Aquatennial 2019 Family Fun Guide


In 2019, Aquatennial runs from July 24th through July 27th. This Minneapolis annual summer party began in 1940 and, while it is not as long as it once was, you won’t want to miss the most popular fun and FREE events including the Torchlight Parade and Target Fireworks.These four days are packed with several free options to enjoy (minus parking fees when and where they apply). Stay tuned for more details coming in July.

Torchlight Parade

Courtesy of Aquatennial website, photo credit Andy Swarbrick 2015

2019 Aquatennial Family Events

Wednesday July 24th

 • Loring Park Pre-Parade Family Fun Night • 6pm-8:30pm • Loring Park • Come to the parade early to find a spot and enjoy pre-parade fun, including Free Wilderness Inquiry Voyageur Canoe Rides, free tennis lessons with USTA, food trucks and family-friendly activities.

 • CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade • 8:30pm-10:30pm • Hennepin Avenue, from Basilica of Saint Mary to 5th Street

Twin Cities River Rats

image courtesy Aquatennial, photo courtesy Andy Swarbrick

Thursday July 25th

Nicollet Farmers Market 6am-6pm Nicollet (between 6th and 9th Streets) • Stop by the weekly downtown Farmers Market.

• Twin Cities River Rats Show • 6:30pm-9pm • Mississippi River/West River Parkway between Plymouth Avenue and Broadway Avenue Bring your bug spray and something to sit on. 

Target Fireworks

image courtesy of Aquatennial, photo credit Andy Swarbrick

Thursday July 25th

Target Fireworks 10 pm • 3rd Avenue Bridge, Mill District • The culmination of the best day of summer!  Get there early as space fills up quickly.


For more information about the Aquatennial, make sure you check out the website!


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