Family Fun Twin Cities Guide to the Aquatennial 2015

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Summer Fun

courtesy Aquatennial website

Starting on July 22, Minneapolis will be hosting its annual summer party. While this year the Aquatennial has been shortened to four days, you won’t miss the most popular and 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).


Torchlight Parade

Courtesy of Aquatennial website, photo credit Andy Swarbrick

Wednesday, July 22

Centerpoint Energy Torchlight Parade
8:30 pm
Hennepin Ave from Dunwoody College of Technology to 5th Street

Twin Cities River Rats

image courtesy Aquatennial, photo courtesy Andy Swarbrick

 Thursday, July 23

Twin Cities River Rats Show
Mississippi River
West River Parkway
between Plymouth Avenue and Broadway Avenue

6 pm & 8 pm (bring your bug spray and something to sit on)



Target Fireworks

image courtesy of Aquatennial, photo credit Andy Swarbrick

Saturday, July 25

Twin Cities Carifest
11 am-10 pm
West River Parkway between Plymouth and Broadway
A Caribbean Festival with traditional music, food, dance, crafts. Don’t miss the traditional carnival parade

Midtown Phillips Festival
Noon-8 pm
Stewart Park
A multi-ethnic celebration with food, soccer, music and so much more.

Target Fireworks

courtesy Aquatennial, photo credit Andy Swarbrick

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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Gianna Kordatzky

I am married to the craziest, most awesome man I know. We have four kids--Ranging in ages from 5-10. You can learn more about my life as a mother and wife at .

I love to throw parties and be with friends. I love to read my Bible and grow closer to God. I love to eat and exercise. I have learned to love coffee.
And I could really use a nap.


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