Looking for some local warm-weather fun? Read on.
Something for everyone at Como Pool
If you haven’t visited Como Pool, get over there.
After four years of no local pool, this neighborhood amenity reopened at 1150 Como Ave. last year, and it features a little something for everyone.
The pool has a 400-foot lazy river, a zip line, a diving well, a rock climbing wall, a six-lane lap pool, a splash pool for the little ones, and open and lap swim times. Find the pool’s schedule by calling 651-489-0378 or go to stpaul.gov/index.aspx?NID=2672.
Music and more at Como pavilion
Como Lakeside Pavilion, 1360 N. Lexington Parkway, has something musical or theatrical happening almost every summer night. Hillcrest Theater will stage “Grease” July 25-27 and Aug. 1-3.
There’s a packed schedule through Sept. 1. You can see the schedule at www.stpaul.gov/DocumentCenter/View/65554.
Third annual Como Fest
Como Fest 2013 is July 18-20. The event will take place at three locations in the Como Park neighborhood and includes a family campout on Friday, July 19, at Northwest Como Rec Center, 1550 N. Hamline Ave.
The event kicks off with Lyngblomsten’s Midsummer Festival on Thursday, July 18. The event moves to Northwest Como Rec Center on Friday, July 19, with an outdoor movie and a campout. On Saturday, July 20, an art fair will be held at Church of the Holy Childhood. The Annual Como Park Garden Tour also takes place that day.
Find out more about it here.
Eat, drink and shop
You can eat, drink and shop in the Como Avenue business district of St. Anthony Park on the third Thursday of August at Park B4 Dark.
The annual event features merchant specials and live music on the avenue. Festivities will begin at 5 p.m.
This is your garden-variety opera
Mixed Precipitation will again bring its Picnic Operetta to Falcon Heights Community Garden on Sunday, Aug. 11.
This year, the theater group will perform “Agent Fidelio,” an 1805 opera of revolution and liberation all set in the lovely community garden in Community Park at Cleveland and Roselawn avenues.
The performance will include a five-course tasting menu of locally grown, performance-inspired appetizers that will be served during the show.
Find out more at www.mixedprecipitation.org.
Como Regional Park’s Lantern Festival
Nothing captures the magic of a summer night like watching hundreds of lanterns being released into the Frog Pond and Japanese Garden at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. The annual Japanese Lantern Light Festival is on Sunday, Aug. 18.
Find out more at comozooconservatory.org.
Our state fair is a great state fair
And, love it or hate it, the Minnesota State Fair begins Thursday, Aug. 22.
Put the Horticulture Building at the top of your fun-at-the-fair list. There, at the corner of Judson and Underwood, you can see clever crop art, taste locally brewed beer and view the Minnesota Horticultural Society’s gardens outside the building, which are tended by Ronald Dufault and other members of the St. Anthony Park Garden Club.