Mounds View Festival in the Park 2016

Families gather together along the parade route in Mounds View.

Many classic cars show up for the annual car show in Mounds View. Last year, a 1923 Ford Bucket hot rod was one of many cool classic cars.

Last year, veterans were remembered and honored during the parade.

Mounds View police officer, Nick Erickson, and K9 police dog, Niko, demonstrated how they work together.

The Irondale High School marching Knights entertain during the parade.

Families enjoy playing BINGO together while at Festival in the Park.

Summer may be zooming by, but it’s not over yet, and neither is all its fun. Mounds View’s Festival in the Park, for example, is just around the corner and is sure to bring smiles to faces in the community.

The one-day festival is set to take place Saturday, Aug. 20, and it’ll be packed-full of events and activities for all ages.

Individuals and families alike will find things to enjoy, whether it be live music, fireworks, bingo or something as honorable as donating blood — it’ll all be there, in the vicinity of City Hall Park, 2401 County Highway 10 in Mounds View.


Just for starters

The festival kicks off with an event that gets people moving. Folks can meet at Mounds View Community Center, 5394 Edgewood Drive, at 8:30 a.m., for the Festival in the Park 5K.

Getting the blood flowing and wind in the lungs like that is a hit for many, and a perfect way to begin a day of fun.

Perhaps a morning jog might not be your fancy. If that’s the case, step aside as your friends and family work up a sweat, and simply enjoy the 10th annual Car Show at the nearby North Ball Field. The show, which draws in all sorts of fun and interesting automobiles, will run from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

“Our annual car show is always a crowd pleaser,” says Theresa Cermak, president of the festival’s planning committee. “And finding out who gets the trophies is always fun as well.”


Festival foods

Just as stomachs start to ache, with the inherent knowledge that any festival means great foods, grab any number of snacks at the food booths. They open up shop at 10 a.m. and don’t close until dusk. 

New this year, Little Dipper Ice Cream will be serving up cool treats.

There’re also plenty of favorites returning as well. 

Los Primo’s Mexican, for example, will be back, and so will Little G’s Pizza. 

As usual, the Mounds View Lions will be busy serving favorites such as hot dogs, hamburgers, brats and cheesy nachos.  

Folks will also be able to find vendors offering gyros, Greek salads, corn dogs, mini donuts and more.


Marching onward

Food isn’t the only thing that begins at 10 a.m. The Festival in the Park parade begins at the same time, setting forth from Mounds View City Hall and heading to City Hall Park.

Cermak says games will open up after the parade around 11:45 a.m. 

In between games, go say hello to the firefighters that keep the community safe. 

“The fire department will be out there,” Cermak says. “There wont be bucket rides this year — sorry folks — but they will be out there saying hi and sharing safety information.”

The police department will also be participating, putting on a K9 demo at 1 p.m. on the West Ball Field. 


Take the stage

In addition to all the games and craft booths, if people want to try their luck, there’ll be bingo games running from noon to 6 p.m., taking place in the big picnic shelter. 

Folks can also take the stage and share their voice in song. 

“Karaoke was a big hit last year,” Cermac says. “And it’ll be back from 2:30 to 5 p.m.”

In case karaoke veers off key, keep in mind there’s another act that will follow — live music goes from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

“Our headliner band is Big Toe and the Jam,” Cermac says. “They haven’t played at our festival before, but they’ve been a big hit with our neighboring communities.”

Cermac says they do everything from 50s classics to current pop songs.


Biking, too

Along with all the classic events, a bike ride is part of the 2016 Festival in the Park lineup.

Visit the community center at noon and 5:30 p.m. for the USAC Criterium Bicycle Races.

Pat Whalen, owner of PJW Auto, says he decided to approach festival organizers about having a bike race because of his involvement with the sport over the past 25 years.

“Part of my reasoning to do it is cycling has given a lot to me and I thought I would try to give back to the cycling community,” says Whalen, who is co-sponsoring the bicycle event with Cars Bike Shop of Mounds View.

A criterium bike race takes place on streets and paths, and is a short course with racers doing multiple laps around the course.

There will be a variety of categories for men, women and juniors.

There are both pre-registration and day-of-registration opportunities.


The big finale

Once Saturday’s events are nearly over, and you’re winding down from all the fun, head over to City Hall Park in time to find a good place to sit and watch the fireworks show that is scheduled to burst in the sky at 9:40 p.m.

It’ll be the right way to wrap up the day. 

“This festival is important to us because we want Mounds View citizens to know they’re respected and and cared for,” Cermak says. “We just want them to have a great day in the park.”



Mounds View’s annual celebration, Festival in the Park, will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2016. All events (with the exception of the 5K Fun Run) will be held at City Hall Park, which is located behind Mounds View City Hall at:

2401 County Rd 10 Mounds View, MN 55112

Below is the tentative schedule of events for the day!

8:30 a.m.

Festival in the Park 5K

Community Center


8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

10th Annual Car Show

North Ball Field


10 a.m. to dusk

Food Booths

Parking Lot


10 a.m.


Starts at City Hall


10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Health & Wellness

Small Picnic Shelter

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Craft/Information Booths

Around City Hall


11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Fire Department Activities

Front Parking Lot


11:45 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.


South of City Hall


Noon to 5:30 p.m.

Bike Rodeo & USA Cycling Criterium Races

Community Center


Noon to 6 p.m.


Big Picnic Shelter

1 p.m.

K9 Demo

West Ball Field


2 p.m. 

Car Show Trophy Awards

North Ball Field


2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. 


On Stage


5:30 to 9:30 p.m. 

Big Toe and the Jam

On Stage


9:40 p.m.


City Hall Park


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