About SBG

Summertime by George! is a free concert and festival put on by the Rotary Club of St. Cloud at Lake George in downtown St. Cloud, Minnesota! The area is transformed into a fun and active place every Wednesday with free live music from local and regional bands, food and goods from local vendors, artisans, and a kids zone for the entire family to enjoy!

Sponsored by the St. Cloud Rotary Club, the Summertime by George! concert series provides families with a great opportunity to enjoy live music and market offerings, play in the park, chat with friends, and enjoy the best of summer.

This free weekly Wednesday night event is held every summer from mid-June through August. Beginning at 5:00 p.m. with food, refreshments, fun, and live music, the event really gets the town rocking with the featured artist starting at 6:30 p.m.

About Rotary

What would it take to change the world? Rotary’s 1.2 million members believe it starts with a commitment to Service Above Self.

The Rotary Club of St. Cloud is one of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs worldwide. We ­­­support: peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, economic and community development.

Objective of Rotary

The objective of Rotary is to foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage:

  • The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service
  • High ethical standards in business and professions
  • The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business and community life
  • The advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service

Serving Our Community

The Rotary Club of St. Cloud supports and champions a variety of projects within the community:

  • Summertime by George!
  • Pathways 4 Youth
  • Lake George Renovation Project
  • City Park Improvements
  • Hwy 23 Roadside Clean Up
  • Warm Hands, Warm Heads, Warm Hearts
  • Junior Rotarian Mentoring
  • College Scholarships
  • Student-led School Improvement Projects

Serving Our World

The Rotary Club of St. Cloud is a proactive leader in our support of international service projects. Our support includes:

  • Dominican Republic Community Water Projects
  • Rotary International Foundation
  • “Polio Plus” Polio Vaccinations
  • Kids Fighting Hunger
  • Foreign Exchange Students
  • Group Study Exchange Programs

 To learn more about St. Cloud Rotary or if you’re interested in membership, please visit our website.

Event Courtesies

At Summertime by George! (SBG), we strive to provide a safe and fun atmosphere for everyone. St. Cloud City Ordinances and Park and Recreation Conduct and Use Rules apply to this event. The following is a list of general rules; noncompliance with these rules may result in expulsion from the event or the issuance of a citation.

Distribution of Materials Pursuant to St. Cloud City Ordinance Section 236, no person will, without a permit, display, post or distribute any placard, handbill, pamphlet, petition, circular, book or other writing containing commercial advertising matter within the park. This also includes giving away any promotional products not approved by the SBG Executive Committee before the beginning of the nightly festival. They may not be distributed in the crowd, posted at vendor stations (except to promote the vendor’s product at the vendor booth), or left on vehicle windshields.

Unlawful Conduct It is unlawful for any person to willfully harass, disrupt, interfere or obstruct any function within SBG. This is a misdemeanor offense per St. Cloud City Ordinance Section 960 – Trespass and Unlawful Conduct on City Property and Minnesota Stature Section 609.72, Disorderly Conduct.

Political Activity Vendors, sponsors and Rotary members may not post, distribute or wear political materials; nor may they campaign or arrange for interviews during Summertime by George.

Pets Pets are to be on a leash or caged at all times and cleaned up after. Barking dogs or any animal that disrupts festival attendees will be asked to leave. Pets are not allowed in the Tavern.

Tents and Umbrellas If using any type of umbrella, sports chair, or tent, please use only the outside perimeter of the viewing area so as not to obstruct the view of others.

Alcohol No outside alcohol is to be brought into the park per City of St. Cloud regulations.

Obscene or Disruptive Conduct This is a family-friendly event, and any individuals engaged in obscene or disruptive conduct will be asked to leave the event.

Bikes and Skateboards In an effort to promote safety for everyone, no bike riding or skateboards will be allowed south of the lake in Eastman Park during the festival.

Smoking Although smoking is not prohibited, we request that smokers be courteous and refrain from smoking around non-smokers.

Have any questions? Feel free to reach out to us through the form below or email us at info@summertimebygeorge.com

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