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August is just around the next bend and with it, summer begins its downward slide. Yuck. Soon it will be back-to-school, Labor Day, and yup …winter. The warm days never seem long enough, so we maximize them in every possible way. If you do and feel the same and are looking for a jolt of fresh chlorophyll, we’ve got a week of straight sunshine ahead and prime forecast for immersing yourself in the natural beauty around us.


Across the nation and for more than 20-years, The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program has offered flora and fauna enthusiasts the chance to dig into the labors of neighbors (figuratively speaking of course). The conservancy collaborates with private homeowners and landscapers to open private gates and to welcome outsiders into once-secret gardens.


These efforts strike close to home this coming Saturday when Edina’s own Downey-Bergstrom Garden is featured, along with another open-garden at Roseville’s Ohm Sweet Ohm. From 12:00-4:00 PM, gardening enthusiasts are invited to swing by one or both for a small-fee and a self-guided tour. Owners will be on-hand to answer questions, and you’re bound to pick up some tips and tricks for both indoor and outdoor applications.


For an even more immersive experience (and maybe a bit of a workout), consider venturing into the great outdoors at the 6th Annual Greenway Glow. In what’s slated to be one boisterous night, events kick off at 7:00 PM Saturday, July 29 and run through midnight. Awash in fluorescent light, you can jump into a 5K run, a 10K bike, or even a “slow-roll” where you can more leisurely imbibe the night’s lineup—all to benefit the safety and maintenance of what’s inarguably one of the area’s most popular destinations for biking, walking, and city-connectedness.


Visitors will also enjoy an Arts Festival from 7-12:00 midnight, hands-on crafts for the kids, and an After-Glow Party at Eastlake Brewing from 9:30-midnight. The party on wheels also promises tacos, catapult–launched LED water balloons—even an army of ukuleles (surely a first for us all). You’ll discover more than two dozen art installations, plus live performances and other special events like the Night Bike Gallery at the Ivy Building, featuring a bonfire, s’mores, and more.


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If you’d prefer your dose of the outdoors from inside, the notion only sounds paradoxical until you find yourself in Southdale’s Piccadilly Prairie for Mark Herman’s 2017 Hometown Lakes Series. Running from Wednesday through Sunday, swing by and pick up a print of a childhood memory, then get it signed by the artist on Friday; it’s a sentimental addition to your home or a nostalgic gift for a loved one.


Elsewhere, there’s no shortage of opportunity to immerse yourself in surrounding Edina. Hard as it might be, break free from that pool lounger and get out to experience it for yourself while the summer getting’s still good!



I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, ‘This is what it is to be happy.

-Sylvia Plath




Take your time this weekend; its biggest draws stretch three, even four-days long. Yes, you might want to be one of the firsts through the doors, but the steady rotation of Crazy Days and Aquatennial offers great deals and unique opportunities for fun, all extended-weekend long!


Style Edina. Taste of Edina. Pumpkin Fest. Our city has its share of fans for a range of community-driven events, though this weekend’s three-days of 50th & France shopping is one of its most highlighted. Crazy Days begins Friday and runs through Sunday, though we recommend scheduling around 1:00-3:00 on Friday or Saturday when visitors can also enjoy live music by the fountain. Of course, specials and sidewalk sales will abound, and it’s a great time to swing by your favorite shop (or one you’ve missed but kept in mind) to stock up on essentials and favorites.


Grab a coffee and stop off for a complimentary chair massage during select hours any of the three days, or limber up with a free yoga session at the fountain from 10:30-1:00 PM on Friday. Timed right, the savvy visitor can enjoy fitness, treats, live music, and some great deals, all in one, well-planned swoop.


When you’re not scoring designer deals, consider heading to the Minneapolis waterfront for fun and fancy at the city’s 78th annual Aquatennial: a celebration of its historic rivers, lakes, and streams. The event list is an exhaustive one, spanning Wednesday through Sunday and featuring whole-family fun.


Event highlights include Wednesday night’s Torchlight Parade from 8:30-10:30 PM (the largest of its kind in the state); Thursday’s MN Made Market of award-winning artisans, vendors, and brewers; and Friday night’s River Rats Aquatennial Water Ski Show, where the West Bank provides a perfect picnic and viewing spot for high-flying and fast-footed skiing and stunts.


Of course, the festival features a wide range of events and from its Canine Film Fest to its food trucks, blood drives, and Saturday’s firework show (even larger than the 4th of July spectacle), it’s an extended weekend of explosive fun and a great chance to show off some of those Crazy Day deals!


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Sticking close to home this weekend? Surrounding Crazy Days, you’ll find a Thursday lineup and a Sunday wind-down to perfectly bookend the insanity. Have fun and be safe; we hope to see you out there, Onyx!



If you’re not exploring life, if you aren’t looking for yourself, if you’re not finding many different things you love, what are you doing?

– Unknown



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