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.
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)
NDSU Chamber Music Festival
Join us for an afternoon of chamber music, as part of the NDSU Chamber Music Festival, right here at West Acres! This free concert will take place at 2 pm on June 1st in Center Court. The concert will be followed by an instrument “petting zoo”, with the instruments featured in the performance available for kids to test out. The petting zoo portion of the event will begin around 2:30 pm.
The NDSU Chamber Music Festival, now heading into its 5th-Anniversary Season, brings the Fargo-Moorhead community intimate and exhilarating encounters with great chamber music performed by top-notch musicians paired with NDSU student pianists.
Learn more about the NDSU Chamber Music Festival here.
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’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.
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.
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’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.