Minneapolis Aquatennial

Often called “Best Days of Summer,” the Minneapolis Aquatennial will return July 24-27, 2019 with a jam-packed schedule of events.

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 24th

  • 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 25th

  • 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 26th

  • 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 27th

  • 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