Schedule of Events
Note: The schedule below is tentative and is updated when information becomes available.
RCD Medallion Hunt Clues Begin Saturday, July 23
City Square Park opens to attendees (Free Admission)
Free Family Movie Night – Thursday and Friday @ 6:30pm – Meadow Spring Church, 511 N Walnut St. (formerly Chaska Rex Theatre)
Friday: 4pm to 12 midnite
Saturday: 10 am to 12 midnite
Sunday: 9:30am -5pm (Limited Events/Activities in City Square Park)
(NOTE: INFO WILL BE UPDATED AS INFO IS RECEIVED-LAST UPDATE: 07/05/2016
New Events for 2016!
Chaska River City Days Ambassador Program
The Second Street Art on the Walk!
1st Annual Car Show- Featuring the Southern Cruzers, Mpls Low-Riders, Wanderers Car Club and others!
See below for details.
FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2016
Chaska RCD Medallion Hunt See details below
Friends of the Chaska Community Library-Used Book Sale 9am-8pm
-City Hall Plaza
Walk the Downtown Sidewalk -Sidewalk Sales 10am-5pm
Chaska Historical Society – “Tying the Knot in Chaska: 9am-5pm
Celebrating over 150 years of Hometown Weddings” -112 West 4th St
Art and Craft Fair, Food Court, Games, Info Booths 4pm -End
-City Square Park
SW Metro Chamber of Commerce Business Expo 4:30-7:30 pm
–Main Tent on Walnut at City Square Park
Pie & Ice Cream Social/Fundraiser 4-8:30pm
Family Movie Night- Free! 6:30 pm
-Meadow Spring Church, 511 N. Walnut St
Performances at Gazebo
– Acoustic guitar by Jason Rohman 4-5:00pm
-Step By Step Montessori Preschool Singers 5-5:30pm
-Chaska School of Dance 5:30-6pm
-Andes Flute Music by Enrique Burga 6:00-6:30pm
Minnesota Valley Community Band 7-8:30pm
Presentation of the RCD Ambassadors – Gazebo 7:45
Presentation of Medallion Hunt winner -Gazebo 7:5
“SOLID GOLD” Band- Live Entertainment 8:30-12pm
-Main Stage on Walnut-City Square Park
SATURDAY, JULY 31, 2016
RCD 5K Fun Run for Charity 8am
-City Square Park/Downtown area
Friends of the Chaska Community Library -Used Book Sale 9am-3pm
–City Hall Plaza
Chaska Historical Society – “Tying the Knot in Chaska: 9am-5pm
Celebrating over 150 years of Hometown Weddings”
-112 West 4th St
Walk the Downtown Sidewalk Sales – 10am-5pm
3 v 3 Soccer Tournament/Alumni Game 2nd Annual 10am-finish
-Chaska Middle School West
Second Street Art on the Walk – on 2nd St East 10am-5pm
Art and Craft Fair, Games, Activities, Info Booths, 10am-all day
Food Court –City Square Park
Pie & Ice Cream Social/Fundraiser 11am-5:30pm
Live Performances at City Square Park/Gazebo
Chaska Music Studios 12:00 – 12:45
Andes Flute Music by -Enrique Burga 3:oo-3:30
Chaska Middle School Band Performances 4:00-6:00pm
(Music selections of Jazz, Movie, Country Bluegrass, Garage, etc.)
Chaska’s Got Talent Variety Show 1:00-3:00pm
-Main Stage on Walnut-City Square Park
Chaska Fire Dept. Water Fights 1:00 pm
-3rd-4th St. on Walnut
CASH BINGO 3:30-5pm
-Under Tent on Walnut St
Rotary Steak and Chicken Fry Dinner 5:00-8pm
-City Square Park – Walnut St/3rd
Karaoke-RCD Style! -Gazebo 6:00-8:00pm
“POWER TAP” 8:00pm-midnite
-Live Entertainment at the Main Stage on Walnut at City Square Park
SUNDAY, JULY 30, 2016
Couples Golf Scramble 9:30am-4pm
–Chaska Par 30 Golf Course
RCD Foot-Golf Tournament 9:30am-4pm
-Chaska Par 30 Foot-Golf Course
Charity Breakfast in City Square Park 9:30am-12:30 pm
-City Square Park -Walnut St (Under the Tent) Proceeds to benefit Love INC
SW Metro Ed. Coop/MBC Blood Drive 11am-4pm
-City Square Park/West side on Hwy41
RCD COMMUNITY PARADE
Kid’s Mini Parade (line up at 12:30) 12:45pm
Kids are invited to decorate their wagon, trike, bike and ride it at the parade!
