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  • Wednesday, Jul 18 | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Aquatennial Blood Drive

    IDS Center
  • Wednesday, Jul 18 | 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

    Wednesday Lawn Games and Activities | Go Outside with Hennepin County

    Hennepin County Government Center South Plaza
  • Wednesday, Jul 18 | 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    Loring Park Pre-Parade Family Fun Night

    Loring Park
  • Wednesday, Jul 18 | 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Wilderness Inquiry Voyageur Canoe Rides at the Loring Park Family Fun Night

    Loring Park
  • Wednesday, Jul 18 | 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Rally the Family at Loring Park Pre-Parade Family Fun Night

    Loring Park
  • Wednesday, Jul 18 | 7:30 PM

    Life Time Torchlight 5K

    Hennepin Avenue, from the Basilica of Saint Mary to the Mississippi Riverfront
  • Wednesday, Jul 18 | 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM

    CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade

    Hennepin Avenue, from Basilica of Saint Mary to 5th Street
  • Thursday, Jul 19 | 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM

    Nicollet Farmers Market

    Nicollet (between 6th and 9th Streets)
  • Thursday, Jul 19 | 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    Aquatennial Blood Drive

    IDS Center
  • Thursday, Jul 19 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Go Outside with Hennepin County | Piano Performance

    Hennepin County Government Center South Plaza
  • Thursday, Jul 19 | 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    JB Hudson Family Fun Fest

    JB Hudson Jewelers
  • Thursday, Jul 19 | 7:00 PM

    Twin Cities River Rats Aquatennial Water Ski Show

    West Bank of the Mississippi River between Broadway and Plymouth Avenues
  • Friday, Jul 20 | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Aquatennial Blood Drive

    IDS Center
  • Friday, Jul 20 | 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

    Alchemy 365 at Aquatennial

    Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
  • Friday, Jul 20 | 4:30 PM - 9:15 PM

    Aquatennial’s Fulton Downtown Thunderdome

    Fulton Taproom
  • Friday, Jul 20 | 7:00 PM

    Twin Cities River Rats Aquatennial Water Ski Show

    West Bank of the Mississippi River between Broadway and Plymouth Avenues
  • Saturday, Jul 21 | 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    National Parks Service Picnic & Lock Tours

    Saint Anthony Falls Lock and Dam
  • Saturday, Jul 21 | 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Aquatennial Skyline Fest

    Boom Island
  • Saturday, Jul 21 | 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Wilderness Inquiry Canoe Rides

    Boom Island
  • Saturday, Jul 21 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    AquaJam Best Trick

    Guthrie Theater Parking Lot
  • Saturday, Jul 21 | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    AAO Ambassador Coronation

    Ted Mann Concert Hall, University of Minnesota West Bank
  • Saturday, Jul 21 | 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Aquatennial Pre-Fireworks Events

    West River Parkway near Portland Avenue
  • Saturday, Jul 21 | 10:00 PM

    Target Fireworks

    West River Parkway near Stone Arch Bridge
  • Jul
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    Aquatennial Blood Drive

    9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    IDS Center

    Join us for the Aquatennial Blood Drive and help give back to your community during The Best Days of Summer! The Aquatennial Blood Drive is brought to you by the American Red Cross in partnership with CBS Radio. Sign up in advance through the online registration, or stop by the day of the event. The Aquatennial Blood Drive will take place 9 am-3 pm. There is currently a large shortage of blood donation, so your gift during Aquatennial will make a big impact this summer. Sign up in advance and secure your blood donation time by clicking here.

    Learn more about the American Red CrossBUZ’N 102.9 FM, 104.1 Jack FM and 830 WCCO-AM.

     

  • Jul
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    Wednesday Lawn Games and Activities | Go Outside with Hennepin County

    11:30 am - 1:30 pm
    Hennepin County Government Center South Plaza

    Don’t miss out on Go Outside with Hennepin County activities during Aquatennial. Each Wednesday throughout the summer, Go Outside transforms South Plaza into an outdoor recreation room during your lunch break. The space features special pop-up activities each week, yard games, a meditation room with colorful blankets and yoga mats there for you to enjoy a brief get-away, and the Pianos on Parade piano if you’d like to play a song or two.

    These events take place each Wednesday from June 1 through August 31, so be sure to enjoy Go Outside with Hennepin County throughout the summer. To learn more, visit www.mplsdowntown.com/gooutside.

  • Jul
    18
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    Loring Park Pre-Parade Family Fun Night

    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Loring Park

    Loring Park Family Fun Night is a family focused event held just blocks from the CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade.

    Activities & Booths include: Free Wilderness Inquiry Voyageur Canoe Rides, free tennis lessons with USTA, food trucks and many more family-friendly activities to be announced soon.

