Schedule of Events for the 89th Hopkins Raspberry Festival | July 12-16, 2023
Please note, this schedule is tentative until July 1st
Featuring boys and girls high school rugby teams and a middle school showcase. Coaches’ meeting/players gather at 8:30 a.m., games begin at 9 a.m. For more information, visit www.hopkinsrugby.com.
The entire community of Hopkins turns out on Mainstreet for Family Day to enjoy food, music and dozens of vendors displaying their crafts. There are family oriented activities available in Central Park.
The Marketplace Arts and Craft Fair takes place on Mainstreet between 6th and 14th Avenues and includes: vendors, local business displays, artists with crafts, clothing, art, woodwork, merchandise, food and beverages. There is plenty to do at this event so come early and shop! This event is held rain or shine.
To vendor registration information, visit the Marketplace Craft Fair Registration Page
Help keep families together and healthy by making a blood donation. A Minnesota-based, independent nonprofit, they supply life-saving blood, state-of-the-art laboratory services and biomedical expertise around the country and the world. Donate a pint of blood and receive a free pint of Raspberries!
Walk-ins are welcome! To schedule your blood donation in advance, please visit the Memorial Blood Center page.
This one day, double-elimination men’s tournament will have games played at Central Park in Hopkins and Big Willow Park in Minnetonka. Registration is limited to the first 12 teams. Teams must register by July 6 under the team manager’s account. Registration is available under course 3200602 through the Hopkins-Minnetonka Recreation Services website.
For more information, contact Jesse Izquierdo at 952.939.8356 or email: email@example.com
Men’s and Women’s 3.5-4.0 Doubles @9am
Mixed Doubles 2.5-3.0 @1:30pm, Mixed Doubles 3.5-4.0 @1:30pm
Cost to play: $60 registration fee per team
This is a one day, Round Robin Pickleball tournament at Central Park in Hopkins. One player per team must register by calling Hopkins/Minnetonka Recreation Services, 952.939.8203.
For more information, contact Boris Gonikman, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 952.939.8341
Kids ages 5-6, 7-8 and 9-10 race for a chance to bring home their very own Big Wheel racer. Not only is the event a great way to get kids excited about racing and the Hopkins Cruisers, it is also a fundraiser for Meals on Wheels. In addition, food donations are accepted for ICA Food Shelf. For more information visit www.hopkinscruisers.com.
2nd Annual Military Vehicle Show and military tribute vehicles. Event runs from 10:00am – 2:00pm, with lunch available from 11:00am – 2:00pm. Admission is $5.00 or more if you would like.
All proceeds go to the Minneapolis Veterans Home.
Click here for more information.
The Hopkins Westwind Concert Band invites you to come to Hopkins to enjoy the many Family Day activities on Mainstreet and to stop in at Downtown Park where you can relax in the shade and enjoy the band music. Additional information can be found here.
Soap Box Derby racing consists of a non-motorized car that is launched from a ramp on top of a hill. Gaining speeds at approximately 35 miles per hour, drivers are timed to determine the winner of each race. Double elimination is used to send a racer from the challenger bracket and off to win the overall heat. The Soap Box Derby is held at 19th Avenue North and 4th Street North. There is a 60 car limit, ages 6 – 16. There is an entry fee of $25 per person. The entry fee includes a car kit and building instructions.
For more information, visit the event page.
Play bingo under the big top tent and enjoy fresh grilled burgers, brats and more.
Classic cars from all decades are in attendance to bring back memories of Hopkins’ days past when Mainstreet was once filled with dealerships, repair shops and filling stations. It truly was ‘the’ car town.
Join us for a Celebration of Community on Family Day.
Visit the Center for the Arts for cultural exhibits, music, food, dance, crafts and storytelling from various members of the Hopkins community.
Conceived with families in mind, featuring inflatables, art activities, demonstrations, food trucks and musical entertainment are brought together to offer all members of the family an afternoon of entertainment.
Central Park Mainstage Schedule:
Pop ROCKS is a HIGH ENERGY LIVE MUSIC SHOW that plays the BIGGEST DANCE PARTY HITS made to fill the park. Pop ROCKS brings you the best of today’s hottest top 40 hits, throwback hip-hop, pop country, party rock and timeless classics all mashed up and delivered in a PARTY ZONE format! Pop ROCKS is what you get when you combine the music of a DJ, the theatrics of a Broadway musical, and the live energy of an Arena Rock extravaganza! Pop ROCKS will keep you entertained until the fireworks show at 10:00pm!
