Why are we doing this?

Common Roots is intended to support local venues, theaters, restaurants, artists, performers and businesses in downtown St. Cloud.

Where can I park?

Parking is available in lots and ramps all over downtown St. Cloud. Parking rules and schedules apply as normal during the Fest — please check the signs!

How can I get a button?

Your can purchase a button for $10 at any of our participating partners and venues as well as order from our online store.

What does a button get me?

Buttons are required for entrance to our partnering venues. You also get special deals with local businesses from August 1 through Labor Day.

Can I use buttons at multiple venues?

Yes, please take a tour of our performance venues and catch as many performances as possible.

Where do we find performance times?

There will be programs at each venue or check out the performance section on our website.

What are the ages of the concerts?

The Common Roots Bazaar and some daytime performing venues are for all ages, restaurant venues are 18+ until 10 p.m. You must be 21+ to enter venues at bars.

Do you take credit cards?

We take credit cards for online purchases, purchases at venues and at some outreach events.

Will there be food at the venues?

During regular food serving hours there will be food at some venues. Please contact the individual venues for more information.


Can my band play at Common Roots?

Sure! Please ​fill out an application on our website​ or request to be a part of our Festival. While filling out our forms lets us know you are interested in performing, it does not guarantee participation. We give priority to performers/artists/vendors with ties to Central Minnesota. We do our best to be as inclusive as possible.

Can I apply as both a band and a solo act?

Yes, just make sure it’s noted on your application that you perform as multiple acts so we can schedule accordingly. Each act must fill out an application for the corresponding performance.

How long do I get to load in? What about sound check?

Load-in and sound check happen fast — 20 minutes or less. Festival format means we book shorter sets (45 min) and fit more in throughout the day. This also allows you to get out and see other bands before/after your set!

Can I bring merch?

Of course! You may want to bring your own small table, as we can’t guarantee the venue will have that available.

Do artists/bands get a free button?

No. We ask that artists who wish to also experience the festival do their part in purchasing a button to help support their fellow musicians.


Where can I volunteer? How can I help?

If you are interested in volunteering for the Common Roots Festival, apply here and indicate your area of interest.


Reach out to us at [email protected]