The weekend will kick off on Friday, June 10th with a 6:30 p.m. parade. Plan to stay for the carnival, 8:00 p.m. concert and 10:15 p.m. fireworks, sponsored by Tetra Pak. Festival events will continue all day Saturday and Sunday through June 12th.
To learn more about the visit the Father Hennepin Festival website!
Painted by Douglas Volk in 1905, Father Hennepin Discovering the Falls of St. Anthony is the artist’s depiction of the moment that Father Louis Hennepin, traveling on Mississippi River in 1680, first saw the waterfalls that he renamed St. Anthony in honor of St. Anthony of Padua. These falls have been historically called Owamni Yamni (Three Whirlpools) by the Dakota and Gakaabikaang (The Falls) by Ojibwe people in Minnesota.
Father Hennepin Days, after fifty years, came to life again. The year of 1929 was the only celebration until 1976. The Bicentennial Committee decided it should be renewed to celebrate our heritage.
Each year on the second weekend in June, Champlin is home to the Father Hennepin Festival. Celebrating the history behind Champlin, the festival is a community celebration located at Mississippi Point Park along the Mississippi River.