Our first annual Honeybee Folk Festival will feature local bands from the Northland and a few surprises from outside our region. In addition to truly great music (FRIDAY 8/3: Northern Shoveler, Gossamer Strings, Lowland Lakers, Black River Revue and SATURDAY 8/4: Moonlight Community, Northern Shoveler, Woodblind, Feeding Leroy, and LASKA) we are going to have quite a bit of information and fun pollinator friendly activity goin on.

We plan to start celebrating the honeybee on Friday 3:00 pm with an pronouncement from the Mayor of Carlton and the Carlton City Council  stating the City of Carlton has become a Pollinator Friendly Town as outlined by the Pollinate Minnesota organization.

Special Pollinator Friendly Activites

  • City of Carlton - a Pollinator Friendly Town
  • Honey Bee Poem and Story Hour
  • Bees and Blooms Hike - Jay Cooke State Park
  • Bee Lodge Construction
  • Presentations from Master Gardeners - U of MN Extension

Vendors Selling:

  • Beeswax candles
  • Health/beauty products
  • Hives and beekeeping supplies
  • Honey
  • Salves
  • Cough syrup
  • Pollinator-friendly perennials
  • Area potters and artists who have incorporated bee images into their work
  • Honey based fruit spritzers and made-from-honey alcohol products (White Winter Winery)
  • Pollinators Blend Peace Coffee (Magnolia Cafe)
  • Food items that include honey

This activity is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


schedule Friday August 3 gates open at 2:30 PM

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Kaylee Matuszak

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Adam Herman

5:00 PM - 6:15 PM Gossamer Strings

6:15 PM - 7:00 PM Northern Shoveler

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Lowland Lakers

8:00 PM - 8:30 PM Mayor of Carlton

8:30 PM - 10:00 PM Black River Revue

schedule Saturday August 4 gates open at noon


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Fish Heads LILLO STAGE

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM Moonlight Community MAIN STAGE

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM Four Mile Portage lillo STAGE

3:00 PM - 4:15 PM Superior Siren MAIN STAGE

4:15 PM - 5:00 PM Four Mile Portage lillo STAGE

5:00 PM - 6:15 PM Northern Shoveler main stage

6:15 PM - 7:00 PM Feeding Leroy lillo STAGE

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Woodblind main stage

8:00 PM - 8:30 PM Feeding Leroy lillo STAGE

8:30 PM - 10:00 PM LASKA main stage


604 Chestnut Avenue, Carlton, MN 55718