Como Fest: a weekend of art, camping and more

The Como Park neighborhood will celebrate summer at the sixth annual Como Fest Friday- Sunday, July 10-12. The event will include outdoor games, a family fun run, camping under the stars, creative arts, and budget-friendly vendors and concessions.

FRIDAY, July 10, 6 p.m. until the chickens roost, and stay for breakfast: Camp out with your family at Northwest Como Recreation Center, 1550 N. Hamline Ave. The event will include a jump castle, climbing tower, a children’s craft, bingo, girls and boys baseball and softball games, a Tae Kwon Do demonstration, a presentation from the University of Minnesota Raptor Center and an outdoor showing of the 1985 movie “The Goonies.”

The night will culminate with a bonfire and family campout at the rec center. Concessions will be sold by the Northwest Como Booster Club. Volunteers are needed for the evening. Call 651-298-5813 if you can help. Preregister for the campout at apm.activecommunities.com/saintpa ul/Activity_Search/29431 by July 6.

SATURDAY, July 11, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Lyngblomsten Mid- Summer Festival: Lyngblomsten will host its annual Mid-Summer Festival on on the Lyngblomsten campus at 1415 Almond Ave.

The family-friendly arts festival will include three stages of entertainment featuring a variety of music and dancers from opera and African drumming to jazz and Appalachian clogging. There will also be games, demonstrating artists and wares for purchase, arts activities for all ages, and a host of local restaurant vendors, including Grand Ole Creamery.

Find all the details at www.lyngblomsten.org/festival.

SUNDAY, July 12, 8:30 a.m.- evening, Como Lakeside Pavilion: Como Fest will conclude with a run, a lake cleanup, an art fair and music at Como Lakeside Pavilion, 1360 N. Lexington Parkway.

Como Fest Run! 5 K and 2.5K family walk around Lake Como. The 5K will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the family walk will begin at 9:30 a.m. Registration is $20 for adults and $10 for kids. Registration includes a Como Fest T-shirt.

Register at runsignup.com/Race/MN/SaintPaul /ComoFestRunandWalk.

Proceeds from the run will go toward the cost of Como Fest and to support the block nurse program, a nonprofit organization that helps seniors remain in their homes safely.

Other Sunday activities at the pavilion include Capitol Region Watershed District’s Como Lake Land and Water Cleanup, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; a free children’s “craft make-and-take” session, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; and an art fair, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

A concert with Stan Bann’s Big Bone Band will be at 3 p.m. at the pavilion.

Artists interested in finding out more about the art fair should contact AndreaLynn Johnson, alpj1448@gmail.com, or go to the District 10 website, www.district10comopark.org.

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