    Find your seat for the parade and bring the family down for some fun!

    Learn more about Citizens for a Loring Park Community, and follow them on Facebook.

  • Jul
    18
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    Wilderness Inquiry Voyageur Canoe Rides at the Loring Park Family Fun Night

    5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    Loring Park

    Free voyageur canoeing and paddling instruction open to people of all abilities, including people with disabilities. Experienced Wilderness Inquiry guides will provide all equipment needed, ensuring a safe and fun experience for all.

    Click Here for more information on Wilderness Inquiry Voyageur Canoe Rides.

  • Jul
    18
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    Rally the Family at Loring Park Pre-Parade Family Fun Night

    5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    Loring Park

    Presented by USTA Northern, Rally the Family focuses on tennis for all ages, using lower compression red, orange, and green balls, shorter courts, shorter racquets and modified scoring, along with a focus on families spending time together in fun, healthy activities. Stop by from 5-7:30 pm!

    Click Here for more information on USTA Northern, or check out their Facebook page. They’re also on Twitter and Instagram @USTANorthern using the hashtag #Aquatennis.

  • Jul
    18
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    Life Time Torchlight 5K

    7:30 PM
    Hennepin Avenue, from the Basilica of Saint Mary to the Mississippi Riverfront

    Whether you are a dedicated runner or just someone who jogs from the couch to the fridge, the Life Time Torchlight 5k in Minneapolis is the fun run for everyone! Grab your family, friends and running shoes because the Torchlight 5k starts with a bang and ends with a brew. That’s right, Life Time Fitness’ legendary post-race party features musical entertainment and complimentary refreshments. Then take the NEW shuttle bus system back to the start area. It’s the party of the year that just happens to start with a run!

    The Torchlight 5k starts near the historic Basilica of Saint Mary and follows the Aquatennial’s CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade route. The course offers up close views of the Guthrie, Gold Medal Park, the Mighty Mississippi, Stone Arch Bridge and St. Anthony Main. Sign up today at www.torchlight5k.com.

    Follow along for updates on Facebook or on Twitter by following @Torchlight5k and using the hashtag #Torchlight5K.

  • Jul
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    CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade

    8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    Hennepin Avenue, from Basilica of Saint Mary to 5th Street

    Join us for the Aquatennial’s CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade, set to take place Wednesday, July 18 at 8:30 p.m. Join the community as they gather and watch great floats, displays and bands march through the heart of Downtown Minneapolis. This is CenterPoint Energy’s 18th year being part of the Aquatennial and sponsoring the CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade. Come down and celebrate on July 18! Arrive early, find a spot along the parade route and enjoy!

    The Minneapolis Aquatennial CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade has been a longstanding Aquatennial tradition.  As a flagship Aquatennial event, the parade continues to grow.  The CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade is the largest nighttime parade in Minnesota. We’re excited to see you at this year’s event!

    Learn more about this year’s CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade here!

  • Jul
    19
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    Nicollet Farmers Market

    6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Nicollet (between 6th and 9th Streets)

    Stop by the Downtown Farmers Market during Aquatennial and enjoy great local produce, vegetables, flowers and much more. The Farmers Market is located along Nicollet and is open 6 am-6 pm each Thursday from May through October. For more information, visit www.mplsfarmersmarket.com.

  • Jul
    19
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    Aquatennial Blood Drive

    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    IDS Center

    Join us for the Aquatennial Blood Drive and help give back to your community during The Best Days of Summer! The Aquatennial Blood Drive is brought to you by the American Red Cross in partnership with CBS Radio. Sign up in advance through the online registration, or stop by the day of the event. The Aquatennial Blood Drive will take place 9 am-2 pm. There is currently a large shortage of blood donation, so your gift during Aquatennial will make a big impact this summer. Sign up in advance and secure your blood donation time by clicking here.

    Learn more about the American Red CrossBUZ’N 102.9 FM104.1 Jack FM and 830 WC

  • Jul
    19
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    Go Outside with Hennepin County | Piano Performance

    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Hennepin County Government Center South Plaza

    Hennepin County Government Center South Plaza hosts weekly piano performances by members of our community each Thursday from 12 pm-1 pm beginning June 7 through August 30. Stop by and enjoy great music while you’re taking in the fun activities throughout Aquatennial. More info: www.mplsdowntown.com/gooutside.

  • Jul
    19
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    JB Hudson Family Fun Fest

    3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    JB Hudson Jewelers

    The JB Hudson Family Fun Fest is a FREE family-focused event hosted by the iconic JB Hudson Jewelers located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis.  Celebrating the legacy of Aquatennial and the history of Minneapolis, this event gives your children a chance to create with lots of fun hands-on crafts and demonstrations.

