2016 Skipper Pin Promotions

Show your Aquatennial spirit and get great deals downtown!



Purchase your 2016 Aquatennial Skipper Pins (pictured above) today and get great deals! Between July 1 and July 23, unless otherwise noted, your Skipper Pin will get you freebies and promotions from local businesses around downtown, including:


Downtown Business Promotion Available
Buca Di Beppo $10.00 off purchase of $30.00 or more OR 10% off all Party Pan and Catering orders placed between 7/1-7/23
Crowne Plaza Northstar Hotel Free appetizer with purchase of two adult entrees at krona bar.
Eggy’s Diner LPM $5.00 Mimosas and Bloody Marys & Monday through Thursday, %15 off the bill
The Depot Tavern 10% off of food and beverage
Hell’s Kitchen FREE (no strings attached) sample-size jar of our legendary homemade Peanut Butter or Hell’s Kitchen Pint Glass. 1 per person.
IDS Center Stop by the Security Desk to receive a free souvenir postcard featuring the IDS Center
Lakes & Legends Brewing Company Buy One Beverage, Get One incentive for anyone with a Skipper Pin’ 
Marriott City Center Hotel Receive 10% off your total Food & Beverage bill (before taxes and gratuity)  at Minneapolis Marriott City Center’s Northern Shores Grill (30 South 7th Street, 5th floor) 
Minnesota Orchestra 20% off Sommerfest concerts July 8-29, 2016. Use code SKIPPER16 in person, at minnesotaorchestra.org, or call 612.371.5656. Limit 4 per person. Offer does not include top ticket price. Other restrictions may apply.
Peoples Organic $5 off a purchase of $25 or greater. 
Sociable Cider Werks $1 off pints.
Stone Arch Lounge/Outdoor Patio Complimentary appetizer with beverage purchase. Appetizer valued up to $12.00. One redemption per pin. Offer valid July 1-23, 2016 and not valid with any other offer.
The Shout House Free Tap Beer or Free Rail Cocktail with any purchase.
The Third Bird Buy 1 drink, get 1 free with any food purchase. (available anytime, good for house wine, rail cocktails, tap beer).

** 2016 Aquatennial Skipper Pin must be present to receive promotion. All offers valid July 1-July 23 unless otherwise noted. Exceptions/Restrictions may apply on some specials. Check with establishment for details.

Become a volunteer through the Aquatennial Volunteer Program sponsored by U.S. Bank

Volunteer-PurpleEach 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. This year, you can be part of all the fun! Don’t miss out on being part of the Aquatennial Volunteer Program sponsored by U.S. Bank! Ask us about volunteer opportunities by sending us an inquiry (using the subject Volunteer Inquiry) and take part in events like the CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade, Target Fireworks and more. This annual program offers a chance for individuals or corporate groups to have fun while giving back to your community during Minneapolis’ Official Civic Celebration. Perks include access to the premier viewing area at the Target Fireworks on Saturday, July 23, a t-shirt and more. The earlier you sign up, the more volunteer times and locations will be available for your team. For more information, email aquaintern@downtownminneaplis.com.

Run the Twin Cities Orthopedics Torchlight 5K

Get your run on and enjoy a post-race party along the Mississippi Riverfront!



Whether you are a dedicated runner or just someone who jogs from the couch to the fridge, the Twin Cities Orthopedics Torchlight 5k is the fun run for everyone!

The Twin Cities Orthopedics Fitness Torchlight 5k starts near historic Basilica of Saint Mary and ends with a legendary post-race party featuring musical entertainment and refreshments.

For more information on the Twin Cities Orthopedics Torchlight 5k or to register, CLICK HERE.

If you’re coming to watch on race night and need a ride, you can download a free pass from Metro Transit good July 20 from 6:30 pm – 11:30 pm! Get there by bus or light rail with a free-ride pass!


Race in the Big Waters Classic: Fulton’s Downtown Drag Race



Full gas.  That’s what this 500 meter drag strip demands.  Starting at N. 10th Ave and finishing at N 6th Ave, this race roars straight through the heart of Minneapolis’s vibrant North Loop.  The Finish Line is fittingly located just steps from the Fulton Brewery taproom.  Motivation enough to go full gas!  The evening’s festivities will include live music, food trucks and of course, tasty beer from Fulton Brewery!

The Nokomis Cycle Tractor Pull gives everybody a chance to be a workhorse.  How far can you ride a bike with a trailer loaded with bike parts (25 lb, 50 lb. and 75 lb. categories)?

Sign up to take part in this new Aquatennial event today, and enjoy watching the great races throughout the night on Friday, July 22!