Minneapolis Aquatennial - Canceled

Often called “Best Days of Summer,” the Minneapolis Aquatennial will return July 22-25, 2020 with a jam-packed schedule of events.

Due to COVID-19, the Minneapolis Aquatennial has been canceled this year, but will be sharing Aquatennial activities, content and memories on their social channels. For more information, visit their website.


What is it?

The Minneapolis Aquatennial originated in 1940 as an annual multi-day outdoor event celebrating the city's famous lakes, streams and rivers. Known to many as The Best Days of Summer, events include a parade, marathons, performances, like music, special festivities and of course, water activities like canoeing and a water ski show.

Visit the official Aquatennial website and the online 2019 Aquatennial Guide for more information about this year's festivities! 

Events

Wednesday, July 22nd

  • Aquatennial Blood Drive
    9:00am-3:00pm, IDS Center Crystal Court
  • Yard Games and Activities
    11:30am-1:30pm, Hennepin County Government Center South Plaza
  • JB Hudson Aquatennial Tailgate Party (21+)
    3:00pm-7:00pm, JB Hudson Jewelers
  • Loring Park Pre-Parade Family Fun Night
    6:00-8:30pm
  • USTA Northern Rally the Family Tennis Lessons
    6:00p-8:30pm, Loring Park
  • Wilderness Inquiry Voyageur Canoe Rides
    6:00-8:30pm, Loring Park
  • Life Time Torchlight 5K & After Party
    7:30pm
  • CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade
    8:30pm

Thursday, July 23rd

  • Nicollet Farmers Market
    6:00am-6:00pm
  • Aquatennial Blood Drive
    9:00am-3:00pm, IDS Center Crystal Court
  • Go Outside with Hennepin County Piano Performance
    12:00pm-1:00pm, Government Center South Plaza
  • Go Outside with Hennepin County Trivia Night
    7:00pm-8:00pm, Target Field Station
  • Twin Cities River Rats Water Ski Show
    7:00pm, Mississippi River, West River Road

Friday, July 24th

  • Aquatennial Blood Drive
    9:00am-3:00pm, IDS Center Crystal Court
  • Frey's Fry Throwdown at Aquatennial
    12:00pm-1:00pm, Nicollet
  • Alchemy 365 at Aquatennial
    5:30pm-6:30pm, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Saturday, July 25th

  • Aquatennial Yoga with Core Power Yoga
    9:00am & 10:15am, Boom Island
  • Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam Open House
    9:30am-8:00pm
  • Loring Park Art Festival
    10:00am-6:00pm
  • Wilderness Inquiry Voyageur Canoe Rides
    6:00-8:30pm, Loring Park
  • Twin Cities Carifest
    11:00am-10:00pm, West River Road
  • AquaJam
    4:00pm-8:00pm, West River Parkway
  • Pre-Fireworks Festivities (Ferris Wheel, Family Fun Zone, Live music, Food trucks & more)
    4:00pm-10:00pm, West River Parkway
  • Target Fireworks
    10:00pm, West River Parkway