• What is the Minneapolis Aquatennial?

    The Minneapolis Aquatennial is the official civic celebration of the City of Minneapolis. Minnesota residents, workers and visitors have come to love and appreciate all that Minneapolis has to offer during the Aquatennial. We invite you to join in the celebration and enjoy summer with us, happening July 22-25, 2020. Check back throughout the year for more information on the 2020 events lineup.

  • Where can I find this year’s Skipper Pin?
  • What does the Aquatennial logo mark represent?


    The Aquatennial mark, created by Minneapolis-based Zeus Jones in 2015, incorporates several elements of the city’s history and identity all rolled into one emblem. The “A” itself represents Aquatennial. The base of the A with the line across is symbolic of the Stone Arch Bridge, which sits above the Mississippi River—symbolized by the lines below the A. The star above the A has a dual meaning—it stands for the L’Etoile Du Nord (Star of the North) symbolizing Minneapolis as the Capital of the North, and it also pays tribute to the iconic Target Fireworks.

  • What precautions do you take regarding the heat concerns?

    Visitor and participant safety is the top concern at any Aquatennial event and the festival staff will make a plan of action that is safe for everyone. Remember to hydrate throughout the day. On Wednesday, Tap Minneapolis will have water locations available at the CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade and the Loring Park Pre-Parade Family Fun Night. Bring a water bottle and fill up regularly. Locations are placed in Loring Park and along 2nd Avenue from the Mpls Convention Center to 3rd Street. Find shade when possible, and if you feel faint, contact an EMT, on-site Aquatennial staff or visit an Aquatennial information/volunteer booth immediately for further assistance.

  • What options are there for avoiding construction?

    Avoid traffic completely and get there by bus or light rail for FREE on Wednesday during the CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade by riding for FREE to the Aquatennial on Wednesday from 4:00 pm-midnight and to the Target Fireworks on Saturday from 3:00 pm-midnight courtesy of Metro Transit’s Free Ride Pass. Download and print your pass on Aquatennial.com/torchlightparade or Aquatennial.com/fireworks.

  • Is there ADA accessible parking at the flagship events: CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade & Target Fireworks?

    Yes, limited ADA parking locations are available at both the CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade and Target Fireworks. For more information, email us at intern@mplsdowntown.com.

  • What are future Aquatennial dates?

    Each year the Minneapolis Aquatennial takes place during the third full week of July. This year’s Aquatennial will take place July 22-25, 2020.

  • Can I get around Aquatennial easily by bike? Are there biking options available?

    Yes! Aquatennial is more walkable and bikeable than ever thanks to our events being in close proximity. Nice Ride stations are located nearby and are great resources for you to get around Downtown Minneapolis during Aquatennial. Check out their station map here and enjoy.

  • Are Tickets Required to Attend?

    The Minneapolis Aquatennial is free to attend by everyone and anyone; no tickets are required. If you are interested in participating, there are some events that require registration, including the CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade and the Life Time Torchlight 5K. Click Here to see our full schedule of events.

  • Is the Minneapolis Aquatennial on Social Media?

    Yes we are! Like us on Facebook; Tweet with us on Twitter and Follow us on Instagram all using the @Aquatennial handle. Hashtag #Aquatennial for the latest and greatest festival information.

  • How Do I Contact Aquatennial?

    If you are interested in additional information, please contact the Aquatennial at (612) 376-7669 or aquatennial@mplsdowntown.com.

  • Who Do I Contact if I Lost or Found an Item?

    To report a lost item or inquire about a misplaced item, please email aquatennial@mplsdowntown.com.

  • Who produces the Minneapolis Aquatennial?

    The mpls downtown council (mdc) proudly produces the Minneapolis Aquatennial each year–Minneapolis’ Official Civic Celebration.

  • How Can I Volunteer at the Aquatennial?

    Each year the Minneapolis Aquatennial utilizes hundreds of community volunteers to help make each event possible. In addition to helping create wonderful Minneapolis memories for thousands of attendees, Aquatennial volunteers, as part of the Aquatennial Volunteer Program sponsored by U.S. Bank, also enjoy great benefits. To request more information on volunteering, please contact aquaintern@mplsdowntown.com.

  • How Can I Get More Information on Event Sponsorship?

    Each year the Minneapolis Aquatennial utilizes community Sponsors and Partners to help make the festival possible. If you would like more information on event sponsorship, please email us.

  • What Aquatennial Events Can I Participate In?

    Each year the Aquatennial invites the community to get involved and have some fun! There are many events that you can participate in. Some of the most popular include the CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade, Life Time Torchlight 5K, AquaJam, and others. You can also participate in Aquatennial by taking part in the Aquatennial Volunteer program sponsored by U.S. Bank.

  • How Can I Get More Information on Promotional and/or Vendor Opportunities?

    The Aquatennial is now accepting vendor and sampling applications. Please email us for more information.

  • Are There Public Transit Options to get to the Aquatennial?

    Metro Transit is a great way to arrive at Aquatennial events. For more information on bus and light rail routes, schedules, and to plan your trip, click here. Metro Transit is also offering a FREE ride pass to the CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade and Target Fireworks. Download your pass for the CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade or Target Fireworks.

  • How Do I Get to Each Event?

    As the official civic celebration of the City of Minneapolis, all Aquatennial events are located in Minneapolis. Visit our events page for a full map of the locations and how you can go from event to event during Aquatennial.

  • Is there an Aquatennial Map?

    Yes! Visit our Aquatennial Events page for an interactive map that gives you information on each event. Visit our maps page for specific maps of the CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade, Life Time Torchlight 5K and Target Fireworks.