Planning and Permitting

Festival planning and permitting is in full swing. We have been meeting with municipal departments that have bearing on the festival and are encouraged that we are making headway.

We have an approved Parks Special Permit for large events for Kellogg Mall Park! Thank you Saint Paul Parks and Public Works for help with logistics. Kellogg Mall Park is a big component of the River Balcony a central part of the festival.

We have submitted the Community Block Permit for use of the area outside of the park and are working with Union Depot, Science Museum of Minnesota, Custom House and District Energy on use specifics. Next steps are finalizing the locations of prototypes, beer garden and music to submit for noise variances.

We have been updated by Ramsey County that deconstruction of Ramsey County West will start at the end of August – beginning of September. The southern east-bound lane of Kellogg Boulevard and sidewalk will likely be closed from District Energy’s entrance to Wabasha. The Wabasha and Kellogg intersection will remain open. We’ll be working with Public Works to close down the second east bound lane or the full street for festival access.


The Prototypers met on June 1st with draft plans for their concepts and safety precautions. They will meet again in a few weeks to discuss further development.

Good News!

Thank you Science Museum of Minnesota (SMM) for contributing the use of their plaza and front yard. The Science Museum of Minnesota and EcoDistrict are valued partners and an important anchor for the River Balcony and the festival. SMM and RBPF are teaming up to offer even more than before planned. Look for more details closer to the festival.

We Need You!

Your involvement is important to the success of the festival and the River Balcony. Below are a few suggestions:

Volunteer to help on festival day. We are looking for ambassadors, evaluators and area leads.

Donate a storage unit. We need to store and exchange prototype materials. It needs to be secure and shielded from moisture.

Share your temporary stage and A/V equipment. The stage will be located at the Science Museum of Minnesota.

Please contact Tracey Kinney at tkinney@riverfrontcorporation.com if interested.


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