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Get Ready for the 2019 Aquatennial - July 24 thru 27!

Click here for all 2019 Aquatennial events listing

NOTE: Residents should print this Resident parking pass for July 26 and 27 and put it in their windows so they will be able to easily get through to their building. The residents impacted will be those with parking access off of West River Parkway on either side of Portland and also any apartment building on 1st Street S (across from old Fujiya building).
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Here is a partial list of events - it's going to be a busy 4 days!

Life Time Torchlight 5KWednesday, July 24, 7:30 pm

Location: From Minneapolis Convention to Boom Island

Whether you are a dedicated runner or just someone who jogs from the couch to the fridge, the Life Time Torchlight 5K in Minneapolis is the fun run for everyone! Grab your family, friends and running shoes because the Torchlight 5K starts with a bang and ends with a brew. That’s right, Life Time Fitness’ legendary post-race party features musical entertainment and complimentary refreshments. Then take the NEW shuttle bus system back to the start area. It’s the party of the year that just happens to start with a run! The Torchlight 5K starts near the Minneapolis Convention Center and follows the Aquatennial’s CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade route down Second Avenue. From there, the course weaves to West River Parkway and offers up-close views of the mighty Mississippi, Stone Arch Bridge and St. Anthony Falls, Mill Ruins Park, and more, before finishing at Boom Island.

LifeTime Torchlight 5K After Party - Wednesday, July 24, 7:30 – 10 pm

Location: Boom Island, 724 Sibley St. NE

Celebrate Aquatennial at the Life Time Torchlight 5K After Party! Stop by Boom Island for beverages, music, activities and more as the sun sets on the Minneapolis Skyline and the torchlight hits full force. No need to be a runner to attend this event–it is open to the public, so you can participate whether you are one of the 5,000 Life Time Torchlight 5K racers or not.

Twin Cities River Rats Ski ShowThursday, July 25, 7 pm

Location: West River Road between Plymouth and Broadway

Join the Twin Cities River Rats for a humorous, family-friendly water ski show on the Mississippi River. Watch high-flying stunts, fast-paced barefooting, graceful swivel skiing and even human pyramids courtesy of the talented Twin Cities River Rats crew. Bring beach towels or lawn chairs, and enjoy this free water ski show for the whole family along the banks of the Mississippi River – located just south of the Broadway Bridge. Click Here for more information on the Twin Cities River Rats.

Frey’s Fry Throwdown at Aquatennial - Friday, July 26, 12:00PM - 1:00PM

Location: Nicollet between 9th and 10th Streets

Minneapolis has a celebrated culinary scene, and it also has a mayor with a dynamically delicious name. Why not combine the two? The inaugural Frey’s Frey Throwdown at Aquatennial will combine our city’s food scene with our Official Civic Celebration. Mayor Jacob Frey will help Minneapolis celebrate our famed food scene with a fun event that highlights our city’s creativity. The event will offer a chance for eight Minneapolis restaurants to build a brand new French Fry-centric dish. Celebrity judges will help taste-test these dishes and collectively choose a winner. Join us Friday, July 26 from 12-1 pm on Nicollet between 9th and 10th Streets as we enjoy a fun lunch hour taste-testing Frey-tastic creations in downtown Minneapolis!

Alchemy 365 at Aquatennial - Friday, July 26, 6:00 PM – 6:40 PM

Location: Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Join us at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden (726 Vineland Place) on an early July evening to take in the weather and the atmosphere that comes with the Minneapolis Aquatennial. Celebrate summer in the City!
This class is free and open to all abilities. Check-in begins at 5 pm. Mats are not provided for this class. No pre-registration required, come early to reserve your spot.  Alchemy 365 combines yoga, strength, and conditioning into one class to change the body and renew the mind. Bring a yoga mat and water.

Aquatennial Yoga with Corepower YogaSaturday, July 27, 9 am and 10:15 am

Location: Boom Island, 724 Sibley St. NE

Join the Minneapolis community in celebration of the historic Mississippi riverfront with an all-levels CorePower Yoga class. From 9 to 10 am, explore one of CorePower’s most popular formats C2 + Yoga Sculpt in one class, followed by a 30-minute guided meditation from 10 to 10:15 am. Come for one or both to experience the incredible life-changing things that happen when you root an intensely-physical workout in the mindfulness of yoga. Bring your own mat and stay for giveaways after class! 

Aquatennial Pre-Fireworks EventsSaturday, July 27, 4 – 10 pm

Location: West River Parkway near Portland Avenue

Join the fun for the Aquatennial Pre-Fireworks events leading up to the Target Fireworks at 10 pm. Stop by for music, food and more as you await one of the nation’s top five annual fireworks shows. The fun includes live music, a kid’s zone, food trucks and more!

AquaJamSaturday, July 27, 4 – 8 pm

Location: West River Parkway near Stone Arch Bridge 

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 right along West River Parkway. Stop by and either take part or watch incredible skateboard just steps away from foods, beverages, shopping, live music and more. AquaJam is presented by Fulton Beer and Familia Skateshop.

Minneapolis Craft Market – Pre-Fireworks Festivities - Saturday, July 27, 4 – 10 pm

Location: West River Parkway near Stone Arch Bridge 

Minneapolis Craft Market is joining the fun of the 2019 Minneapolis Aquatennial festivities on the Mississippi Riverfront with the first annual Aquatennial Night Market. The marketplace will feature 50 local artists selling handmade goods including woodwork, jewelry, apparel, home goods and more. They’ll be joined by local record store Solsta Records with their Rockin’ Roller mobile record store and DJ bus. Find the market on Chicago Mall (Mill City Farmers Market site), a prime location for gathering with friends and enjoying the activities while waiting for the fireworks to start. Minneapolis Craft Market is a mobile marketplace highlighting independent artists and designers of the North. Founded in 2015, the market is hosted at venues throughout the Twin Cities more than 60 times per year and has an approved vendor roster of more than 1,000 local artists.

Target Fireworks ShowSaturday, July 27, 10 pm

Location: Along the Mississippi River in Downtown Minneapolis

Join the Minneapolis Aquatennial in celebrating another year with the Target Fireworks, considered one of the top five annual fireworks displays in the nation. Get there early! Space fills up pretty quickly at this beloved event along West River Parkway and on the Stone Arch Bridge. Bring sunscreen for the afternoon and bug spray for the evening. The best spots are between Gold Medal Park and the Third Avenue Bridge on West River Parkway. While you’re there: enjoy a show, tour or walk on the Endless Bridge at the Guthrie Theater, learn about Minneapolis’ history at the Mill City Museum, enjoy a morning at the Mill City Farmers Market or a leisurely afternoon at Gold Medal Park. Stop by Stone Arch Bridge and check out the skyline view from the Mississippi River. And tune into Go 96.3 to enjoy the simulcast of music set to the Target Fireworks display.

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