Built Upon a Rock Fest

Spreading the love of Jesus Christ through music that ROCKS!

(210) 563-8859

Built Upon a Rock Fest is free outdoor concert featuring nationally known Catholic artists. It is held annually on the grounds of the Cathedral in Duluth, MN.

Our Story

In 2017, a group formed among the laypeople of our local parishes, impassioned to bring an authentically Catholic concert to Duluth. The vision was to create an event that would inspire people of all faith backgrounds to better understand and appreciate the beauty of the Catholic faith. The fruit of much prayer and planning was Built Upon a Rock Fest, a free outdoor Catholic concert held on the grounds of the Cathedral in Duluth on September 17, 2017.

The vision was realized through the generous contributions of 22 parishes from across MN, 15 local organizations as sponsors, and a number of individual donors. The inaugural event drew in over 900 people, young and old, Catholic and non-Catholic, from across the Diocese of Duluth and surrounding area. The audience enjoyed free food and live musical performances from nationally known Catholic artists, all with the backdrop of beautiful Lake Superior. The music was uplifting and inspiring. Many were encouraged in their faith and led to a deeper love of Jesus Christ and His Church.

After discernment, and in response to overwhelmingly positive feedback, the Built Upon a Rock Fest team believes it is God’s will for the concert to occur annually. With faith in God, they are continuing to plan for future years, with their core vision/mission remaining the same...to provide a simple concert, free and open to the public, that will inspire people of all faith backgrounds to better understand and appreciate the beauty of the Catholic faith. The ultimate goal is to lead every person into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. The team will remain unprofitable servants in this endeavor for as long as the Lord wills it.

Our Team


If the enthusiasm of the crowd is any indication of success, then we are on to a new opportunity of faith, fellowship and rocking music in our Diocese.
— Bishop Paul Sirba, Diocese of Duluth
It’s a unique tool of evangelization in the Duluth area that we have not had before.
— Reverend Richard Kunst, local pastor
Perfect for families! Perfect venue! Perfect weather! Perfect camaraderie! Thanks to all who made it happen!
— Beth Gannucci, local resident

Bulletin blurb

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Mark your calendar for the 3rd annual Built Upon a Rock Fest! Nationally known Catholic recording artists Fr. Kevin McGoldrick and Dana Catherine will be performing on Saturday, September 14th on the Cathedral grounds in Duluth. Free admission, free food and the event is open to the public. Begin the evening with Mass, celebrated by Bishop Paul Sirba, at 4:00pm in the Cathedral. Then head across the street for the concert from 5:15-8:00pm. There will be Eucharistic Adoration in the Cathedral throughout the event and opportunities for Confession as well. Let’s come together for a simple, casual concert in an authentically Catholic atmosphere. Invite your friends and neighbors to this free event!

For questions regarding the use of promotional material or requests for additional information, contact Marie Mullen @210-563-8859 or bebuiltonrock@gmail.com