with St. Paul Sibley Riveters, Gaga Pit, soccer, face painting, Bounce House, Climbing wall, and more yard games
- Marketplace: Visit local businesses, artists, and organizations in the Marketplace!
- Prize Drawing: Meet your neighbors and play “people bingo” – be sure to turn it into the MGCC booth for a chance at a Grand Prize!
Have Fun. Build Community. Together!
Schedule of Events
2PM – Fest Starts!
2:15PM – O’Shea Irish Dance [Stage]
3:15PM – Heart and Soul Drum Academy [Stage]
4PM – Visit from a St. Paul Fire Truck!
4:15PM – Firm Handshake [Stage]
5:15PM – Capital City Brass Quintet [Stage]
2-6PM – Art activities, Yoga, Archery, climbing wall, gaga pit, yard games, food trucks, marketplace, visits from St. Paul Police and more!
More about the Performers and Activities:
O’Shea Irish Dance is led by director Cormac O’Sé T.C.R.G. (certified instructor with An Coimisiún Le Rinci Gaelacha), original cast member of Riverdance & native of Dublin, Ireland. 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.
OID will open up the festival with their performance at 2:15pm – don’t miss it!
Heart & Soul Drum Academy is an educational nonprofit organization which teaches youth the art of Djembe drumming using polyrhythms. Youth also learn Pan-African traditional dance and choreograph contemporary dance steps to their original drum compositions. This interactive-learning technique with their adult mentors utilizes their critical thinking, leadership skills and team dynamics which transcends music and helps them in their classroom, community and global relationships.
Catch them live at Mac-Grove Fest at 3:15pm, and get ready for an interactive performance!
Firm Handshake is a Twin Cities based 3-piece band. They are an instrumental group, but often feature other local artists on individual songs. Their live music (featuring drums, bass, and keyboards) draws from genres including Jazz, Hip-Hop, Rock, Punk, Classical, Electronic and more. This variety of musical influences creates a new “genre-less” style that appeals to the different age groups. Their goal is to remind each listener of styles that they love while showing them something new at the same time.
Check out their music starting at 4:15pm at Mac-Grove Fest!
Capital City Brass Quintet is a Mac-Grove Fest favorite! They have been active in the Twin Cities music scene since 1986. In addition to performing its own recital series and ceremonial music, the quintet has appeared in venues ranging from Saint Paul’s Landmark Center and other formal settings to informal settings such as the Saint Paul Farmer’s Market, riverboats, and parks. The quintet has also been heard on Minnesota Public Radio. The group is adventurous in its programming, premieres many new works, and performs a varied repertoire of classical music ranging from the Renaissance to the present day, as well as a broad spectrum of Jazz and rock arrangements.
Enjoy their music starting at 5:15pm at Mac-Grove Fest!
Improv Parenting performs family-friendly, interactive improv shows around the Twin Cities and will be wandering the Fest interacting with attendees! Improv Parenting provides improv education and performances to all ages. They believe everyone can learn improv skills to help them be more connected, confident and creative, and they highlight the unique benefits for families. Their mission: Play more. Play bold. Play funny. Learn more about Improv Parenting here.
Jes Reyes is a multidisciplinary artist working and living in St. Paul. She will be leading an easy activity that invites folks to create small handmade books and unique stamps. A limited amount of art of hers will be on sale too. You can learn more about Jes by checking out her website at www.jesreyes.com.
Flux Casting Access bonds young people of diverse backgrounds with an ancient process of lost wax. Our mission is to provide a place to pursue personal communication skills, and retail and industry experience, via visual arts. We support public schools with mobile labs which identify students for in depth studio residencies and internships. Flux will provide the opportunity for students to create fine art, jewelry and explore personal communication with the art form. Along with selling work at Mac-Grove Fest, art activities for individuals will be available from 2pm-6pm, such as copper hammering workshops; attendees are able to make garden tags, name plates, or whatever they want to hammer the copper into!
Kelly Anderson (Crayon Kelly) is a local artist and will be on site at Mac-Grove Fest to lead a community mural! Kelly uses many different mediums in her art, such as Melted crayola crayons, acrylics, and pastels. She believes that art is meant to be exploratory. Learn more about her work here
Yoga with Carrie Your Yogi – Rainbow Yoga is an interactive and social yoga. We move our bodies to connect and create beautiful shapes by doing yoga together in a playful and fun circle. Come experience the movement, the connection and what it feels like to bring people closer in body, mind and spirit through doing yoga TOGETHER!
Each session at Mac-Grove Fest will run for 20 minutes with a 10 minute break for questions/connection, beginning on the hour and half hour!
Music Demonstrations with Ensemble Music – Take part in a free demonstration of Ensemble Music’s Music Together class! You’ll move, laugh, sing, play rhythm instruments and have fun. Geared toward young children ages birth – Kindergarten and their families.
Each demonstration at Mac-Grove Fest will run for 45 minutes at 3:00, 4:00, and 5:00pm.