A big bash for Lyn Lake

More than 25 Lyn Lake businesses are gearing up for the second annual Lyn Lake Street Festival and The Rides of Spring on May 16.

This year’s event is packed with activities, including a musical festival with a five-band lineup and a bike rally with boot camp activity stations and trivia contests.

“My biggest hope this year is that people from the neighborhood leave feeling lucky that they live in the city, and that they feel the spirit of renewal and optimism about the district,” said the event chair John Meegan, owner of Top Shelf. “You know how it feels when you are in another city and you stumble into a neighborhood that really sings? I want that for our town, too.”

The bike rally has two routes — a 20-mile route and a 30-mile trek. Both routes have bikers riding along the Mississippi River and a portion of the Chain of Lakes.

The boot camp stations along the bike routes will feature fitness teams from Blaisdell YMCA who will challenge riders to a variety of workouts, including Kettle Bell exercises, water workouts and TRX suspension training.

Trivia gurus Joe and Noah from Sauce Spirits & Soundbar will quiz riders with trivia questions. Bike rally participants are also eligible for several prizes, including a one-year free membership to the Blaisdell YMCA, biking jerseys from Summit Brewing, Peace Coffee and others, free personal training passes, and Jungle Theater tickets, among other things.

The bike rally ends at a bike corral in the lot next to H-Design Salon, 3034 Lyndale Ave. S.

It costs $45 to participate in the Rides of Spring rally. You can register at lynlakestreet

Here’s the lineup for the music festival:

— (Noon) The Mood Swings — a local band fronted by guitarist/singers Ashley Ackerson and Sallie Watson;

— (1:30) EL.nO. — a band that features members of the Accident Clearninghouse, Manplanet, Detroit and Bill Johnson’s Roadshow. The group sports giant afro wigs and sunglasses when they perform.

— (3 p.m.) Mark Mallman — a local music legend with amazing energy and piano skills. He’s known for his marathon performances at the Turf Club. For one performance in the fall of 2004, he played a single song for 52.4 hours.

— (4:15 p.m.) Sims will perform with Lazerbeak and Mictlan of Doomtree — stars in the Twin Cities hip hop community.

— (5:30 p.m.) Har Mar Superstar — a Minnesota native known for his hilarious stage antics, amazing dance moves and pop music hits.

Sauce Spirits & Soundbar booked the bands for the event.

Other festival highlights include fire jugglers, balloon artists and strider bike races.

The Lyn Lake area is at the intersection of four neighborhood — Lyndale, ECCO, Kingfield and East Harriet. It’s become one of Southwest’s most bustling and interesting areas with an influx of new businesses in recent years, include Sauce Spirits & Soundbar, moto-i and the Lyndale Tap House.  

Lyn Lake Street Festival and The Rides of Spring
When: Sunday, May 16, noon–7 p.m.
Where: Lyn Lake area
Website: lynlakestreetfestival.com