Minneapolis Aquatennial Goes From 10 to 4 Days


This weekend, organizers behind the Minneapolis Aquatennial, a citywide celebration dubbed the "10 best days of summer," announced that the event has been scaled back to four days. While some new activities may be scheduled, and some traditional events will endure, this also means farewell to a few beloved happenings.

One event of note that will not be returning this year is the Calhoun Beach Bash, a family-friendly party that featured a sandcastle competition and the milk-carton races.

Events that are returning this year include the Torchlight Parade, the 5K run, the River Rat performances, and the Target Fireworks grand finale.

"None of this was financial based," spokesperson Leah Wong recently told KARE 11. "Our budget is staying consistent with past years and in fact will probably increase a little bit based on the new things we are layering into the schedule."

This will be the 75th year for the celebration, which draws 300,000 to 400,000 festival-goers each summer.

No word yet on what new events are to be added to the schedule, but you can keep an eye out for more info via the festival's website.