Together in Spirit

Summer Festival


                                                  2024 St. Joseph of the Lakes Summer Festival                                                       "It's a Wonderful Tradition Since 1908! Where Moments become Memories"

The St. Joseph of the Lakes Summer Festival is a time for parishioners, their families and friends, and the entire community to come together and celebrate. We welcome all people and all age groups for a wonderful two-day celebration to share our love and faith in God.

Festival Highlights - Free Admission & Parking Both Days!

Outdoor Mass

 Pork Dinner & Festival Food, Live Music & Dancing

Chicken Picnic

The Festival officially begins with an Outdoor Mass on Saturday, August 10 at 5:00 pm under the big tent.

Immediately following Mass is a Pork dinner, Joe's Bar will open with beer, wine and soda; games for kids, adults & more! Music & dancing will start at 7:00 pm with Java Soul, then to top off the evening, we have a spectacular Fireworks Show! Join us Sunday, August 11 from 11:00 am - 2:30 pm for a Chicken Picnic.  All meals include chicken, side of cloeslaw, JoJo potatoes, a slice of watermelon and a freshly baked cookie. Once you have your dinner - grab a spot to sit on our grounds and enjoy!

Silent Auction

Food, Games & Entertainment!

Grand Raffle

Check out the Silent Auction which has many exciting offerings! We are looking for new donated items with values of $20 and up. You can donate cash for purchasing items or putting together a theme basket. Need an idea?  Watch the bulletin for great ideas for single items and gift baskets. Silent Auction bidding will end at 3:00 pm on Sunday. August 11

Big Band music with Saints of Swing will fill the tent from 11:o0 am to 1:30 pm. While the band is on break starting at 1:45 pm the Wild Rose Cloggers will entertain us.  Then Timbre Junction Bluegrass takes the stage from 2:45 pm to 4:45 pm. Try your luck in the Bingo Tent – where every game has a winner!  Additional outdoor activities include the Wine Toss, Confetti Bowl, Cake Walk and games for all ages, refreshments and lots of great food and a classic car show.

If you are interested in your classic car being a part of the show - Entry forms are available for download here!

The Grand Raffle depends on all St. Joseph families selling as many tickets as possible! Prizes total over $20,000 including the Grand Prize of a week at a Florida Timeshare (March 2-9 of 2025)! 


Thank You Festival Sponsors!

There are many opportunities for individuals and businesses to sponsor the Festival.  Check the display in the Gathering Space or contact John Berendes at All donations to the Festival are tax deductible and receipts are available.

Berger Allied Transfer, St. Joe’s CCW, Down Under Liquor, Dunn Bros Coffee Lexington, Anoka Hennepin Credit Union, St. Joe’s KC’s & KC Auxiliary, Lino Lakes Lions, St. Joe’s Men’s Group,     MN Twins, Mueller-Bies Funeral Home, Perishable Express, Republic Services, Tires Plus Total Car Care Lexington and Waldoch Farm


Calling Festival Volunteers!

We Need Your Donations!

Be A Part of the Classic Car Show!

Did you know that people who volunteer to help with the Festival have even more fun?  It's true, just ask any of the hundreds of volunteers who make our Festival a success.  

Learn how YOU can get involved and make a difference today!

In order to make this year's Summer Festival yet another success, we need your donations! From cakes, to children's books and wine bottles, your contributions are absolutely appreciated!

Find out what items we need for the festival and contribute to this wonderful event!

Have a cool classic car that you would like to show off at St. Joe's Summer Festival? Register your classic for the car show at our St. Joe's Summer Festival on Sunday, August 11 from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm. The entry fee is $10.
Join in the fun by showing off your car and take some time to listen to some live music, sample some great food and join in on various games and activities. Sign up soon as space is limited!

Download the registration form by clicking here!

Check out the Festival Schedule (note: events subject to change)

Saturday, August 10

5:00pm-6:00pm Outdoor Celebration Mass
6:00pm-10:00 pm Pork Dinner, Concessions, Wine Toss and Nail in the Log, Youth & Teen Activities, Beer, Wine and Soda, Raffles, Pull Tabs, and Games of Skill and Chance.
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Music & Dancing under the Big Tent with Java Soul
10:00 pm Fireworks Spectacular!

Sunday, August 11

8:30am & 10:00am Indoor Traditional Celebration of Mass

11:00 am - 2:30 pm

11:00am - 3:00pm

Chicken Picnic 

Silent Auction (bidding closes at 3:00pm)

11:00am - 5:00pm Carnival Games, Clowns, Classic Car Show,  Bingo (11:30am start), Live Music (Saints of Swing 11:00 am - 1:30 pm; Wild Rose Cloggers will entertain us from 1:45 pm - 2:30 pm. Timbre Junction Bluegrass takes the stage from 4:45 pm to 4:45 pm. There are Concessions,  Margaritas, Sno Cones, Corn on the Cob, Beer, Wine, Sodas, Wine Toss and Nail in the Log, Raffles, Confetti Bowl, Cake Walk,  Fire Safety House, Pull Tabs and more!
5:00pm - 5:30pm Raffle Drawings 
5:30pm - 6:30pm Take Down & Clean Up - Many hands are needed and appreciated!

Need More Information?

For more information or to join the Festival Committee please email us or contact our Festival Co-Chairs, Maureen & John Berendes, at  The committee is always open to new members and new ideas. It takes many people to run an event of this size – we have a lot of fun and welcome you to join us. We are excited to bring you the Festival each year!

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