We did this a few years ago and thought it would be fun to try to have another JE fanmeet at the Como Park Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival. It's probably kind of short notice, but I wasn't sure of my own plans until now. Even if you have plans to go with other friends/family/etc, maybe we can meet up at some point. :D
WHERE: Como Zoo Conservatory (directions / map)
WHEN: Sunday, August 19. The gates open at 3:00 pm with the lantern-lighting around sunset.
COST: $5 to enter, plus additional money if you want to buy food or other things
I'm tentatively planning on having everyone meet shortly after it opens, around 3-3:30ish maybe? However, parking that day is insane, so it's a good idea to arrive about a half an hour early. I think the easiest place to meet would be in front of the Visitor's Center (map). I'll be the crazy girl with the Jun mini-uchiwa and blue Beautiful World bag. :Db The entrance to the festival itself is in front of the conservatory building. If you can't arrive until later in the day, message me. I can give you my cell number so we can connect once you arrive. :)
There will probably be time to just hang out and chat, so bring along any magazines/photobooks/goods to pass around and fangirl over. :D
Comment here or at the Facebook event if you're planning on coming so I can get a rough count on how many people to expect. Or leave a comment if I'm forgetting something