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  • Wednesday, Jul 24 | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Aquatennial Blood Drive

    IDS Center
  • Wednesday, Jul 24 | 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

    Wednesday Lawn Games and Activities | Go Outside with Hennepin County

    Hennepin County Government Center South Plaza
  • Wednesday, Jul 24 | 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

    JB Hudson Aquatennial Tailgate Party (21+)

    JB Hudson (901 Nicollet Mall)
  • Wednesday, Jul 24 | 7:10 pm

    Minnesota Twins vs. New York Yankees

    Target Field
  • Wednesday, Jul 24 | 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    Loring Park Pre-Parade Family Fun Night

    Loring Park
  • Wednesday, Jul 24 | 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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

    Loring Park
  • Wednesday, Jul 24 | 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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

    Loring Park
  • Wednesday, Jul 24 | 7:30 PM

    Life Time Torchlight 5K

    2nd Avenue beginning at the Minneapolis Convention Center, along West River Parkway to Boom Island
  • Wednesday, Jul 24 | 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

    Life Time Torchlight 5K After Party

    Boom Island
  • Wednesday, Jul 24 | 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM

    CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade

    2nd Avenue between the Minneapolis Convention Center and 3rd Street
  • Thursday, Jul 25 | 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM

    Nicollet Farmers Market

    Nicollet (between 6th and 9th Streets)
  • Thursday, Jul 25 | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Aquatennial Blood Drive

    IDS Center
  • Thursday, Jul 25 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Go Outside with Hennepin County | Piano Performance

    Hennepin County Government Center South Plaza
  • Thursday, Jul 25 | 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

    Outdoor Trivia Night

    Target Field Station
  • Thursday, Jul 25 | 7:00 PM

    Twin Cities River Rats Aquatennial Water Ski Show

    West Bank of the Mississippi River between Broadway and Plymouth Avenues
  • Friday, Jul 26 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    Frey’s Fry Throwdown at Aquatennial

    Nicollet between 9th and 10th Streets
  • Friday, Jul 26 | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Aquatennial Blood Drive

    IDS Center
  • Friday, Jul 26 | 6:00 PM – 6:40 PM

    Alchemy 365 at Aquatennial

    Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
  • Saturday, Jul 27 | 9:00 AM and 10:15 AM

    Aquatennial Yoga with Corepower Yoga

    Boom Island
  • Saturday, Jul 27 | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Wilderness Inquiry Voyageur Canoe Rides

    Boom Island
  • Saturday, Jul 27 | 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

    Loring Park Art Festival

    Loring Park
  • Saturday, Jul 27 | 9:30 AM - 8:00 PM

    Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam Open House

    Saint Anthony Falls Lock and Dam
  • Saturday, Jul 27 | 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM

    Twin Cities Carifest

    West River Road between Plymouth Ave. & Broadway Ave.
  • Saturday, Jul 27 | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    AAO Ambassador Coronation

    Ted Mann Concert Hall, University of Minnesota West Bank
  • Saturday, Jul 27 | 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    AquaJam

    West River Parkway near Stone Arch Bridge
  • Saturday, Jul 27 | 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Pre-Fireworks Festivities

    West River Parkway near Stone Arch Bridge
  • Saturday, Jul 27 | 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Minneapolis Craft Market – Pre-Fireworks Festivities

    West River Parkway near Stone Arch Bridge
  • Saturday, Jul 27 | 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 27 | 10:00 PM

    Target Fireworks

    West River Parkway near Stone Arch Bridge
  • Jul
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    Aquatennial Blood Drive

    9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    IDS Center

    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, or stop by the day of the event. The Aquatennial Blood Drive will take place 9 am-3 pm. There is currently a large shortage of blood donation, so your gift during Aquatennial will make a big impact this summer. Click Here to sign up in advance and secure your blood donation time slot today.

    Learn more about the American Red Cross.

     

  • Jul
    24
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    Wednesday Lawn Games and Activities | Go Outside with Hennepin County

    11:30 am - 1:30 pm
    Hennepin County Government Center South Plaza

    Don’t miss out on Go Outside with Hennepin County activities during Aquatennial. Each Wednesday throughout the summer, Go Outside transforms South Plaza into an outdoor recreation room during your lunch break. The space features special pop-up activities each week, yard games, a meditation room with colorful blankets and yoga mats there for you to enjoy a brief get-away, and the Pianos on Parade piano if you’d like to play a song or two.

