The Flint Hills Family Festival will celebrate its 22nd anniversary in 2022. The family portion of the festival will be celebrated the weekend of June 3-4, 2022. This annual celebration ushers in the summer festival season for many Twin Cities families. This year’s Festival will also include a wide variety of food trucks, a beer garden.
What is the Flint Hills Family Festival?
Flint Hills Family Festival is a celebration for kids (and their families) about different cultures/countries. On one hand, you have the traditional face painting and balloon artists. Then, you turn around and your eyes see a Tibetan dancer or a Ugandan flute. Flint Hills tells us we can expect “outdoor dance parties; giant, inflatable light-up sculptures; and interactive art-making for the whole family!”
Flint Hills Family Weekend is full of FREE Outdoor Fun
And Low Cost Indoor Performances
It’s the perfect outing for a large family. This year, Family Weekend is June 3-4, 2022.
Each year at the Flint Hills Family Festival, families are offered the free outdoor festival and indoor performances for a small fee. The Ordway indoor shows will be $5 each. These tickets are first come, first served and expected to sell out. Advance tickets can be purchased online through the Ordway website, by phone at 651-224-4222, or at the Ordway ticket office.
The dates for the 2022 Flint Hills Festival have been announced.
- School Days May 33-June 3, 2022
- Family Days June 3-4, 2022.
- Friday: 5-8pm
- Saturday: 10am-6pm
2022 Flint Hills Family Festival Performances
This year’s indoor artists will include:
- Cirque Mechanics– a contemporary circus.
- SHAPESHIFT– with a theatrical dance production, Be Your Own Superhero
- Artistry – production of Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical
FREE outdoor entertainment includes more than 50 performances and more than 300 artists, including:
- Squonk Opera with Hand to Hand
- Chicks on Sticks stilt walkers
- Face Painting
- Balloon Artists
- FREE art-making activities
- FREE family dance party featuring the Twin Cities group NUNNABOVE
11 Tips to Make Flint Hills Festival a Smashing Success for your Family
We’ve been fans of Flint Hills since our kids were small and have gathered tips over the years. If this is your first visit, read on. Note: We have a few Amazon links where we thought an example may be helpful. Should you purchase from one of our links, we receive a small commission:
- Bring a backpack with water and healthy, hearty snacks. More than likely there will be food to purchase via food trucks, but you will have to wait in line. There is so much to do, you won’t want to take the time to stand in line. We packed a lunch of fruits and veggies. It was a great way to make sure we all had some vitamins and nutrients for the amount of walking we would do.
- Bring some cash. While most everything is free, you won’t find free parking anywhere convenient.
- Wear comfortable shoes. We wandered around a lot, even thought the festival is relatively compact. Rice Park is not a large park, and after they set the stage in the middle, only half the park remains for booths and activities. The festival is in a small space, but the ground plan utilizes the space well.
- Considering bringing help. Some years, I’ve taken the children by myself and enjoyed myself. One year, I invited my mom and aunt to come with us. It was nice to have help so that the kids could choose to do something next door and not wait for the rest of us. But it was very doable to do without help, too.
- Go early. Not because you will beat the crowd. Nope, that’s not it at all. Go early to beat the rain that is sure to come in the afternoon and shut down the cool outdoor performances. (Let’s just say this has happened more than once to me)
- Bring an umbrella. See Tip #1
- Have a rain plan. In the afternoon, hit the indoor shows or hang out in the activity tents!
- Say “Yes”. When your child wants to do something, say yes right away especially if it’s a balloon animal/creation. Later there will be a line.
- Don’t Wait. Eat when the kids want to eat. When you are out of food and they are hungry, leave.
- Take your time. There is a lot to see and it’s super fun, but don’t feel like you need to do it all.
- Get a Map and Goodie Bag. Our first stop is the Flint Hills Tent to pick up a bag to collect all our goodies and to get a map. I highly recommend doing this–it is so helpful!