With the last of winter’s icy blasts behind us, it’s time for some sun and fun and a little celebration. From demolition derbies to hot air balloon rides, Washington County plans to deliver, with a long list of community festivals that begin this week.
The festival season begins Friday with Forest Lake’s weeklong Lake Fest. Stillwater follows on Saturday by playing host to St. Croix Valley’s largest art fair, which features handcrafted pieces from more than 100 artists.
Here's a look at the county’s summer festivals, excluding July 4th:
Details: June 27-28, Town Square Park, S. St. Croix Trail and 34th Street
About: This free outdoor festival will feature a business expo as well as more than 80 artists selling handcrafted pieces, and vendors selling vintage goods. Food, live music and family activities also will be part of the festivities. Info www.aftonstrawberryfestival.com
Art in the Park
Details: Sept. 26-27, Town Square Park, S. St. Croix Trail and 34th Street
About: Fine arts and traditional craft fair includes more than 90 vendors showcasing fine arts, pottery, woodwork, jewelry, photography, sculpture, fiber and more. Plus food, a small-business fair, and live folk/jazz music both days. Info on both events: aftonartfair.com; 651-321-3535.
Rockin’ Ribs on the River
Details: June 19-20, Lakeside Park, 101 Lake St. S.
About: Barbecue treats along the St. Croix River accompanied by live music from Paul Mayasich & RAMM, Crankshaft, Mike Sterling and Cate Fierro. Info: rockinribsontheriver.com; 651-439-4001.
Details: June 18-21, Kingston Park, Indian Blvd. and 75th Street
About: Live music, hot-air balloon rides, petting farm, strawberry pie eating contest, kids tractor pull; Grand Day Parade 10:30 a.m. June 20; fireworks at 10:30 p.m. June 20. Info: cottagegrovestrawberryfest.com.
Details: May 29-June 5, Lakeside Park, 95 E. Broadway Av.
About: Arts in the Park, waterski show, movie in the park, mini powwow, talent show, running races; Rockin’ Hollywoods perform at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 29. For more information, go to: fl-lakefest.com.
Good Neighbor Days
Details: June 4-7, Hugo Lions Park, 5524 Upper 146th St. N.
About: Petting zoo, carnival rides, pancake breakfast, parade at 11 a.m. June 6. Information at ci.hugo.mn.us.
Washington County Fair
Details: July 29-Aug. 2, Washington County Fairgrounds, N. 40th Street and Manning Avenue
About: Animal and craft exhibits, carnival, live music, demolition derby, pig races, magic shows. Admission is $4 to $7; children under 5 are admitted free of charge. Info: washingtoncountyfair.org.
Huff ‘n’ Puff Days
Details: Aug. 6-9, Lions Park, 3525 Laverne Av. N
About: A four-day sports tournament including softball, volleyball and other family events. Info: lakeelmojaycees.org.
Marine on St. Croix
Details: 5:30 p.m., June 20, downtown
About: Barbecue, street dance, children’s activities to aid the volunteer fire department. Info www.marineonstcroix.org.
Details: Aug. 9, Pioneer Memorial Park, 2nd Avenue & 6th Street, 11 a.m.
About: Parade, live music, raffle, food, vendors, games, bingo, inflatables and a car show. Info, call 651-556-4601 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Details: June 25-27, Walton Park, 15th Street and Hadley Avenue.
About: Parade, BMX bike shows, medallion hunt, music, food and fireworks. Info: 651-730-2704 or ci.oakdale.mn.us.
Details: June 20, Gammelgården Museum, 20880 Olinda Trail.
About: “Immigrant inspired” children’s activities, raising of the Majstång, craft fair and smörgåsbord. Info: 651-433-5053 or gammelgardenmuseum.org.
St. Paul Park
Heritage Days Festival
Details: Aug. 15-16, Heritage Park, Portland and 13th avenues.
About: Parade, flea market, garden tractor pull, carnival and mud volleyball. Info: 651-775-9565 or stpaulpark.govoffice.com.
Rivertown Art Festival
Details: May 30-31, Lowell Park, 101 Water St. S.
About: St. Croix Valley’s largest art fair with 100-plus artists and vendors. Marketplace with handcrafted items, art in a variety of media. Info: 651-439-4001, rivertownartfestival.com.
Details: July 17-19.
About: Events at Historic Washington County Courthouse and Pioneer, Teddy Bear and Lowell parks. Lumberjack demonstrations, medallion hunt, tethered balloon rides and a fishing tournament. Parade at 1 p.m. July 19. Info: stillwaterlogjam.com.
Details: Aug. 28-30, Ojibway Park, 2695 Ojibway Dr.
About: Carnival rides, business fair, children’s coin hunt, martial arts and robotics demonstrations. Fireworks 9:30 p.m. Aug. 29. Info: woodburydays.com.