    These events take place each Wednesday from June 1 through August 31, so be sure to enjoy Go Outside with Hennepin County throughout the summer. To learn more, visit www.mplsdowntown.com/gooutside.

  • Jul
    24
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    JB Hudson Aquatennial Tailgate Party (21+)

    4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    JB Hudson (901 Nicollet Mall)

    Celebrate the start of Aquatennial with a pre-party at JB Hudson Jewelers at 901 Nicollet. Enjoy thematic drinks and demonstrations inspired by JB Hudson’s 130+ year history in the heart of Minneapolis. 21+ Event. RSVP for the Aquatennial Tailgate Party here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/aquatennial-parade-tailgate-party-tickets-64633061226

     

  • Jul
    24
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    Minnesota Twins vs. New York Yankees

    7:10 pm
    Target Field

    The Minnesota Twins host the New York Yankees at 7:10 pm on Wednesday, July 24 at Target Field. Enjoy a Twins home game during Aquatennial! For tickets, visit TwinsBaseball.com/Tickets.

  • Jul
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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
    24
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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
    24
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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
    24
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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 NEW 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
    24
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    Life Time Torchlight 5K After Party

    7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    Boom Island

    Celebrate Aquatennial at the Life Time Torchlight 5K After Party! Stop by Boom Island for beverages, music, activities and more as the sun sets on the Minneapolis Skyline and the torchlight hits full force. No need to be a runner to attend this event–it is open to the public so you can participate whether you are one of the 5,000 Life Time Torchlight 5K racers or not!

  • Jul
    24
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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 19th year being part of the Aquatennial and sponsoring the CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade. Come down and celebrate on July 24! Arrive early, find a spot along the parade route and enjoy!

    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
    25
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    Nicollet Farmers Market

    6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Nicollet (between 6th and 9th Streets)

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

  • Jul
    25
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    Aquatennial Blood Drive

    9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    IDS Center

    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, or stop by the day of the event. The Aquatennial Blood Drive will take place 9 am-3 pm. There is currently a large shortage of blood donation, so your gift during Aquatennial will make a big impact this summer. Click Here to sign up in advance and secure your blood donation time slot today.

    Learn more about the American Red Cross.

  • Jul
    25
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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 6 through August 29. Stop by and enjoy great music while you’re taking in the fun activities throughout Aquatennial. More info: www.mplsdowntown.com/gooutside.

  • Jul
    25
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    Outdoor Trivia Night

    7:00 PM-9:00 PM
    Target Field Station

    Join us for an outdoor trivia night at Target Field Station courtesy of Go Outside with Hennepin County! Outdoor trivia nights are free and open to all ages. Bring your team and face off against other groups as you test your general trivia knowledge with chances to win great prizes on the line.

    Target Field Station is located on the northwest side of Target Field, near Gate 6 and the light rail platform entrance. Bring lawn chairs or blankets and find a spot on the green grass for a fun outdoor trivia experience. Enjoy!

    More info: www.mplsdowntown.com/gooutside.

  • Jul
    25
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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 as they travel through Mr. Wonka’s Chocolate Factory! The nationally ranked Twin Cities River Rats Water Ski Show Team puts on an exciting blend of water skiing, acrobatics and high speed thrills! Join Mr. Wonka, Charlie Bucket, the Oompa Loompas and the lucky golden ticket winners as they take on the adventures of the factory.

    Will their high flying jumps, careful balancing acts and barefoot tricks be enough to win the chocolate factory? Join us for a free family show to find out!

    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
    26
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    Frey’s Fry Throwdown at Aquatennial

    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    Nicollet between 9th and 10th Streets

    Minneapolis has a celebrated culinary scene, and it also has a mayor with a dynamically delicious name. Why not combine the two? The inaugural Frey’s Frey Throwdown at Aquatennial will combine our city’s food scene with our Official Civic Celebration. Mayor Jacob Frey will help Minneapolis celebrate our famed food scene with a fun event that highlights our city’s creativity. The event will offer a chance for eight Minneapolis restaurants to build a brand new French Fry-centric dish. Celebrity judges will help taste-test these dishes and collectively choose a winner. Join us Friday, July 26 from 12-1 pm on Nicollet between 9th and 10th Streets as we enjoy a fun lunch hour taste-testing Frey-tastic creations in downtown Minneapolis!

