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The 2019 Flint Hills Family Festival

Presented by the Ordway, the Flint Hills Family Festival is an annual multi-day event featuring performances, free activities, art-making, and more. Families will be swept away on adventures that spark imagination and inspire exploration, with performances by artists from all over the world and right here at home.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Flint Hills Family Festival 2018 activity tent. Photo by Laura Alpizar.Planning your day

With exciting indoor performances, multiple outdoor stages, and free activities all around the Ordway, there’s hundreds of ways to play at the Flint Hills Family Festival! If you want to try a little bit of everything, start by picking out one (or two, or all four!) of the featured shows. These ticketed performances take place on indoor stages several times throughout the Festival, and tickets are only $8–$13. They’re a perfect way to share a magical live performance with kids of all ages—and to take a break from the summer sun!

2019 Flint Hills Family Festival mapOnce you’ve picked out your big shows, check out our full event schedule and make a wish list to plan a fun day of Festival activities. In Rice Park, the Wells Fargo Family Plaza, and the surrounding areas, you and your family can learn a new kind of dance, hear music from all over the world, get your faces painted, or make a new balloon animal friend, all for free. The park is open for all hours of the Festival, so if you want to be spontaneous, you can also take a stroll through the grounds and see what adventures you find.

The Festival takes place in the Ordway, Rice Park, and the Wells Fargo Family Plaza, located in the heart of downtown Saint Paul. Thanks to our friends at Metro Transit, bus rides to the Festival are free! See below for more details. There are also several places to park nearby, and you can find directions and parking ideas online to plan your trip ahead of time.

Free rides to the Festival

Thank you to Metro Transit for offering free rides to Festival attendees! To claim your free ride pass, click the date you’re attending below and fill out a few quick questions.

Metro Transit free rides to the Flint Hills Family Festival: Friday, May 31
Click to download your free pass to the Flint Hills Family Festival on Friday, May 31

Metro Transit free rides to the Flint Hills Family Festival: Saturday, June 1
Click to download your free pass to the Flint Hills Family Festival on Saturday, June 1

Featured shows

Jaw-dropping acrobats, inspiring puppetry, and heartfelt hip hop: our indoor stages feature extraordinary performers from around the world in performances perfect for the whole family! Tickets are just $8-$13, and select performances also offer Pay What You Wish pricing.

Get involved

Do you like to see art in the park, and dream of dancing in the street? The Ordway is seeking volunteers for our annual presentation of the Flint Hills Family Festival.  In order to make the event a success, we will need several volunteers throughout the week to help with a variety of tasks. Come on out, and we’ll give you a t-shirt and free food and drink.