    Activities include beading projects, color-your-own tiaras and watches, rock painting and a family photo station, plus hot dogs and cool treats.  The JB Hudson on-site goldsmiths and watchmakers will also have live demonstrations.

    RSVP through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/family-fun-fest-w-aquatennial-tickets-47089013507

     

  • Jul
    19
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    Twin Cities River Rats Aquatennial Water Ski Show

    7:00 PM
    West Bank of the Mississippi River between Broadway and Plymouth Avenues

    Join the Twin Cities River Rats for a humorous, family-friendly water ski show on the Mississippi River. Watch high-flying stunts, fast-paced barefooting, graceful swivel skiing, and even human pyramids courtesy of the talented Twin Cities River Rats crew.

    Bring beach towels or lawn chairs and enjoy this free water ski show for the whole family along the banks of the Mississippi River – located just south of the Broadway Bridge. The River Rats will be doing shows at 7 pm on Thursday, July 19 and 7 pm on Friday, July 20.

    Click Here for more information on the Twin Cities River Rats, and follow along on Facebook using the hashtags #TCRiverRats and #RiverRats

    This year’s show: The Little Ratscalls

    These Little Ratscalls are always up to no good! The Nationally Ranked Twin Cities River Rats Water Ski Show Team are an exciting blend of water skiing, acrobatics and high speed thrills! Join Alfalfa, Darla, and Spanky as they get ready for the big summer water ski derby, battling off bullies and cooties along the way! Will their high flying jumps, careful balancing acts and barefoot tricks be enough to win the derby? Check our schedule online and join us for a free family show to find out! Right on the Mississippi river between the Broadway and Plymouth Avenue bridges.

     

  • Jul
    20
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    Aquatennial Blood Drive

    9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    IDS Center

    Join us for the Aquatennial Blood Drive and help give back to your community during The Best Days of Summer! The Aquatennial Blood Drive is brought to you by the American Red Cross in partnership with CBS Radio. Sign up in advance through the online registration, or stop by the day of the event. The Aquatennial Blood Drive will take place 9 am-3 pm. There is currently a large shortage of blood donation, so your gift during Aquatennial will make a big impact this summer. Sign up in advance and secure your blood donation time by clicking here.

    Learn more about the American Red CrossBUZ’N 102.9 FM104.1 Jack FM and 830 WCCO-AM.

  • Jul
    20
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    Alchemy 365 at Aquatennial

    5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

    Alchemy 365 combines yoga, strength, and conditioning into one class to change the body and renew the mind. Join us in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden for a fun and challenging A10 class. Think: power yoga warm-up, 10 minutes of high intensity bodyweight movements, power yoga cool-down. This workout is for all fitness levels and all are welcome! Bring a yoga mat and water.

    Join us at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden (726 Vineland Place) on an early July evening to take in the weather and the atmosphere that comes with the Minneapolis Aquatennial. Celebrate summer in the City!

    This class is free and open to all abilities. Check-in begins at 4:30 pm. Mats are not provided for this class. No pre-registration required, come early to reserve your spot.

    Click here to learn more about Alchemy 365.

  • Jul
    20
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    Aquatennial’s Fulton Downtown Thunderdome

    4:30 PM - 9:15 PM
    Fulton Taproom

    Fulton is bringing bike racing back to Downtown Mpls with a Friday night lineup of criterium format racing to add to Aquatennial’s weekend of activities. The Fulton Downtown Thunderdome is a free community event that combines the Mpls biking culture with high-energy summer action. The event will offer a chance for the public to watch amateur and experienced racers take part in this unique competitive setting.

     

    The Criterium format of bike racing features riders doing several laps around a closed circuit / route. Riders are grouped into races (approximately 20-30 riders per race are expected) according to ability and experience. Races will be staged between 5-9pm with four groups riding for 30 minutes and the final two races featuring expert men and women riders over 40 minutes. Fulton will serve as the event host featuring the start and finish line outside their taproom as well as providing the after race celebration site.

     

  • Jul
    20
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    Twin Cities River Rats Aquatennial Water Ski Show

    7:00 PM
    West Bank of the Mississippi River between Broadway and Plymouth Avenues

    Join the Twin Cities River Rats for a humorous, family-friendly water ski show on the Mississippi River. Watch high-flying stunts, fast-paced barefooting, graceful swivel skiing, and even human pyramids courtesy of the talented Twin Cities River Rats crew.

    Bring beach towels or lawn chairs and enjoy this free water ski show for the whole family along the banks of the Mississippi River – located just south of the Broadway Bridge. The River Rats will be doing shows at 7 pm on Thursday, July 19 and 7 pm on Friday, July 20.

