Date & Time

Saturday, July 30, 2016
1-5 pm


Father Hennepin Bluff Park
420 Main St. SE


Art, Music, Food, Exhibitors and More
These activities are free and open to the public
No registration required



Owámni means “falling water” in the Dakota language, making it an apt name for a festival beside the only waterfall on the Mississippi River. This free and family-friendly event celebrates indigenous Minnesota culture with music, art, food, and more.

Event Information

Try your hand at lacrosse; view and learn more about artifacts from the collection of the Minnesota History Center’s collection; picnic in the park with Native foods.


This event will feature some outstanding musical performances connecting both locally and nationally through music highlighted by Sonny Johnson, Wade Fernandez and Indigenous.

Sonny Johnson – singer/songwriter & Acoustic Artist

Sonny emerged into the Bemidji music scene in 2010 with a three piece band called "Book Of Matches", with sonny on vocals and guitar. The band played music here and there around Bemidji, giving them a small following. But the trio quickly dispersed before a year had passed. Since then sonny has been playing music regularly as a solo acoustic artist around Bemidji, as well as other parts of northern MN.

Wade Fernandez – Blues/Rock

Wade Fernandez is from the Menominee nation of Wisconsin and is an award-winning vocals, guitar, songwriting, native flute & drumming. Wade is the winner of the National Community Spirit Award (2010), the North American ISMA award winner for "Best Contemporary Instrumental" and best "Country" (2007), NAMMY winner "Best Male Artist of the Year" (2006), and the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers "Writer of the Year" (2001).

Indigenous – Blues/Rock

As one of today’s premier guitarists, Indigenous front man Mato Nanji has captivated audiences with his Vaughan and Hendrix-like prowess since coming on the scene with his family band’s award-winning debut album Things We Do in 1998. The blues world immediately took notice of the young native musicians from the Yankton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota: a spot on the 1999 B.B. King Blues Tour. Several Indigenous discs and musical collaborations later, Indigenous’ 10th release, Time Is Coming (Blues Bureau International) was released in May 2014. Nanji dedicates the cd to ‘the indigenous youth and all young people on the indigenous reservations’. Their incendiary on stage chemistry is innate.


An arts fair area focused on American Indian contemporary traditional and fine arts will showcase the talents of indigenous visual artists. Explore the arts area focused on American Indian contemporary traditional and fine arts.


Tatanka Truck will be making and selling local indigenous foods along with NDN Bros.


Get Involved

This event is made possible by a grant from the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board. Event partners include the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, Minnesota Historical Society, and Dream of Wild Health.

st. anthony falls heritage board logo

minnesota historical society logo
dream of wild things logo

Event Contact

Tom Godfrey
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

Parking Tips

Owámni Falling Water Festival parking tips: 

  • Main St S.E. from Merriam Ave to 6th Ave SE has pay parking meters and is available for parking
  • There is street parking on 2nd St. S.E. between 3rd Ave. and 7th Ave
  • There is a parking ramp on 2nd Ave S.E. that is available for parking vehicles as well