Do the Aquatennial | Sat., July 21

Hi-res Aquatennial images, videos, logos and other assets are available in Resources.

Family Favorite! Target Fireworks
10 p.m. | West River Parkway near the Stone Arch Bridge
Join the Minneapolis Aquatennial in celebrating another year and watch the Target Fireworks light up the Minneapolis Sky! Considered one of the top five annual fireworks displays in the nation, the event will take place at 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 21. Come early and stop by the Aquatennial Pre-Fireworks Events that run from 6-10 p.m. as you await one of the nation’s top fireworks shows. The fun includes live music, a Kids Zone, food trucks and more! Once fireworks start, tune into Go 96.3 to hear music that is aligned with the fireworks. About 2-4 hours of work go into each minute of the fireworks show, ensuring the display and the music are perfectly synced. Be sure to claim your seat for Target Fireworks early because viewing areas fill up very quick!

POPULAR TIP! Visitors can ride the bus or light rail to AquaJam, the Pre-Fireworks Events and Target Fireworks for FREE! Download and print a Metro Transit Free Ride pass at Aquatennial.com/Fireworks.

Media Parking Tips:
Press parking is available near Gold Medal Park/Guthrie Theater. Enter at 11th and West River Parkway. An officer will let you through and direct you where to park; you will not need an obstruction permit. Contact Elizabeth Pavlica and we will work with you to make parking accommodations.

NEW! Aquatennial Skyline Fest
11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Boom Island, 724 Sibley St. NE
Skyline Festival at Boom Island on the mighty Mississippi is the biggest paddle sport race in Minneapolis! The Skyline Festival is a jam-packed day filled with tons of fun for young and old. This festival has a race for everyone, including: a 5K Open race for any and all who want to test themselves on a board, a 10K for more experienced racers, and a 200M Fastest Paddler race presented by iDol Surf. In addition to the paddleboarding there will be SUP Yoga, Board Demo Zone, great food, delicious beer, tons of local merchant tents, and a raffle with great prizes. 

Media Parking Tips:
Parking is available in the Boom Island parking lot. Contact Elizabeth Pavlica and we will work with you to make parking accommodations.

AquaJam Best Trick
6-8 p.m. | Guthrie Theater Parking Lot
An Aquatennial classic event is back! Join us for AquaJam, a legacy event that was a popular Aquatennial destination during the 1980s. This year’s event is taking place at the Guthrie Theater’s parking lot, equidistant from the Target Fireworks/pre-fireworks festivities and X Games at U.S. Bank Stadium. Stop by this free event presented by Fulton Beer and Familia Skateshop to watch local skateboarders take part in a Best Trick Contest on new obstacles!

Media Parking Tips:
Hooded parking is available along West River Road near the Guthrie. Contact Elizabeth Pavlica and we will work with you to make parking accommodations.

Get details for the following events here.

  • National Parks Service Picnic & Lock Tours | 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saint Anthony Falls Lock and Dam
  • Aquatennial Skyline Fest (Wilderness Inquiry Canoe Rides and CorePower Yoga) | 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Boom Island
  • AquaJam Best Trick | 6 – 8 p.m., Guthrie Theater Parking Lot
  • AAO Ambassador Coronation | 4 – 6 p.m., Ted Mann Concert Hall, University of Minnesota West Bank Details
  • Aquatennial Pre-Fireworks Events | 6 – 10 p.m., West River Parkway near Portland Avenue
  • Target Fireworks | 10 p.m., West River Parkway near Stone Arch Bridge Details
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Schedule

Wednesday, July 18 | Thursday, July 19 | Friday, July 20 | Saturday, July 21

WEDNESDAY, JULY 18

  Red Cross Aquatennial Blood Drive
Wednesday, July 18, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. | IDS Center Crystal Court, 80 S. 8th St.
Sign up to make a blood donation and help the Red Cross meet their goal of 120 pints (the capacity of an average beer keg).  More about this event

  Wednesday Lawn Games and Activities | Go Outside with Hennepin County
Wednesday, July 18, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm | Hennepin County Government Center South Plaza, 300 S. 6th St.
Escape the office and play a game of bags or connect four, or calm you mind in a meditation area with blankets and yoga mats.

