MINNEAPOLIS - The "best days of summer" get underway on Friday and run through July 20th.

Over the next week, the 74th annualMinneapolis Aquatennial is giving you the chance to embracethe Summer season.

Sunday'sStar Tribune Beach Bash will feature milk carton boat races and a sandcastle building competition. Other notable events include next Wednesday's CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Paradeand next Sunday's Target Fireworks Show.

KARE 11's Bryan Piatt tests his sandcastle building skills and learns more about this year's Minneapolis Aquatennial.