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Special Events

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Check out the City calendar for more information about the City-sponsored events listed below. Or find more things to do at www.visitshakopee.org.
  • Fall

    • Fire Department Open House - First Saturday in October

      The Shakopee Fire Department kicks off the annual Fire Prevention Week with a fire station open house. Come see what it's like in a fire station, meet the firefighters and learn how to protect your family in the event of a fire.
    • Scott County Art Crawl - October

      The Scott County Art Crawl, presented by Savage Arts Council, is a self-paced fine art tour and sale that weaves through urban and rural areas in Scott County, including several stops at Shakopee artist studios and businesses. More information is available at www.scottcountyartcrawl.org.
    • Pumpkins in the Park - Second Saturday in October

      The Shakopee Chamber of Commerce hosts this family friendly, non-scary Halloween celebration for children ages 10 and under. Children will enjoy a trick-or-treat trail, inflatable jumpies, games, beverage and cookie station, face painting and much more. Find more information at www.shakopee.org.
    • Jack-O-Lantern 5K and Kids Pumpkin Run - Last Saturday in October

      Runner dressed as a pumpkinDress in costume and join the Parks and Recreation Department for the annual Jack-O-Lantern 5K and Kids Pumpkin Run. This Halloween-themed event features a competitive 5K with prizes, as well as a short Kids Pumpkin Run. 
    • Scary Skate and Spooky Family Fun Night - Prior to Halloween

      Test out your costume before the big night of trick-or-treating at this free event, hosted by the Parks and Recreation Department. Bring your family and friends to the Shakopee Community Center and Ice Arena for crafts, open gym, bouncy house, family entertainment and ice skating.
  • Spring

    • Easter Egg Hunt - Two Saturdays before Easter

      Bring your baskets for Shakopee’s annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Shakopee Community Center. The free event features egg hunts by age, activities, games, prizes, police cars, fire trucks and more.
    • Memorial Day Ceremony - Memorial Day

      Shakopee American Legion Post 2 and Shakopee VFW Post 4046 join others in a ceremony of remembrance at 10 a.m. in Veterans Memorial Park. Other ceremonies are also held locally.
  • Summer

    • Shakopee Derby Days - First full weekend in August

      Shakopee Derby Days is Shakopee's annual community festival, organized and run by an independent, all-volunteer non-profit organization. The festival includes music, beer garden, 5K, children’s games, Taste of Shakopee, water fights, fireworks and parade. Learn more at www.shakopeederbydays.com.
    • Minnesota Valley Rally Car Show - Every-other Friday during the summer

      Check out classic cars every other Friday on Lewis Street in downtown Shakopee. The show runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Find more information on the event's Facebook page.

    • Wheelies Family Bike Event - First Thursday in June

      Bikes are the main attraction at the annual Wheelies Family Bike Event, sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department and Shakopee Community Education. The Huber Park event includes a police surplus silent bike auction, kids’ trike and training wheel races, bike registration, helmet sale and more. Vendor Contract [PDF]

    • Shakopee-Prior Lake Shockwaves - Select Thursday evenings

      The Shockwaves is a local water ski team that provides entertainment on the water. Beginning in summer 2015, the water ski team will host shows on selected Thursday evenings. Visit http://splwsa.org for more information.

    • Huber Park Performance & Events Series - Thursday evenings throughout the summer

      Hosted by the Parks and Recreation Department, the Huber Park Performance & Events Series features free, family entertainment on the riverfront Thursdays throughout the summer. Also, enjoy monthly outdoor Movies in the Park on select Saturdays. Bring your blanket or lawn chair. A full calendar of events is published every March.

    • Happy Birthday America Parade - Week of July Fourth

      This long-standing tradition invites kids to decorate their wagons, trikes and bicycles in red, white and blue as the Parks and Recreation Department marches through local streets in honor of America’s birthday. Entertainment and refreshing Popsicles follow.
    • Minnesota River Arts Fair- Third weekend in July

      A project of the Savage Arts Council, this free event celebrates art in the great outdoors. Enjoy a fine art booths, artist demonstrations, outdoor painting competition and living history at The Landing - Minnesota River Heritage Park in Shakopee. More information at www.mnriverartsfair.org.
    • Night to Unite - First Tuesday in August

      Turn on your porch lights, lock your doors and join your neighbors outdoors at the annual Minnesota Night to Unite. Approximately 100 Shakopee neighborhoods host special events such as block parties, cookouts, visits from the police and fire department, youth contests and raffles. 
    • SMSC Wacipi (Pow Wow) - Third weekend in August

      The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Wacipi (Pow Wow) is an annual event that draws thousands of dancers and spectators to the Wacipi Grounds on the SMSC reservation. A social gathering where friends and relatives celebrate their culture and way of life, the Wacipi is open to the public. The word “Wacipi” (pronounced “wah-chee-pee”) in the Dakota language translates as “they dance.” Learn more at www.shakopeedakota.org.
    • Goldfish Hunt - Third or fourth Sunday in August

      Celebrate the last day of operation at SandVenture Aquatic Park with a beach party, music, games and a goldfish hunt in the sand-bottom pool.
  • Winter

    • Shakopee Holiday Festival - First Friday in December

      Santa Claus wavingThis annual festival, sponsored by the Shakopee Chamber of Commerce, celebrates the holiday season by lighting a Christmas tree in downtown Shakopee. The free festival also includes a Velodazzle Bike Parade, carriage rides, caroling, visit by Santa Claus and refreshments. Find more information at www.shakopee.org.
    • Folkways of the Holidays - Weekends in December

      The Landing in Shakopee brings to life the 19th-century holiday traditions of the Minnesota River Valley. See how the ethnic traditions of the past can still be found today in our decorations, celebrations and even the foods we eat. Guests can enjoy horse-drawn trolley rides along snowy lanes of candlelit homes and lively folk artist performances. For more information, visit www.threeriversparks.org/parks/the-landing/the-landing-folkways-of-the-holidays.aspx.

    • Skate with Santa - Third Sunday in December

      Everyone’s favorite white-bearded elf visits the Shakopee Ice Arena for a free skating event, hosted by the Parks and Recreation Department.