Each July, the Hiawatha Music Co-op has invited musicians, families and guests from near and far to come to Tourist Park for a weekend of traditional music and arts, concerts, workshops and informal jam sessions. They call this the Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival.This year’s music promises to once again please everyone with local, regional, national musicians and world traveling musicians. Step into your dancing shoes at the Friday-night dance starting at 6:30 p.m. Throughout the weekend, main stage performers and regional musicians will present workshops. In the Teen Scene, Hiawatha’s ages 13-17 will enjoy dance and workshop appearances, crafts and other activities designed for teens. New for 2017, ‘Tween Tent’ for youth ages 9-12 with activities and music tailored to their interests. The youngest Festival-goers will enjoy a busy line-up in the Children’s Area, with child-friendly crafts and activities. A highlight of the weekend is the Sunday afternoon Children’s Parade with instruments made at the Children’s Area during the weekend. The Tourist Park beach is open during the day with city lifeguards for families to enjoy. A variety of local food vendors will be on hand to provide hearty breakfast, lunch and dinner fare as well as snacks and beverages. Camping is available to those wishing to stay on the Festival Grounds.