We know it’s summer when…

…it’s time for the Minneapolis Aquatennial! In its 74th year, this festival celebratesaquaLogo summer fun in the Twin Cities and runs July 12-20 – nine days of fun in the sun. Here’s a run-down of some of this year’s events: (click on the links for more detail)

A Roll ‘n Stroll for Mental Health

Midtown Global Music Festival

photo credit-Richard W Wong

photo credit-Richard W Wong

The Star Tribune Beach Bash featuring a sandcastle building competition, milk carton boat races, a blood center drive, and canoe rides

Salvation Army Fun Run

The Twin Cities River Rats Water Ski Show on the Mississippi (4 opportunities to see it during the week)

Paddleboard Benefit Fun Race for Homeless Youth

photo - Richard Westley Wong

photo – Richard Westley Wong

The Torchlight Parade

Global Smoothie Smack Down (I have no idea what that is so I’ll have to check it out!)

photo-Richard Westley Wong

photo-Richard Westley Wong

Target Fireworks will close out the week

Buying a Skipper Pin supports the Aquatennial and provides exclusive offers and discounts at local restaurants and shopping venues. This year’s winning design was created by Nik Yahya Nik Rushdi, a graphic design student at the University of Minnesota.

And if you’re a get-involved kind of person, there’s a multitude of volunteer opportunities. You can help as much or as little as you Aquatennial Volunteers_Shine_Programwant. In addition to being part of the fun, volunteers receive a t-shirt, special viewing area for the fireworks, and a volunteer appreciation party.

Summer’s here! What are you waiting for??


About Stacy Monson

Stacy is an award-winning author and freelance writer. Shattered Image and Dance of Grace, Books 1 and 2 of the Chain of Lakes Series, are available on Amazon in print and ebook formats. Book 3 will release Spring of 2017. Past president and founder of MN-NICE, the Minnesota ACFW chapter, she is now the Area Director for Minnesota.
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