Welcome to Riverfront Park
Riverfront Park will celebrate the heritage and culture of greater Mankato by providing recreational and cultural opportunities along the banks of the Minnesota River.
Arts by the River Festival
The fourth annual Arts by the River Festival is scheduled to return to the Riverfront Park on June 21 & 22.
Vetter Stone Amphitheater in Mankato’s Riverfront Park was named a top outdoor stages for concert goers in or near the Twin Cities. The stage at Mankato's Riverfront Park was ranked fourth in a Top 10 listing by Star Tribune columnist Chris Riemenschneider. The review complimented the amphitheater's tiered limestone slab seating, grass lawn and the location of its beer and food tents. Also cited was the stage's theater-quality, woodsy setting and proximity to Mankato’s historic downtown.
From the founding of Mankato in 1852 to today, this area on the bank of the Minnesota River has served as the birthplace of industrial and commercial development in Mankato.By the turn of the last century, Mankato saw increased industrial expansion that included large manufacturing plants like foundries, flour mills, knitting mills, quarries, a bottling plant, breweries, tractor and farm equipment plants, a meat processing plant and the famous carp packing plant. Steamboat and railroad transportation allowed the convergence of manufacturing, technology and distribution, not only for Mankato but for the world. This area also served as the hub for power - electricity, gas and oil distribution - for the community; as well as a retail marketplace for the greater Mankato area. Today we celebrate the captains of industry who founded, developed and built this community.
Researched and written by the Blue Earth County Historical Society, 2009