Franconia Sculpture Park

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  • Free entry, free events, free Sunay tours at 2pm May 15-Oct 26. Call to schedule a guided tour on request for your school or organization.

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Directions

  • I 35 to Hwy 8 (exit Taylors Falls) - 19 miles east on Hwy 8 to the intersection of Hwy 95 and Hwy 8. (just two and a half miles west of Taylors Falls, MN)

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  • Open daily, dawn to dusk, 365 days a year

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  • Accessible to Disabled
  • Can Accommodate Groups of 45 or more

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Events

  1. 3-D Symposiums

    Hwys 8 & 95
    Franconia, MN 55074
    Call: (651) 257-6668

    Have you ever wondered, “How did they make that?!” Here’s your chance to find out! Two of Franconia’s artists-in-residence will present their artistic portfolio and current project, giving you the chance to discover the concepts and meaning behind the work. Join us for a discussion and participate in an audience-driven conversation full of feedback, critique, and new ideas. Presentations start promptly at 8pm and you are welcome for dinner with resident artists and staff at 6:30pm before presentations begin.

  2. Art-a-Whirl!



    Hwys 8 & 95
    Franconia, MN 55074
    Call: (651) 257-6668

    Join Franconia in the City @ Casket to celebrate our NE Minneapolis community! Enjoy the outdoor sculpture exhibition, a group show in our indoor gallery, family activities, food and drink, and live music! Franconia in the City @ Casket is located behind the main Casket Arts building in the Factory. Art-a-Whirl is a Northeast Minneapolis-wide event, organized by NEMAA.

  3. Blues & Soul Festival

    Hwys 8 & 95
    Franconia, MN 55074
    Call: (651) 257-6668

    Franconia’s summer-long music series is back! Bring a blanket, grab a bite or beverage from onsite vendors, and enjoy the afternoon of song and dance in the idyllic Earthen Amphitheater. Participate in an artist-led tour during the band breaks to learn more about Franconia’s exhibition and programs. All events are family friendly and open to the public.

    June 28 | Blues & Soul Festival featuring:Kurt Joregensen Band Alison Scott Lynn O’Brien Izzy Marcil

    July 12 | Bluegrass & Folk Festival featuring:Barley Jacks Roe Family Singers Reina Del Cid

    August 16 | Global Rhythm Festival featuring:Duniya Drum & Dance Greg Herriges Pan Dimensions Steel Drums

    September 13 | American Roots & Country Festival featuring:The High 48s Ditch Lilies Geoff Elvee

    This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the East Central Regional Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

  4. Caché at Casket Arts

    Hwys 8 & 95
    Franconia, MN 55074
    Call: (651) 257-6668

    Join Franconia at Casket Arts for a pre-holiday celebration in Northeast Minneapolis!

    Enjoy a new exhibition in our indoor gallery, visit the sculptures on exhibit in the outdoor park, and warm up by the bonfire.

  5. Community Collaboration HOT Metal Pour


    Hwys 8 & 95
    Franconia, MN 55074
    Call: (651) 257-6668

    Artists from around the world converge at Franconia to create cast metal sculpture and we invite the public to participate in the unique art-making process! Witness artists working a furnace that heats up to 2700 degrees F, as they pour 8,000 lbs. of red-hot molten iron throughout the day. Savage Aural Hotbed, Minneapolis’s found-object percussion band, performs three pulsating sets throughout the day. Bring the family and make a day of it!

  6. Community mold-making for the HOT Metal Pour


    Hwys 8 & 95
    Franconia, MN 55074
    Call: (651) 257-6668

    Make your mold during a workshop and have it cast during the Hot Metal Pour on August 2nd! You’ll create a unique relief sculpture by carving your design into a mold that will then be cast in iron. Workshops are open to all ages, led by Franconia staff and experienced metal casting artists. For more information or to reserve your mold call 651-257-6668 or email info@franconia.org.

  7. Kids Make Sculpture Workshops


    Hwys 8 & 95
    Franconia, MN 55074
    Call: (651) 257-6668

    Come be a part of the fun and hands-on creativity! During each workshop, students spend the afternoon creating sculptures with the assistance of Franconia staff and resident artists. We welcome all youth ages 4 to 18, limit of 30 students per class.

  8. Monroe Crossing Concert

    29836 St. Croix Trail
    Franconia, MN 55074
    Call: (651) 257-6668

    Enjoy Minnesota's premier Gospel and Bluegrass quintet,
    Monroe Crossing, during an outdoor performance in Franconia's Earthen Amphitheater. Bring a blanket, cozy into the idyllic grassy knolls, and celebrate the springtime breeze with an afternoon of airtight harmonies and razor sharp arrangements with these lively performers! Food, beer, and wine will be available for purchase at the Lizard Lounge, Franconia's one and only 'You betcha brat shop'.

    In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be relocated to the Taylors Falls Community Center, 312 Government St., Taylors Falls, MN. Admission will be $5/person at that venue.
    This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

  9. Pie and Wine Potluck Soirée


    Hwys 8 & 95
    Franconia, MN 55074
    Call: (651) 257-6668

    Our post-Thanksgiving tradition celebrating a great year. We are thankful for our friends and supporters and want to honor you! We’ll supply a bonfire, hayride tours of the park, coffee, cider, and some world-famous turkey soup. Bring a pie or a bottle of wine to share.

  10. Summer Solstice Celebration


    Hwys 8 & 95
    Franconia, MN 55074
    Call: (651) 257-6668

    Come celebrate the longest day of the year with us! Enjoy dinner with Franconia's artists-in-residence, tall-tales and s'mores around the bonfire, poetry readings, merriment and music DJ'd by DJ ESP aka Woody McBride.

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