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Free family festival expected to attract thousands

Flint Hills Family Festival billed as the nation’s largest and longest running children’s festival May 31-June 1.

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. — The Flint Hills Family Festival returns to the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts for its 19th year beginning May 31 through June 1. More than 20,000 students and educators will also attend the Festival’s “School Days” programming May 28-31. Family Festival hours are 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday.

Billed as the nation’s largest and longest running children’s festival, this multi-day event features performances, free activities, art-making and more. The Festival includes 41 indoor performances and 75 outdoor performances over the five-day span of the event.

The 480 artists who represent more than 25 different countries and cultures are certain to inspire awe and delight for attendees of all ages. All activities take place inside the Ordway, on Landmark Plaza, in the Landmark’s Weyerhaeuser Auditorium, and in the newly renovated Rice Park. The Ordway is located at 345 Washington Ave in Saint Paul.

Every year brings a new outdoor spectacle and this year is no different. Attendees will be dazzled both Friday and Saturday by Squonk Opera’s Cycle Sonic, which celebrates bicycles with human-powered stages, propelled by their original chamber rock music…and their own legs.

A family-friendly street dance will happen in front of the Ordway on both weekend nights. Festival-goers will also be thrilled by Friday night’s lineup that includes the MegaJump BMX Show, the Bazillions, and Siama’s Congo Roots. Saturday features DJ Kool Akiem, and the Jack Brass Band. Outdoor activities will be on the Wells Fargo Family Plaza and on the Flint Hills World Music Stage.