5 Things To Do This Summer at West Acres

Sweet, sweet summertime! Take a peek at all the ways you can celebrate the season of sunshine with us at West Acres.

By: Heidi | May 30, 2019

The sun is shining, school’s out, and everyone’s favorite season of the year is finally here! Whether your summertime plans include sipping cocktails on the patio or keeping the kiddos busy during their break from school, there are so many events, activities, and brand new spaces to explore around West Acres that will keep you busy all summer long!

Take a look through five of our favorite ways to celebrate summertime…

1. Attend an Event

Between reoccurring events like The Market to special occasions like store opening events, our summer calendar is starting to get pretty full – just how we like it! Whether you love soaking up the sunshine or you prefer a well air-conditioned space, our upcoming event list has activities for everyone. We’ll regularly add updated event information to this blog post, so continue to check back, but you can always stay up-to-date on West Acres events by checking out our website, or by visiting our Facebook events page.

Here are some of the events you won’t want to miss this summer…

The Market at West Acres

Join us for another exciting year of The Market @ West Acres! Find regionally-grown produce, artisinal products, locally raised meat and more from a variety of vendors (produce availability and weather dependent). The Market @ West Acres is a partnership between the Northern Plains Botanic Garden Society and West Acres. Learn more about this partnership and see event details here.

Open: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10 am – 5 pm (while supplies last)

Location: Just off of 42nd Street South, between 13th and 15th Avenues in the west parking lot of West Acres

Season: June 25, 2019 – October 2019 (produce availability and weather dependent)

West Acres Birthday Bash

Our birthday is right around the corner! Join us in celebrating an amazing 47 years in the community. The party’s about to get started in Buffalo Court with birthday celebrations, including:
– Live music by Jack Winders + Jessica Vines
– Beer and cider from Fargo Brewing Company + Wild Terra Cider
– A photobooth from The White House Co.
– Special giveaways
– and more!

Get event updates & details, plus set yourself an event reminder, here. We can’t wait to celebrate with you!

Keep checking back as we update this blog post throughout the summer with many more exciting events!

2. Discover What’s New

Between new store openings, expansions, and announcements, there’s a lot happening around West Acres this summer. Here are a few of the newest additions to West Acres that we can’t wait for you to experience!

Minn Dak Market

Locally owned and operated, Minn Dak Market features a wide variety of goods that are all regionally-made in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota. You’ll find a rotating selection of goods like art, home decor, breads, meats, jams, books, wine, and so much more! Come say hello to this brand new store in their location in the JCPenney wing, in the old Gymboree and Beauteous Activewear space.

CRAVE (Coming Soon!)

CRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar, opening this summer, is the first restaurant to join The District. This Minneapolis-based concept features fresh and innovative cuisine, a sushi bar, an award-winning wine list, and a chic yet casual atmosphere. CRAVE’s 7,000 square foot interior will be complemented by a three-season porch and an outdoor patio.

We are eagerly awaiting the warm summer evenings we’ll soak up on their patio! If you’re as excited as we are, you can see the construction project come to life on the north side of the mall, adjacent to Forever 21. Stay tuned for more announcements as their opening day gets closer!

Aptitude (Coming Soon!)

In April, we announced our exciting new collaboration with The Arts Partnership: Aptitude. Aptitude is a creative incubator, set to open this summer! Its 6,000 square foot space will feature 19 artist studios and a kiln room, which will be open to the public during set hours. We are excited for the opportunity Aptitude will offer artists for collaboration, and the ability it will give the community to interact with artists. Supporting local art is at the core of who we are, and we are absolutely thrilled to help bring Aptitude to life!

You can learn more about The Arts Partnership here.


We have more announcements on the way! Stay tuned to our social channels for the excitement ahead…

3. Bring Out The Whole Family

We pride ourselves on being a welcoming place for people of all ages!

Click here to see kid-approved attractions and activities around West Acres.

While you’re here attend one of the exciting events as part of our Kids Summer Series! Learn more here.

Did you also know we’re a certified infant-friendly facility? Click here to learn all about it!

4. Shop Summer Styles

From sundresses to swimwear to sandals, summer fashion is hard to beat. Stay up to date on new arrivals in our stores, the latest trends, and our styling tips and tricks on our Instagram and Facebook. Follow along with our interactive Instagram stories that allow you to be the stylist every week, plus take advantage of our social media team to answer your questions about which stores to shop for specific items you may be on the hunt for!

If you love a good deal as much as we do, keep an eye on our social media channels as well as our sales page (updated daily) to be the first to know about the hottest sales this summer!

5. Enjoy the Tastes of Summer

With refreshing smoothies, brand new appetizers, outdoor happy hours, and photo-worthy ice cream on the menu, our taste buds are more than ready for summer. These are just a few of the yummiest ways to enjoy summer at West Acres…

Coolbird Creamery

Coolbird Creamery’s nitrogen ice cream isn’t just a yummy treat, it’s a show! Enjoy the process of watching your ice cream be transformed from sweet cream to ice cream with the use of liquid nitrogen, plus add in flavors and toppings like fruit, candy, and more. For a lighter option, we love their Greek yogurt parfait, made with the same mesmerizing process!


Did someone say happy hour? From 3-6 pm on Monday through Friday, enjoy food specials like $6 boneless wings and $5 Southwest eggrolls, and deals on drinks. Snag a seat on their outdoor patio to get the full summer effect.

Ice Point

The newest eatery in our Food Court, Ice Point, offers every sweet treat our summer-loving hearts could desire. Order our personal favorite, the Thai-style Hibachi rolled ice cream, and awe at the process as they pour out liquid ice cream, freeze it, scrape it into rolls, and decorate it to become something almost too beautiful to eat! Or try their refreshing bubble tea, a fruit tea, or one of their many other menu offerings.

Orange Julius

A smoothie is our favorite treat for on-the-go shopping fuel. Orange Julius’s menu has a wide variety of fruity flavors, and while the strawberry banana smoothie will always be our trusty standby, the piña colada smoothie is a summertime favorite.

Granite City

Granite City’s food and drink menus got a makeover, and just in time for summer! We think their brand new small plates menu, featuring options like poke tuna tostadas, smokey salmon spread, and avocado bruschetta, are best enjoyed on their outdoor patio. Plus, take advantage of their happy hour deals, like half priced small plates, Granite City pints, select wines and cocktails. Monday-Friday: 3-6 PM and 9 PM-close. Saturday: 12-5 PM, Sunday: 2-5 PM.


Opening this summer, CRAVE’s menu features fresh flavors like sushi, flatbreads, bowls and more. Their outdoor porch and three-season patio will be our go-to spot for sipping award-winning wines, enjoying appetizers, and enjoying great company this summer.

We’ll be updating this blog post all summer long with new events and details on all the happenings at West Acres! Continue to check back, and keep an eye on our Instagram and Facebook to be the first to know about what’s new!


I have the wonderful role of Social Media Coordinator for the West Acres Marketing, PR and Fashion team. I think that I have the best job in the world! I create content for the West Acres social media accounts and blog, which means that I get to share the latest trends, new arrivals, and all of the incredible happenings at West Acres with the community. When I am not snapping pictures for social media or writing blog content, I love to spend time painting in my art studio, testing out new baking recipes, practicing yoga, relaxing at the lake with family and friends, or playing outside on a pair of skis or my mountain bike.




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