Parktacular set to rock St. Louis Park June 15-18

The Dweebs will perform at “Rock the ROC” Friday, June 16. (Submitted photo) Jonah and the Whales will play Saturday, June 17, as part of Parktacular. (Submitted photo) A child travels down a slide at a past Parktacular event. (Submitted photo) A logo highlights the “Rock the ROC” concert Friday, June 16. (Submitted art)
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Jonah and the Whales will play Saturday, June 17, as part of Parktacular. (Submitted photo)

Parktacular planners plan to help the ROC live up to its name.

The annual festival will feature a “Rock the ROC” concert by The Dweebs at the Recreation Outdoor Center, or ROC, 6:30-11 p.m. Friday, June 16.

The grand opening for the center, complete with a newly installed roof, took place during the Children First Ice Cream Social last month. This month will mark the center’s first rock concert.

“The Dweebs deliver something for every musical taste,” said Parktacular President Amy Sundem. “They’re known for fun, good times.”

The Dweebs, who don brightly colored attire and dorky glasses, call themselves “America’s Favorite Party Band.” The Wisconsin-based group plays classic songs from the likes of Johnny Cash and The Beatles as well as newer songs from artists like Pink and Katy Perry.

“The Dweebs provide a fun memorable performance full of stage antics, crowd participation, mock rock icons, confetti, flying toilet paper and more!” the band’s website states. “The Dweebs’ show is entertaining to the max.”

Sundem pointed to the band’s ability to involve the crowd in concerts.

“We looked for a band that would really fill the new space well, and we think we found it,” Sundem said.

Admission to the concert is $5 or free with a 2017 Parktacular festival button. The ROC is adjacent to the St. Louis Park Recreation Center, 3700 Monterey Dr. St. Louis Park-based Steel Toe Brewing will serve as the beer vendor during the concert while the St. Louis Park Lions Club will sell food. Attendees can enter a drawing for passes to Country Jam July 20-22 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

A Saturday night concert featuring the band Jonah and the Whales will be nearby at the Veterans Memorial Amphitheater in Wolfe Park, which shares an address with the St. Louis Park Recreation Center. There is no cost to attend the Jonah and the Whales concert, set 7-10 p.m. Saturday, June 17. In case of rain, the concert will move to the ROC.

Jonah and the Whales offers a wide array of new and old pop, country and rock cover songs, ranging from REO Speedwagon to Fallout Boy.

A smaller concert, featuring Minneapolis resident Anthony Shore as Elvis, will kick off Parktacular for the Back to the ‘50s Dinner Dance and Senior Parktacular Ambassador Coronation beginning 4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 15, at the Marriott Minneapolis West, 9960 Wayzata Blvd. in St. Louis Park.

Sundem said a limited number of reservations for the dinner dance may still be available by calling 612-470-7822. The cost is $15 per person.

The festival’s Junior and Young Adult Parktacular Ambassador Coronation will be at a new time, 6 p.m. Saturday, June 17 at the St. Louis Park High School auditorium, 6425 W. 33rd St.

Most Parktacular activities will be Saturday, June 17, including the Grand Day Parade noon to 2 p.m. The parade route follows West 40th Street westward from Joppa Avenue, turns north at Quentin Avenue, heads northeast along Park Commons Drive and travels northwest along Monterey Drive before ending at the St. Louis Park Recreation Center.

St. Louis Park Middle School eighth-grader Ciera Skelly will serve as the parade’s “button marshal.” Ciera won an art contest to design this year’s festival button. She and family members will travel along the parade route in a limousine.

The parade will feature several musical participants.

“That’s all anyone ever asks for – more bands, more bands, more bands,” Sundem said. “And we have more bands. Parktacular has answered the call.”

A contest on the festival’s Parktacular Facebook page, facebook.com/parktacular, will provide the chance for three sets of two people to watch the parade in Adirondack chairs in front of Trader Joe’s. The winners will also receive parking spots in the Trader Joe’s parking lot along with food and nonalcoholic beverages. Parktacular organizers plan to conduct the drawing and notify winners June 16.

A new event called Ecotacular will get underway 2-6 p.m. June 17 on the west side of Wolfe Park. Designed to provide Parktacular’s version of the Minnesota State Fair’s Eco-Experience, the event will feature mini golf, fix-it demonstrations, “recycla-bowling,” repurposed material crafting, honeybee hive and pollinator facts, an electric vehicle, a tree planting and information for kids and adults.

