Aquatennial 2020 Family Fun Guide

In 2020, Aquatennial runs from July 22nd through July 25th. 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). As of May 14th, Aquatennial is still on in 2020. Stay tuned as details solidify.

Torchlight Parade
Courtesy of Aquatennial website, photo credit Andy Swarbrick 2015

Aquatennial Family Events

Wednesday July 22nd

 • 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
Minneapolis Aquatennial River Rats Show. Image courtesy Aquatennial; photographer Andy Swarbrick

Thursday July 23rd

Nicollet Farmers Market 6am-6pm Nicollet (between 6th and 9th Streets) • Stop by the weekly downtown Farmers Market. (Currently on hold for 2020)

Go Outside with Hennepin County Piano Performance 12pm-1pm Hennepin County Government Center South Plaza • Enjoy this weekly summer piano performance during Thursday lunch hours. (Currently on hold for 2020)

• 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

Saturday July 25th

Family Fun Zone 4pm10 pm West River Parkway near Portland Avenue • Family-friendly games and activities.

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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