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  • Wednesday, Jul 21 | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Aquatennial Blood Drive

    Peavey Plaza
  • Wednesday, Jul 21 | 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

    Lawn Games at Peavey Plaza

    Peavey Plaza
  • Wednesday, Jul 21 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Special Piano on Parade Performance with Phil Thompson

    Peavey Plaza
  • Wednesday, Jul 21 | 7:30 PM

    CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade

    Nicollet from 12th Street to 4th Street
  • Thursday, Jul 22 | 6:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    Downtown Thursdays

    Nicollet Mall and throughout downtown
  • Thursday, Jul 22 | 6:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    Nicollet Farmers Market and Makers Market

    Nicollet (between 6th and 8th Streets)
  • Thursday, Jul 22 | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Aquatennial Blood Drive

    Peavey Plaza
  • Thursday, Jul 22 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Special IDS Center Piano Performance with Nachito Herrera

    Outside IDS Center on Nicollet
  • Thursday, Jul 22 | 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

    Lawn Games at Peavey Plaza

    Peavey Plaza
  • Thursday, Jul 22 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    Jam at Peavey Plaza

    Peavey Plaza
  • Thursday, Jul 22 | 5:00 PM-6:00 PM

    Piano Performance: James “Cornbread” Harris

    Peavey Plaza
  • Thursday, Jul 22 | 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

    Concerts at The Commons

    The Commons
  • Thursday, Jul 22 | 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Aquatennial Workout Party with YWCA of Mpls

    Peavey Plaza
  • Thursday, Jul 22 | 7:00 PM

    Twin Cities River Rats Aquatennial Water Ski Show

    West Bank of the Mississippi River between Broadway and Plymouth Avenues
  • Thursday, Jul 22 | 7:10 pm

    Minnesota Twins vs. Los Angeles Angels

    Target Field
  • Friday, Jul 23 | 4:30 PM & 5:30 PM

    The Alley Project with Mixed Precipitation

    The Alley between FAIR School and The Chambers
  • Friday, Jul 23 | 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Alchemy 365 at Aquatennial

    Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
  • Friday, Jul 23 | 7:00 PM

    Twin Cities River Rats Aquatennial Water Ski Show

    West Bank of the Mississippi River between Broadway and Plymouth Avenues
  • Friday, Jul 23 | 7:10 pm

    Minnesota Twins vs. Los Angeles Angels

    Target Field
  • Saturday, Jul 24 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Coconut Whisk + CorePower Yoga at Peavey Plaza

    Peavey Plaza
  • Saturday, Jul 24 | 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

    Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam Open House

    Saint Anthony Falls Lock and Dam
  • Saturday, Jul 24 | 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM

    Twin Cities Carifest

    West River Road between Plymouth Ave. & Broadway Ave.
  • Saturday, Jul 24 | 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    Jonny Pops Pop In – Ice Cream Social

    Midtown Global Market
  • Saturday, Jul 24 | 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    City of Lakes Market

    Chicago Mall
  • Saturday, Jul 24 | 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Pre-Fireworks Festivities – live music

    West River Parkway near Stone Arch Bridge
  • Saturday, Jul 24 | 6:10 pm

    Minnesota Twins vs. Los Angeles Angels

    Target Field
  • Saturday, Jul 24 | 10:00 PM

    Target Fireworks

    West River Parkway
  • Jul
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    Aquatennial Blood Drive

    9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Peavey Plaza

    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. Sign up in advance through the online registration (coming soon), or stop by the day of the event. The Aquatennial Blood Drive will take place 9 am-3 pm at the Red Cross bloodmobile at Peavey Plaza.

    Click here to sign up for your blood drive time today.

    In addition, the Red Cross has expanded its testing to include sickle cell trait screening on all donations from self-identified African American donors. This additional screening will help the Red Cross identify compatible blood types more quickly to help sickle cell patients and provide our Black donors an additional health insight during a time when health information has never been more important.

    Learn more about the American Red Cross.

  • Jul
    21
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    Lawn Games at Peavey Plaza

    11:30 am - 1:30 pm
    Peavey Plaza

    Don’t miss out on lawn games at Peavey Plaza during Aquatennial. Each Tuesday through Thursday throughout the summer, Peavey Plaza features an outdoor recreation room during your lunch break. The space features lawn games, ping pong, hop scotch and more, plus the Pianos on Parade piano if you’d like to play a song or two.

    These events take place each Tuesday through Thursday from June 1 through August 31, so be sure to enjoy Peavey Plaza throughout the summer. To learn more, visit www.peaveyplaza.com.

