Schedule of Events for the 83rd Hopkins Raspberry Festival – July 8-16, 2017
Please note this schedule is tentative until July 1, 2017. = $3 button admission required.
Saturday, July 8
10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Hopkins Running of the Bulls Mainstreet Celebrate the opening of the Hopkins Raspberry Festival with this fundraising event sponsored by Hopkins Health & Wellness that commemorates the history of the raspberry history in Hopkins. The run takes place at 2:00pm with music and food from 4:30pm – 10:00pm provided by LTD and local food vendors.
Sunday, July 9
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Flat City Bike Race 8th & Mainstreet Registration opens at 8:15 a.m. and closes 15 minutes prior to each race. The loop is 0.8 km. This course is flat and fast. Same course as last year. Start/Finish is on 9th and Main. Course is still a rectangle covering 6 city street blocks.
1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Senior Day Hopkins Activity Center Join us as we celebrate “Seniors” with a health fair, coronation, bingo, prizes, food, and fun! Help our reigning Raspberry Royal Family and Royalty Candidates bid farewell to our reigning Senior Royalty and welcome our new Senior Royalty Honorees. Dinner is provided by the Hopkins American Legion.
Monday, July 10
8:00 a.m. Hunt for the Golden Raspberry Clues Debut Each year, a medallion about the size of your palm is hidden somewhere in Hopkins during the festival. The person who finds it first earns a $500 cash prize. Clues to finding the medallion will begin appearing Monday, July 11, 2016. The clues will be posted on www.raspberrycapital.com at 8:00 am each day.
Tuesday, July 11
7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Junior Royalty Coronation & Dance Eisenhower Community Center Since the 1960’s, students from all over the Hopkins School District have participated in the Junior Royalty candidate program, culminating with the Junior Royalty Coronation & Dance. Cheer on our candidates, bid farewell to our reigning Junior Royalty and welcome our new Junior Royalty to the Royal Family.
Wednesday, July 12
9:00 a.m. – Noon
Laun E. Anderson
Kids Fishing Event Shady Oak Lake A Hopkins Police Officer with a big heart describes Laun Anderson. In his honor, Shady Oak Lake is full of children each year to grab complimentary poles then hit the dock or banks to try and grab as many fish as possible. Event is sponsored by the Hopkins VFW Post 425 and MOC Pup Tent 15.
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Steak Fry, Meat Raffle, Pull Tabs
and Raspberry Bargo Hopkins American Legion Join our veterans at Hopkins Post 320 of the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization for a steak fry, meat raffle, pull tabs and bar bingo. Proceeds from the games go towards the programs sponsored by the American Legion to support our nation’s veterans.
Thursday, July 13
7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Raspberry Royalty Coronation & Royal Ball Hopkins Center for the Arts The tradition of Hopkins Raspberry Festival Royalty dates back to the very beginning of the Hopkins Raspberry Festival. Come join our reigning Royalty give their farewell, and congratulate the newly crown Raspberry Royalty continue a Hopkins tradition more than eight decades in the making. Stay for the Royal Ball and celebrate with dozens of visiting Royalty from communities all around Minnesota.
Friday, July 14
8:30 p.m. – Midnight Jaycees Street Dance
$5 Cover Charge
Featuring: Rhino 9th Avenue South and Mainstreet The Hopkins Area Jaycees mission is to provide the opportunity for young individuals to develop the leadership skills, social responsibility, entrepreneurship and fellowship necessary to create positive change. Live music courtesy of Gypsy Road, beer, and food trucks are provided for those over 21.
Saturday, July 15
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Marketplace Arts and Craft Fair Mainstreet between 7th and 12th Avenue Hundreds of vendors line Mainstreet offering a wide range of merchandise for one and all. Come spend time in Hopkins shopping through these vendors and our Downtown Hopkins businesses. Food trucks and mobile food vendors will be available as well as music entertainment in Downtown Park and Central Park.
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Memorial Blood Centers Blood Drive 12th Avenue S and Mainstream Help keep families together and healthy by making a 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!
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Men’s Softball Tournament Central Park
An annual tradition for up to twelve organized softball teams! Awards for first and second place teams.
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Hopkins Cruisers Big Wheels for Hot Meals 13th Avenue and Mainstreet 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.
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Celebration of Community Hopkins Center for the Arts The Hopkins Police Department has brought back 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.
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Raspberry Festival of Bands Downtown Park Bandshell 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.
11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Soap Box Derby 19th Ave N & 4th St N
Come watch Hopkins area kids ages 6 – 16 compete for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies to be the fastest racers in Hopkins.
Noon – 6:00 p.m. Hopkins Cruisers Car Show 13th Avenue and Mainstreet 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. The local Hopkins band Swamp Water will perform at the shoe from Noon until 4:00 pm.
4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Hennepin County 4-H Showcase Central Park 4-H kids develop new skills and ways to express themselves through fun, hands-on activities. Working on projects that interest them helps connect kids with their friends, families, communities and the world. Come see projects from youth around the county showcased in Hopkins Central Park.
4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Families in Central Park Kids Activities Central Park Conceived with families in mind, art activities, demonstrations, inflatable rides, food trucks and musical entertainment are brought together to offer all members of the family an afternoon of entertainment.
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Central Park MainStage
Featuring: TBD Central Park The Band Hitchville headlines the musical entertainment in Central Park. Leading into the fireworks show at 10:00pm, the combination of face-melting vocals and “don’t try this at home” instrumental solos leads to an unforgettable live show in which the band has worked tirelessly to produce.
6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Hopkins Cruisers 3rd Annual Reunion Cruise Mainstreet 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.
Fireworks Central Park At 10:00 pm, the Mainstage 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. Proudly sponsored by the Wild Boar Bar & Grill!
Sunday, July 16
11:00 a.m. 5-Mile and 1-Mile Raspberry Run Central Park Join us for our 50th year! 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. So bring the whole family for the race and stay for the Hopkins Raspberry Festival Parade.
1:00 p.m. Grande Day Parade 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.
1:00 p.m. Pulled Pork Sandwich Lunch Hopkins VFW 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.