Do you actually need another reason to go to the lake this summer? (And if so, are you truly embracing summer in Minnesota?) For those who need a little something more to get them to pack up the car and into the snarl of Uptown traffic here it is: every Friday night in August the Lake Harriet Bandshell will be rocking live music and free films. Tonight the once-local Free Energy performs at 7:30 pm followed by "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure," opening Vita.mn's music and movies series at the lake with particularly peppy beats. Pack a picnic basket and a blanket (and bug spray!) and it doesn't get much better on a lazy August Friday night.
Lake Harriet won't be the only spot in Uptown to simultaneously soak up beams of sunshine and culture this weekend: the Uptown Art Fair will be in full swing Friday through Sunday. There will be the usual exhibits, vendors and live performances including an appearance by the Minnesota Vikings cheerleaders at 3:45 on Friday (does this really count as art?)
As for me, I'll be avoiding the crowds on the street by keeping it lago-centric. After checking out Friday night's show I'll be hitting Lake Calhoun for a free vinyasa yoga class on Saturday morning. The class is at 10:30, making it a perfect way to begin yet another day at the lake.
Tired of the usual lakeside revelry? Consider renting a kayak from Wheel Fun Rentals at the northeast corner of Calhoun. Paddle down into Lake of the Isles and Cedar Lake and you can almost imagine what the lakes were like before a city popped up around them. Beautiful.