Schedule of Events for the 85th Hopkins Raspberry Festival | July 13-21, 2019
Senior Day 1:00 pm
Senior Day @ Hopkins Activity Center
Jul 14 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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.
Hunt for the Golden Raspberry 8:00 am
Hunt for the Golden Raspberry
Jul 15 @ 8:00 am
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 $300 cash prize. Clues to finding the medallion will begin appearing Monday, July 15, 2019. The clues will be posted on the website and social media at 8:00 am[...]
Laun E. Anderson Kids Fishing Event 9:00 am
Laun E. Anderson Kids Fishing Event @ Shady Oak Lake
Jul 17 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
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.
Raspberry Royalty Coronation & Royal Ball 7:00 pm
Raspberry Royalty Coronation & Royal Ball @ Hopkins Center for the Arts
Jul 18 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
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[...]
The Sunset Series 7:00 pm
The Sunset Series @ Downtown Park
Jul 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
This special community event brings residents and visitors from throughout the metro area to enjoy music in our beautiful Downtown Park. Music in the Park concerts are free, compliments of area businesses and organizations. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket—refreshments always available.
JCI Hopkins Street Dance – Featuring Rhino 8:30 pm
JCI Hopkins Street Dance – Featuring Rhino @ 9th Avenue S 1/2 block south of Mainstreet
Jul 19 @ 8:30 pm
JCI Hopkins is an organization providing professional and personal growth through training, networking, and community involvement. Membership is open to men and women ages 18-40. Live music courtesy of In2ition. Beer, and food trucks are provided for those over 21.
Hopkins Rugby Tournament 9:00 am
Hopkins Rugby Tournament @ Maetzold Field
Jul 20 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
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.
Marketplace Arts and Craft Fair 9:00 am
Marketplace Arts and Craft Fair @ Mainstreet, Hopkins
Jul 20 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
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[...]
Memorial Blood Centers Blood Drive 9:00 am
Memorial Blood Centers Blood Drive @ Mainstreet, Hopkins
Jul 20 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
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 prior to July 14, please visit[...]
Men’s Softball Tournament 9:00 am
Men’s Softball Tournament @ Central Park
Jul 20 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
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,[...]
Raspberry Breakfast for $3.85 9:00 am
Raspberry Breakfast for $3.85 @ Wild Boar
Jul 20 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Wild Boar hosts the Hopkins Raspberry Association pull tabs and meat raffle, as well as sponsors the annual fireworks show on the evening of Family Day. Come support this Hopkins business that has been a steadfast supporter of the Raspberry Festival since opening its doors in 2011.
Celebration of Community 10:00 am
Celebration of Community @ Hopkins Center for the Arts
Jul 20 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
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.
Hopkins Cruisers Big Wheels for Hot Meals 10:00 am
Hopkins Cruisers Big Wheels for Hot Meals @ Mainstreet, Hopkins
Jul 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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[...]
Raspberry Festival of Bands 10:00 am
Raspberry Festival of Bands @ Downtown Park
Jul 20 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
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.
Hopkins Cruisers Car Show 11:00 am
Hopkins Cruisers Car Show @ Mainstreet, Hopkins
Jul 20 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
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. Early Local Hopkins musicians will perform throughout the day.
Soap Box Derby 11:30 am
Soap Box Derby @ Hilltop Park
Jul 20 @ 11:30 am – 3:30 pm
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[...]
Central Park Mainstage 4:00 pm
Central Park Mainstage @ Central Park
Jul 20 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Belladiva is a powerhouse with 16 years of experience, talent and artistry. This dynamic 10 piece show band features an accomplished ensemble of singers and musicians who cover a wide variety of music from pop, R&B, rock, country, and disco. Belladiva will keep you entertained until the fireworks show at 10:00pm! Central Park Mainstage Schedule: TBA
Families in Central Park Kids Activities 4:00 pm
Families in Central Park Kids Activities @ Central Park
Jul 20 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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. Central Park 2018 Mainstage Schedule: 4 – 5 p.m. – 4H Demonstration 5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. – School of Rock 7:00 p.m – 10:30 p.m.[...]
Hennepin County 4-H Showcase 4:00 pm
Hennepin County 4-H Showcase @ Central Park
Jul 20 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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.
Hopkins Cruisers Annual Reunion Cruise 6:00 pm
Hopkins Cruisers Annual Reunion Cruise @ Mainstreet, Hopkins
Jul 20 @ 6:00 pm
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.
JCI Hopkins Street Dance – Featuring Uncle Chunk 8:30 pm
JCI Hopkins Street Dance – Featuring Uncle Chunk @ 9th Avenue S 1/2 block south of Mainstreet
Jul 20 @ 8:30 pm
JCI Hopkins is an organization providing professional and personal growth through training, networking, and community involvement. Membership is open to men and women ages 18-40. Beer, and food trucks are provided for those over 21.
Fireworks 10:00 pm
Fireworks @ Central Park
Jul 20 @ 10:00 pm
Wild Boar Bar and Grill proudly sponsors the 8th annual Hopkins Raspberry Festival fireworks display in Central Park! At 10:00 pm, the Mainstage band synchronizes its music to this spectacular fireworks show! Hopkins’ Central Park fills with people each year for the show. Come early to stake your spot, enjoy the entertainment and sample the food[...]
Tour de Vail Roll & Stroll for Mental Health 8:00 am
Raspberry Run 11:00 am
Raspberry Run @ Mainstreet, Hopkins
Jul 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
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[...]
Grande Day Parade 1:00 pm
Grande Day Parade @ Mainstreet, Hopkins
Jul 21 @ 1:00 pm
We cordially invite you to participate in our Grande Day Parade as we celebrate the 85th Annual 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[...]
Pulled Pork Sandwich Lunch 1:00 pm
Pulled Pork Sandwich Lunch @ Hopkins VFW Post #425
Jul 21 @ 1:00 pm
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.