Summer Activities

Summer is Hot in the Twin Cities

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What's Happening Twin Cities?

June has arrived in the Twin Cities and the doorway to summer is wide open. We step through that portal and the whole glorious season awaits us, spread out like a canvas waiting for the artist’s brush to bring it to life!  If I sound a bit dramatic I’m not apologizing because summer has that effect on me and I am just going with it.

In the Twin Cities Metro, we celebrate summer in a grand scale with art, music, song, food, and drink. Festivals, fairs, and concerts abound from one end of the metro to the other and beyond. To inspire you as you plan your seasonal calendar, we have curated those once a year most popular events that highlight the summer season in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

Northern Sparks Festival Minneapolis St. Paul MN

Northern Spark, Climate Chaos/People Rising

June 10 8:59 PM until 5:26 AM – Along the Green Line

This is a relatively new metro event began in 2011 but growing in popularity each year. It takes place with events in neighborhoods and public spaces along the Metro Green line connecting Minneapolis and St. Paul. The grandest Northern Spark yet with 70 art projects planned in the neighborhood nodes: Cedar Riverside/West Bank,...

Catching the Last Waves of a Twin Cities Summer

Catch a waveCatching the Last Waves of a Twin Cities Summer

In the Twin Cities in August, the weather can be hot and the nights balmy, but not always. Weather is unpredictable here but that’s all right because we Minnesotans have been trained to be complacent about the weather. Cone flowers and all varieties of daisies are center stage in the flower beds and sunflowers are standing tall in the fields.

There is a collective and audible sigh of relief from parents with the beginning of the school year in sight. Their kids are contemplating their return to the class rooms as well. Some are reluctant to see the end of summer vacation, while others are excited with anticipation of what is ahead for them in the new school year.

We are in the final weeks of the season, somewhere just beyond midsummer glory and before its swan song. These days are lush and bountiful. We savor them with the knowledge that all too quickly they will come to an end. Let’s make the most of these final weeks as we countdown to fall. Whether you chose to spend the time feeling idle and blessed soaking up the warmth of the sun, or want to turn these last weeks into a full scale celebration here are some ideas that will help you squeeze every drop of joy out of these last days of summer.

Twin Citie Summer15 Ways to Celebrate the Month of August in the Twin Cities

  1. Make time for your favorite warm weather activity....

Celebrate the Last Delicious Days of Summer Twin Cities Style

End of summer, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Twin Cities

If you think Labor Day marked the end of summer, I am going to have to disagree. Officially the last day of summer is not until the Autumnal Equinox on September 23rd. The weather should remain warm and pleasant at least through the end of the month. So let's take summer for all she is worth, shall we? Let's enjoy each day as it comes and plan to enjoy the sights, sounds, and foods of summer until they and she (I always think of summer as female) are gone.

In case you need some inspiration, here are a few suggestions for ways to celebrate and savor the last weeks of summer.

End of summer, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Twin Cities

Taste of Summer Bounty

Enjoy the fruits and fresh veggies of the season for as long as they last.  Grill some corn, throw together a fresh, crispy and healthy salad with native vegetables or cut open a ripe, juicy, refreshing watermelon. Here are some great ways to grill fresh corn on the cob I found on Real Simple.

End of summer, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Twin Cities

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My 15 Favorite Summer Things

Summer, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Summer is in full swing in the Twin Cities Metro, and I couldn’t be happier! Admittedly I struggle with the long Minnesota winters, but I can only describe the summers as exquisite and all the sweeter for the anticipation!  Although I admit, every season has its charms; summer wins hands down in its ability to motivate and inspire me. So with no further ado, here is my list of 15 favorite summer pleasures that prove you can have beautiful things.

Summer, Minneapolis, Minnesota

1. Long Days, Blue Skies and Sunshine

Daylight is a mood enhancer. In summer we enjoy longer hours of sunshine to catch up on our Vitamin D! The cold Minnesota winters keep the less hardy among us indoors and so when we feel the warmth of the summer sun we want to get outside and enjoy our beautiful parks, trails, and lakes. In addition to sports and other traditional outside summer activities, here in the Twin Cities we listen to great music, watch movies, eat, drink, and shop outdoors as well.  We put those extra daylight hours to good use!

Summer, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Weekend Wildcard July 19 & 20 – 5 Great Kid Approved Twin Cities Summer Outings

Kid fun Twin Cities

Minnesota Kids Just Wanna Have Fun

Can you believe it’s the third weekend in July? Yes, summer passes quickly in the Twin Cities and so we want to make the most of it.  We want to squeeze every day of warmth, the sunshine, and blue skies out of it. We want to get outside and have fun with our kids! We want to live some of those moments that create memories we hope will last a lifetime and they will talk about when they have children of their own. Okay, perhaps I am going a bit over the top here but summer has that effect on me!

With one-third of summer behind us, we have many more weeks ahead to enjoy.  Here are some suggestions for things to do and places to go in the Twin Cities that have been kid approved!

Twin Cities Summer, Kids' Activities

1. Centennial Lake Park

Tucked in between Xerxes and France Avenues, this 24-acre urban escape in Edina is considered by many the crown jewel of the Hennepin County Parks.  There is something here to please all age groups and activities that...