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Minneapolis Aquatennial 2019

Daily from July 24-27
Time Varies
Art, Family Events, Festivals, Sports - Spectator

While some summer festivals have a strong theme or central event, the Minneapolis Aquatennial is more of a collection of fun things to do. Those include the Torchlight Parade through downtown, family fun in Loring Park, lawn games at the Government Center, yoga in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, wild stunts at the Twin Cities River Rats Ski Show, and fireworks at Target Field. Other major events are also under the Aquatennial umbrella, such as the Loring Park Art Festival, the Nicollet Farmers Market, and Carifest, which celebrates Caribbean arts, music, and food. Things kick off Wednesday; the Torchlight parade begins at 7:30 p.m. at Second Avenue/the Minneapolis Convention Center, then goes to West River Parkway, and on to Boom Island. For a complete schedule, check out


Join us in downtown Minneapolis for the 2019 Aquatennial on July 24-27!

Minneapolis’ Official Civic Celebration features more than two dozen free events, bookended by the CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade on Wednesday, July 24 (8:30 pm) on 2nd Avenue and the Target Fireworks on Saturday, July 27 (10 pm display, festivities begin at 4 pm) along West River Parkway near the Stone Arch Bridge.

Learn more and view Aquatennial’s full schedule at or follow along on social media @Aquatennial.