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Lake Harriet Band Shell

4135 West Lake Harriet Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55409
612 661 4785
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Ranked #27 of 114 attractions in Minneapolis
Type: Architectural Buildings
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English first
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Seen from a distance, the bandshell seems to float on the edge of the lake, a Victorian holdover. It is in fact much newer, built to replace a smaller, less- usable version within the last 30 years. The back of the covered stage is glass, and the audience can continue to observe sailboats, joggers, and other activities while enjoying the... More

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Minneapolis, MN
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54 reviews 54 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

This beautiful band shell is a city treasure!!! It has a see through back, so one can watch a concert and look at sail boats float around lake Harriet, all at the same time. The most amazing part is that it hosts a FREE concert every night of the summer. Some are amazing and you just know the next time... More

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167 reviews 167 reviews
74 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

In fact, this place is quite boring. there are some summer concerts that are nearly impossible to enjoy due to mosquitoes (you can watch concerts on local TV if you prefer it that way). Otherwise it has some bathrooms that are mysteriously locked most of the time. In the winter, the place is utterly useless.

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St.Paul, Minnesota
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114 attraction reviews
200 helpful votes 200 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

This is one of the nicest summer experiences Mpls has to offer. On the right night, the free concerts are a welcome break. Come early, bring a blanket or cushion to put on the wooden benches or ground. Lots of food available to buy, or bring your own. Lovely.

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Fargo, North Dakota, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Tucked away in one of the city's many parks, the Lake Harriet Bandshell hosts free nightly concerts by area musicians. Always well attended concerts cover the spectrum of the vibrant Twin Cities musical community -- classical, big band, blue grass, folk, rock, jazz. I recently attended a concert and enjoyed the wonderful music plus the audience's ballroom dancing. Parking can... More

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Edina, Minnesota
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

nightly concerts and friday night movies in the summer---beautiful walk arounf the lake summer and winter--ice fishing---sailing--boating--swimming--canoeing---pur spring water can be obtained free just bering a container---weekend train rides to lake calhoun---always something going on and always smiles on peoples faces---one way around the lake--got ot visit this gem

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Blackburn, United Kingdom
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88 reviews 88 reviews
55 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

Lovely Setting for Opera Under The Stars. Sadly it was heaving and the sound system was about as loud as an iPhone at 200 feet.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

Free concerts every night in the summer, what's not to like? Beautiful views, there is a snack bar close by and a playground there as well.

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Crystal, Minnesota, United States
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52 reviews 52 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

nice pretty walking paths, the concerts are generally fun and relaxing, good place to spend a nice day with the family. parking can be a nightmare, but the beautiful lake and paths are worth the walks

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Chicago, Illinois
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61 reviews 61 reviews
35 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Once I walked by and it looks like some people were rockin out. Performance was audible and if I had liked the music I woulda stayed.

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