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Nickle Dickle Day

Free Fun for All

City Square Park, Waconia, Minnesota

Saturday, September 16, 2023
8 am to 5 pm

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Welcome to Nickle Dickle Day

Waconia's Annual Town Festival

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

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!


Registration Information

Nickle Dickle Day Events


Nickle Dickle Run

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

Waconia Public Schools


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

City Square Park Gazebo


Live Music & DJ

8AM Mike Bustin, 10:30AM Chopper, 2:30PM Traveled Ground

City Square Park Gazebo


Kids Demos

Dojo Karate

City Square Park Gazebo

Waconia Library

St Joseph Catholic School

More Activities

Pony Rides
9:30AM-4:30PM | Waconia Masonic Lodge

11:00AM | Waconia American Legion

Bounce House
Freshwater Church

Speedway Micro Car Racing 
8AM-5PM | City Square Park

1st Street & Maple Street

Waconia Hockey Association
1st Street & Vine Street

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.

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. The medallion is located on public property. 

If you believe you found the medallion, contact the Chamber office at 952-442-5812

IV band plays at Nickle Dickle eve street dance

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

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