Special Events

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Inver Grove Height’s Parks & Recreation strives to provide a variety of fun and engaging special events to connect our community members to one another, keep our community active, provide a welcoming atmosphere for residents and visitors and share the many great amenities and features the City and Parks & Rec has to offer!

Interested in sponsoring an IGH Parks & Rec-led event?

Sponsoring an event or program hosted by Inver Grove Heights Parks & Recreation allows your business to connect with the City’s residents in a unique and beneficial way. We would love to partner with you. Please contact Julie Dorshak at jdorshak@invergroveheights.org or 651-450-2588 to discuss how we can build a stronger community — together!

Weather Impacts to city-led programs and events

IGHs Weather Hot Line (651-450-2595) is the only place to check the status for city-led program and events due to inclement weather. We strive to update by 4:30 p.m. After hours, it is up to the coaches and instructors to make the final decision.

IGH Days

IGH Days will return for 2020 with programs offered which allow for necessary COVID-19 precautions to be maintained, including social distancing of six feet (unless from the same household or family). igh days logo

Programs are hosted by the IGH Days Committee - get a complete list of events at www.invergroveheightsdays.org

IGH Parks & Recreation is providing support of many of this year's events over the four-day celebration, like taking registrations and offering our facilities as event locations. Get all the details below on the programs/events we are a part of:

Citywide Garage Sale | Sept. 10-12

Check out the locations of garage sales:

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IGH Days Food Drive

While the IGH Days Parade is cancelled this year, the 24th annual IGH Days Parade Food Drive, organized by Mayor George Tourville and Dakota County Commissioner Joe Atkins, will still go on. All donations will go to Neighbors, Inc., our local food shelf, to assist local families in need. 

Food donations will be collected at the following events: 

  • Farmers Market (Sunday, Sept. 13 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.)
  • Bike the Bridges Bike Ride (Saturday, Sept. 12 at 2 p.m.)
  • Pickleball Tournament (Saturday, Sept. 12)

 Disc Golf Tournament | Saturday, Sept. 12 | 2 p.m. | $10/team

Grab family and friends and join this fun tournament held during IGH Days! Must register as a team of 2 on the day of. Complete the registration form at www.invergroveheightsdays.org.

Age divisions: 

  • Ages 13-17 
  • 18 & up — Recreational/Novice 
  • 18 & up — Advanced

*Awards will be given for 1st and 2nd place in each division.

Entry fee: $10/team

Location: North Valley Disc Golf Course, 2800 70th Street East

Complete the registration form at www.invergroveheightsdays.org.

Pickleball Tournament | Saturday, Sept. 12 | 9a.m. | $20/team

Pick a partner and join in this new fun tournament held during IGH Days! Must register as a team of two. Championship t-shirt provided to first place teams. Tournament t-shirts will be given to all participants. Registered teams will be notified of tournament details, balls will be provided. Tournament will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather, no refunds.

Beginner to Intermediate; Doubles Tournament

  • Two groups — separate tournaments: Friendly (Non-competitive; Beginner) or Competitive (Intermediate)
  • Up to 16 teams in each Group – 32 teams total
  • Best of 3 Games Matches (30-45 mins per match)
  • Rounds and timing to be decided based on actual number of teams

Entry fee: $20/team of two

Location: North Valley Disc Golf Course, 2800 70th Street East

Deadline for Sign up: Tuesday, September 8. Complete the registration form at www.invergroveheightsdays.org.

Bike the Bridges Family Bike Ride Event | Saturday, Sept. 12 | 3 p.m. | FREE!
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Join us as we celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Swing Bridge with a free family bike ride! Route starts at Swing Bridge Park and goes to the Wakota Bridge and back and is about five miles. Bike King will provide bike repair and the IGH Fire Department will provide first aid along the route. IGH Police Department will also be on-site. Participants will receive a free t-shirt, beverage and snack. This event is co-sponsored with Dakota County.

Bike Ride begins at 3 p.m.

Free! And participants get a special anniversary t-shirt!

Location: Swing Bridge Park, 4465 66th Street East


Farmers Market and VMCC Open House I  Sunday, Sept. 13  I  8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Shop for fresh and locally grown fruits, vegetables, seasoning, salsa, honey, flowers and more at the Saint Paul Farmers Market! The event is free to attend, but the vendors will charge for their items. 

Also during this special event, you can visit with IGH Parks and Rec staff during the market and learn all about upcoming fall programming. If you register for a fall program, you will save $5 off your registration fee.* You can also tour the VMCC and its facilities. If you decide to join - the enrollment fee will be waived.

Each event will be at the VMCC, 8055 Barbara Ave.

*Some programs may be excluded from the $5 savings.

St. Paul Farmers Market  I  Sundays, June 14-Oct. 11  I  8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Shop for fresh and locally grown fruits, vegetables, seasoning, salsa, honey, flowers and more at the Saint Paul Farmers Market! The event is free to attend, but the vendors will charge for their items. Each event will be in the VMCC Parking Lot at 8055 Barbara Ave.

For more information on vendors and guidelines to safely shop the Farmers Market, visit: http://stpaulfarmersmarket.com/.

Virtual 5-mile & 10-mile Fun Run | Due Sunday, Sept. 20 | Pre-registration: $15

Formerly 14th Annual Harmon Farms Trail Run

Challenge yourself on this virtual 5-mile and 10-mile walk or run — completed at your own pace. Participants that finish receive a special gift.

Pre-registration: $15

Records due by: Sunday, Sept. 20

Register: https://register.chronotrack.com/r/58142.

See-A-Truck | Saturday, September 26 | 9-11 a.m. | FREE!

Join us for a morning of big truck fun. See a wide variety of different trucks and vehicles up close. Vehicles on display will include: IGH Fire, IGH Police, IGH Public Works  and more! 

Location: Veterans Memorial Community Center, North Parking Lot, 8055 Barbara Ave.

Walktober Challenge | Oct. 1-31

Details coming soon!

Active Aging Week (Oct. 5-9) & Healthy Living Fair (Oct. 10)

Enjoy a week of wellness topics plus this year's Active Aging Week will also include the Healthy Living Fair! Get all the details for the week's activities: www.invergroveheights.org/healthylivingfair

Night to Unite  I  Tuesday, Oct. 6  I  FREE!

Night to Unite is an effective and fun way to get to know your neighbors and prevent crime. This is a chance for neighbors to turn on their lights, lock their doors, and come together to strengthen their neighborhood bonds.

Each neighborhood decides how they want to celebrate Night to Unite and you can invite city staff from Police, Fire and Parks & Recreation to stop by your event...but you must register. Registration will open in September.

Learn more: www.invergroveheights.org/nighttounite..

2020 Craft Fair | Sat, Nov. 21 | 8 a.m.- 1 p.m. | FREE!

Come shop and peruse a variety of arts and crafts from local vendors at this FREE event located at the Veterans Memorial Community Center.

Interested in being a vendor?

Submit a completed application to Recreation Coordinator, Chelsea Swiggum at cswiggum@invergroveheights.org.

Some events are not hosted by Parks & Recreation, but the department supports and participates. If you do not see an event, visit the Community Events page.