    Participating restaurants include:

    • Constantine
    • Crave
    • Devil’s Advocate
    • Fulton Taproom Kitchen
    • The Bird
    • The Local
    • The News Room
    • Red Cow
  • Jul
    26
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    Aquatennial Blood Drive

    9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    IDS Center

    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, or stop by the day of the event. The Aquatennial Blood Drive will take place 9 am-3 pm. There is currently a large shortage of blood donation, so your gift during Aquatennial will make a big impact this summer. Click Here to sign up in advance and secure your blood donation time slot today.

    Learn more about the American Red Cross.

  • Jul
    26
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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
    27
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    Aquatennial Yoga with Corepower Yoga

    9:00 AM and 10:15 AM
    Boom Island

    Join the Minneapolis community in celebration of the historic Mississippi river front with an all-levels CorePower Yoga class. Explore our most popular formats C2 +  Yoga Sculpt in one class at picturesque Boom Island Park followed by a 30 minute guided meditation. Come for one or both to experience the incredible life-changing things that happen when you root an intensely physical workout in the mindfulness of yoga. Bring your own mat and stay giveaways after class!

     

    Saturday, July 27

    9am – 10am  C2 / Yoga Sculpt mash-up

    10:15am – 10:45am – Guided meditation with gentle movement

  • Jul
    27
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    Wilderness Inquiry Voyageur Canoe Rides

    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Boom Island

    Head to Boom Island on Saturday, July 27 and enjoy FREE Wilderness Inquiry Voyageur Canoe Rides on the Mississippi River! The canoe rides will take you up and down the Mighty Mississippi and offers a chance to enjoy our city’s birthplace in a whole new way. Stop by 10 am-5 pm and enjoy this unique experience! Click Here for more information about Wilderness Inquiry’s adventures in and around Minnesota.

  • Jul
    27
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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
    27
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    Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam Open House

    9:30 AM - 8:00 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. Featuring special musical performances on the Lock wall by the Prairie Fire Lady Choir (5:15-5:45 p.m.) and Southside Aces (6:00-8:00 p.m.).

  • Jul
    27
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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
    27
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    AAO Ambassador Coronation

    4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Ted Mann Concert Hall, University of Minnesota West Bank

    The Coronation of the Aquatennial Ambassadors will be held at the Ted Mann Concert Hall on the West Bank of the University of Minnesota where the 2018 Queen of the Lakes, Aquatennial Princesses, Commodore and Captains will be announced. The program plans are all in place and it will be another entertaining event! Tickets can be purchased through University of Minnesota Ticket Office at 612-624-2345 beginning July 2. For more information visit https://www.aquatennialambassadors.com/events

  • Jul
    27
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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
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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 (5 pm – Twin Cities Road Show, 6:30 pm – Yam Haus, 7:30 pm – HC/MC, 8:30 pm – The Grateful Red)
    • Local craft brews – Fulton Beer (including Seltzer) and Sociable Cider Werks
    • Food trucks
    • Ferris wheel
    • Family Fun Zone presented by Metro by T-Mobile
    • Mpls Craft Market – 50 local makers
    • AquaJam
    • And More

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

  • Jul
    27
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    Minneapolis Craft Market – Pre-Fireworks Festivities

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

    Minneapolis Craft Market is joining the fun of the 2019 Minneapolis Aquatennial festivities on the Mississippi Riverfront with the first annual Aquatennial Night Market. The marketplace will feature 50 local artists selling handmade goods including woodwork, jewelry, apparel, home goods, and more! We’ll be joined by local record store Solsta Records with their Rockin’ Roller mobile record store and DJ bus. Find the market on Chicago Mall (Mill City Farmers Market site), a prime location for gathering with friends and enjoying the activities while waiting for the fireworks to start.

    Minneapolis Craft Market is a mobile marketplace highlighting independent artists and designers of the North. Founded in 2015, the market is hosted at venues throughout the Twin Cities more than 60 times per year, and has an approved vendor roster of more than 1,000 local artists. The market was named Best Emerging Business at the 2016 Metro Independent Business Association Indie Biz Awards, and Most Likely to Succeed in Retail 2017 by Twin Cities Business Magazine.

    Enjoy the Minneapolis Craft Market, then stay for the Target Fireworks at 10 pm.

  • Jul
    27
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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
    27
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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 27. 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. And tune into KOOL 108 FM and enjoy the pyro-musical simulcast set to the Target Fireworks display, which will feature 80s music to celebrate Aquatennial’s 80th anniversary.