NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | Lake Hiawatha Festival: an inexpensive family event


The whole family will enjoy the 16th Lake Hiawatha Neighborhood Festival coming up on Wednesday, Aug. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. near the park building (27th Avenue S. and E. 44th Street).


“It is a great family event that is not very expensive,” said organizer Joyce Boettcher. ”It is a great way to enjoy being with your family and friends, and enjoy the weather before the kids go back to school.” 


At 5:00 p.m. the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will hold a dedication and ribbon cutting for the updated wading pool and the tennis courts. 




• Pony rides for kids 10 years old and younger, $5, 6 to 8 p.m. 

• Canoe rides on Lake Hiawatha, free, 5-8 p.m.

• The 5-in-1 moon walk, softball field, 75¢

• Inflatable water slide, 75¢

• Mini-golf, $2, provided by Party Putt LLC from 5:00-8:30 p.m.

• Caricatures, $2, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

• Face paint and hair spraying, $2

• Pet wash

• Talent contest. To register, email

• Health fair

• Teen Job Opportunity Fair

• Family fitness challenge. Trophies will be awarded to the top three winners in the challenge. To register, email


“For the young kids the pony rides are the biggest attraction,” observed Boetther. ”For adults it would probably be the canoe rides on Lake Hiawatha.”


Food will be for sale. 


Showcase your business at a table by emailing; put Business Display in the subject line. 


“We are always looking for new activities and enjoy giving local businesses a change to provide information on their company to the attendees,” Boettcher said.


She is the one volunteer who has been involved in each of the 16 years of the festival. “The best part of the festival for me is selling the tickets. I get to interact with so many people from the surrounding neighborhood,” Boettcher noted. ”I like seeing all the happy faces of people attending the festival. It makes all the planning and work worth while.”


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This event is sponsored and supported by the Lake Hiawatha Recreation Council, Standish-Ericsson Neighborhood Association and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. 

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