Main Parade Chaska (Downtown)starting at Carver County Courthouse 1:00 pm
1st ANNUAL RCD CAR SHOW in the park after the parade- 1:00pm-4 pm
CELEBRATION OF CULTURE-“SOUTH OF THE BORDER” 2:00pm-6pm
Entertainment, Music, Ethnic Food and Activities – City Square Park
and activities -City Square Park
FEATURED LIVE ENTERTAINMNT:
-“Nacho Torres and his Mariachi Band” – 2 pm
– Mexico Lindo (Folk Dancers) 3 pm
-“Marimba Mexico” Traditional music 4pm
-“Despertar De La Cumbia” Band 5 pm
The River City Singers -Choir Concert 4:00 pm
(formerly Chaska Community Choir)
Performing at the Chaska High School Auditorium
“The Solid Gold Band” – Welcome to the party! 2016 marks another year of performing at RCD. They are a professional band playing danceable classic rock/variety music. In presenting the “Soul of Rock” show, they feature the great music of Rock’s first four decades. The group’s current version represents one of the Minnesota’s longest running active rock bands.Sponsored by the Chaska RCD Entertainment Sponsors.
“POWER TAP”-Debuting for the first time at RCD, but Eric Songer is no stranger. He has performed at RCD for many years. He has taken his professional music skills and joined the 11 member band (including a stunning brass section) performing Rock & Roll, Soul, Pop, Country, Blues, 80’s, Hair Metal, and even early 90’s rap.
MN Valley Community Band Concert goers can expect to hear music of stage and screen, as well as the “Star and Stripes Forever.” This band is made up of 40 plus dedicated members from Chaska and the surrounding communities who enjoy playing for the public. Bring your favorite lawn chair or picnic blanket and enjoy Chaska’s version of the ‘Boston Pops!’ Barry Fox-Director. Sponsored by the Chaska Park and Rec Dept.
The River City Singers- (Formerly the Chaska Community Choir) A perfect way to top off a great week-end of activities at Chaska River City Days. Under the direction of Caroline Swanson, the choir will be performing their annual concert at the Chaska High School auditorium.
Chaska Middle School– Jazz Ensemble, Garage Band, Movie Band, Stomp, and Country Bluegrass Bands. Come a listen to a group of dedicated students who wish to entertain you. Under the direction of Eric Songer and co-director Heidi Songer.
Jason Rohman- Jason Rohman is a Chaska musician who is currently producing his 1st sole Christian Rock album. Rohman has been recently playing every Wednesday afternoon for the Chaska Farmers Market at City Square Park.
Karaoke-Special Edition RCD – So you think you can sing? Come to the RCD Info Booth and sign up. Performances at the Gazebo. Sponsored by Mike Tudor, Chaska Community Television. Prize drawings for registered participants sponsored by the Chaska Park and Rec Dept.
Chaska’s Got Talent Show 2016-RCD style! Got Talent? ..Sure you do. Can you sing, dance, play an instrument, wild bird calls, magic tricks, stand on your thumbs? ..You got the idea..So let’s have some fun! Sign up and possibly win prizes! Application forms available in the ‘Chaska Got Talent’ Tab. The famous (at least in his own mind) Mr. Bob DeMaris will MC this event. Mr. DeMaris has entertained on the comedy stages around the country.
MEDALLION HUNT– The first clue will be posted on Saturday, July 23. The next one starts Monday-Saturday. The following clues will be posted on this web site, www.chaskarivercitydays.com . See the medallion hunt on the events page. Clues will also be posted at the Chaska Community Center, the Chaska Historical Society and on the Kiosk located on 4th and Walnut street at 2pm until the medallion is found. Winner receives $100.00 in Chaska Bucks. This event sponsored by U-Can-Tan Tanning and the RCD committee.
RCD AMBASSADOR PROGRAM (NEW FOR 2016) The Chaska River City Days Ambassadors Program. The Ambassadors will proudly represent the RCD as well as the City of Chaska in a variety of public events. Go to the “EVENTS” tab for more information.
SW METRO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE “BUSINESS EXPO” The Expo will be a one-stop shop for information on all types of things that pertain to Home & Garden, Food, Fitness and Fun! Located under the Big Tent on Walnut. Sponsored by the SW Metro Chamber of Commerce. For more information: www.swmetrochamber.com
CHASKA HISTORICAL SOCIETY The 2016 theme: “Tying the Knot in Chaska: Celebrating over 150 years of Hometown Weddings.” Wander through 150 years of Chaska weddings. This year’s display includes Chaska dresses dating from 1900 to the 1970s, photographs from the 1860s to 2010s, and all the things that make weddings special-cakes, flowers, gifts–each with a hometown connection. Adults and children alike will enjoy the music, the sight and smells of flowers, the taste of wedding cake, and the fun of trying on wedding clothes! We look forward to seeing you there! To learn more about the Chaska Historical Society go to www.chaskahistory.org. 112 West 4th St.
