Linden Hills Festival features host of activities

You know for sure that spring has finally sprung when the annual Linden Hills Festival takes place. This year’s event-filled fest is on Saturday, May 20 from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday, May 21 from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

The festival kicks off Saturday morning with garage sales across the neighborhood from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. (Contact Patty Schmitz with questions at [email protected].)

At 9 a.m., there’s a pancake breakfast at Linden Hills Congregational United Church of Christ, 4200 Upton Ave. S.

The Linden Hills Home Tour starts up at 11:30 that morning. (You can contact Lisa Birchen at [email protected] for more information.)

There’s also a full slate of activities going on at 44th and Upton, including story time for children at Wild Rumpus book store from 11 a.m.-11:30 a.m., a performance by the Southwest High School Dixieland Jazz Band from 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m., a Linden Hills Live preview from 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m., and ethnic music at Dunn Bros from 3 p.m.-7 p.m.

Sunday’s festivities are centered at Linden Hills Park, 3100 W. 43rd St., beginning with the neighborhood parade at 10:30 a.m. (Be sure to bring your pet.)

There will be lots of food available at the park, including brats and dogs (not the companion animal kind, of course) off the grill, as well as fresh popcorn, cotton candy and ice cream.

You can also enjoy the art fair from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., as well as pony rides from 12:30 p.m.-3 p.m., a silent auction on items donated by local merchants and neighbors, and a community information fair taking place during the day, too.

For more information, go to the Linden Hills neighborhood website at www.lindenhills.org.