Celebrate the City of Minneapolis at the Minneapolis Aquatennial

  • Celebrate the City of Minneapolis at the Minneapolis Aquatennial

    POSTED July 21, 2016

    Photo Credit: Andy Swarbrick

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The Minneapolis Aquatennial celebrations are in full swing. Yesterday kicked off the official start of the four-day celebration. The Minneapolis Aquatennial is the official civic celebration of the City of Minneapolis. No tickets are required to attend the Aquatennial, however there are some events that require registration.

There are all sorts of festivities happening Wednesday-Saturday. Events range from a 5K to a blood drive to a tennis classic. There is something for everyone in the family. The celebration concludes with Target Fireworks near the Stone Arch Bridge at 10:00 p.m. on Saturday. For a full list of the events, click here.

The Aquatennial is a treasured tradition that is celebrated throughout the city. The first celebration was held in 1940. It was created as a way to help Minneapolis rebrand its image as the “City of Lakes”.  It is held during the third week in July, because the founders believed it was the hottest and driest week of the summer, and thought it was the perfect time to honor and celebrate the city’s lakes. 

The global health and wellness convention that put Minnesota on the map as a destination for medical meetings is coming back for round two this October.


Aug. 8-10, 2019
Minneapolis, Minnesota


If you've ever gone to a brewery and thought the only thing missing was a dog peanut butter eating contest, you'll be glad to hear Loews Minneapolis Hotel and Kieran's Irish Pub will be hosting the second annual Pints for Pups fundraiser to benefit Safe Hands Rescue. From 4-8 p.m.