Aquatennial News & Blogs


Keep up to date with all Aquatennial news and notes right here at the Aquatennial blog page. This news section includes stories from Aquatennial, daily recaps and more.


Opening Day is Less Than One Month Away!


The 2017 Aquatennial is quickly approaching, with opening night less than one month away! There are a ton of events on the first day of this year’s Aquatennial (Wednesday, July 19th) including the CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade. >> Read More


Aquatennial Blog | Saturday, July 23

Photo Credit: Sridhar Thayur

Photo Credit: Sridhar Thayur

The 2016 Aquatennial wrapped up on Saturday with a big day filled with fan favorites as well as new events added to this year’s lineup. Get the full rundown of the Target Fireworks, Mess Hall, AquaJam and many others right here in our Saturday recap. >> Read More


Nostalgia, Intricate Detail & Surprise Part Of Tonight’s Aquatennial Target Fireworks


The Target Fireworks are always a fan favorite, but when you hear the story about how much time the designer put into this annual display and why it means so much to him, you might enjoy them even more. Considered a top 5 annual fireworks display, the Target Fireworks will once again have innovative ideas and features on Saturday night. >> Read More


Aquatennial Blog | Friday, July 22

Photo Credit: Kurt Moses Photography

Photo Credit: Kurt Moses Photography

Friday at Aquatennial featured the final day of the Aquatennial Blood Drive at IDS Center, the debut of the Big Waters Classic: Fulton Downtown Drag Race, Aquatennial Zumba presented by YWCA of Minneapolis at Peavey Plaza, the last finals at the Aquatennial Tennis Classic, and a viewing of Rocky at Target Field Station, among other events. >> Read More


Aquatennial Blog | Thursday, July 21


Day 2 at the 2016 Aquatennial was highlighted by a pair of Twin Cities River Rats shows, the second year of Aquatennial Yoga presented by CorePower Yoga, the grand opening of The Commons, the first day of finals at the Aquatennial Tennis Classic  and much more! Here is our recap of the events. >> Read More


Aquatennial Blog | Wednesday, July 20


Get a rundown of all the happenings at the first day of the 2016 Minneapolis Aquatennial, including the CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade, Twin Cities Orthopedics Torchlight 5K and much more right here in our Wednesday recap blog. >> Read More


Tap Water Stations at Tonight’s CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade Will Help Spectators Stay Hydrated 


Tonight’s Aquatennial’s CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade along Hennepin Avenue is taking place during one of the hottest days of the summer. To help everyone beat the heat, the City of Minneapolis will have drinking water stations along the parade route. Visitors are strongly advised to bring re-fillable water bottles so they can stay hydrated. >> Read More


Join Us For The CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade


The CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade will be held Wednesday, July 20 from 8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. As one of the biggest and brightest parades in the state and a Minneapolis Aquatennial flagship event, this one-of-a-kind display will light up Downtown Minneapolis with a procession of bands and entertainment units marching down Hennepin Avenue. >> Read More


Aquatennial Volunteer Program Sponsored by U.S. Bank Continues To Thrive


Each year the Aquatennial continues to thrive thanks to the hundreds of individuals that help out through the Aquatennial Volunteer Program Sponsored by U.S. Bank. Phil Trier, Twin Cities Market President of U.S. Bank, talked about the experience for the company’s employees. >> Read More