top of page
  • Writer's pictureAAO Webmaster

Aquatennial Week Events 101: What you need to know to celebrate the Best Days

Pre-sale, portals, tickets and more! As excitement builds for Aqua Week 2017, here is what you need to know to make the most out of the Best Days of Summer.

AAO Aquatennial Week Events

First off, go to for the complete list of AAO events, and how to register and buy tickets. Proceeds of AAO Aquatennial Events benefit the Aquatennial Ambassador Scholarship Program.

For information on other Aquatennial events such as CenterPointe Energy Torchlight Parade or Target Fireworks, go to


Tickets for AAO Events will be made available to the general public on June 1.

Ambassador Coronation tickets are handled through the University of Minnesota and follow a slightly different schedule-see below for more information.

Event registration and ticket pre-sale opportunities will be made available to Aquatennial Ambassador Alumni and 2017 AAO Members on May 20 via A request for a portal logon must be completed in advance.

It is not too late to become a 2017 AAO Member >

The Events

Monday, July 17

Alumni Boat Cruise: Celebrating Milestone Ambassador Alumni Anniversaries

Bohemian Flats, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., $40

*This year the boat cruise is open to Aquatennial Ambassador Alumni only and features a program recognizing those celebrating a 5, 10, 15, 20, 25-year anniversary of being an ambassador.

sponsored by Paradise Charter Cruises, Mississippi Queen, and Deli Double Catering

Tuesday, July 18

Candidate Community Luncheon

Millennium Minneapolis, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., $35

Introducing for the first time the Ambassador Candidates for the 2018 Aquatennial Ambassador Crew and recognizing the communities that have supported them.

The Minnesota Community and Exemplary Honorary Commodore awards will be presented.

Wednesday, July 19

Meet the Candidates

IDS Crystal Court, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m., Free admission, Limited seating

Cheer on your favorite candidate as she proclaims what's great about her community

Emcees for the event will be 2016 Minneapolis Aquatennial Princesses Rachel Huset and Maddie Simon.

Thursday, July 20

Commodore's Dinner: Making Waves - Impact, Influence, and Nothing is Impossible

Nicollet Island Pavilion, 6:00 - 9:30 p.m., $85-limited availability

Featuring guest speakers Chris Wright (President, Minnesota Timberwolves), and Joe Schmitt (Sports Anchor), Mike Veeck (Owner, St. Paul Saints)

Farewell to Commodore Dan Stoltz and Captains Jim Ganger & Sarah Schrader, and the reveal of the 2018 Aquatennial Commodore and Captains

Friday, July 21

AAO Family Dinner

Millenium Minneapolis, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., $50

*open to Aquatennial Ambassador Alumni & AAO Members

Featuring the ambassador candidates, International Visiting Dignitaries, Vice Commodores, Aquatennial Ambassador Crew, and 2018 Commodore & Captains

Rockin' the Waves featuring DJ Andrew Larson of Resonance Sound & Lighting

Millenium Minneapolis, 7:30 - 11:00 p.m., $15 in advance, $20 at the door

Dance to the mix of DJ Andrew and enjoy performances of local dance troops

sponsored by SPIRE Credit Union

Saturday, July 22

Minneapolis Aquatennial Ambassador Coronation

Ted Mann Concert Hall, 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Alumni section tickets available May 20

Preferred seating ticket orders through ambassador candidates until June 15

General tickets sales open June 17

presented by SPIRE Credit Union


Aquatennial Ambassador Orgnaization

The Minneapolis Aquatennial Ambassador Organization (AAO) is a 501(c)(3) Minnesota nonprofit.​ Our Mission is to inspire young women to achieve extraordinary futures by providing professional development opportunities through networking and mentoring.

To learn more about the AAO, please visit

5 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All
bottom of page