Aquatennial event schedule revealed

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June 27, 2012 by Sarah M

By Jeremy Zoss

The official civic celebration of Minneapolis is set to return July 13 – 21. Now in its 73rd year, The Aquatennial once again features a huge selection of events designed to highlight the various ways to enjoy Minneapolis in the summer and take place throughout the city. This year’s new events include a smoothie competition at the Midtown Global Market and the Lifetime Triathlon. Here is the official schedule of events for this year’s celebration.


July 13 – 20

Weekdays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Lipton Ice Tea & Honey Aquatennial Plaza Tennis Classic

One Financial Plaza, 2nd Ave. S & S 5th St.


July 13

10:30 a.m.

Senior Alumni Association (SAA) Senior Bowling Tournament

Memory Lanes, 2520 26th Ave. S.


July 13 – July 23

10 Best Days of the Bakken (free admission)

The Bakken Museum, 3537 Zenith Ave S.


July 13 – July 23

Hennepin History Museum’s Aquatennial Exhibit

2303 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis


July 14

4:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Life Time Tri Minneapolis

West Lake Nokomis Parkway


July 14, 15, 19

Twin Cities River Rats Water Ski Show

Mississippi River, West River Road between Broadway Ave. and Plymouth Ave


July 15

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Star Tribune Beach Bash

Featuring the Aquatennial Milk Carton Boat Races and Xcel Energy Sandcastle Competition

Thomas Beach, Lake Calhoun, Minneapolis


July 15

1 p.m. – 5 p.m.


5th Annual Sister Cities Day Celebration & Ice Cream Social

Nicollet Island Pavilion


July 17

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Senior Alumni Association (SAA) Ballroom Dance

Ukrainian Event Center, 301 Main Street NE


July 18

12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Meet the Queen of the Lakes Candidates

City Center Atrium, 40 S 7th St.


July 18

5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Aquatennial Pre-Parade Party at Loring Park: Family Fun Night

Loring Park, 1382 Willow St.


July 18

7:30 p.m.

Life Time Torchlight 5K

Hennepin Ave. from the Basilica of St. Mary to Father Hennepin Bluffs Park


July 18

8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade

Hennepin Ave. between Dunwoody College of Technology & 5th St., Minneapolis


July 19

10 a.m.

500 Card Tournament

Ukrainian Event Center, 301 Main St. NE


July 20

11 a.m.

Senior Coronation Luncheon

Ukrainian Event Center, 301 Main St. NE


July 20

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Queen of the Lakes Coronation

Ted Mann Concert Hall, West Bank, University of Minnesota


July 21

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.


The 6th Annual Tour de Camden

Starting at Creekview Park


July 21

9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

The Salvation Army’s MOST Amazing Race

Various locations throughout Minneapolis


July 21

12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Global Smoothie Smack Down

Midtown Global Market, 920 E Lake St.,


July 21

12 p.m. – 8 p.m.


Midtown Phillips Festival

Stewart Park, 2700 block of 12th Ave. S, Minneapolis


July 21

6 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Target Fireworks

West River Parkway along the Mississippi River


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