Minneapolis Aquatennial

The Best Days of Summer


CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade | Wednesday, July 22  8:30 PM

Hennepin Ave. from Dunwoody College of Technology to 5th St.

Brighten up your summer with the CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade. This one-of-a-kind parade will illuminate downtown with bands, floats, and fun for all ages. 

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Twin Cities River Rats | Thursday, July 23  6 & 8 PM

West River Parkway, along the Mississippi River between Plymouth Avenue and Broadway Avenue

The Twin Cities River Rats have been a mainstay of Aquatennial entertainment, and they're back this year to provide another big splash! The River Rats perform hour-long shows combining various water skiing acts and skits with music. The acts include barefooting, pyramids, doubles and more. All shows are free and concessions are available. Learn more about the River Rats and check out their full schedule at their official website,TCRiverRats.com.

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Target Fireworks | Saturday, July 25  10 PM

West River Parkway, along the Mississippi River

One of the top 5 firework shows in the country, the Target Fireworks will light up the Minneapolis sky at 10 pm with a spectacular pyrotechnic display in celebration of the 2015 Aquatennial. The event brings hundreds of thousands of people to the Mill District along the Mississippi River, all joining together in the fun. In addition to the amazing fireworks, enjoy pre-firework festivities starting at 6 pm. 

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Full Events Schedule


Loring Park Family Fun Night | Loring Park, 5:30 PM

Life Time Torchlight 5K | Hennepin Avenue, 7:30 PM

CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade | 8:30 PM



Aquatennial CorePower Yoga | Target Field Station, 5:30 PM

Twin Cities River Rats Water Ski Show | Mississippi River 6 & 8 PM



Rockin' The Waves Aqua Dance Party featuring "Rhino" the band | Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot 7:00 PM



The Salvation Army's MOST Amazing Race presented by CenterPoint Energy Qualifying Event | U of M 9:00 AM

New Belgian Brewing's Tour De Fat | Loring Park 10 AM

The Salvation Army's MOST Amazing Race presented by CenterPoint Energy | Stone Arch Bridge 2:00 PM

Queen of the Lakes Scholarship Program Coronation | U of M Ted Mann Concert Hall 4:00 PM

Target Fireworks | West River Parkway, Mill District 10:00 PM

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