  • Jul
    21
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    Special Piano on Parade Performance with Phil Thompson

    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Peavey Plaza

    Join us for a special Pianos on Parade presented by PNC Bank performances by Phil Thompson on Wednesday from 12 pm-1 pm. Stop by and enjoy great music while you’re taking in the fun activities throughout Aquatennial. More info: www.mplsdowntown.com/pianos.

    Phil  is an internationally acclaimed pop pianist and is an official Kawai endorsed touring artist.  As Phil’s current album, Love Themes from the Silver Screen continues to chart on iTunes in the “Top 20” Love Themes albums, he has toured across the globe performing at venues including Mandalay Bay and Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, the MGM Grand in Macau which lead to a featured article in Cosmopolitan Magazine – Hong Kong, and many of the globe’s top sporting events including the US Open Tennis Tournament in New York for 3 years in a row, the Rogers Cup, the Shanghai Rolex Masters and China Open, as well as the Wendy’s 3 Tour Challenge in Las Vegas.  Phil has also headlined on several specialty-themed cruise events, most recently on the “Wine, Dine & Music Cruise” as spotlighted on USA Today with Kenny Loggins and Three Dog Night and Phil has also served as an opening act for artists including Rod Stewart, David Foster, Brian McKnight, The Canadian Tenors, and Clay Aiken to name a few.

  • Jul
    21
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    CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade

    7:30 PM
    Nicollet from 12th Street to 4th Street

    Join us for the Aquatennial’s CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade, set to take place Wednesday, July 21 at 7:30 p.m. on Nicollet beginning at 12th Street and running to 4th Street. Join the community as they gather and watch floats, displays and bands march through the heart of mpls downtown. Plus, plus take in piano performances, games, Street Show performances and activities all along Nicollet from 6-8 pm. Come down and celebrate on July 21! Arrive early, find a spot along the parade route and enjoy!

    The Minneapolis Aquatennial CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade has been a longstanding Aquatennial tradition. We’re excited to see you at this year’s event!

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

  • Jul
    22
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    Downtown Thursdays

    6:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Nicollet Mall and throughout downtown

    Downtown is the place to be each Thursday this summer! Take in the Nicollet Farmers Market and Nicollet Makers Market  from 6 am-2 pm (all buses are re-routed for a full pedestrian experience on Nicollet). At Peavey Plaza, enjoy MNSpin live music (12-1 pm), free lawn games (11:30 am-1:30 pm), and piano performances (5-6 pm). The Mississippi Park Connection is offering Lock and Dam tours plus 10% off paddle share tickets. The Walker Art Center has its Target Free Thursday Nights from 5-9 pm. Plus, enjoy summer evenings with Happy Hours at our fantastic downtown restaurant scene. There will be special events and activities throughout the summer, so follow along and enjoy the fun. See you downtown.

    Nicollet Farmers Market  |  6 am – 2 pm

    Nicollet Makers Market  |  6 am – 2 pm

    Mississippi Park Connection – Lock and Dam open  |  10 am – 5:30 pm

    Walk with a Naturalist – Loring Park  |  11 am – 12 pm

    Mississippi Park Connection – Lock and Dam tours  |  11 am and 2 pm

    Mississippi Park Connections – Paddle Share 10% off  |  11 am – 5 pm

    Walker Art Center – Skyline Mini Golf 2021  |  11 am – 9 pm

    Play at Peavey – Lawn Games and Activities  |  11:30 am – 1:30 pm

    MNSpin concerts – live music at Peavey Plaza  |  12 pm – 1 pm

    Nicollet Skate event with Familia  |  June 24, 12 pm – 2 pm

    Walker Art Center – Target Free Thursday Nights  |  5 pm – 9 pm

    Women’s Club of Mpls patio  |  5 pm – 9

    Twin Cities River Rats water ski shows  |  6:30 pm – 9 pm

  • Jul
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    Nicollet Farmers Market and Makers Market

    6:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Nicollet (between 6th and 8th Streets)

    Stop by the Nicollet Farmers Market and Makers Market during Aquatennial and enjoy great local produce, vegetables, flowers and much more. The Farmers Market and Makers Market is located along Nicollet and is open 6 am-2 pm each Thursday from May through October. For more information, visit www.mplsfarmersmarket.com.

  • Jul
    22
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    Aquatennial Blood Drive

    9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Peavey Plaza

    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. Sign up in advance through the online registration (coming soon), or stop by the day of the event. The Aquatennial Blood Drive will take place 9 am-3 pm at the Red Cross bloodmobile at Peavey Plaza.

