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 2017 (February)
Every year members of the City of Prior Lake Police Department join residents and participate in the Prior Lake Polar Plunge. In 2017, the event is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 18 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.

Certified Recycling and the City of Prior Lake are again hosting a springtime recycling event for Prior Lake, Spring Lake Township and Credit River Township.

The 2017 event will offer curbside pickup for the entire month of April for residents of Prior Lake, Spring Lake Township and Credit River Township. To schedule a pickup, call Certified Recycling at (952) 894-1448 no later than 2:30 p.m. the day prior to your normal garbage pickup day. A nominal fee will be charged for pickup and disposal. See a list of sample prices here. For prices on other items, please call Certified Recycling directly. Payment can be made by cash or check at the time of pickup, or with a major credit card over the phone when you schedule your pickup.

Acceptable Materials
Acceptable recyclable materials include appliances, furniture, electronics, tires, batteries, power equipment, fluorescent bulbs, and scrap metal. Please contact Certified Recycling at (952) 894-1448 if you have questions regarding other acceptable items.

The company will not collect leaves, brush, or grass clippings. SMSC Compost site accepts these materials (see below). The company will also not collect hazardous waste such as paints, oil, aerosol, concrete or any ammonia containing appliances. Scott County accepts some of these materials as household hazardous waste (see below).

What will it cost to have items recycled?
Click on this price list or call Certified Recycling directly (952) 894-1448.

Spring-A-Ding (May)
Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m. - noon at Lakefront Park, 5000 Kop Parkway in Prior Lake.
Free family fun with a petting zoo, inflatables, live entertainment, face paint, sand art and much more.

Fourth of July Fireworks and Events in Prior Lake (July)
The Prior Lake Association will host its annual boat parade on Tuesday, 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)
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 2017, the two-day event is July 14 and 15.

In 2017, Prior Lake's 34th Annual Lakefront Days Celebration will take place from Aug. 3 to 5 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 2017 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.

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 July 31. 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.

Support your Prior Lake Volunteer Fire Department at the Prior Lake VFW in downtown Prior Lake on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, 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.

Area residents can enjoy the Prior Lake Fire Station Open House on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, 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. 8-14. Visit the National Fire Protection Association website to learn more about fire safety and the national event.

Fall Frenzy (October) (Formerly known as Autumn Gathering)
Join the City of Prior Lake Recreation Department for this great FREE fall event on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, from 10 a.m. - noon at Lakefront Park, 5000 Kop Pkwy. in Prior Lake. For more information, call the Recreation Department at (952) 447-9820.

December 1, from 6 - 8:30 p.m. at Lakefront Park, 5000 Kop Parkway in Prior Lake.
This growing 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.