Hopkins' 77th Annual Raspberry Festival begins this week

It's hard to believe it's already prime raspberry-picking time in Minnesota. Plenty of us are clueless to this bit of information, but for citizens of Hopkins, this is probably old news. Actually, it's fairly old news. The bumpy little red berries put this Minneapolis 'burb on the map back in 1934.

Hopkins's Raspberry Festival was originally started to help boost their economy during the Great Depression. The festival lives on (even though the vast raspberry crops don't) and this week the 77th annual Raspberry Fest activities begin.


The hunt for the Golden Raspberry is already underway; whoever finds the palm-sized medallion hidden somewhere in Hopkins during the festival wins a $500 cash prize. Activities throughout the week feature royalty coronations and outdoor music performances. The weekend is full from morning until night with even more fun activities. Saturday includes a craft fair, rugby tournament, soap box derby, karaoke contest, and street dance. The Masonic Lodge will also be welcoming visitors during their open house.

Sunday features their Grande Day Parade, pig roast, and other family friendly activities.

Find out more about the 77th Annual Raspberry Fest by visiting their complete schedule of events.