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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
  • Fall

    • Fire Department Open House - Second Monday in October

      The Shakopee Fire Department celebrates 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.
    • 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
    • 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 Lions Park. 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 Memorial Park. Other ceremonies are also held locally.
    • Wheelies Family Bike Event - Last Thursday in May

      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, bike registration, helmet giveaway and more. Vendor Contract [PDF]

  • Summer

    • Big Taste of Fun - Third Saturday in June

      A full day of events and activities at Huber Park. This annual event features the Minnesota Ironman Bike Ride, Taste of Shakopee & Business Expo (sponsored by JCI Shakopee) and Big Fun Day (sponsored by Shakopee Parks and Recreation) water fun.

    • Friday Night Water Fights - First Friday in August

      The Shakopee Fire Department annually hosts a water fight competition against nearby departments the first Friday evening of August on Fuller Street. Before the water fights, come out and run in a temporary splash pad. See the city calendar for more information.

    • 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.
    • Huber Park Performance & Events Series - Thursdays, Saturdays

      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.

    • International Festival - First Friday in August

      The Shakopee Diversity Alliance hosts the annual International Festival each summer. The festival celebrates Shakopee's diversity with entertainment and events at Huber Park. The event is typically held a Friday night. Learn more at
    • 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. 
    • Pop-Up Splash Pads - Fridays in July & August

      The Parks and Recreation and Fire departments host two Pop-Up Splash Pads in neighborhood parks each summer. Attendees can run through the spray of a fire hose, toss a few water balloons and play fun water games. Splash pads are typically held Friday evenings in July and August. See the city calendar for more information.

    • Rhythm on the Rails - Wednesdays July thru August

      Rhythm on the Rails is a free five-week outdoor, concert series taking place Wednesday evenings from 6-10 p.m. on Lewis Street in Downtown Shakopee. The series starts in July and runs into August. Rhythm on the Rails features live music, family fun, food/brew vendors and much more. More information:

    • 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 for more information.

    • 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
  • Winter

    • 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

    • Shakopee Holiday Festival - First Friday after Black Friday

      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
    • 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.