2019 participation information will be coming soon. Here is a look back at the 2018 Aquatennial participation opportunities:


2018 Skipper Pin Promotions

Purchase your 2018 Aquatennial Skipper Pins today by visiting www.aquatennial.com/shop and get great deals! Between July 1 and July 21, unless otherwise noted, your Skipper Pin will get you freebies and promotions from local businesses around downtown, including:

Downtown Business Promotion Available
Walker Art Center Two for one admission.
D’Amico & Sons Gaviidae Buy One Get One at 50% for sandwiches and salads, not available with other offers. Available Monday through Saturday 11-3.
Hyatt Regency Get the best of summer at Prairie Kitchen and Bar in Hyatt Regency Minneapolis!
Any guest that comes in with their Aquatennial Pin will receive 20% off their bill (excluding alcoholic drinks).
Happy Hour 3pm to 6pm every day!
Lakes & Legends Brewing Company Buy one beverage, get one free.
Fulton Brewing Taproom What’s better than a refreshing Fulton beverage to celebrate Aquatennial with? How about two? Present your 2018 Skipper pin for a special Aquatennial BOGO deal in the Fulton Taproom.
Fogo De Chao July 15th-20th: DINNER SPECIAL $35!! Market Table-our Gourmet Salad Bar of 70+ items + 12 of our Meats served tableside by our Gaucho Chef’s and a COMPLIMENTARY DESSERT! *Beverages, tax, and gratuity are additional*
Rosenthal Furniture Free design consult and comped parking in parking lot for anyone who gets a consult and shows their Skipper Pin.  (Value of $125)
Dakota Jazz Club Enjoy one free beverage on the Dakota patio. *some restrictions apply*
Cardigan Donuts Buy one get one on any donut.
The Local BOGO on The Local’s signature cocktail: Big and Skinny gingers.
Gluek’s $10 off a $30 purchase for lunches 11am – 3pm.
 Alchemy 365 Receive two drop-in classes for the price of one.
 Roe Wolfe + True Hue Receive one free True Hue signature candle with $100 or more purchase from Roe Wolfe.
 CorePower Yoga 1 free week of unlimited yoga at any participating CorePower Yoga studio, for new students only.
FINNEGANS Brew Co. BOGO brews at the taproom.
Haskell’s BOGO beverage – coffee, wine, or beer
People’s Organic $5 off any purchase of $25 or more.
Lokel and Love Save 20% on any purchase of $10 or more.  Code: Aqua18
Mission American Kitchen and Bar $10 off $40 purchase.  Not valid with any other offers or discounts. Valid July 1-20.

Click Here to download the Skipper Pins promotions guide in PDF form.

Thank you to our Aquatennial Skipper Pin Corporate Program Sponsors:

614 Company
Mortenson Construction

** 2018 Aquatennial Skipper Pin must be present to receive promotion. All offers valid July 1-July 21 unless otherwise noted. Exceptions/Restrictions may apply on some specials. Check with establishment for details.


Save a life at Aquatennial—Give Blood!

Blood donations are in great need, and you can help save a life by giving blood with the American Red Cross at the Minneapolis Aquatennial. Our blood drive will take place Wednesday, July 18 (9 am-3 pm), Thursday, July 19 (9 am-2 pm) and Friday, July 20 (9 am-3 pm) at IDS Center Crystal Court. You can sign up online in advance and secure your spot today. Thank you to our partners, BUZ’N 102.9 FM, 104.1 JACK FM and 830 WCCO-AM.

Plus, your team can take part of our company challenge. The company that signs up the most participants for the Aquatennial Blood Drive will win 20 passes for the Target Fireworks VIP viewing area on Saturday, July 21 at 10 pm along West River Parkway near the Stone Arch Bridge!



Enjoy Aquatennial Skyline Fest!

Aquatennial Skyline Fest is the biggest paddle sport race in Minneapolis! Join us on July 21 from 11 am-5 pm at Boom Island on and along the mighty Mississippi for an “ocean style” race with a good Midwest city feel. This year SUP Minneapolis is adding to the ohana by partnering with the Aquatennial and featuring stand-up paddle board races: a 5K Open race for any and all who want to test themselves on a board, a 10K for the more experienced racers, and a 200M Fastest Paddler race presented by iDol Surf. But it will also be a jam-packed day filled with fun for everyone on land. Take part in the on-water festivities or just join us at Boom Island for food, beverages, a Board Demo Zone, SUP yoga and more.

Click Here to sign up and take part in this year’s 5K, 10K or 200M Fastest Paddler races.


Run the Life Time Torchlight 5K

Get your run on and enjoy a post-race party along the Mississippi Riverfront!



Whether you are a dedicated runner or just someone who jogs from the couch to the fridge, the Life Time Torchlight 5k is the fun run for everyone!

The Life Time Torchlight 5k starts near historic Basilica of Saint Mary and ends with a legendary post-race party featuring musical entertainment and refreshments.

For more information on the Life Time Torchlight 5k or to register, CLICK HERE.

Become a volunteer through the Aquatennial Volunteer Program sponsored by U.S. Bank

Each year the Aquatennial continues to thrive thanks to the hundreds of individuals that help out through the Aquatennial Volunteer Program Sponsored by U.S. Bank. This year, you can be part of all the fun! Don’t miss out on being part of the Aquatennial Volunteer Program sponsored by U.S. Bank! Ask us about volunteer opportunities by sending us an inquiry (using the subject Volunteer Inquiry) and take part in events like the CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade, Target Fireworks and more. This annual program offers a chance for individuals or corporate groups to have fun while giving back to your community during Minneapolis’ Official Civic Celebration. Perks include access to the premier viewing area at the Target Fireworks on Saturday, July 21, a t-shirt and more. The earlier you sign up, the more volunteer times and locations will be available for your team. For more information, email [email protected].

Click below to sign up for volunteer time slots:

Click to Sign Up For Aquatennial Volunteer Opportunities