  Loring Park Pre-Parade Family Fun Night
Wednesday, July 18, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. | Loring Park, 1382 Willow St.
Free canoe rides and tennis lessons, carnival games, food trucks and more family fun before the CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade. More about this event

  Life Time Torchlight 5K
Wednesday, July 18, 7:30 p.m. start | Starting line at the Basilica of St. Mary
From the Basilica of St. Mary to Father Hennepin Bluff Park, the Aquatennial 5K is one of the most scenic urban night races in the country. More about this event

  FLAGSHIP EVENT! CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade
Wednesday, July 18, 8:30 p.m. | Hennepin Ave., starting at the Basilica of St. Mary and ending at 5th St. N.
The largest nighttime parade in Minnesota features royalty, floats and marching bands from more than 42 cities across the state. More about this event

 


THURSDAY, JULY 19

  Red Cross Aquatennial Blood Drive
Thursday, July 19, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. | IDS Center Crystal Court, 80 S. 8th St.
Sign up to make a blood donation and help the Red Cross meet their goal of 120 pints (the capacity of an average beer keg).  More about this event

  Go Outside with Hennepin County | Piano Performance
Thursday, July 19, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m | Hennepin County Government Center South Plaza, 300 S. 6th St
Grab a spot on the South Plaza and relax and enjoy a live piano performance from Celeste Heule.

  JB Hudson Family Fun Fest
Thursday, July 19, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m | JB Hudson Jewelers, 901 Nicollet Mall
Crafts for the kids, live watchmaking demonstrations for the adults and hot dogs and cool treats for the whole family. More about this event

 NEW! CorePower Yoga & Meditation Hike
Thursday, July 19, 6:00 p.m | Father Hennepin Bluff Park, 420 SE Main St.
Wind down with CorePower Yoga at a free yoga session followed by a guided meditation hike through Hennepin Island Trail and ending with gratitude practice along the river.

  FAMILY FAVORITE! Twin Cities River Rats Water Ski Show Team
Thursday, July 19, 7:00 p.m. | Mississippi River, West River Rd. between the Broadway St. and Plymouth Ave. bridges.
The River Rats waterski team is back with a thrilling new show featuring jumps, pyramids and acrobatics. More about this event

 


FRIDAY, JULY 20

  Red Cross Aquatennial Blood Drive
Friday, July 20, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. | IDS Center Crystal Court, 80 S. 8th St.
Sign up to make a blood donation and help the Red Cross meet their goal of 120 pints (the capacity of an average beer keg).  More about this event

  NEW! Alchemy 365 at Aquatennial
Friday, July 18, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. | Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, 726 Vineland Pl.
Start the weekend with a free fitness class at the picturesque Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. More about this event

  FAMILY FAVORITE! Twin Cities River Rats Water Ski Show Team
Friday, July 20, 7:00 p.m. | Mississippi River, West River Rd. between the Broadway St. and Plymouth Ave. bridges.
The River Rats waterski team is back with a thrilling new show featuring jumps, pyramids and acrobatics. More about this event

  NEW! Aquatennial’s Fulton Downtown Thunderdome
Friday, July 20, 4:30 to 9:00 p.m. | Fulton Taproom, 414 6th Ave. N.
Bike racing returns to Downtown Minneapolis! More about this event


SATURDAY, JULY 21

  NEW! Aquatennial Skyline Fest
Saturday, July 21, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. | Boom Island, 724 Sibley St. NE
Head to Boom Island for the inaugural Aquatennial Skyline Fest – the biggest paddle sport race in Minneapolis! More about this event

 NEW! CorePower Yoga at Aquatennial Skyline Fest
Saturday, July 21, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. | Boom Island, 724 Sibley St. NE
Join CorePower Yoga for free yoga sessions throughout the day on Boom Island.

NEW! National Parks Service Picnic & Lock Tours
Saturday, July 21, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. | Saint Anthony Falls Lock and Dam, 1 Portland Ave. 
The National Parks Service is offering free tours of the Saint Anthony Falls Lock and Dam.

  AquaJam Best Trick
Saturday, July 21, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. | Guthrie Theater parking lot, 818 S. 2nd St.
AquaJam skateboarding competition is the most ‘X-treme’ performance the Guthrie has ever hosted! More about this event

  AAO Ambassador Coronation
Saturday, July 21, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. | Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2128 S. 4th St.
Who will take home the tiara, and who will join her as Aquatennial Princesses? More about this event

  Aquatennial Pre-Fireworks Festivities
Saturday, July 21, 6:00 p.m. | West River Pkwy. near Portland Ave.
Come early to get your viewing spot for the Target Fireworks!More about this event

  FEATURED EVENT! Target Fireworks
Saturday, July 21, 10:00 p.m. | West River Pkwy. between Gold Medal Park and the 3rd Ave. bridge
The 2018 Minneapolis Aquatennial ends with a BOOM on Saturday night! More about this event

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Favorites

Aquatennial Skipper Pins & Promotions

The Aquatennial’s annual Skipper Pin commemorates the year and is your ticket to exclusive promotions and freebies at local businesses throughout the downtown area. Show off your 2018 Skipper Pin from Sunday, July 1, through Saturday, July 21, to enjoy freebies and promotions at a collection of downtown businesses, including the Fulton Brewing Taproom, Cardigan Donuts, The Local, Walker Art Center and more.

