Marine Fall Festival Returns September 16

Bluegrass band North Shore Trail performs at the Marine Fall Festival at Marine Mills Folk School while a crowd watches.

Celebrate the beauty of autumn and handcrafted art at Marine Mills Folk School in the St. Croix Valley

The Marine Fall Festival hosted by Marine Mills Folk School returns to the St. Croix Valley on Saturday, September 16, 2023. From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., everyone is invited to drop in and enjoy a variety of activities at the free community festival located on the grounds of Marine Mills Folk School.

Celebrate the beauty of autumn and handcrafted art in the St. Croix Valley! Marine Fall Festival activities include an Artists’ Marketplace with more than 50 high-end artisans; crafting demonstrations by skilled weavers, woodcarvers and others; children’s activities; live bluegrass music and dancing; food; a raffle; sheep dog–herding demonstrations; and more.

“We are grateful to the community for supporting us since we opened our doors five years ago,” says Robin Brooksbank, Marine Mills Folk School founder and board chair. “The Marine Fall Festival is one way of giving back to everyone who has supported the folk school, from our members and class attendees, to our artisan-instructors and the St. Croix Valley community at-large.”

“The festival includes activities that everyone can enjoy,” Robin continued, “whether you like browsing artisan booths, watching crafting demonstrations, listening to live music, making your own art, or sampling good food.”

Participating organizations include:

The Marine Fall Festival is hosted by Marine Mills Folk School with support from the Scandia-Marine Lions Club and Security State Bank of Marine. 

The festival takes place at Marine Mills Folk School, 550 Pine Street, Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047. This annual, family-friendly event is free and open to the public. More information is available at

Also on the third weekend of September in the St. Croix Valley is Take Me to the River, an initiative powered by ArtReach St. Croix highlighting the region’s art fairs and studio sales. Marine Mills Folk School is a 2023 sponsor of Take Me to the River.

Visit for additional information and to see a complete list of upcoming events and classes.


Founded in 2018, Marine Mills Folk School’s mission is to enrich lives and strengthen community by inviting all people to discover the joy of creating together from a folk school tradition. Marine Mills Folk School (MMFS) is located in Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota, 15 minutes north of Stillwater. MMFS offers adult and intergenerational classes in traditional arts and craft skills such as woodworking, fiber arts, visual arts, outdoor skills, crafts, and culinary arts. A typical weekend of classes might include Build a Wooden Paddle, Expressionist Painting, Photography for Kids, Foraging, and Barn/Hex Signs. In addition to weekly classes, MMFS hosts free weekly knit nights, and free monthly repair & mend clinics, bluegrass jams, wood carving sessions, and a beginner’s bridge group. Learn more at