Southwest is a largely residential community located in the southwestern corner of Minneapolis. Southwest offers the quintessential Minneapolis lifestyle, complete with something for everyone in the family: Close proximity to shopping, restaurants and access to major freeways, while being nestled in the middle of trails and parks along several lakes and Minnehaha Creek. Southwest is a true reminder of why Minneapolis is nicknamed the “City of Lakes.”
Lake Harriet is in the center of Southwest and is part of the hugely popular Chain of Lakes. The Lake Harriett Bandshell is a big draw, especially in the summer months where it features a rigorous schedule of jazz, folk and rock concerts. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board hosts the “Movies in the Park” and the “Concerts in the Park” series, which offer over 250 free outdoor concerts and movies at various locations, including the Lake Harriet Bandshell, Minnehaha Park and Father Hennepin Bluffs Park. There is fun to be had in the Southwest community in the winter as well. The Lake Harriet Winter Kite Festival is held every January. Kites fly over the frozen lake while other family activities include ice fishing, horse-drawn wagon rides, snowshoeing and a marshmallow roast.