Minneapolis Aquatennial

Often called “Best Days of Summer,” the Minneapolis Aquatennial will return July 21-24, 2021 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 for more information about this year's festivities and to learn how to register for specific events.

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Events

Wednesday, July 21st

  • Aquatennial Blood Drive
    9:00am-3:00pm, Peavey Plaza
  • Lunchtime Lawn Games
    11:30am-1:30pm, Peavey Plaza
  • Pianos on Parade Performance
    12:00pm-1:00pm, Peavey Plaza
  • CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade
    7:30pm, Nicollet between 12th Street and 4th Street

Thursday, July 22nd

  • Nicollet Farmers Market & Makers Market
    6:00am-2:00pm, Nicollet between 6th and 8th Street
  • Aquatennial Blood Drive
    9:00am-3:00pm, Peavey Plaza
  • Lunchtime Lawn Games
    11:30am-1:30pm, Peavey Plaza
  • MNSpin live music performance featuring Twins of Franklin
    12:00pm-1:00pm, Peavey Plaza
  • Pianos on Parade Performance Presented by PNC Bank featuring James “Cornbread” Harris
    5:00pm-6:00pm, Peavey Plaza
  • Concert at the Commons featuring Jessica Vines
    5:30pm-6:30pm, 425 Portland Ave. So.
  • Aquatennial Workout Party with YWCA of Minneapolis
    6:00pm-7:00pm, Peavey Plaza
  • Twin Cities River Rats Water Ski Show
    7:00pm, Mississippi River, West River Road
  • Minnesota Twins vs. Los Angeles Angels
    7:00pm, Target Field

Friday, July 23rd

  • The Alley Project
    4:30pm & 5:30pm, Mixed Participation
  • Alchemy 365 at Aquatennial
    5:30pm-6:30pm, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
  • Twin Cities River Rats Water Ski Show
    7:00pm, Mississippi River, West River Road
  • Minnesota Twins vs. Los Angeles Angels
    7:00pm, Target Field

Saturday, July 24th

  • Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam Open House
    10:00am-6:00pm, 1 Portland Ave.
  • Twin Cities Carifest
    11:00am-10:00pm, West River Road
  • Jonny Pops Pop In - Ice Cream Social
    11:00am-1:00pm, Midtown Global Market
  • City of Lakes Market
    6:00pm-10:00pm, Chicago Mall
  • Pre-Fireworks Festivities
    6:00pm-10:00pm, West River Parkway
  • Minnesota Twins vs. Los Angeles Angels
    7:00pm, Target Field
  • Target Fireworks
    10:00pm, West River Parkway