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.


JASON ISBELL with special guests St. Paul and the Broken Bones and Communist Daughter will perform live at the Vetter Stone Amphitheater Wednesday, July 30.


Join us as we kick off the 17th Annual RibFest featuring MARK CHESNUTT on Thursday, July 31 at Vetter Stone Amphitheater.


On Friday, August 1, at the 17th Annual RibFest, see COLLECTIVE SOUL take the stage at Vetter Stone Amphitheater.


See RICK SPRINGFIELD take the stage Saturday, August 2, at Vetter Stone Amphitheater in Riverfront Park at the 17th Annual Ribfest.

RibFest Sunday!

Join us Sunday at RibFest FREE! Grab lunch and listen to some great music!


We are pleased to welcome Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo to Mankato on Tuesday, August 12, at 7:00pm at the Vetter Stone Amphitheater. Tickets will go on sale Friday, May 2, at 10:00am.

Down In The Valley Brewfest

Chop Liver Craft Beer Festivals and the Vetter Stone Amphitheater are bringing a taste of the Mankato Craft Beer Expo to Riverfront Park on September 13, combining some amazing craft beers with eight hours of great music, featuring the national Americana rock band The Wood Brothers, along with some of the best Minnesota bands out there today!

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

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