12 Weeks of Summer: Week 12

Minneapolis skylineAck! Can you believe it? We are already at Week 12 of our 12 Weeks of Summer series. Many kids are heading back to school, and before you know it, the leaves on the trees will start changing colors and then start to fall.

Although we absolutely love fall in Minneapolis, we have to admit, we’re not ready for it. So this week we present just a small sampling of why we love summertime in Minneapolis.

First off, let’s talk about Music and Movies in the Parks. Well, the movies are done for the season, so we won’t talk abut those, but there’s still plenty of time for some live music. Concerts are still happening at Lake Harriet and at Minnehaha Falls. Show time is 7:00 pm or 7:30 pm, and you can find out who’s playing by clicking here.

And you know what goes great with or without music on a late-summer evening? Ice cream.

You can bet that we are blessed to have some excellent hand-made ice cream shops all around us. There’s Sebastian Joe’s in Linden Hills and on Lowry Hill, and Izzy’s next to Gold Medal Park in the Warehouse District. And let’s not forget about Pumphouse Creamery at 48th & Chicago and Sonny’s at 34th & Lyndale. All offer outstanding, homemade ice cream made with real and fresh ingredients.

And then there’s the newest player in the local ice cream game, Milkjam Creamery at 28th and Lyndale.

Of course, if you are looking for more than just ice cream, you can get a delicious meal at Bread and Pickle at Lake Harriet, Tin Fish at Lake Calhoun or Sea Salt at Minnehaha Park. And if you want to get away from the lakes and parks but still want to eat al fresco, the opportunities are plenty.

Many Minneapolis restaurants house some of the best patios around. There’s Brit’s Pub, The Local, and Butcher and the Boar downtown, Psycho Suzi’s, Wilde Roast Cafe and The Mill in Northeast, and Stella’s Fish Cafe and the Moto-I in Uptown. And that’s just to name a few.

And when you are finished with your meal, you can take a nice stroll, be it around the lakes, along the Mississippi, or simply exploring the neighborhoods.

We also are partial to the Midtown Greenway that essentially runs through south Minneapolis from the Lakes to the River. It’s great for biking and walking. And we love the look and feel of the Martin Sabo Bridge that crosses Hiawatha.

And speaking of bridges, there’s the one-and-only Stone Arch Bridge that takes you across the Mississippi River while providing sweeping views of the city and St. Anthony Falls, and the Irene Hixon Whitney Bridge, that crosses Hennepin Avenue at Loring Park and the Sculpture Garden.

There’s so much to explore and enjoy in Minneapolis, and not just in the summer. So even though this is Week 12 of our 12 Weeks of Summer, there’s still plenty to see and do, and still plenty of time to do it.


Irene Hixon Whitney Bridge. Photo: Walker Art Center

Irene Hixon Whitney Bridge. Photo: Walker Art Center


Check out the other 11  Weeks of Summer: See Week 1 by clicking here, Week 2 by clicking here, Week 3 by clicking here, Week 4 by clicking here, Week 5 by clicking here, Week 6 by clicking here, Week 7 by clicking here, Week 8 by clicking here, Week 9 by clicking here, and Week 10 by clicking here, and Week 11 by clicking here 

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