The town of Stillwater, located in Minnesota's St. Croix River Valley, provides an excellent point from which to enjoy outdoor recreation, from hot-air balloon rides to kayaking or canoe down the St. Croix River. In addition to offering outdoor activities and scenic vistas, Stillwater hosts a number of outdoor festivals throughout the year.
Rivertown Art Festival
Visitors looking to add a little culture to their outdoor adventures in the St. Croix Valley will enjoy an afternoon perusing the fine arts and crafts available at Stillwater's Rivertown Art Festival. This national juried art festival welcomes artists working in all mediums--including fiber, wood, photography and ceramics. It's the first event on Stillwater's outdoor festival calendar. In addition to featuring some of the nation's finest artists, the festival offers a kid activity area and a plethora of food vendors. The 2010 event will take place on the weekend of May 15th and 16th.
White Pine Festival
This relatively new addition to Stillwater's festival schedule brings fine and performing artists to the Croix River Valley. Past year's performers include Jorja Fleeezanis, Minnesota Orchestra's concertmaster, the nationally renowned Miro Quartet and award-winning poet Matthea Harvey. In addition to giving performances, artists present public lectures and workshops. Since most performances take place in the evening, attendees can spend the day hiking or kayaking and cap the evening with one of the festival's many concerts or readings. The 2010 festival runs June 24 through June 27.
This popular festival has something for everyone, especially lumberjack and outdoor enthusiasts. The main events include concerts, a large fireworks display and numerous lumberjack sporting events. In addition to these events, visitors can observe cribbage tournaments, bike and skateboard demonstrations and even an 1860s-style baseball tournament. The smorgasbord of events and entertainments at Lumberjack Days truly makes it a community festival. In 2010 the festival will run July 22nd to 25th at Lowell Park.
Article Written By Heidi A. Reeves
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