Anoka Riverfest & Craft Fair – Historic Downtown, Anoka, MN

Anoka Riverfest & Craft Fair – Historic Downtown, Anoka, MN

Anoka Riverfest & Craft Fair

One of the Twin Cities’ Largest Craft Fairs!

Shop over 150 booths with unique, 100% hand-crafted products.

Browse the food court to find something tasty.

Games and activities make Anoka Riverfest fun for the whole family.

Spend a great day in historic downtown Anoka.

Anoka Riverfest & Craft Fair

Saturday, July 9th

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Historic Downtown, Anoka, MN

(Admission, parking, and most events are FREE!)


The Anoka Riverfest™ & Craft Fair originated in 1998 after the success of  Anoka’s 120th anniversary celebration. In 1999, the event was dubbed Anoka Riverfest™ in recognition of the fact that Anoka is the place  where the Rum and Mississippi rivers intersect.

The now annual celebration in historic downtown Anoka took the combined planning efforts of the Anoka Area Chamber of Commerce and many others.

Today, the event attracts more than 15,000 people each July for one day, outdoors, for some outrageous fun.

Anoka Riverfest™ continues to be planned and executed by volunteers. If you’re interested in getting involved, please contact the Anoka Area Chamber of Commerce at 763-421-7130.

Anoka Riverfest™ honors the memories and contributions of long-time event organizer and co-founder, Bonnie Stoll (1949-2008)


ICYMI: A Giant Mural of Minneapolis Music Icon Prince!

Discover Anoka: Halloween Capital of the World – Anoka, MN

Discover Anoka: Halloween Capital of the World – Anoka, MN

Discover Anoka

Did you know that Anoka is believed to be the first city in the United States to put on a Halloween celebration? We are the Halloween Capital of the World and have an annual celebration that attracts people from across the Midwest.

 Sooo what are you doing? Visit the Anoka Halloween website for more information!

Some of our faves that are coming up in the next week:
*Gift Shop is open every Friday & Saturday during October
*The Scavenger Hunt is this Sunday
*Bingo Night is on Monday
*Light Up the Night Parade is next Saturday 7pm

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Anoka, Minnesota is a unique shopping destination located just 20 minutes northwest of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Anoka features a genuine, historic downtown shopping district with many unique merchants, dining areas, and attractions. Whether you are here for the day or for an extended stay, we are glad to have you as our guest!


Discover what Anoka, Minnesota has to offer! Visit our Visitor Guide to explore our merchants.

Shop: Anoka Merchants

Eat: Restaurants & Dining

Play: Arts & History

Stay: Hotels & Lodging

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Look at this Anoka Man’s 2,350-pound World Champion Pumpkin – Minnesota

Look at this Anoka Man’s 2,350-pound World Champion Pumpkin – Minnesota

My Gourd…Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off!


The journey was paved with potential hazards, but a Minnesota man emerged victorious from Monday’s Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off.

Anoka resident Travis Gienger drove 35 hours to Half Moon Bay, California, where his beastly 2,350-pound pumpkin bested all other gourds competing in the 47th annual event. He’ll take home a $16,450 prize and, in our opinion, canonical state hero status. “We didn’t pre-weigh this one, so we just really don’t know until we throw it on the scale,” Gienger told Mallermedia ahead of the event, which was spectator-free and live-streamed due to COVID-19.

His entry — nicknamed Tiger King, after the hit Netflix show — wound up tipping the scale by 176 more pounds than the second-place finisher. The Guinness World Record for Heaviest Pumpkin was set by Belgian man Mathias Willemijns in 2016: 2,624.6 pounds! Had Gienger broken that record, the payoff would have been an even $30,000 instead of the $7 per pound model. Gienger endured a nerve-racking drive to the World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off. The veteran pumpkin farmer treated his eventual winner like a baby orca.

“We went to the extreme,” Gienger told local CBS affiliate KPIX 5. “We wrapped it in wet blankets, tarp over that, air tarp over that. We actually put it in dirt, then buckets of water. Every gas station we stopped, we watered it down.”

For some valuable perspective, the always reliable tonnage wonks at tell us the Liberty Bell, saltwater crocodiles, and the 1979 Volkswagen Beetle all weigh roughly 2,000 pounds, and therefore come in lighter than Gienger’s monster pumpkin.

We reached out to Gienger for additional enormous pumpkin deets, but did not immediately hear back. So just enjoy this triumphant photo:

The Tiger King and proud papa Travis Gienger, this year’s Pumpkin King of Half Moon Bay! #giantpumpkins �� #bigpumpkins #halfmoonbay #HMBPumpkinFest #miramarevents��#gpc #safeway

Posted by Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off on Tuesday, October 13, 2020

by Jay Boller in Food & Drink

The new Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at the Minnesota Zoo

The new Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at the Minnesota Zoo

From kid-friendly to frightening, Halloween celebrations of all types can be found in Minnesota. Anoka, the self-proclaimed Halloween Capital of the World, celebrates all month long. Other options include Valleyscare in Shakopee, All Hallow’s Eve in Farmington, and the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley.

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