Johnstock celebrates eight years in Minneapolis


The eighth annual Johnstock, sponsored by the Johnson Street Merchants, is held the same weekend as the hugely popular Art-a-Whirl event (the largest open art studio tour in the country) and was one of the stops for the trolley as it meandered its way to the different art studios in NE Minneapolis. The weather all weekend was perfect for getting out and looking at art. Both planners and patrons remarked at the number of families who visited Johnson Street in the Audubon Park Neighborhood of Northeast Minneapolis during the May 14-16 event.

Friday night on Johnstock offered up its traditional movie in the parking lot with a screening of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Free popcorn and hot cocoa were on hand for the families who settled in with chairs and blankets to watch the movie.

Saturday and Sunday the festival continued with art vendors setting up their wares in the same parking lot. Music by local musicians, such as the Unknown Prophets and Don Sellers and Friends, played hourly. Captain Jack’s magic show and a seven-hole miniature golf course constructed by area youth groups kept children busy while parents shopped. Rican Ribs provided a barbeque on Saturday.  Tours of the historic Hollywood Theater also occurred on Saturday afternoon, making it a well-rounded and well attended community event.

Rich Horton, one of the coordinators for the event, said, “There were a lot more people watching the bands this year and the magic show drew a lot of kids. Everything worked out great. It gets better every year. And I even got sunburned.”