This event is FREE…

…donations are gladly accepted!

Shakes Faire

Our annual Shakespeare in the Park takes on a whole new life
with a celebration of the master Shakespeare!

Come for one or come for all! Our romantic comedy is a fantastical romp through the forest and carries bright intrigue for the whole family. Add to it a compilation of some of the bard’s funniest scenes, a puppet show, music, dancers, sword fighting – and you have a unique summer experience you won’t want to miss.

Bring your lawn chairs or blanket and join us in Valley View Park!

Three shows: 
  • As You Like It
  • Shakespeare LOL
  • Open Eye Theatre – “The Amazing Cowboat” Puppet Show – Thu / Fri / Sat only!
  • Admission is free!
  • Please consider making a donation to support events like this.
  • Oak Park Heights is graciously letting us use the Valley View Park.
  • Come for any or all of the shows.

Valley View Park
5421 N Osgood Ave
Oak Park Heights


August 11

5:00 Shakespeare LOL
7:00 As You Like It

August 12

5:00 Shakespeare LOL
6:15 The Amazing Cowboat – Puppet Show
7:00 As You Like It

August 13

5:00 Shakespeare LOL
6:15 The Amazing Cowboat – Puppet Show
7:00 As You Like It

August 14

1:00 As You Like It
4:15 The Amazing Cowboat – Puppet Show
5:15 Shakespeare LOL

August 15

1:00 As You Like It
4:30 Shakespeare LOL
7:00 As You Like It (Encore performance)


“Some of Shakespeare’s strongest female characters take us on an adventure, all the while flipping the pursuit of romance on its head! As You Like It joyfully delves into the complexities of the nature of love; Shakespeare’s romantic comedy reveals that no matter who you appear to be, there is always another layer of truth to unfold!”

THE AMAZING COWBOAT – Thu / Fri / Sat Only!

Minneapolis-based Open Eye Theatre will bring “The Amazing Cowboat” with its cast of Old World marionettes and other puppets to the park.

Time for Binh to take a bath! Binh’s imagination comes alive as he pretends he is the captain of a boat that is part cow, part boat, and totally amazing! Together Binh and his Cowboat set sail on a high seas adventure to search for the lost crown of Lac Long Quân, the Dragon Lord of Vietnam, making friends as they go, all before sailing home to his bathtub before bed time!

THE AMAZING COWBOAT is one of most popular shows in the Driveway Tour repertory, and have an exciting new cast for 2021 as puppetry artists Liz Howls and Oanh Vu redevelop the script and the design of the main character puppet to reflect the image and experience of a young Vietnamese-American child.

Puppeteers Tri Vo and Ty Chapman will perform in THE AMAZING COWBOAT this summer.


A compilation of Shakespeare’s funniest scenes presented in a new way. A delightful hour of wit and charm and laughter! Directed by Patrick O’Brien.


August 14 @ 1:00 pm
1:00 pm — 9:45 pm (8h 45′)

Valley View Park – Times vary – see schedule

Calyssa Hall, Patrick O’Brien, Randal Berger