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Nickle Dickle Day

Free Fun for All

City Square Park, Waconia, Minnesota

Saturday, September 14, 2024
8am to 5pm

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Welcome to Nickle Dickle Day

Waconia's Annual Town Festival

2nd Saturday after Labor Day | 8am to 5pm

Stroll through the arts and crafts fair, the library book sale and the car and truck show. Watch the duck races and the 3 on 3 basketball tournament. Listen to live music while enjoying some delicious food. Run in a Nickle Dickle Day race! Great shopping and deals all around town...a day not to be missed!

Arts & Crafts Fair Vendors

Nickle Dickle Day features an Arts & Crafts Fair in City Square Park. Wanted: Vendors and artists featuring original handcrafted, self-produced art items. Click below to sign up for the mailing list and be notified when the 2024 application opens. 

Nickle Dickle Day Origin Story

What began as a sidewalk sale 60 years ago now features an arts & crafts show, car show, basketball tournament, run, book sale, duck races, live music, and more! Why the name Nickle Dickle? The word “dickle” is derived from a German word for bartering, which ties into how the day began. Nickle Dickle Day started when Waconia business leaders created the event to attract people to shop downtown. Many items were available for a nickel! Today, the day draws 30,000 people to town to spend thousands of dollars in Waconia shops, restaurants, and bars.

Nickle Dickle Day Events


Nickle Dickle Run

8AM: 10K Run, 8:10AM 5K Walk/Run, 10:15AM Tickle Run

Waconia Community Ed & Recreation


Classic & Vintage Car & Truck Show

Around City Square Park


Arts & Crafts Vendors

In City Square Park

All Day

Great Food & Shopping

Around Town & In City Square Park


Duck Races

By City Square Park


Contests & Games

Nickle Dickle Pickle Judging 10:30AM

City Square Park Gazebo


Live Music & DJ

8AM Mike Bustin, 11AM DJ, 2:30PM Traveled Ground

City Square Park Gazebo


Demos & Entertainment

Waconia Lakettes 11:00AM & 1:00PM Dojo Karate 1:30PM

City Square Park Gazebo


Library Book Sale

201 S Vine Street

Waconia Library

St Joseph Catholic School

More Activities

Inflatable Obstacle Course
8:00AM-5:00PM | 1st & Pine Streets

Gaga Ball
8:00AM-5:00PM | City Square Park

Fire Truck 
8:00AM-4:00PM | 1st Street & Maple Street

Pony Rides
10:00AM-4:00PM | Waconia Masonic Lodge

Waconia Hockey Association
10:00AM-4:00PM | 1st Street & Vine Street

Mechanical Bull
11:00AM-4:00PM | 1st & Olive Streets

Nickle Dickle Pickle Contest

Back by popular demand!

$10 / jar entry fee
Submit entry form, cash or check, and jar by September 12. 

Categories: Sweet, Dill, Spicy, Other Pickled Foods 

Winners announced at City Square Park Gazebo on Nickle Dickle Day. 
Prizes and bragging rights to the winner in each category. 

How Nickle Dickle Day Got It’s Name

2021 NDD Medallion winners

29th Annual Nickle Dickle Medallion Hunt

Sponsored by:   Cabinetworks Group logo 

Clues are published in the Waconia Patriot each week starting August 31, 2023. The medallion is located on public property. If you believe you found the medallion, contact the Chamber office at 952-442-5812

Friday, September 15 

Gates open at 7:00PM  |  Band plays 8-11:30PM
Waconia City Lot #1, Main Street and Vine Street
Get presale tickets: Coming Soon
Must be 21+ with valid ID

Annual Nickle Dickle Day & Street Dance

1,036 runners, 366 classic cars and trucks lining the streets of downtown Waconia, 350 basketball players in 150 games, 120 craft and food vendors in City Square Park, 80 ducks in the Rotary Duck Races, four live bands in two days, and only ONE Nickle Dickle Day! 🍁

The 61st Annual Nickle Dickle Day was celebrated in Waconia on September 17, 2022, with the Nickle Dickle Eve Street Dance on September 16.

Nickle Dickle Day in Pictures

Registration Information

The 2023 Nickle Dickle Day Arts & Crafts Fair is full. Click below to sign up for the mailing list and be notified when the 2024 application opens. 
2023 vendors – watch your mailbox for the confirmation letter. 

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