What is the Square Lake Film & Music Festival?

Everything you need to know about the Stillwater Annual Film & Music Festival

In the summer of 2003 we held the very first Square Lake Film Festival as a way to bring some exposure to the awesome independent and largely unrecognized film work being done in and around the Twin Cities. Since then we’ve also expanded it to include a lineup of excellent local musicians. Each year we are blown away at the amount of local talent on showcase. Each year is always new, different and exciting. New films and new music. Here’s a list of all the musicians/bands that have graced our stages over the years. Here’s a variety of videos from the festival.

Whether you are a new to the scene or have been around the block there is something for everyone here.

We invite independent Minnesota & Wisconsin film makers to submit your work, local music acts please apply to play here live and all you lovers of local/artistic film or music please grab your tickets early, bring your tent and enjoy the day here with us.

This is considered a family event, so yes kids are always welcome!

The Square Lake Film & Music Festival is “one of the state’s most intimate and best curated” festivals!

– 89.3 FM, The Current


What you need to know about getting here and staying here.


From the Twin Cities:

Take Hwy 36 east toward Stillwater.
Turn left on Manning Trail.
Proceed 6.9 miles on Manning Trail and turn right on Square Lake Trail.
(Look for festival signs or signs for Square Lake County Park)
Go 4.3 miles on Square Lake Trail and then turn right on Partridge Rd.
Go 1/2 a mile and the festival is on your left at the top of the hill.

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Or, on the day of the event, call 651-204-0775 for a recording of driving directions to the festival.

Most attendees will want to budget about one hour to travel from the Twin Cities.


Enjoy a night under the stars!

A limited amount of free on-site camping is available on a first come, first served basis.   We provide a comfortable camping area, basic facilities, and a beautiful setting.  Bring your own tent and all necessary camping gear. No fires or grills. 130 campers maximum allowed. First come, first served.

Check here for info on FOOD at the Festival.

The Square Lake Festival does NOT sell beer/alcohol, but we encourage you (if you decide to bring a beverage) to support our sponsor Summit Brewing.

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