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Memorial Weekend is almost here - the unofficial start of summer! In Minnesota, this means we can confidently say that snow is behind us, at least for another four months. And in Minnesota there is no shortage of summertime activities to keep us busy during these months of warmth and outdoor living. Getting out side to enjoy the weather can boost your mood and reduce stress so get out there and enjoy it! Below are some of my favorites.
1. Lake Harriett Bandshell – I have recommended this venue before because it is just so wonderful for families, singles, couples, work gatherings – everyone! Located at 43rd St. W and E Lake Harriet Parkway, it boasts two beaches, watercraft rentals, gardens, parks and walking and biking trails. This lake offers something for everyone and a highlight is their nightly concert series offering entertainment from rock to bluegrass to ethnic music. With a picnic area and a playground for the kids, this venue is a perfect gathering spot to share a meal with friends, listen to some great soul-soothing music. For more information on Lake Harriet or any of the other Minneapolis recreation areas visit www.minneapolisparks.org.
2. Edina Art Fair – Held every June at the 50th/France area of Edina, this art fair offers hundreds of artisans displaying their wares along with entertainment and food. A corn dog, live jazz and art on a warm summer day? Could it get any better? For more information visit: http://www.edinaartfair.com/
3. Head North – Or any direction and you are bound to run into one of Minnesota’s thousands of bodies of water. If you have a lake cabin or have a family member or friend who does, take advantage of it and get there as often as you can to enjoy the water. If you don’t, there are hundreds of resorts and cabin rentals throughout the state that you can find online. Try www.vrbo.com, www.vacationrentals.com or www.lakeplace.com.
4. Farmer’s Market – There is no shortage of fresh produce throughout the summer and fall months around the state. Click here to view my previous article on farmer’s markets for more info and a list of markets in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area.