    Click here to sign up for your blood drive time today.

    In addition, the Red Cross has expanded its testing to include sickle cell trait screening on all donations from self-identified African American donors. This additional screening will help the Red Cross identify compatible blood types more quickly to help sickle cell patients and provide our Black donors an additional health insight during a time when health information has never been more important.

    Learn more about the American Red Cross.

  • Jul
    22
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    Special IDS Center Piano Performance with Nachito Herrera

    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Outside IDS Center on Nicollet

    Join us outside IDS Center along Nicollet during Aquatennial for a special performance by Nachito Herrera in partnership with Pianos on Parade presented by PNC Bank! Recognized as a young genius, Ignacio “Nachito” Herrera stunned Cuban audiences at the age of 12, performing Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 2 with the Havana Symphony Orchestra. Famed Cuban pianist and Buena Vista Social Club member, Ruben Gonzalez invited the 16-year-old Nachito to join him on stage and inspired the teenager to study the traditional rhythms of Cuba. Herrera’s classical grounding, natural abilities, and enthusiasm for his subject paid off. In addition, Herrera has studied with Cuban masters; Chucho Valdes, Ruben Gonzalez & Frank Fernandez.

    Along with this special performance, located steps away from Downtown Thursdays’ Nicollet Farmers Market and Makers Market, enjoy great activities outside and inside IDS Center.

    Free caricature drawings

    Live interactive art by Juxtaposition Arts

    Interactive Chalk Art by Shawn McCann

    10% off promotions by IDS Center Crystal Court restaurants

    Prize giveaways (Twins tickets and more)

  • Jul
    22
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    Lawn Games at Peavey Plaza

    11:30 am - 1:30 pm
    Peavey Plaza

    Don’t miss out on lawn games at Peavey Plaza during Aquatennial. Each Tuesday through Thursday throughout the summer, Peavey Plaza features an outdoor recreation room during your lunch break. The space features lawn games, ping pong, hop scotch and more, plus the Pianos on Parade piano if you’d like to play a song or two.

    These events take place each Tuesday through Thursday from June 1 through August 31, so be sure to enjoy Peavey Plaza throughout the summer. To learn more, visit www.peaveyplaza.com.

  • Jul
    22
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    Jam at Peavey Plaza

    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    Peavey Plaza

    Head to Peavey Plaza at noon for a weekly live musical performance. The Hennepin County Library’s MNSpin organization is offering musical performances each week, including during Aquatennial. Stop by and enjoy Twins of Franklin performing at Peavey Plaza!

  • Jul
    22
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    Piano Performance: James “Cornbread” Harris

    5:00 PM-6:00 PM
    Peavey Plaza

    Enjoy a special Pianos on Parade presented by PNC Bank performance by James “Cornbread” Harris! The 94-year-old has been performing as a singer and pianist for decades, and he will be performing with an ensemble of musicians at Aquatennial. He is the father of songwriter and music producer Jimmy Jam. Stop by and listen to this special Aquatennial performance!

  • Jul
    22
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    Concerts at The Commons

    5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    The Commons
    Join us at The Commons for a summer concert series on Thursdays from July-August! During Aquatennial, Concerts at The Commons will be featuring Jessica Vines. Join us from 5:30-6:30 pm on July 22 for a fun, free musical performance in the heart of mpls downtown!
  • Jul
    22
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    Aquatennial Workout Party with YWCA of Mpls

    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Peavey Plaza

    Celebrate the essence of summer with this fun, lively fitness class brought to you by YWCA Minneapolis and Peavey Plaza. Enjoy a good mix of old school aerobics and bodyweight exercises designed for all fitness levels. Bring water. Members and nonmembers welcome. Nonmembers that attend receive a FREE trial fitness pass to any of our three fitness locations.

    Pre-register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/aquatennial-workout-at-peavey-plaza-registration-159175978637

  • Jul
    22
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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 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! This year’s performance is themed “Under the Ski.”

    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.

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

  • Jul
    22
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    Minnesota Twins vs. Los Angeles Angels

    7:10 pm
    Target Field

    The Minnesota Twins host the Los Angeles Angels at 7:10 pm on Thursday, July 22 at Target Field. Enjoy a Twins home game during Aquatennial! For tickets, visit TwinsBaseball.com/Tickets.

