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

Community Events

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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 2016 (February)
Every year members of the City of Prior Lake Police Department join residents and participate in the Prior Lake Polar Plunge. In 2016, the event is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 20 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.

Buckingham Disposal Inc. and the City of Prior Lake host a springtime recycling event for Prior Lake, Spring Lake Township and Credit River Township. The 2015 event will offer a drop-off day on Saturday, April 18 from 8 a.m. - noon at the Buckingham facility, 5980 Credit River Rd. During this time, special pricing will be available to Prior Lake, Spring Lake Township and Credit River Township residents (please no contractors).
Curb-side pickup is available on Saturday, April 25 for residents unable to haul their items to Buckingham's facility. For curb-side pickup, call Buckingham at (952) 226-6441 before April 22 to be scheduled for this service. For more information, visit the City's recycling event page.

Lakeshore owners are asked to clean their beach area and residents are asked to clean or adopt a city park or beach as part of activities for Lake Cleanup Day in Prior Lake. The annual Prior Lake Association’s “Dive the Lake” event has been planned for Saturday, June 4, 2016 at Charlie's on Prior. For more information click on the Prior Lake Association website.

Spring-A-Ding – NEW IN 2016! (May)
May 7, from 10 a.m. - noon at Lakefront Park, 5000 Kop Parkway in Prior Lake.
Free family fun with a petting zoo, inflatables, clowns, a band and much more.

Fourth of July Fireworks and Events in Prior Lake (July)
The Prior Lake Association will host its annual boat parade on Monday, 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 2016, the two-day event is July 15 and 16.

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. 11, 2016, from 3 - 8 p.m. Enjoy great food and friends. Tickets available at the door (2016 ticket prices Adults/$14; Children under 12 years/$7). All proceeds go to the department's equipment and operation costs. For more information, call Fire Chief Doug Hartman at (952) 440-3473.

Area residents can enjoy the Prior Lake Fire Station Open House on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, 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. 9-15. 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. 1, 2016, 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 2, 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.