The 2018 Skipper Pin is $5 and can be purchased at Aquatennial.com/Shop. For a full list of 2018 Skipper Pin promotions and offers, please visit Aquatennial.com/Participate.

Volunteer with the Aquatennial

The Aquatennial wouldn’t be what it is without the hundreds of volunteers that generously donate their time through the Aquatennial Volunteer Program sponsored by U.S. Bank. This year, you can be part of all the fun! Aquatennial volunteers take part in events including the CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade, Target Fireworks and more.

This annual Aquatennial Volunteer Program sponsored by U.S. Bank offers a chance for individuals or corporate groups to have fun while giving back to the community during Minneapolis’ Official Civic Celebration. Perks include access to the premier viewing area at the Target Fireworks on Saturday, July 21, a t-shirt and more. The earlier you or your team sign up, the more volunteer times and locations you’ll have to choose from. For more information or to sign up, visit Aquatennial.com/Volunteer or http://signup.com/go/AczPTqx.

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Getting Here

Transit

Metro Transit services the area through Light Rail Transit (Green Line to and from St. Paul, Blue Line to and from MSP International Airport/Mall of America) as well as bus routes connecting across the metro area.

Parking

Surface and ramp parking locations are available throughout downtown.

Bike Sharing

Nice Ride bikes are located at convenient stations throughout the downtown area. Find one near you here: https://secure.niceridemn.org/map/

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Resources

Press Releases

Stillwater-Native & X Games Standout Nicole Hause to Grand Marshal Aquatennial’s CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade (July 9, 2018)
Run, Row and Rediscover Minneapolis at Aquatennial (June 19, 2018)

High resolution images for media use. Click image to download.

Wilderness Inquiry Voyageur Canoe Rides – Loring Park Pre-Parade Family Fun Night
Photo Credit: Dusty Hoskovec, via Aquatennial

Life Time Torchlight 5K
Photo Credit: Dusty Hoskovec, via Aquatennial

CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade
Photo Credit: Dusty Hoskovec Photography

      

Nicole Hause, Grand Marshal, 2018 CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade
X Games standout and Stillwater native.

Twin Cities River Rats Water Ski Show Team Waterskiing Performances
Photo Credit: Dusty Hoskovec, via Aquatennial

  

Skyline Fest Paddle Boarding
Photo Credit: SUP Minneapolis

  

Aquatennial Pre-Fireworks Festivities
Photo Credit: Dusty Hoskovec, via Aquatennial

    

AquaJam
Photo Credit: Dusty Hoskovec, via Aquatennial

  

Target Fireworks
Photo Credit: Dusty Hoskovec, via Aquatennial

    

Aquatennial Logos and Graphics

 

 

Aquatennial Videos

NEW! Aquatennial Skyline Fest | Sat., July 21, 2018 on Boom Island

Join us Saturday, July 21, for Aquatennial Skyline Fest – a jam-packed, fun-filled day on beautiful Boom Island Park. SUP Minneapolis’ “ocean style” paddleboarding competition begins at 11 a.m. with races for every level. Even if you’re not a natural paddle boarder like Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, you’ll enjoy Wilderness Inquiry canoe rides, CorePower Yoga, local merchant tents, great food and beer, exciting raffles and more!

NEW! Aquatennial Skyline Fest | Sat., July 21 on Boom Island

Minneapolis Aquatennial Te Invita | Minneapolis Aquatennial Welcomes You

Minneapolis Aquatennial te invita a participar junto a tu familia de la celebración cívica oficial de nuestra ciudad. Únete a nosotros downtown Minneapolis en Julio y disfruta de varios eventos totalmente gratis para celebrar juntos en comunidad, el Minneapolis Aquatennial. — The Minneapolis Aquatennial invites you and your family to participate in our city’s official civic celebration!

Minneapolis Aquatennial Te Invita | Minneapolis Aquatennial Welcomes You

Run, Ride, Row and Rediscover Minneapolis at Aquatennial | July 18-21, 2018

The Aquatennial, Minneapolis’ Official Civic Celebration, returns this summer July 18-21 with a focus on fitness along with the traditional highlights including the CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade on Wednesday, July 18 and the Target Fireworks on Saturday, July 21.

Run, Ride, Row and Rediscover Minneapolis at Aquatennial | July 18-21, 2018