Restaurant Week in Edina
Make some time for a summer date in the week ahead when Twin Cities Restaurant Week explodes across the region with lunch and dinner specials at our hippest and best eateries. From Sunday, July 16-Friday, July 21, participating restaurants will feature two-course lunches and three-course dinners with specials that are as good for the taste buds as they are for the wallet. Explore the menus online and even make your reservations on the spot. Restaurant Week is a great chance to explore some of those top chefs you might’ve backburnered until now.
Consider building your meal around a bit of artistry for that perfect date. From gallery, to cinema, to live stage performance, the Walker Art Center is internationally recognized as a preeminent arts venue, featuring a wealth of contemporary art across an eye-popping range of medium. Better yet, the center is just a quick trip from home.
Perfect for a night out, contemporary art begs for discussion and, whether you’re a newbie or discerning critic, the work elicits a guttural response. What better way to strike up vibrant conversation? If you haven’t had the chance to visit, plan a day around it. Better yet, plan for this Thursday evening when the center hosts its Walker Wide Open Party.
Celebrating the opening of the Walker’s Wurtele Upper Garden and the newly reopened Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, the evening kicks off at 5:00 PM with live performances beginning at 5:30. Just shy of 20 years old, the sculpture garden has drawn millions of visitors and, even if you’ve already been, have you since June’s addition of 18 new works? Now featuring a grand total of 60 sculptures, the venue provides the perfect view while also offering up live performances, local brews, good food, and even onsite tattooing—how’s that for enduring art?
If you’re unable to attend Thursday’s free event, you can enjoy cost-free gallery admission on Free Thursdays (5:00-9:00 PM), Free First Saturdays (10:00 AM-3:00 PM), or check out their event calendar to plan a gallery walk at your leisure. Additionally, the Sculpture Garden offers free tours on Thursdays (6:00 PM) or Saturdays (12:00 PM)—hours that could easily fit into your Restaurant Week date.
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Area Events & Happenings
If you’d prefer to take your date night closer to home, Braemar Golf Course will be featuring one of its summer Nite Glow Golf sessions this Saturday. Glowing balls take flight beginning at 9:30, and you’ll want to get there a bit early for this electric experience on the Academy 9 course.
Elsewhere, U.S. Bank Stadium hosts four days of ESPN’S X Games Minneapolis from Thursday-Sunday. Perfect for those more sports-minded outings, we offer no guarantee you won’t be picking a bit of gravel out of your date’s hair as more than 200 athletes compete the gold!
- Root Down Ramp Up with CorePower Yoga: 6:00 PM, Wednesday, July 12 at Galleria
- Farmers Market – 3:00-7:00 PM, Thursday, July 13 at Centennial Lakes Park
- Movie in the Park: Deepwater Horizon – 9:00 PM, Thursday, July 13 at Centennial Lakes Park
I love contemporary art, although I wouldn’t want a pickled shark in my house.