X GAMES MINNEAPOLISEnjoy an adrenaline-packed four days at X Games Minneapolis
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By Kyle Smelter
The X Games will be rolling into Minneapolis from July 13 to 16, and will feature some of the biggest names in BMX, skateboarding and moto x, including Nyjah Huston, Ryan Nyquist, Pamela Rosa, Jackson Strong and more competing for coveted X Games gold. There will be activities for all ages on the Medtronic Plaza at U.S. Bank Stadium and neighboring Downtown East Commons with X Fest, and select events at the Mall of America in Bloomington.
Ground zero for the extended weekend, X Fest will house interactive courses, concessions, athlete meet and greets, and more. The festivals kicks off the competition Thursday, July 13 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with free-to-watch Skateboard and BMX Vert (an event ticket is required for access to X Fest Friday through Sunday).
X Fest will also be home to the X Fest Stage, where live entertainment from DJ Shannon Blowtorch, DJ Livia & DJ Precious, TJ Mizell, Red Baraat, The Flavor Savers and White Reaper will provide the soundtrack to the four adrenaline-packed days.
And the outdoor festivities are just ramping up. X Games Minneapolis has teamed up with some of the best artistic talent the Twin Cities has to offer for live paintings and other large displays of creativity. Visitors to local artist Mark Rivard’s studio will be able to create their own board design, and Creative City Challenge’s installation will educate visitors on the effects of climate change on bird species. Other artists participating in X Games Minneapolis include: Hot Tea, Biafra, WUNDR, Greg Gossel, Adam Turman, Dinky Donalds, Wes Winship, Jeremy Wright and Andrew Broder.
Dream of standing atop the podium and donning X Games gold yourself? You can put your skills to the test on the professionally designed Skateboard Street, Skateboard Pump Track and BMX Park interactive courses by Sour Punch Next X Parks, as well as learn the secrets of the pros during daily demos.
The action at X Fest will take place during the following times:
Thursday, July 13 | 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday, July 14 | 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday, July 15 | 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 16 | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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X Games Schedule
The inside of U.S. Bank Stadium will be just as action-packed as it is outdoors with more than 200 athletes competing in the three areas of BMX (Big Air, Dirt, Park, Dave Mirra's BMX Park Best Trick, Street and Vert), Skateboard (Big Air, Men and Women's Park, Park Amateurs, Men and Women's Street, Street Amateurs and Vert) and Moto X (Best Trick, Best Whip, Harley-Davidson Flat Track Racing—at Mall of America—Freestyle, QuarterPipe High Air and Step Up), as well as live music shows to cap off the events of each day. A full list of events includes:
Thursday, July 13
5:00 p.m. | BMX Vert Final
5:45 p.m. | Skateboard Vert Final
8:00 p.m. | Harley-Davidson Flat Track Racing Round One/LCQ/Final
9:00 p.m. | X Games at First Avenue featuring Prof and Aesop Rock with special guests deM atlas
Friday, July 14
12:30 p.m. | BMX Dirt Qualifier
2:00 p.m. | Skateboard Big Air Qualifier
3:00 p.m. | Men’s Skateboard Street Qualifier
5:00 p.m. | BMX Street Final
6:30 p.m. | Women’s Skateboard Street Final
8:00 p.m. | BMX Big Air Final
9:30 p.m. | Moto X Freestyle
10:45 p.m. | Music: A Day to Remember
Saturday, July 15
11:00 a.m. | Women’s BMX Park Demo
12:00 p.m. | Men’s BMX Park Final
1:45 p.m. | Moto X Step Up Final
3:30 p.m. | Skateboard Big Air Final
5:00 p.m. | Skateboard Street Am’s Final
6:00 p.m. | Men’s Skateboard Street Final
7:30 p.m. | Women’s Skateboard Park Final
8:45 p.m. | Moto X Best Whip Final
9:00 p.m. | Moto X Best Trick Final
10:45 p.m. | Music: Flume
Sunday, July 16
12:00 p.m. | BMX Dirt Final
1:30 p.m. | Skateboard Park Final
3:30 p.m. | Dave Mirra’s BMX Park Best Trick
3:45 p.m. | Moto X Quarterpipe High Air Final
5:30 p.m. | Music: Atmosphere