Minneapolis Aquatennial

Often called “Best Days of Summer,” the Minneapolis Aquatennial will return July 18-21, 2018 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 2018 Aquatennial Guide by Twin Cities Moms Blog for more information about this year's festivities! 

Events

Wednesday, July 18th

  • Aquatennial Blood Drive
    9:00am-3:00pm
  • Lawn Games and Activities | Go Outside with Hennepin County
    11:30am-1:30pm
  • Loring Park Pre-Parade Family Fun Night
    6:00-8:30pm
  • USTA Northern Rally the Family Tennis Lessons
    6:00p-8:30pm
  • Wilderness Inquiry Voyageur Canoe Rides
    6:00-8:30pm
  • Life Time Torchlight 5K
    7:30pm
  • CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade
    8:30pm

Thursday, July 19th

  • Nicollet Farmers Market
    6:00am-6:00pm
  • Aquatennial Blood Drive
    9:00am-3:00pm
  • Go Outside with Hennepin County Piano Performance
    12:00-1:00pm
  • JB Hudson Family Fun Fest
    3:00-7:00pm
  • Twin Cities River Rats Water Ski Show
    7:00pm

Friday, July 20th

  • Aquatennial Blood Drive
    9:00am-3:00pm
  • Alchemy 365 at Aquatennial
    5:30pm
  • Aquatennial’s Fulton Downtown Thunderdome
    4:30-9:15pm
  • Twin Cities River Rats Water Ski Show
    7:00pm

Saturday, July 21st

  • National Parks Service Picnic & Lock Tours
    11:00am-5:00pm
  • Aquatennial Skyline Fest: Stand-Up Paddleboard Races, Wilderness Inquiry Voyageur Canoe Rides and Core Power Yoga classes
    11:00am
  • AquaJam Best Trick: Skateboarding
    6:00pm
  • Pre-Fireworks Festivities (Family Fun Zone presented by Tom’s of Maine, Live music, Food trucks & more) 
    6:00-10:00pm
  • Target Fireworks
    10:00pm

Downtown this weekend? Might as well make the most of it! 

It's a weekend of festivities in Minneapolis! Stop by US Bank Stadium on Thursday for the X Games X Fest (free to the public!) and buy your tickets now for 2018's competitions and music. Looking for a way to wind down at the end of the weekend? Bring your family and friends to the free ice cream social during Sister Cities Day, an annual event celebrating our Sister Cities program and the connections it creates locally and internationally. 

To make the most out of your Aquatennial experience, don't worry about driving home. Make a weekend out of it! It's more fun when you sleep over (we promise). Be sure to check out the best hotel deals plus summer events and things to do during your weekend getaway.