Mainstreet Day Arts and Craft Fair has been postponed until Saturday, September 25, 2021. We look forward to seeing everyone then!
Our group is unique as it gives opportunities of community service, personal development, AND social events. Take a look below to see a sample of the fun things we do!
Check our Facebook page for upcoming events to join! Visitors are always welcome.
Next year, Mainstreet Day is on Saturday, September 25th, 2021 from 9am-4pm. Vendor applications open in December. This event is located on Mainstreet in Hopkins and stretches from 7th street to 12th street. It takes place rain or shine.
Mainstreet Day is an arts and craft festival that celebrates the unique and wonderful downtown Hopkins! Over 150 craft and food vendors from across the Midwest will offer a variety of one-of-a-kind items, from jewelry and home decor to personal care products and toys. Live entertainment will also be provided throughout the day, as well as activities for the whole family! All proceeds from Mainstreet Day go towards funding local projects.
Additional information and vendor applications can be found here.
Interested in becoming a member? Join us!
Each year we host two street dances during the Hopkins Raspberry Festival. Come out for live music, beer, a food truck, and to support your local community! All proceeds from the street dances go back to fund our local projects.
$5 Cover Charge
This is a 21+ event and IDs will be checked at the entrance.
In 2020 and 2021, since we couldn’t safely do our “Bowling with the Bunny” event, we changed it to “Rolling with the Bunny”, where we brought the bunny on tour to see families in Hopkins outdoors. Picture Credit : Pixel Dust Photography
This year we started a new Fundraiser called “Egg My Yard” where we hid toy-filled eggs to homes in Hopkins, St Louis Park, and Minnetonka. We egged 51 yards and raised over $800. This new fundraiser helped us continue to donate to Cops & Kids shopping, which was especially important after having to cancel fundraising events in 2020 due to the pandemic.
JCI Hopkins funds the Cops n Kids Shopping event with the Hopkins Police Department. Members also help the kids choose gifts to buy for their families and wrap the presents. Over the past 5 years we have donated $15,000.
In 2020, many of our social events still happened but were moved to ZOOM to keep everyone safe. Here is one of the many Happy Hours we had to still feel connected. We regularly met to play games, socialize, and even did virtual events such as a Wine & Cheese tasting.
In October 2020, we put on a COVID-19 Safe Halloween Event where families could explore downtown Hopkins to find several photobooth opportunities.
We sponsor 2 miles of Excelsior Blvd through the Adopt-a-Highway program. We get a group and go out once in the spring and once in the Fall to keep the area clean.
One of the many nonprofits we partner with is ResourceWest. Each year they do a winter clothing drive and a school supply drive to help families in need. Here are some of our members shopping to donate!
Another nonprofit we supported in 2020 was MoveFwd (formerly Teens Alone). To raise money for this organization we organized a “Thrift Shop” themed Prom night for adults. Picture Credit: I Love Photography
There are three Little Free Libraries around Hopkins that were donated by JCI Hopkins. We frequently go out to retouch the paint and fill with new books.
JCI Hopkins members join the rest of JCI Minnesota in annual conventions. Conventions are a time when Jaycees across the state gather, network, share ideas, learn, and celebrate accomplishments on the year. Here our group is dressed up in our Hawaiian shirts for the Saturday Night Dance.
JCI Hopkins members love to gather and attend Hopkins events – such as the Shortest St Patty’s Day Parade held on Mainstreet each year.
Another one of our popular social events is the 4 Block Walk Bar crawl, where we hit as many bars in Hopkins as we can to in one night.
We are always looking for new events and ways we can support our community. Surveys from the community help us decide what projects to take on next.