  • Jul
    23
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    The Alley Project with Mixed Precipitation

    4:30 PM & 5:30 PM
    The Alley between FAIR School and The Chambers

    Stop by The Alley between FAIR School and The Chambers for the Pick-Up Truck Opera: A lively musical retelling of The Odyssey, featuring the music of Monteverdi’s baroque opera Il ritorno di Ulisse in patria, and the timeless tunes of Dolly Parton. Like a theatrical ice cream truck, the pop-up spectacle will bring music, edible treats, and fun to neighborhood streets.

    Mixed Precipitation creates festive events that inspire social engagement. For 12 seasons they have produced their signature event, the Picnic Operetta, a lively outdoor opera and harvest celebration touring to farms, orchards, and vineyards.

  • Jul
    23
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    Alchemy 365 at Aquatennial

    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

    Join us for a fitness workout that combines yoga, strength, and conditioning into one class to change the body and renew the mind. We’ll be at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden for a fun and challenging class. Think: power yoga warm-up, 20 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 5:30pm CST, class starts at 6:00pm at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Mats are not provided for this class. Please pre-register for class using the link below to save your spot!

    https://alchemy365.io/aquatennial

  • Jul
    23
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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 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! This year’s performance is themed “Under the Ski.”

    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.

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

  • Jul
    23
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    Minnesota Twins vs. Los Angeles Angels

    7:10 pm
    Target Field

    The Minnesota Twins host the Los Angeles Angels at 7:10 pm on Friday, July 23 at Target Field. Enjoy a Twins home game during Aquatennial! For tickets, visit TwinsBaseball.com/Tickets.

  • Jul
    24
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    Coconut Whisk + CorePower Yoga at Peavey Plaza

    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Peavey Plaza

    Join us for a special Vinyasa Yoga class by CorePower Yoga! While you’re here, enjoy a free Green Shot + 15% off drinks at Coconut Whisk for all who attend the class. The event is free and open to the public from 10 am – 11 am.

    Reserve your FREE tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coconut-whisk-x-corepower-free-yoga-class-tickets-162473613953

  • Jul
    24
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    Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam Open House

    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Saint Anthony Falls Lock and Dam

    The National Park Service and Mississippi Park Connection invite you to experience Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam like never before! Enjoy a leisurely stroll or picnic on lock wall surrounded by panoramic views of the falls, explore the visitor center, interact with National Park Service rangers and the Army Corps of Engineers, and discover the history and impact of the falls on Minneapolis and the nation.

  • Jul
    24
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    Twin Cities Carifest

    11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    West River Road between Plymouth Ave. & Broadway Ave.

    For more than two decades, Twin Cities Carifest has been the premier Caribbean Festival featuring Caribbean food, music, arts, crafts, and a traditional carnival parade with colorful costumes and dance. Held along the banks of the Mississippi River, you can see the Minneapolis Aquatennial Target Fireworks!

    Follow Twin Cities Carifest on Facebook or on Twitter for more information.

  • Jul
    24
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    Jonny Pops Pop In – Ice Cream Social

    11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Midtown Global Market

    Join us for a free ice cream social at Midtown Global Market during Aquatennial! Stop by on Saturday from 11 am-1 pm and enjoy a free Jonny Pops or Kemp’s Ice Cream treat!

    Minnesota’s own JonnyPops®, the self-proclaimed “smoothie on a stick” company, is providing their wholesome frozen treats for FREE to the first 1,000 visitors to Midtown Global Market. Guests may also enjoy the music of Charmin and Shapira. This event is in partnership with the Minneapolis Aquatennial celebration. It is free and open to the public to attend.

  • Jul
    24
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    City of Lakes Market

    5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Chicago Mall

    The City of Lakes Market will run 5-10 pm leading up to the Target Fireworks on the Chicago Mall. Browse and shop products from fantastic local vendors and makers as you prepare to watch the Target Fireworks at 10 pm!

  • Jul
    24
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    Pre-Fireworks Festivities – live music

    6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    West River Parkway near Stone Arch Bridge

    Let’s 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:

    Live music includes:

    6 pm – Command Steppers
    6:30 pm – Colin Bracewell
    7:45 pm – Dred I Dread
    9:00 pm – Annie Mack

    Join us for a new experience along the Mississippi Riverfront this Aquatennial!

  • Jul
    24
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    Minnesota Twins vs. Los Angeles Angels

    6:10 pm
    Target Field

    The Minnesota Twins host the Los Angeles Angels at 6:10 pm on Saturday, July 24 at Target Field. Enjoy a Twins home game during Aquatennial! For tickets, visit TwinsBaseball.com/Tickets.

  • Jul
    24
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    Target Fireworks

    10:00 PM
    West River Parkway

    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 24. Get there early! Space fills up pretty quickly at this beloved event along West River Parkway. 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.