May Celebrate the fishing opener each year at Sister Saturday, an event featuring special deals at shops and restaurants all around Waconia.
Arts in the Park
May Join local artists at Purgatory Creek Park in Eden Prairie to check out what the local art scene has to offer. Vendors sell wares including glass, photographs, sculpture and more, and the event also includes kids’ activities, art demonstrations and live music.
Ridgeview Medical Center Annual Golf & Taste Celebration
June The annual Golf & Taste event brings in money to improve health care at the Ridgeview Medical Center. The event features morning and afternoon golf sessions at Island View Golf Club in Waconia, as well as the “taste” portion, which includes samples from top local restaurants.
June The Eden Prairie Lions Club kicks off summer with a weekend of fun including carnival rides, games, a softball tournament, food, beer and bingo. It’s the perfect way to spend a summer day.
Fourth of July
July Annual Fourth of July celebrations across the southwest metro provide fun for the whole family. City Center Park is the place to be in Chanhassen with a carnival, Taste of Chanhassen event and more. Don’t miss events including parades and pickleball at Round Lake Park in Eden Prairie, and a fireworks display over Lake Waconia.
Chaska River City Days
July Chaska celebrates life along the Minnesota River at its annual River City Days festival. The weekend includes an art fair, triathlon, volleyball tournament, live entertainment and lots more fun for the entire family. Don’t forget to scour the city for the special Chaska medallion in the medallion hunt.
Victoria Volksfest and Art Fair
August Victoria Volksfest and Art Fair features everything from stock car racing to games and activities for kids. Be sure to catch the famous “bed races” and fireworks displays, and don’t miss the assortment of live music and entertainment.
Pinky Swear Triathlon
August It’s a pint-sized triathlon to benefit the Pinky Swear Foundation, formerly the Miracles of Mitch Foundation. Kids ages 7 to 17 compete in miniature triathlons on Lake Ann in Chanhassen with proceeds going to the Pinky Swear Foundation.
Carver County Fair
August Celebrate agriculture and community at the annual Carver County Fair in Waconia. Play games at the midway, catch a show in the grandstand, see the 4-H animals, sample fair food and more at this fun, family-friendly event.
Edge of the Big Woods Art Wander
September Head into the homes and studios of some of the southwest metro’s most talented artists during this weekend-long event in Victoria, Chaska, Waconia and other cities. See everyone from potters to jewelry-makers at work, and pick up some original art pieces.
Eden Prairie Art Crawl
September Visitors to the Eden Prairie Art Center are invited to stop by the studios of artists working in media ranging from watercolor to ceramics, chat with the artists, and maybe even pick up a unique piece or two.
November The D.E.A.R. Hunting (Divas Enjoy Awesome Retail) event in downtown Waconia is the perfect way for non-hunters to kick off the deer-hunting season opener. Local shops offer special deals and activities.
November–December Check out the huge pine tree and live reindeer at City Center Park in Chanhassen or go to City Square Park in Chaska for carols and twinkling lights. And don’t miss the tree-lighting ceremony outside Enki Brewing in Victoria. ci.chanhassen.mn.us; ci.chaska.mn.us; ci.victoria.mn.us
Taste of Eden Prairie
February All of Eden Prairie’s greatest culinary talent convenes in one spot at the Taste of Eden Prairie, the signature fundraising event for the Foundation for Eden Prairie Schools.
February Held annually at Lake Ann Park in Chanhassen, the February Festival features more than 1,000 ice fishing holes, and there’s also ice skating, a s’mores cookout, horse-drawn hayrides and more.
Eden Prairie Polar Bear Plunge
March Jump into the freezing-cold Riley Lake as part of the Polar Bear Plunge, a statewide event, which raises money for Special Olympics Minnesota.
Nickle Dickle Day
September One of Waconia’s signature events, Nickle Dickle Day is a citywide festival with something for everyone. From a car show to live music to paintball and a mechanical bull, Nickle Dickle Day is fun for the whole family. The events are open to all, and don’t miss the special deals at retailers throughout town.
Editor’s Note: All dates and details subject to change; events highlighted are merely a snapshot of some of the city’s annual events. For more detailed information, visit southwestmetromag.com.