Lake Hiawatha Neighborhood Festival

Photographs of the 2008 festival were taken by Shirley Yeoman.

This was our 22nd Festival!

The Lake Hiawatha Neighborhood Festival will be held on Wednesday August 2nd, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This year we again held a talent contest (pre-register), family fitness challenge (pre-register) and the canoe rides. This event is sponsored and supported by the Lake Hiawatha Recreation Council, Standish-Ericsson Neighborhood Association and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. The festival first started in August 1996.

We do have a limited budget. We would like to increase our budget to add new activities therefore we have started a fundraising campaign. You can go to our fundraising page and donate if you wish. Please also email us at and let us know what type of new activity you would like to see this year.

Talent Show Winners

Family Fitness Challenge Winners

Yomarii Garica Shelton

Amelie and Addie Felix

Austin Moon

Yomarii and Rosealia Garcia Shelton

Beulah and Glies Ellison Taylor

Stella and MB Mathenson



MEDALLION HUNT. More details to come.



Raffle. For every $5 of tickets purchased receive one entry into the raffle. Drawing at 7:00 p.m.











Water Feature!! The wading pool is open during the festival. We will also have an inflatable water slide. The photo on your left is just a representation and not the actual water feature we will have.



Canoe Rides enjoy a canoe ride on Lake Hiawatha from 5:00-8:00 p.m. FREE



Caricaturist! Come get a humerous drawing of yourself. We will have Steve D. Hanson, a caricaturist, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.



Talent Contest - cash prizes. If you want to participate in the talent contest please email and in the body of the email list the talent you will be performing.



Family Fitness Challenge - compete with other families. If you want to participate in the family fitness challenge please email and in the body of the email list what fitness challenge your family will be participating in. Trophies will be awarded to the top three winners in the challenge.



Pony Rides for children 10 years old and younger. The location of the pony rides will be in the playing area near 28th Avenue. We will have two ponies for rides and will have carrots to feed the ponies. We will also provide hand sanitizer to use after the ride.

 Other fun activities include kids games, face painting, hair painting, fitness expo, and Sports 5-in-1 Combination Bouncer.


In order to continue to keep our ticket prices down to a low of 25 cents, we are looking for more sponsors. If you are interested in helping to sponsor an event at the festival, or just want to donate any amount of cash for festival expenses, please email us.


If you are a teenager or adult and are interested in volunteering to help plan this year's festival or to volunteer during the day of the festival, please email us and let us know when you want to volunteer and what you want to help with.


If you are a local business or non-profit who would like to provide information to the public about your organization, we are happy to provide you a spot at the festival. If you think you would like to have a business table at the festival please email us or download this form and mail it to the address on the form. Keep one copy for your records and mail the other copy to the address listed on the form as well as including the applicable fee.

A map of the festival activities and business displays will be available for viewing closer to the date of the event.

Click here to see Lake Hiawatha Neighborhood Festival listing on

Click on this link to see a copy of the Festival Flyer. This form requires the Adobe Acrobat plug-in to view and print properly. The Adobe Acrobat plug-in can be downloaded, for free, from Adobe Systems Incorporated web site by clicking on the link below.

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Click on the following links to learn about:

2017 Events Schedule and Price

2017 Map of Activities and Displays

Check this site out regularly for more updated information on the 2015 Festival.


Try your hand at a puzzle from a photograph from the 2000 Festival.


Photographs of the 1999 festival were taken by David Christenson.

Photographs of the 2000 festival were taken by Martha Ehrenstrom-Jensen.

Photographs of the 2001 festival were taken by Martha Ehrenstrom-Jensen.

Photographs of the 2002 festival were taken by Sara DePue of Lake Hiawatha Park.

Photographs of the 2004 festival were taken by Shirley K. Yeoman, SENA staff.

Photographs of the 2005 festival were taken by Shirley Yeoman.

Photographs of the 2006 festival were taken by Shirley Yeoman and Sybylla Yeoman Hendrix.

Slide show of photos from the 2002 Festival.