Can’t Miss Summer Activities at West Acres

From sales to events to welcoming brand new stores, learn all about what’s happening at West Acres this summer!

By: Heidi | May 30, 2019

We love our Canadian visitors, which is why we want to make it as easy as possible for you to plan out a memorable trip if you’re traveling south this summer! We’ve pulled together a list of some of our favorite summer happenings, the can’t-miss new stores and restaurants, and of course, sales! Check it all out below.

Snag The Best Deals

From semi-annual sales to deep discounts on top seasonal items, summer is one of the best times to save while you shop. We scout out the best savings and update our sales page daily, and we regularly posting our favorite sale styles and discounted finds on our social media. Stay up to date with all the newest deals and discounts by following us on Instagram and Facebook!

Kids Summer Series

If you’re traveling with little ones, our kid-friendly events calendar will keep the whole family busy! You can find all the details about our Kids Summer Series here, but below are just a few of our favorite events you can expect to see this summer.


We’re excited to bring back Story Squad with United Way of Cass-Clay this summer – a story time held every Thursday at West Acres, featuring a new book and guest reader from our community each week. At the end of each event, the kids will be able to take home a book from Imagination Library.

Following every Story Squad event, a mini event or activity will take place from 10:00am-noon! Learn more about these events here.

This event is free & open to the public.

Who: Kids of all ages (books geared towards ages 5 & under)
What: Children’s story time
When: Thursdays from 9:30-10:00am
Where: Center Court (in front of Macy’s) at West Acres


Join Legacy Toys for a night full of family fun! Try out an abundance of games while enjoying time with family and friends in the Food Court.

Game Night will take place every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month from 6-9pm.

Discover What’s New

We can’t wait for you to discover all the new stores, eateries, and experiences around West Acres this summer. Here are a few of the newest additions to West Acres that we’re excited for you to experience!


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.


Ice Point, the newest addition to our Food Court, opened in March. Find yummy treats like bubble tea, fruit tea, and smoothies, plus their fan-favorite Thai-style Hibachi rolled ice cream, which is as much of a show as it is a delicious treat! Watch the mesmerizing process as they turn liquid ice cream into beautifully decorated ice cream rolls, finished with all of the toppings you desire.


Real Good Bath & Body was a pop-up store during our holiday season, and it now has a permanent kiosk location in the hallway between Gap and Dry Goods. Real Good features locally-made bath and body products that are made with the highest quality, good-for-you ingredients and none of the icky chemicals. Stop and smell their bath bombs, lotions, bath salts, face oils, and more!


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!


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.


Looking for even more ways to stay busy during your visit? Check out a list of five of our favorite things to do around West Acres this summer.

We hope to see you soon!


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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