1st Annual RCD CAR SHOW – A variety of car clubs from the area will be showcasing their cars at the RCD Community Parade on Sunday (1:00pm) and then parking in the City Square Park following the parade. Southern Cruzers, Mpls Low-Riders, Wanderers Car Club are a few of the clubs that will be on display. Public is invited to vote on their favorite ride! Cash prizes and trophies awarded to the top 3 finishers!
RCD PHOTO CONTEST – Got a great photo? Submit your favorite in this contest. Categories are “Capture the Beauty of Chaska”; “People and/or Pets”; “Nature” Photos will be displayed at the Chaska Moravian Church adjacent to the City Square Park. Prizes awarded. Entry forms can be downloaded by clicking photo contest.
NOTE: Canceled for 2016
SECOND STREET ART ON THE WALK This event is new for 2016. Featuring th studios/galleries of six Chaska artists and their artist friends on Saturday, July 30th, from 10 AM to 5 PM. Art will be for sales both inside and outside o the studios/galleries that span two blocks of Second Street from Hwy 41 eastward to Walnut Street, only one block south of one of the centers of the gala in the Chaska City Square Park. Visitors can expect to browse and buy art inside and outside of these studios and shop locations
Heartland Floral, Gifts, and Fine Art (113 E. 2nd St)
Kochenash Fine Audio (112 E. 2nd St.)
Sara Hanlon Art Studio (202 Walnut St.)
Lynx North Studio (situated close 2nd St. in downtown Chaska
Richard Kochenash and students www.rkochenash.com
J.R. Lince-Hopkins www.lynxnorthstudio.com
Susan Lince www.lynxnorthart.com
Ashtyn Silva www.ashtreeexpressions.com
Sara Hanlon www.theartofsaraleehanlon.com
David Sudduth David Lloyd Studio
Reid Thorpe www.reidthorpeart.com
CHASKA RIVER CITY 5 K FUN RUN FOR CHARITY
Saturday, July 30. Race registration and check in starts at 7:00 am. 5K race at 8:00am.
5 K course will start and end at or near the City Square Center. Trophies and Medals awarded. Proceeds to benefit the Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women. Pre-registration is recommended, but also can register on race day. See FUN RUN menu on our website for additional information or stop by any Chaska area chiropractic office for registration forms.
DISC GOLF TOURNAMENT – Cancelled for 2016: Located at the tournament quality ‘Downs Farm’ Disc Golf Course. 2 Divisions: Recreational and Advanced. Prizes. For more info and pre-registration go to the link on ‘Disc Golf.
COUPLES GOLF SCRAMBLE – a golf scramble will be held at the Chaska Par 30 on Sunday, July 31, 2016, 7am-4pm. Green fees are $12.00 per person. (Pull cart included in fee). Each team will consist of one man and one woman who play the best of their two shots throughout the round, with 1st and 2nd place trophies awarded. Register the day of the event at Par 30 or book your tee time at www.chaskapar30.com Sponsored by the City of Chaska.
For more information call the Par 30 at 952-448-7454.
RCD FOOTGOLF TOURNAMENT: Footgolf, a cross between soccer and golf, is a new game at the Chaska Par 30 golf course. A soccer ball and participants’s kicking replace a golf ball and club, with a separate, larger cup in the rough around the green as the hole.
The 1st RCD Footgolf Tournament will be held on Sunday, July 31, 2016 at the Chaska Par 30 from 7am-4pm. Special tournament fee: $8.00 per person. Register the day of event or book your tee time at www.chaskapar30.com.
3 Divisions: Kids (age 8-12); Teen (age 13-19) and Adult (age 20+)
Awards in each division.
For more information call the Par 30 at 952-448-7454
BREAKFAST IN THE PARK – Sunday from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Join us for a delicious hot breakfast of pancakes, sausage, real fruit toppings, orange drink/coffee prepared by Chef Bob DeMaris and crew. Prepared and served under the tent on Walnut Street at the City Square Park. Proceeds will benefit Love INC. Love INC of Eastern Carver County provides a means for local area churches and other organizations of our community to work together to serve those among us who are in need of assistance. We work in partnership with CAP, Carver County, PROP and other local agencies.
