What is the Square Lake Film & Music Festival?

Everything you need to know...

In the summer of 2003 we held the very first Square Lake Film Festival, and have kept the wheels turning ever since with an event nearly each summer.  Our goal has always been to simply present music & film in a natural setting with as straightforward of production as possible.  Our production team is simple, and our belief in networking, community and the alchemy of art & nature sustain our efforts.

2021 will be our 18th event, and it will be unlike any of our previous “festival” events.

We’re extremely honored to host Low’s “Hey What” album release, and it is a chance for us to come “full circle.”  Low was one of the early headliners of the event back in 2006, and they left an impression on us that impacted future programming decisions.  The events on September 10th & 11th will include opening acts curated by Low, and there won’t be the traditional festival elements of an independent film program, film score, camping, bike ride.  As the world transitions, this event is positioned as a safe and significant celebration of one of our favorite bands, on our festival grounds.

Join us on September 10th & 11th!

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 hanging out.


From the Twin Cities:

Take Hwy 36 east toward Stillwater.
Turn left on Lake Elmo Avenue.  Turn right on 75th Street.  Turn left on Manning Trail and proceed about 6 miles to turn right on Square Lake Trail.
(Look for Square Lake County Park signs, but the event is not in the 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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Most attendees will want to budget about one hour to travel from the Twin Cities.

Check here for info on FOOD at the Festival.

The Square Lake Festival does NOT sell beer/alcohol, but you can bring your own.

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