- 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.
- Dress 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Parks and Recreation Department kicks off summer in a BIG way with fun activities the third Saturday in June. This free event includes splash pad, giant slip-n-slide, water relays and games, food carts, balloon art, bounce houses, entertainment and an evening movie in the park.
- Downtown Shakopee's Farmers Market runs Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. mid-July through September in the parking lot on Lewis Street in downtown Shakopee. The farmers market includes some of Minnesota's best local vendors, including fresh vegetables, handmade jewelry, syrups, gifts and more. More information at www.downtownshakopee.org.
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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 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: www.downtownshakopee.org.
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.
- 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.
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]
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.
- This 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.
- Everyone’s favorite white-bearded elf visits the Shakopee Ice Arena for a free skating event, hosted by the Parks and Recreation Department.