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!
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.
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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 6-8:30 pm!
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 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 Minneapolis Convention Center and follows the Aquatennial’s CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade route down 2nd Avenue. From there, the course weaves to West River Parkway and offers up close views of the Mighty Mississippi, Stone Arch Bridge and St. Anthony Falls, Mill Ruins Park, and more, before finishing at Boom Island. Sign up today at www.torchlight5k.com.
Join us for the Aquatennial’s CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade, set to take place Wednesday, July 24 at 8:30 p.m. beginning at the Minneapolis Convention Center down 2nd Avenue to 3rd Street. 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 20th year being part of the Aquatennial and sponsoring the CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade. Come down and celebrate on July 22! Arrive early, find a spot along the parade route and enjoy!
**Registration is now open. Click here to register and be part of this year’s CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade!
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!
Hennepin County Government Center South Plaza hosts weekly piano performances by members of our community each Thursday from 12 pm-1 pm beginning June 3 through August 26. Stop by and enjoy great music while you’re taking in the fun activities throughout Aquatennial. More info: www.mplsdowntown.com/gooutside.
Join the Twin Cities River Rats for another spectacular show on the Mississippi River! The nationally ranked Twin Cities River Rats Water Ski Show Team puts on an exciting blend of water skiing, acrobatics and high speed thrills!
Right on the banks of the Mississippi River between the Broadway and Plymouth Ave Bridges. Pre-show begins at 6:30pm, main show starts at 7pm.
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 5 pm. Mats are not provided for this class. No pre-registration required, come early to reserve your spot.
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Since 2000, Loring Park Art Festival has combined creative expression and community connectedness to surprise and delight all who attend. With beautiful ponds and formal gardens, Loring Park makes an idyllic spot to celebrate art, music, food and entertainment for two days each summer in downtown Minneapolis.
The event features 140 visual artists selling original work, with something for everyone. Visitors will encounter strolling musicians, scheduled stage performances, engaging children’s activities and adventurous culinary options.
This year, the Loring Park Art Festival will feature the Lakes & Legends Beer Garden. The Loring Park based brewery, Lakes & Legends Brewing, will serve craft beer, local craft soda and Kombucha on site throughout the festival’s duration. The beer garden will offer seating as well as a variety of lawn games.
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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 right along West River Parkway. Stop by and either take part or watch incredible skateboard just steps away from foods, beverages, shopping, live music and more, all leading up to the Target Fireworks at 10 pm.
Lets get festive down at the river where the City of Minneapolis was born! Enjoy a jam-packed evening leading up to the Target Fireworks along West River Parkway that includes:
Join us for a new experience along the Mississippi Riverfront this Aquatennial!
Stop by the Family Fun Zone presented by Metro by T-Mobile at the Pre-Fireworks Festivities and enjoy great activities for all ages! The Family Fun Zone includes games and activities provided by different organizations throughout our local community. It’s a great way to enjoy a summer evening as you await the Target Fireworks at 10 pm! The event kicks off at 4 pm and is located along West River Parkway near the 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 25. 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 4-10 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.