City of Prior Lake, MN
City of Prior Lake, MN

Community Events

park activity

The City of Prior Lake hosts and sponsors numerous activities every year. Below are a few of the City's most renown yearly events.

Prior Lake Polar Plunge (February 16, 2019)
Every year members of the City of Prior Lake Police Department join residents and participate in the Prior Lake Polar Plunge. In 2019, the event is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 16 at noon at Sand Point Beach, 14349 Crest Ave. in Prior Lake. The event benefits athletes of Special Olympics Minnesota. For more information or to make a donation, visit the Prior Lake Polar Bear Plunge Web Page.

Spring-A-Ding (May 4, 2019)
Saturday, May 4, from 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Lakefront Park, 5000 Kop Parkway in Prior Lake.
Free family fun with a petting zoo, inflatables, live entertainment, face paint, crafts and much more.

Beach Party (June 7 & July 12, 2019)
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Sand Point Beach 14349 Crest Ave NE, Prior Lake.           We have two free beach parties planned for summer 2019. Come to the beach for activities like face painting, wacky hair coloring, games, and crafts will be available while supplies last. Kidsdance will also be there with music, contests and more! Limited concessions will be available for purchase with cash only. No lifeguards on duty. Free Parking during events.
Friday, June 7, 11 am- 2 pm
Friday, July 12, 11 am- 2 pm

Penny Carnival (June 14, 2019)
4 - 7 p.m. at Lakefront Park, 5000 Kop Parkway in Prior Lake.                BRING YOUR PENNIES to the Kid’s Penny Carnival. Give each game a try to win carnival prizes. Games will include, a Hi-Striker, Duck Pond, Plinko, inflatables and more! 2-6 pennies per game – dollar bills will not be accepted at games! Bring pennies! A food truck will be on site selling food and drinks, please bring cash to purchase.

Neighborhood Park Parties (June & July)
Prior Lake Recreation staff hosts a free party at different parks through the summer on various Monday evenings. Each event is from 6:30-8 pm and there will be crafts, games, a police car and a fire truck (police and fire personnel will attend when available).

2019 Schedule:
June 17: Carriage Hills Park, 14585 Carriage Hills Pkwy. NE
June 24: Woodridge Park, 17170 Toronto Ave. SE
July 8: Northwood Meadows Park, 2995 Hawk Ridge Rd. NW
July 15: Boudins Park, 14201 Rutgers St. NE
July 22: Wilds Park, 5200 Wilds Pkwy. NW

Fourth of July Fireworks and Events in Prior Lake (July 4, 2019)
The Prior Lake Association will host its annual boat parade on Thursday, July 4 at 1 p.m. beginning at Charlie's on Prior on Upper Prior Lake, followed by a fireworks display on Lower Prior Lake usually after 10 p.m., providing excellent views from almost anywhere north or west of Lakefront Park.
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community invites the public to its annual free fireworks display at 10 p.m. at the Wacipi (Pow Wow) Grounds in Shakopee, 3212 Dakotah Pkwy.

Lakefront Music Fest (July 12 & 13, 2019)
Prior Lake Rotary's Music Fest is not a City-sponsored event, but the city is involved in park maintenance and traffic control. The event takes place in beautiful Lakefront Park in the heart of the city. In 2019, the two-day event is July 12 and 13.

LAKEFRONT DAYS (August 8-10, 2019)
In 2019, Prior Lake's 36th Annual Lakefront Days Celebration will take place from Aug. 8 to 10 in beautiful Lakefront Park in Prior Lake. The event is three-days of fun-filled activities for the whole family. Large crowds and a festive atmosphere is expected. Many of last year’s favorite fun activities return for 2019 along with some new things to enjoy for the whole family. For a complete schedule of activities and locations each day, visit the official Lakefront Days Website. Lakefront Days is sponsored by the Prior Lake Chamber.

NIGHT TO UNITE (August 6, 2019)
Night to Unite occurs on the first Tuesday in August every year, typically, between 6 and 9 p.m. It was started by the Minnesota Crime Prevention Association, a statewide, non-profit organization of citizens, law enforcement officers, and crime prevention practitioners who work together to promote, develop, and advance crime prevention programs. To have police officers or firefighters attend your block party between 6 and 9 p.m., call the Prior Lake Police Department at (952) 440-3555 by August 1. Be sure to leave contact information and an explanation of location and time of the gathering. For more information click on the Prior Lake Night to Unite website.

FIRE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL CHICKEN BBQ (September 8, 2019)
Support your Prior Lake Volunteer Fire Department at the Prior Lake VFW in downtown Prior Lake on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, from 3 - 8 p.m. Enjoy great food and friends. Tickets available at the door (Adults/$14; Children under 12 years/$7). All proceeds go to the department's equipment and operation costs. For more information, call Fire Chief Rick Steinhaus at (952) 440-3473.

FALL FRENZY (October 5, 2019)
Join the City of Prior Lake Recreation Department for this great FREE fall event on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, from 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Lakefront Park, 5000 Kop Parkway in Prior Lake. For more information, visit the recreation website

FIRE DEPARTMENT OPEN HOUSE (October 10, 2019)
Area residents can enjoy the Prior Lake Fire Station Open House on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Fire Station No. 2, 3906 Station Place NW. The open house is part of Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6-12. Visit the National Fire Protection Association website to learn more about fire safety and the national event.

CANDY CRAWL (October 31, 2019)
Children in costume with an adult are invited to our FREE Candy Crawl on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. Start your Candy Crawl at Prior Lake City Hall to trick-or-treat and pick up your Pumpkin Passport! After City Hall venture to the Police Station and Library building for the first few stops on the Candy Crawl. Your Pumpkin Passport will lead you on an adventure downtown to many participating businesses. Don't forget your treat bag!

DecemBRRR DAZZLE (December 6, 2019)
December 6, 2019, from 6 - 8:30 p.m. at Lakefront Park, 5000 Kop Parkway in Prior Lake.
This FREE family event draws hundreds of residents who warm the usual cold weather by joining in all the fun and planned activities. Santa and his reindeer will be on hand for photos with children in Lakefront Park and many other events are planned.