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  • Wednesday, Jul 22 | 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    Loring Park Pre-Parade Family Fun Night

    Loring Park
  • Wednesday, Jul 22 | 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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

    Loring Park
  • Wednesday, Jul 22 | 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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

    Loring Park
  • Wednesday, Jul 22 | 7:30 PM

    Life Time Torchlight 5K

    2nd Avenue beginning at the Minneapolis Convention Center, along West River Parkway to Boom Island
  • Wednesday, Jul 22 | 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM

    CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade

    2nd Avenue between the Minneapolis Convention Center and 3rd Street
  • Thursday, Jul 23 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Go Outside with Hennepin County | Piano Performance

    Hennepin County Government Center South Plaza
  • Thursday, 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 24 | 6:00 PM – 6:40 PM

    Alchemy 365 at Aquatennial

    Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
  • Saturday, Jul 25 | 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

    Loring Park Art Festival

    Loring Park
  • Saturday, Jul 25 | 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    AquaJam

    West River Parkway near Stone Arch Bridge
  • Saturday, Jul 25 | 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Pre-Fireworks Festivities

    West River Parkway near Stone Arch Bridge
  • Saturday, Jul 25 | 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Family Fun Zone presented by Metro by T-Mobile – Pre-Fireworks Festivities

    West River Parkway near Portland Avenue
  • Saturday, Jul 25 | 10:00 PM

    Target Fireworks

    West River Parkway near Stone Arch Bridge
  • Jul
    22
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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
    22
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    Wilderness Inquiry Voyageur Canoe Rides at the Loring Park Family Fun Night

    6:00 PM - 8:30 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 about Wilderness Inquiry’s adventures in and around Minnesota.

  • Jul
    22
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    Rally the Family at Loring Park Pre-Parade Family Fun Night

    6:00 PM - 8:30 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 6-8:30 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
    22
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    Life Time Torchlight 5K

    7:30 PM
    2nd Avenue beginning at the Minneapolis Convention Center, along West River Parkway to Boom Island

    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.

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

  • Jul
    22
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    CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade

    8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    2nd Avenue between the Minneapolis Convention Center and 3rd Street

    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!

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

  • Jul
    23
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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 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.

  • 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!

    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
    24
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    Alchemy 365 at Aquatennial

    6:00 PM – 6:40 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 5 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
    25
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    Loring Park Art Festival

    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Loring Park

    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.

    Click here for more information.

  • Jul
    25
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    AquaJam

    4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    West River Parkway near Stone Arch Bridge

    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.

    AquaJam is presented by Fulton Beer and Familia Skateshop.

     

  • Jul
    25
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    Pre-Fireworks Festivities

    4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    West River Parkway near Stone Arch Bridge

    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:

    • Live Music
    • Local craft brews
    • Food trucks
    • Ferris wheel
    • Family Fun Zone presented by Metro by T-Mobile
    • AquaJam
    • And More

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

  • Jul
    25
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    Family Fun Zone presented by Metro by T-Mobile – Pre-Fireworks Festivities

    4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    West River Parkway near Portland Avenue

    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.

     

  • Jul
    25
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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 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.