“I’m happy that we added the new Ecotacular event,” Sundem said. “It’s just a great new addition to our festival. I’m proud of the hard work we’ve done as a committee to make it happen.”

Nearby in Wolfe Park, Kidtacular will return during the same hours as Ecotacular. Kidtacular includes face-painting, a balloon artist, strolling characters and other kid-friendly activities. Pony rides and a petting zoo will be available at no charge.

Free kayak and canoe rides are available 2-6 p.m. June 17 at Wolfe Lake. Tommy’s Fishing Clinic for Kids, featuring St. Louis Park resident Tommy Powers, will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m., also at Wolfe Lake.

“Last year he got really involved; he said it was the best day ever,” Sundem said of Powers. “It’s his passion, so he’s really good at it.”

Large inflatables and water slides, along with games and other activities, will grace the east side of Wolfe Park 2-8 p.m. June 17.

“That giant hippo slide is a huge hit,” Sundem said.

A free ride on a water slide or inflatable is available with a 2017 Parktacular button. Otherwise, rides are $2 or unlimited with a $15 wristband. A Eurobungy attraction separately costs $7.

Parktacular is organized by volunteers. Sundem said she welcomes more participation.

“If you like this, consider helping out next year,” she suggested. “The board could always use your help. There’s always more to do.”

To learn more about this year’s festival, as well as volunteer opportunities and ways to participate, visit parktacular.org.

Contact Seth Rowe at [email protected]

Parktacular schedule of events

Unless noted, events are at Wolfe Park, located between the St. Louis Park Recreation Center, 3700 Monterey Dr., and Excelsior and Grand.

Thursday, June 15

• Take part in a Back to the 50’s Dinner Dance and Senior Parktacular Ambassador Coronation 4:30 p.m. Enjoy traditional diner fare at the Marriott Minneapolis West, as well as celebrate the Senior Ambassadors 4:30-8 p.m. at the Marriott Minneapolis West, 9960 Wayzata Blvd. Cost is $15 per person. Sign up online at parktacular.org.

Friday, June 16

• Rock the Block with The Dweebs at the SLP Recreation Outdoor Center. Sponsored by the St. Louis Park American Legion: 6:30-11 p.m.; ROC 3700 Monterey Blvd, West of the Rec Center. Cost is $5 at the gate, free for kids 15 and under and free with a 2017 Parktacular Festival button.

Saturday, June 17

• Tommy’s Fishing Clinic for Kids: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Parktacular Food Trucks: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• Grand Day Parade: Noon to 2 p.m. The parade travels from Joppa Avenue west on West 40th Street, north on Quentin Avenue, northeast on Park Commons Drive and northwest on Monterey Drive until ending at the St. Louis Park Recreation Center, 3700 Monterey Dr.

• Memorial Blood Center Blood Drive: 2-5 p.m.

• NEW Ecotacular at Parktacular: 2-6 p.m. Enjoy several environmentally friendly activities like mini-golf, fix-it demonstrations and a tree planting demo.

• Parktacular Recycle Station: 2-6 p.m. Bring in old cellphones, Christmas lights, cords, cables and other items to be recycled.

• Parktacular Expo: 2-6 p.m.

• HealthPartners and Park Nicollet Health Fair: 2-6 p.m.

• Free Kayak/Canoe Rides: 2-6 p.m.

• Kidtacular Family and Kids Activities: 2-6 p.m.

• Fantasy Corral Pony Rides and Petting Zoo: 2-6 p.m.

• Inflatable Water Slides, Activities and Games: 2-8 p.m. Cost is $2 per ride or unlimited access with a $15 wristband. One free ride with 2017 Parktacular Festival button.

• SLPFoTA Mini Art Hunt Awards and Musical Instrument Donation: 4-5 p.m.

• Knights of Columbus Bingo: 4-7 p.m. Three cards for $1 or 50 cents each. Free card with 2017 Parktacular Festival button.

• Parktacular Junior and Young Adult Ambassador Coronation: 6 p.m. at the St. Louis Park High School auditorium, 6425 W. 33rd St.

• Free concert with Jonah and the Whales sponsored by Health Partners and Park Nicollet: 7-10 p.m.

Sunday, June 19

• Father’s Day Waffle Brunch: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the St. Louis Park Recreation Center Banquet Room, 3700 Monterey Dr. Cost is $7 per person.

For more information, visit parktacular.org.