2019 participation information will be coming soon. Here is a look back at the 2018 Aquatennial participation opportunities:

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2018 Skipper Pin Promotions

Purchase your 2018 Aquatennial Skipper Pins today by visiting www.aquatennial.com/shop and get great deals! Between July 1 and July 21, unless otherwise noted, your Skipper Pin will get you freebies and promotions from local businesses around downtown, including:

Downtown Business Promotion Available
Walker Art Center Two for one admission.
D’Amico & Sons Gaviidae Buy One Get One at 50% for sandwiches and salads, not available with other offers. Available Monday through Saturday 11-3.
Hyatt Regency Get the best of summer at Prairie Kitchen and Bar in Hyatt Regency Minneapolis!
Any guest that comes in with their Aquatennial Pin will receive 20% off their bill (excluding alcoholic drinks).
Happy Hour 3pm to 6pm every day!
Lakes & Legends Brewing Company Buy one beverage, get one free.
Fulton Brewing Taproom What’s better than a refreshing Fulton beverage to celebrate Aquatennial with? How about two? Present your 2018 Skipper pin for a special Aquatennial BOGO deal in the Fulton Taproom.
Fogo De Chao July 15th-20th: DINNER SPECIAL $35!! Market Table-our Gourmet Salad Bar of 70+ items + 12 of our Meats served tableside by our Gaucho Chef’s and a COMPLIMENTARY DESSERT! *Beverages, tax, and gratuity are additional*
Rosenthal Furniture Free design consult and comped parking in parking lot for anyone who gets a consult and shows their Skipper Pin.  (Value of $125)
Dakota Jazz Club Enjoy one free beverage on the Dakota patio. *some restrictions apply*
Cardigan Donuts Buy one get one on any donut.
The Local BOGO on The Local’s signature cocktail: Big and Skinny gingers.
Gluek’s $10 off a $30 purchase for lunches 11am – 3pm.
 Alchemy 365 Receive two drop-in classes for the price of one.
 Roe Wolfe + True Hue Receive one free True Hue signature candle with $100 or more purchase from Roe Wolfe.
 CorePower Yoga 1 free week of unlimited yoga at any participating CorePower Yoga studio, for new students only.
FINNEGANS Brew Co. BOGO brews at the taproom.
Haskell’s BOGO beverage – coffee, wine, or beer
People’s Organic $5 off any purchase of $25 or more.
Lokel and Love Save 20% on any purchase of $10 or more.  Code: Aqua18
Mission American Kitchen and Bar $10 off $40 purchase.  Not valid with any other offers or discounts. Valid July 1-20.

Click Here to download the Skipper Pins promotions guide in PDF form.

Thank you to our Aquatennial Skipper Pin Corporate Program Sponsors:

614 Company
HGA
Mortenson Construction

** 2018 Aquatennial Skipper Pin must be present to receive promotion. All offers valid July 1-July 21 unless otherwise noted. Exceptions/Restrictions may apply on some specials. Check with establishment for details.

Save a life at Aquatennial—Give Blood!

Blood donations are in great need, and you can help save a life by giving blood with the American Red Cross at the Minneapolis Aquatennial. Our blood drive will take place Wednesday, July 24 (9 am-3 pm), Thursday, July 25 (9 am-2 pm) and Friday, July 26 (9 am-3 pm) at IDS Center Crystal Court. Check back soon for online registration sign-up opportunities to secure your timeslot.

Plus, your team can take part of our company challenge. The company that signs up the most participants for the Aquatennial Blood Drive will win 20 passes for the Target Fireworks VIP viewing area on Saturday, July 27 at 10 pm along West River Parkway near the Stone Arch Bridge!

Run the Life Time Torchlight 5K

Get your run on and enjoy a post-race party along the Mississippi Riverfront!

Whether you are a dedicated runner or just someone who jogs from the couch to the fridge, the Life Time Torchlight 5k is the fun run for everyone!

The Life Time Torchlight 5k has a new route in 2019. It will run through downtown from the Minneapolis Convention Center along 2nd Avenue, West River Parkway and ends at Boom Island with a legendary post-race party featuring musical entertainment and refreshments.

For more information on the Life Time Torchlight 5k or to register, CLICK HERE.

Become a volunteer through the Aquatennial Volunteer Program sponsored by U.S. Bank

Each year the Aquatennial continues to thrive thanks to the hundreds of individuals that help out through the Aquatennial Volunteer Program Sponsored by U.S. Bank. This year, you can be part of all the fun! Don’t miss out on being part of the Aquatennial Volunteer Program sponsored by U.S. Bank! Ask us about volunteer opportunities by sending us an inquiry (using the subject Volunteer Inquiry) and take part in events like the CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade, Target Fireworks and more. This annual program offers a chance for individuals or corporate groups to have fun while giving back to your community during Minneapolis’ Official Civic Celebration. Perks include access to the premier viewing area at the Target Fireworks on Saturday, July 27, a t-shirt and more. The earlier you sign up, the more volunteer times and locations will be available for your team. For more information, email coordinator@mplsdowntown.com.

Click below to sign up for volunteer time slots:

 

Click to Sign Up For Aquatennial Volunteer Opportunities
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If you’re coming to watch on race night and need a ride, you can download a free pass from Metro Transit good July 20 from 6:30 pm – 11:30 pm! Get there by bus or light rail with a free-ride pass!

 

Race in the Big Waters Classic: Fulton’s Downtown Drag Race

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Full gas.  That’s what this 500 meter drag strip demands.  Starting at N. 10th Ave and finishing at N 6th Ave, this race roars straight through the heart of Minneapolis’s vibrant North Loop.  The Finish Line is fittingly located just steps from the Fulton Brewery taproom.  Motivation enough to go full gas!  The evening’s festivities will include live music, food trucks and of course, tasty beer from Fulton Brewery!

The Nokomis Cycle Tractor Pull gives everybody a chance to be a workhorse.  How far can you ride a bike with a trailer loaded with bike parts (25 lb, 50 lb. and 75 lb. categories)?

Sign up to take part in this new Aquatennial event today, and enjoy watching the great races throughout the night on Friday, July 22!

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