Make Waves at WaterFest 2017!

WaterFest, a free, family festival, in its 18th year, celebrates our clean lakes and offers fun and opportunities for outdoor hands-on learning about clean water, wildlife, land and water conservation.
“Make Waves” at WaterFest 2017

Saturday, June 3, 11 AM – 4 PM
Lake Phalen Park in St. Paul

Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District invites you and the whole community to join us for a fun-filled and educational day on and around the water at our annual WaterFest celebration. Spread a blanket on the hillside, chill out, relax and gaze out at beautiful Lake Phalen while listening to great music. All this and more is possible when you attend “Make Waves” WaterFest 2017.

WaterFest is held beside beautiful Lake Phalen in St. Paul.


Hot off the press are T-shirts for volunteers

with this new WaterFest logo!

Invite your neighbors and friends!
Bring your kids and grandkids!
At WaterFest you’ll be inspired to learn new things and then try what you’ve learned at home. Learn some fun new games and recharge your batteries by meeting others in the community who are also interested in helping to keep our water clean.


Local talent will be featured at the amphitheater.
The Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT) will be hosting a variety of acts.

Photo credit: Anita Jader

Water Conservation is a popular topic at WaterFest. Check out the EMWREP interactive display.

(EMWREP stands for East Metro Water Resources Education Program)

Photo Credit: Sage Passi


New this year are the Breck School Bato Bato Marimba Band and the Wisdom Water Dancers
who will perform at the amphitheater.

Photo credit: The Current
Back by popular demand are Voyageur canoe rides, kayaks and paddleboats.

Photo Credit: Anita Jader

Wilderness Inquiry canoe rides are always a popular activity at WaterFest.

Photo Credit: Sage Passi

Try out some fishing with equipment and lessons from Tips Outdoors.

Photo credit: Sage Passi

Or win a prize when you participate in the fishing contest!

Photo credit: Sage Passi

Get some exercise at the Saint Paul Parks and Recreation jump castle!

Photo Credit: Anita Jader

Have your face painted and create a one-of-a-kind work of art.

Photo Credit: Anita Jader

Try your hand at lawn games.

Photo Credit: Anita Jader
Make and decorate your own fishing lure!

Photo Credit: Anita Jader

Then refresh yourself at our Water Bar featuring flights from St. Paul, Maplewood and Roseville.

 Photo Credit: Anita Jader


Be sure to pick up a Passport Odyssey so you can win wonderful prizes!

Photo Credit: Sage Passi

The fabulous Farnsworth Marching Band will return this year featuring eighty-eight musicians.

Photo Credit: Anita Jader

Food and ice cream will be available to purchase from several different venders.

Photo Credit: Anita Jader

At WaterFest you can play water games that will test your knowledge of pollinators and how to reduce your water footprint, receive sustainable gardening advice from Master Gardeners, take part in St. Paul Public Library StoryWalks with water-related themes and so much more!

Please note: Due to road construction, the park will only be accessible from the northwest or southeast because a section of Wheelock Parkway is closed. The five parking lots, island lot, pavilion lot, boathouse lot and beach lot on Phalen Drive and the satellite parking lots, Phalen Rec Center and Gustavus Adolphus Church lots will all be open.

In April 2016, Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District received the Sustainable Saint Paul Environmental Education Award for WaterFest. It was touted as “an event for all ages, with the vision that everyone can play a role in protecting our water resources”.

Volunteers are still needed! If you’d like to volunteer or be an exhibitor, CLICK HERE.

Volunteers are always appreciated!
Photo Credit: Anita Jader
Many thanks to our sponsoring partners listed below.

Capitol Region Watershed District

City of Maplewood

City of Saint Paul

City of Roseville

City of Little Canada

City of Shoreview

City of White Bear Lake


City of North Saint Paul

City of Landfall


Barr Engineering


Metropolitan Council Environmental Services


Minnesota Native Landscapes

Minnesota Water Well Association

Ramsey County

Galowitz-Olson PLLC

Center for Hmong Arts & Talent

FIN – Minnesota DNR Fishing in the Neighborhood

Fishing for Life

Joe’s Sporting Goods

Ramsey Conservation District

Tips Outdoors

Washington Conservation District

Wilderness Inquiry