At 10:00 pm, the band yields to the fireworks show synchronized to music. Central Park fills with people each year for the show, so come early to stake your spot, enjoy the entertainment and sample the food choices at this culminating event for Family Day of the Hopkins Raspberry Festival.
Memories of the glory days of cruising Hopkins Mainstreet in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s are brought back each Raspberry Festival with a reunion cruise after the Arts and Crafts fair clears out. Come watch the cruisers roll by – or better yet, come cruise with them and be a part of this storied tradition.
As part of the Families in Central Park event, the band PopRocks will set the tone of a fun dance party, family friendly style!
The band will play up until the fireworks show and then perform a few songs after fireworks, in case you did not get enough of their high energy!
PopRocks Band Information:
Pop ROCKS is not just a band; they are a HIGH ENERGY LIVE MUSIC SHOW that plays the BIGGEST DANCE PARTY HITS made to fill the floor! Pop ROCKS brings you the best of today’s hottest top 40 hits, throwback hip-hop, pop country, party rock and timeless classics all mashed up and delivered in a PARTY ZONE format! Pop ROCKS is what you get when you combine the music of a DJ, the theatrics of a Broadway musical, and the live energy of an Arena Rock extravaganza!
Come enjoy your first outdoor music event, post-pandemic! Dancing and having a great time are encouraged!
Saturday night’s main attraction will be the one and only Uncle Chunk! This Raspberry Festival favorite keeps audiences moving all night long. Uncle Chunk plays the best of all genres – dance, alternative, rock, country and more. Audiences at every show join the band on a journey through the top hits from yesterday and today!
$5 Cover Charge
21+ only, ids will be checked at the entrance
Beer garden ticket sales are cash only
JCI Hopkins reinvests the proceeds from the event into the Hopkins community by hosting family friendly events throughout the year, installing Little Free Libraries in City parks, providing high school scholarships, and funding Cops ‘n Kids shopping just to name a few. Learn more about JCI Hopkins at www.jcihopkins.com.
Vail Place, celebrating 41 years in Hopkins, sponsors this fun, family friendly event that raises money, hope and awareness for adults with mental illness! This hybrid event runs as a 5 day virtual walking challenge with an in-person wrap up ice cream social on the final day (July 17th) in Hopkins, MN, followed immediately by the Hopkins Raspberry Festival Parade!
Vail Place is a community resource center for adults with serious mental illnesses, helping them find support, employment, education, housing, health and wellness, and a broader connection to the community.
Final Day Ice Cream Social Schedule:
10:30 AM – Check-in opens
11:00 AM – Event kick-off with live music
11:45 AM – Brief program and celebration of 20 years of Tour de Vail
12:30 PM – Wrap up
1:00 PM – Raspberry Festival parade starts
To register for FREE, visit: Tour de Vail 2022
The Hopkins Raspberry Run is one of Minnesota’s great running traditions. Participation for youth 18 & under is free as part of the Twin Cities Track Club ‘Kids Run Free’ initiative. 5-Mile and 1-Mile runs take place. So bring the whole family for the race and stay for the Hopkins Raspberry Festival Parade. For more information, visit the Raspberry Run page.
Review the race results:
Raspberry Run Race Results
We cordially invite you to participate in our Grande Day Parade as we celebrate the Hopkins Raspberry Festival. Come join the enthusiastic crowd and enjoy beautiful Hopkins Mainstreet!
The tradition of the Hopkins Raspberry Festival culminates with the Grande Day Parade on Mainstreet. The parade features marching bands, visiting royalty from around the state, local businesses and clubs, and local officials. Come cheer on your friends and neighbors and help celebrate this most special annual event in Hopkins. For more information and to learn how to participate, visit our Parade registration page.
The VFW mission is to foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts. To serve our veterans, the military and our communities. To advocate on behalf of all veterans. Hopkins VFW Post 425 hosts a pulled pork sandwich lunch following the Raspberry Festival Grande Day Parade.
Play bingo under the big top tent and enjoy fresh grilled burgers, brats and more.
An Outdoor Event at 1413 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343
Cost: FREE GENERAL ADMISSION (Standing Room Only)
Limited VIP Seats Available for Purchase.
Start of Fashion Show is 15 minutes after last float completes the Raspberry Parade. (ETA between 2-3pm)
Timeless Beauty: A Hair Fashion Show is a FREE 30 minute high-energy runway experience which includes giveaways, unique finds from local businesses, along with students sharing their talents. Local partnerships throughout the Twin Cities will come together to celebrate premier education, community participation and a good-old time!