    Click Here for more information on the Twin Cities River Rats, and follow along on Facebook using the hashtags #TCRiverRats and #RiverRats

    This year’s show: The Little Ratscalls

    These Little Ratscalls are always up to no good! The Nationally Ranked Twin Cities River Rats Water Ski Show Team are an exciting blend of water skiing, acrobatics and high speed thrills! Join Alfalfa, Darla, and Spanky as they get ready for the big summer water ski derby, battling off bullies and cooties along the way! Will their high flying jumps, careful balancing acts and barefoot tricks be enough to win the derby? Check our schedule online and join us for a free family show to find out! Right on the Mississippi river between the Broadway and Plymouth Avenue bridges.

  • Jul
    21
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    National Parks Service Picnic & Lock Tours

    11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Saint Anthony Falls Lock and Dam

    Join us for a fun new Aquatennial event.  The National Parks Service is offering free tours of the Saint Anthony Falls Lock and Dam.  Stay tuned for more information about this exciting event!

  • Jul
    21
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    Aquatennial Skyline Fest

    11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Boom Island

    Skyline Festival is the biggest paddle sport race in Minneapolis! July 21st, from 11am to 6pm at Boom Island on the mighty Mississippi. This is the place to be in Minneapolis. Skyline Festival is a big “ocean style” race with a good Midwest city feel. This year SUP Minneapolis is adding to the ohana by partnering with the Aquatennial.

    The Skyline Festival is a jam-packed day filled with tons of fun for everyone young and old! This festival has a race for everyone including: a 5K Open race for any and all who want to test themselves on a board, a 10K for more experienced racers, and a 200M Fastest Paddler race presented by iDol Surf

    In addition to the paddleboarding there will be SUP Yoga, Board Demo Zone, great food, delicious beer, tons of local merchant tents, and a raffle with great prizes.

    Register at the link below today and make sure to tell your friends and family because this is a day you and they will not want to miss!

    Click Here to sign up and participate in the event.

  • Jul
    21
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    Wilderness Inquiry Canoe Rides

    11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Boom Island

    Free voyageur canoeing and paddling instruction as part of the Aquatennial Skyline Fest is open to people of all abilities, including people with disabilities. Experienced Wilderness Inquiry guides will provide all equipment needed, ensuring a safe and fun experience for all.

    Click Here for more information on Wilderness Inquiry Voyageur Canoe Rides.

  • Jul
    21
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    AquaJam Best Trick

    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Guthrie Theater Parking Lot

    An Aquatennial classic event is back! Join us for AquaJam, a legacy event that was a popular Aquatennial destination during the 1980s. This year’s event is taking place at the Guthrie Theater’s parking lot, equidistant from the Target Fireworks/pre-fireworks festivities and X Games at U.S. Bank Stadium. Stop by this free event and watch local skateboarders take part in a Best Trick Contest on new obstacles!

    AquaJam is presented by Fulton Beer and Familia Skateshop.

     

  • Jul
    21
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    AAO Ambassador Coronation

    4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Ted Mann Concert Hall, University of Minnesota West Bank

    The Coronation of the Aquatennial Ambassadors will be held at the Ted Mann Concert Hall on the West Bank of the University of Minnesota where the 2018 Queen of the Lakes, Aquatennial Princesses, Commodore and Captains will be announced. The program plans are all in place and it will be another entertaining event! Tickets can be purchased through University of Minnesota Ticket Office at 612-624-2345 beginning July 2. For more information visit https://www.aquatennialambassadors.com/events

  • Jul
    21
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    Aquatennial Pre-Fireworks Events

    6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    West River Parkway near Portland Avenue

    Join the fun for the Aquatennial Pre-Fireworks events leading up to the Target Fireworks at 10 pm. Stop by for music, food and more as you await one of the nation’s top five annual fireworks shows.

    The fun includes:

    • Live Music
    • Kids Zone
    • Food Trucks
    • And More!
  • Jul
    21
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    Target Fireworks

    10:00 PM
    West River Parkway near Stone Arch Bridge

    Join the Minneapolis Aquatennial in celebrating another year of with the Target Fireworks, considered one of the top five annual fireworks displays in the nation. The event will take place at 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 21. Get there early! Space fills up pretty quickly at this beloved event along West River Parkway and on the Stone Arch Bridge. Music and activities run from 6-10 pm.

    Viewing Tips: Come early to get your viewing spot—bring sunscreen for the afternoon and bug spray for the evening. The best spots are between Gold Medal Park and the 3rd Avenue Bridge on West River Parkway.

    While you’re there: Enjoy a show, tour or walk on the Endless Bridge at the Guthrie Theatre, learn about Minneapolis’ history at the Mill City Museum, enjoy a morning at the Mill City Farmers Market or a leisurely afternoon at Gold Medal Park. Stop by Stone Arch Bridge and check out the skyline view from the Mississippi River. And tune into Go 96.3 and enjoy the simulcast of music set to the Target Fireworks display.