River City Days water truck

Mateo Escalante, 4, romps in water from a Chaska Fire Department truck in the Saturday heat.

It was a summer festival like Chaska has known for over four decades, but this year was something extra special.

After a year off, River City Days returned in full force this past weekend, filling City Square Park with long-overdue dancing, faces stuffed with cotton candy, and community abound.

Chaska's 2021 River City Days

People greet each other and celebrate summer at Chaska's 2021 River City Days last weekend, listening to Jambone Music.

RCD 2021 slide

Nora Hoel, 8, lets out a squeal on a festival inflatable at River City Days.

Chaska River City Days 2021

People enjoy a long-awaited Chaska River City Days in City Square Park on the hot Sunday afternoon.

River City Days

"Nachos! Tamales!" calls out Irma Hernandez, who was helping out at the Tiempo Nuevo food booth at River City Days.

Clowns Across the River at RCD

A Clowns Across the River entertainer beeps his ride through the streets of downtown Chaska.

River City Days

River City Days draws a crowd on Friday night.

Marching band RCD

The Eastern Carver County Middle School Band marches through the parade as they prepare to serenade the audience.

Hadley Krause RCD 2021

Eleven-month-old Hadley Krause snacks on some popcorn.

Face painting RCD

Emma Roeglin, 8, concentrates on sitting still while getting her face painted.

MyPillow parade RCD

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell tosses out travel-size pillows from his parade truck as people cheer him on.

River City Days

Chaska Police Officer Julie Janke fits a bike helmet on Samantha Martinez, 9, at River City Days. Janke went on to serve as grand marshal of the River City Days Parade on Sunday.

RCD parade 2021

Sean Trebiatowski holds 18-month-old Ryent, who dutifully waves an American flag towards parade participants.

River City Days food truck

Corn dogs keep warm in a food truck, one of many at the annual summer festival.


Parade-goers take a chance to pet a horse along the street Sunday.

River City Days 2021 dancing

Harrison Ladd, 3, dances with Kathryn Ladd to some long-awaited music in the park.

Mike Fahey RCD

Mike Fahey sips a Diet Coke at the festival.

RCD balloon swords

Leo Williams, 5, left, takes a defensive position against brother Griffin Williams, 7, with balloon swords at River City Days. 

RCD 2021

William Rios flips aromatic meat in the heat of River City Days 2021.

RCD stroller

Henrik Johnson, 9 months, stays cool while people-watching.

Kaley Maluchnik RCD

Kaley Maluchnik spins cotton candy at a treat booth in City Square Park.

Jambone Music RCD

Jambone Music captures the attention (and video capacity) of onlookers on Saturday.

Fire department parade RCD

Take cover! Chaska Fire Department crews douse paradegoers with low-pressure water.

Beer tent RCD

People relax outside the beer tent.

Parade RCD

Sen. Julia Coleman (R-Chanhassen) and Rep. Greg Boe (R-Chaska) greet people along the parade route on Sunday.

RCD pull up challenge

Aniyah Northenscold, 9, tries her hand at the Marine Corps pull up challenge.

RCD shirt 2021

A 2021 River City Days volunteer dons a Chaska River City Days shirt.

Shark at parade RCD

Auvriel, 6, left, and Kamden Baumann high-five a walking inflatable shark during the parade.

RCD car show 2021

The beloved car show made an appearance this year on Sunday.

RCD food trucks

People wait their turn to try Sunday's food truck goodies.