All Aboard! Lake Minnetonka’s Largest 3-day Festival Is Back and Moving Full Steam Ahead

The whistle’s blowing and the 46th James J. Hill Days is just around the bend, coming September 10, 11 & 12 to the shores of Lake Minnetonka in Wayzata. The proud residents, businesses and community of this small town will roll out the welcome mat for 75,000 guests over three jam-packed days of exciting events.

From Engine to Caboose, There’s Something For Everyone!


Two years and a pandemic later, WAYZATA BEACH BASH is back! Catch ZZ Top with special guest Kenny Wayne Shepherd at Friday’s ticketed concert, live on the shores of Lake Minnetonka.

For the BEER LOVERS, get your tickets to RAILS & ALES CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL. This year’s line-up is stacked! Enjoy unlimited samples from 20+ breweries, live bluegrass music by The Wailing Loons, and some casual games to wind down from the week (5-9 PM). Tickets available online.

Step Right Up! The Lake Minnetonka CARNIVAL (5-10 pm) will be in full force with ride after ride offering fun for all ages. Purchase pre-sale discounted tickets at Lunds & Byerlys Wayzata. Also available at the gate.

Be sure to check out the full line-up of activities added to the weekend including the outdoor NIGHT MARKET. Shop local vendors (5-9 PM), relax and listen to LIVE MUSIC by The 70’s Magic Sunshine Band (5:30-9:30 pm) and enjoy food trucks along Lake Street under the twinkling lights. A perfect end to summer.


September 11, 2021 marks the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 and a very special event, MN 20TH ANNIVERSARY 9.11 MEMORIAL will take place Saturday morning (10 am). A permanent memorial monument will be unveiled in the new Panoway on Wayzata Bay Plaza Park to honor the tragic events of 9/11/2001. The space will offer community members a place to remember and reflect. This memorial will honor one of Minnesota’s native sons Gordy Aamoth Jr. and the lives of all victims of the Sept. 11th attacks.

Find that special something as you SHOP 150 VENDORS (10 am–7 pm) at the open air street market. Sip and stroll from 15 food trucks, beer + wine tents, or grab a fresh lemonade as the CARNIVAL continues all day Saturday (10 am–10 pm).

Grab a hot dog and watch wiener dogs race, jump hurdles and dress up in costume at the ever-popular DACHSHUND RACES (12 pm). BYOD (Bring Your Own Dog) and get ready for your close-up as you pose for pictures with your pup in the DOGGY KISSING BOOTH. New puppy or want to brush up your dog’s training? Drop-in to an ONSITE OBEDIENCE CLASS. Enjoy pupperific treats and register to win pup-tastic prizes from our sponsors (10am – 3 pm).

WAYZATA BEACH BASH returns Saturday evening starring Country singer, Brantley Gilbert with special guest Morgan Evans. Tickets are still available.

Take a break from all the activities and enjoy incredible FREE LIVE MUSIC, dancing and fireworks! The Morrie’s Stage will feature local band favorites including – High & Mighty, Pandora’s Other Box, and Powertap (12 pm-10 pm). Plan ahead and get a good spot for the WAYZATA BAY FIREWORKS (8:45 pm) bursting over Wayzata Bay in celebration of all the fun. And don’t miss the brand-new PATRIOTIC PARACHUTE JUMP and landing by Veterans from the Navy SEAL team and Air Force.


Several of the weekend’s activities stretch into Sunday, including logrolling, open air street market, carnival, food trucks, beer + wine tents and JJHD Dog Park activities.

If you haven’t noticed, it’s all about the dogs in Wayzata. So, you and your pup are challenged to join the DOGGY OLYMPICS! BYOD (Bring your own dog) and participate in a series of engaging games that will show off your pup’s skills and earn the winners pup-tastic prizes (11 am – 2 pm). Is your doggo the adventurous type? Try PADDLEBOARDING WITH YOUR DOG (11 am – 1 pm).

Other activities special to Sunday, include the T-6 THUNDER AIRSHOW a fascinating display of WWII planes swiftly flying over Lake Street and Wayzata Bay (2:50 pm). The same afternoon features the hometown PARADE (3 pm). Special thanks to all the sponsors who keep this event on the tracks.

MAJOR SPONSORS: Morrie’s Auto Group, BNSF Railway, Lunds & Byerlys Wayzata, Sandvold Financial Group, Luminate Home Loans, Youngstedts, River Valley Power & Sport, 6Smith, and 360 Financial

SUPPORTING SPONSORS: Guaranteed Rate – Chris Carr Team, Wells Fargo, Maison Realty Group, Hotel Landing | Laka Spa | ninetwentyfive, Northwest Eye Clinic, Old National Bank, The Good Clinic, Ventana Apartments, New Spaces Design-Build-Remodel, Pella Windows & Doors, The Brost Clinic, Mediacom, RE/MAX Results, Renewal by Andersen, Bohland Development, Coldwell Banker Realty, The UPS Store of Wayzata, Stonebay Senior Living, Adventure in Barking, The Canopy Group, THN Enterprises Inc. Minnetonka Portable Dredging Tom & Heidi Niccum.

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All activities located on/near Lake Street, Downtown Wayzata.