Golden Valley Arts & Music Festival

Golden Valley Arts and Music Festival

Thank you to supporters, participants and attendees for making the 2017 event a great success! 2018 date coming soon…

Gather with friends old and new at the Golden Valley Arts & Music Festival on Saturday, September 16. You’ll enjoy featured works by local artists, games and interactive arts activities for families, delicious local food and beverages, live music and dancing, and more.

Activities throughout the day are held under the Water Tower behind Golden Valley City Hall. Parking is available all day at Calvary Church and the Golden Valley Shopping Center.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Event Schedule

Parade: 9:30 am
(click map for route details)

10 am-9 pm: Food trucks 
New Bohemia, Habanero Tacos, Adam’s Gyros, Naturally Delicious Ice Cream, Kettlecorn, and Hot Dogs by the Boy Scouts. Beer and wine service starts at 11:30 am.

10 am-9 pm: 25 Years in the Valley gallery 

10 am-6 pm: Artists’ Walk booths

10 am-5 pm: Chalk Art featuring Katie Bush and Jessica Barnd (see below in “NEW in 2017 for more details)

10 am-3 pm: Community Groups, Fun Square, Face Painting, Caricature Artists and Henna booths

10 am-2 pm: Family Creative Space

10 am-2 pm: Antique Toys area

3 pm-5 pm: Literary Arts Salon

3:00-3:30​ ​-​ ​Open​ ​Poetry​ ​Session by Guthema Roba, Hennepin County Librarian – Golden Valley

3:30-4:00​ ​-​ ​Riveting​ ​Reads​ ​for​ ​School​ ​Aged​ ​Kids​ ​and​ ​Teens by Tess Leander, from Usborne Books & More

4:00-4:30​ ​-​ ​Readings​ ​from​ ​Turning​ ​Points,​ ​Discovering​ ​Meaning​ ​and​ ​Passion​ ​in​ ​Turbulent​ ​Times by Authors Jackie Mosio, Bill Anderson, Lynne Zotalis, members of the Peace & Social Justice Writers Group, at the Loft Literary Center

4:30-5:00​ ​-​ ​Literary​ ​Sampler: Readings by Playwright Rickey C. Mantley & Susie Bergh and Spoken Word Poetry by Eric McKendry

9:30-10:00 pm: Laser Light Show Grand Finale by Laser Encore (see below in “NEW in 2017” for more details)

Music/Entertainment Line-up

11-11:45 am:  Wendy’s Wiggle, Jiggle and Jam! (

12-1:30 pm:  Big Surf (

2:15-2:45 pm:  Rock of Ages (

3:30-5:00 pm:  DMC (warm folk/pop acoustics with rich harmonies)

6:30-9:30:  High and Mighty (

9:30-10:00 pm: Laser Light Show Grand Finale by Laser Encore (see below in “New in 2017” for more details)

NEW in 2017

Chalk artists Katie Bush from Atlanta, Georgia and Jessica Barnd, a Twin Cities teacher and artist, will create chalk images, starting with an outline in the early morning and will finish the color flourish by 5 pm. The public is invited to chalk also! ( (

Literary Arts Salon – Check out all of the details of this new feature in the Events Schedule above

Fun kids’ activities inspired by favorite children’s books in partnership with the Hennepin County Library Golden Valley. Plus, the library will bring their Mobile Library Cart to issue library cards so that children can get their very own first library card!

And our Friends of Golden Valley Library are sharing books to take home after the festival (limited quantity, one per family).

Laser Light Show

The 2017 Golden Valley Arts & Music Festival will conclude this year’s event with a laser art show grand finale. Musically choreographed aerial laser beams will light up the night while they dance on the Golden Valley water tower, bringing it to life like you’ve never seen before. Don’t miss this exciting, must-see show presented by Laser Encore, whose work was showcased nightly at the 2017 Minnesota State Fair.


Artists who want to participate through the sale of their arts and crafts, please contact:
Anna Silverman:   763/521-2604

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The Golden Valley Arts & Music Festival includes fun and activities for the entire family!

Volunteers Needed

Volunteering for the Golden Valley Arts & Music Festival is a great way to get involved in our community!

Help out in the Family Fun Square and Family Creative Space, antique toy area, beer and wine wristband sales, volunteer check in and more!

Visit our Volunteer sign-up page to learn more!