All Aboard! Wayzata’s 47th annual James J. Hill Days is comin’ ‘round the railroad track! You’re invited to join us this weekend, September 9 – 11, for a jam-packed, three-day festival filled with activities for the whole family! Here are 10 things you’ll love at James J. Hill Days.
1. FREE Live Music & Street Dance at the Sandvold Stage
It’s time to bust out the dancing shoes! Join us at the Sandvold Stage this weekend for a fantastic line-up of local talent. The party starts Friday night with Viva Knievel at 6 PM. View the full schedule here.
2. Rails & Ales Craft Beer Festival
Join us Friday, September 9th from 5 – 9 pm to sample beers from over 20+ breweries, food from local food trucks, live music by the Avey Grouws Band, and games. You can still purchase tickets for this event. What a perfect way to kickoff your James J. Hill Days weekend! Purchase tickets here.
3. Lake Minnetonka Carnival
Step right up and enjoy the Lake Minnetonka Carnival! This is a family favorite, and rightfully so! Enjoy all the rides, carnival games, and cotton candy that this attraction has to offer. Carnival tickets available at Lunds & Byerlys Wayzata. Get yours today!
4. Dog Park Activities All Weekend
Calling all dog lovers! Visit the James J. Hill Days Dog Park from 10 am – 2 pm both Saturday and Sunday for a variety of fun pup events including Dachshund Races, Doggy Olympics, Pet Caricature art, and so much more! Learn more here.
5. Street Market
Grab your shopping bag and walking shoes for our Street Market! Shop over 150+ vendors while enjoying all that James J. Hill Days has to offer. If you want to start shopping early, visit us on Friday for our Friday Night Street Market.
6. Fantastic Food Trucks
Soak up the sun as you stroll Lake Street and sip on a refreshing glass of wine or ice-cold craft beer from the Beer + Wine tents. Savor delicious eats and enjoy food truck specialties. See our full list of food trucks here.
7. Shockwaves Water Ski Show
Get ready to see a fantastic show from the Shockwaves Show Team! The Shockwaves’ performers do pyramids, ballet, barefooting, jumping, wakeboarding and many other crowd-pleasing stunts. Don’t miss this fun, family-friendly event on Saturday at 3 PM.
8. Wayzata Bay Fireworks Show
A spectacular celebration! Saturday evening during the celebratory street dance, an unleashing of fireworks will illuminate the starry Lake Minnetonka night sky and glisten over Wayzata Bay! This is a can’t miss event. Join other community champions and help fund this year’s Fireworks Show click here.
The rolling pool is ready for you! Bring your rolling attire or swimming suits to try it out throughout all three days of James J. Hill Days. Experienced rollers will be providing instruction and encouragement to any interested participant. See full rolling schedule here.
10. Wayzata Community
We can’t wait to see you the weekend of September 9-11. We hope you fall in love with our quaint lakeside community and all it has to offer. From our award-winning restaurants to our wonderful local business owners, there’s so much to enjoy in Wayzata. While you’re visiting, make sure to tag us on social and #experiencewayzata and #JJHD!