George Simmons, FL's first graduate
George Simmons, FL’s first graduate

In 1912, a single graduate was the first person to finish his high school education in a Forest Lake school. Over the last century, thousands of students have come through Forest Lake Area Schools, many of them staying in the area and helping to make Forest Lake the great community it is today. Lake Fest was created to recognize this history and honor those who have played an important role in building this community, past and present.

The inaugural Lake Fest in 2011 featured hundreds of area residents enjoying a warm summer day by the lake, with great food, music, entertainment, and arts — something for everyone. The fantastic weather and performances by Forest Lake Area High School students and talented local residents made for a successful and memorable event. A new tradition was born, and the annual Lake Fest events have become a wonderful platform for residents and friends to come together in celebration of the life we love in Forest Lake.

Lake Fest has grown bigger and better each year since 2011, and now includes a wide variety of events spread over an entire week. All of the Lake Fest events are made possible due to the support and sponsorships of local businesses and organizations. The majority of Lake Fest activities are offered to the community free of charge. The Forest Lake area is fortunate to have an active and involved Chamber of Commerce and local businesses who support community events.


Click here for the complete schedule of 2017 Lake Fest events

Representatives from Forest Lake Area Schools, the Forest Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Forest Lake have served as the core Lake Fest planning committee. This group, along with other community businesses and organizations, has worked to preserve the best of previous Lake Fest events and to add new events that celebrate our community.  We hope you’ll join us at this wonderful slate of events to celebrate Forest Lake!


Click here to meet Lake Fest’s partners and sponsors.
Thank you to all of those who make these events possible!


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