Chaska Music Studios under the direction of Leslie Rieser, students will be performing musical selections for your intertainment from 10am-12pm at the Breakfast in the Park.
RCD KIDDIE PARADE- Inviting all kids to walk, bike, wagon or other mini-transportation. Decorate or wear costumes. Sunday at 12:45 (line up at 12:30) at the St. Johns parking lot (South east corner).
RCD COMMUNITY PARADE– downtown Chaska on Sunday at 1:00. Inviting all businesses, service organization, school groups, neighborhood groups, antique cars, trucks, machinery, etc. to participate. Questions, please contact Bob Snyder at firstname.lastname@example.org To register in the parade: Parade Registration and parade route.
CHASKA VALLEY FAMILY THEATRE-For more information: www.cvft.org
Chaska Boys Soccer 3v3 Tournament
Chaska Boys Soccer will host its 2nd annual 3v3 Tournament/Alumni Game as part of Chaska River City Days. The tournament is sponsored by CC United Soccer Club and teams will compete at the Chaska Middle School West. The tournament begins at 10am on Saturday, July 30 with each team guaranteed three games. Contests are 12-minute halves with a max roster of four players. Age groups range from U6 to adult with divisions including co-ed. Cost is $50 per team with registration through CC United: www.ccunitedsoccer.com or contact Michael O’Reilly at email@example.com
ART IN THE PARK CRAFT FAIR – Offering a wide variety of hand crafted items and art from local and regional artist. City Square Park on Friday 4pm-Dusk. Saturday 10am-Dusk
CHASKA ROTARY STEAK AND CHICKEN FRY DINNER – Prepared and served by the Chaska Rotary Club. Meal includes a choice of Ribeye Steak or Chicken Breast, with corn on the cob, Caesar salad and trimmings. Saturday 5-8pm – City Square Park (East Side by the big tent on Walnut.
PIE AND ICE CREAM SOCIAL & FUNDRAISER-Chaska Moravian Church – Join us for food, fun and fellowship, while supporting the church at our annual fundraiser! Serving Sloppy Joes, Chips, Ice Cream Sundaes, Pie and Beverages, all enjoyed in climate-controlled comfort! 4-8:30pm and Sat. 11am-5:30pm at the Chaska Moravian Church across from the City Square Park. The sanctuary will be open for prayer and meditation. Also, stop in and view the photo entries to the RCD Photo Contest. Also available a nursing station for moms and babies.
FREE SLICED WATERMELON – Mr. Gary Cooper of Cooper’s Food Market has generously donated the watermelon and he will cut and serve you a slice of the tasty fruit on Friday from 5pm until it’s gone!
CASH BINGO GAMES – 2013 was our first year of Bingo at RCD and was a huge success. This year St. Nicholas of Carver will be hosting the BINGO games.
“WALK THE SIDEWALK SALE” – Take a break from the activities and stroll about the downtown for old-fashioned bargains and special offers inside and out.
FRIENDS OF CHASKA COMMUNITY LIBRARY USED BOOK SALE – Used book sale will be held at the City Hall Plaza on Thursday from 3pm to 8pm Friday from 9am-8pm, and Saturday from 9am-3pm. Proceeds are used to enhance the Chaska Library and educational programming.
SW METRO ED.COOP/ MBC BLOOD DRIVE – Sponsored by the SouthWest Metro Educational Coop. Appointments can be done online at http://www.mbc.org/searchdrives and enter sponsor code 3886 or call Julia Beauchanine at 651-332-7164. Walk-ins will also be welcome. The Memorial Blood Center vehicle will be parked on HWY 41 adjacent to the City Square Park between 3rd and 4th Streets. Sunday 11am- 4pm.
FREE FAMILY MOVIE NIGHTS! Come and enjoy a family movie in air conditioned comfort! Thursday 07/28 and Friday 07/29 at 6:30 pm at the Meadow Spring Church, 511 N. Walnut St. (formerly the Chaska Rex Theatre)
LOCAL ENTERTAINMENT AND DEMONSTRATIONS:
CHASKA SCHOOL OF DANCE – Presenting a variety of dance routines on our performances on Friday. Join in with us on Chaska’s Community Flash Mob Dance (all ages invited to join in on the dance) to the music of “UPTOWN FUNK” By Bruno Mars.” We also plan to honor our veterans during our performance.
STEP BY STEP MONTESSORI PRE-SCHOOL SINGERS -Enjoy the little voices of these talented young children.
CHASKA MUSIC STUDIOS- Will be performing at the Gazebo stage at 12 noon on Saturday. Enjoy the music from these talented students under the direction of Leslie Rieser-Hercules for your listening enjoyment.