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 and when is the Common Roots Festival Variety show?

The Variety Show is located at the ​Red Carpet Nightclub​ on Thursday, August 17.

What acts are included in the Variety Show?

We mainly feature comics, burlesque and drag performers, but are open to all forms of artistic entertainment as long as they follow our rules and guidelines. Rules and guidelines can be found on the ​application​.

Is there a dressing room?

Yes! There will be a dressing room supplied to those performers that need it for makeup and costume changes. This dressing room will be private and closed off to the public. It will include mirrors, folding tables, and a safe place for you to keep your belongings. There will be a separate dressing room supplied for comics being equally as safe to put your personal items.

Can I volunteer for the Variety Show?

Of course! If you are interested in either being a stagehand or tip collector please email us.

Where and when is the Bazaar?

The Bazaar will run from 11am-4pm on St. Germain St.

What will I find there?

A wide variety of locally made art and craft items and food vendors from the St. Cloud area. There will also be a variety of live music played by local music students.

Is there a cost?

There is no cost to be a guest of the Bazaar. Vendor fees are $10 per booth and go directly towards the costs of hosting the event.

What about parking?

Guest parking is available on site and is free during the Bazaar event.

When is set up for the vendors and musicians?

Set up starts at 10:00am. Vendors are not allowed to start tearing down until the event ends at 4:00pm. If you need to set up or tear down early, please email the Bazaar coordinator​ for approval.

How do I know if I need a Minnesota Tax ID?

If you are selling taxable items, you need to have a Minnesota Tax ID. You can apply for a Tax ID on the Minnesota Department of Revenue’s website. They can also answer questions on whether an item is taxable or nontaxable.

How do I get involved?

Those interested in selling their goods at the Bazaar need to fill out a Bazaar Vendor Application. Any questions can be emailed to the Bazaar coordinator. Vendors selling food will also be required to show proof of their Special Event Food Stand License that can be obtained through the City of St. Cloud’s website.

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]