Events for Winter

Did you know we’re one of the Top 10 Best Winter Vacations in the nation? With events like the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships, City of Lakes Loppet, great shows at the Minneapolis Convention Center and numerous outdoor activities, it’s no secret as to why we’ve ascended into “Winter Wonderland” status. Check out these cool (pun absolutely intended) events going on during the winter in Minneapolis.

RACE: Are We So Different?
Science Museum if Minnesota

Take a cultural and scientific look at race throughout history and discover the many reasons we should celebrate our differences and embrace our shared histories (some of which will surprise you).


Seven Masters: 20th Century Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Wells Collection
Minneapolis Institute of Art

Sept. 26, 2015 - Mar. 13, 2016

Seven Masters focuses on seven artists who played a significant role in the development of early 20th-century shin hanga, the new print, and are noteworthy representatives of this movement. Drawing from the collection of Ellen and Fred Wells at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, it features the spectacular beauty portraits of Hashiguchi Goyō (1880–1921), Itō Shinsui (1898–1972), Yamakawa Shūhō (1898–1944), and Torii Kotondo (1900–1976), the striking actors of Yamamura Toyonari/Kōka (1886–1942) and Natori Shunsen (1886–1960), as well as the evocative landscapes of Kawase Hasui (1883–1957). It is accompanied by a richly illustrated book with more than 300 images.


Gifts of Japanese and Korean Art from the Mary Griggs Burke Collection
Minneapolis Institute of Art

Sept. 26, 2015 - May 8, 2016

In March 2015 it was announced that the Japanese art collection of St. Paul native Mary Griggs Burke, long considered the finest private collection of its kind outside of Japan, was bequeathed to Mia and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Mia highlights the breadth of this gift with an exhibition featuring more than 170 masterpieces of Japanese and Korean art, from the prehistoric era to the late 1800s.


Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia
Walker Art Center
Oct. 24, 2015 - Feb. 28, 2016

This Walker-organized exhibition, assembled with the assistance of the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, examines the intersections of art, architecture, and design with the counterculture of the 1960s and early 1970s. A time of great upheaval, this period witnessed a variety of radical experiments that challenged societal and professional expectations, overturned traditional hierarchies, explored new media and materials, and formed alternative communities and new ways of living and working together.


Andrea Buttner
Walker Art Center
Nov. 21, 2015 – Apr. 10, 2016

The Walker presents the first US solo exhibition of the work of German artist Andrea Büttner (b. 1972), including a newly commissioned installation. Büttner’s work often creates connections between art history and social or ethical issues, with a particular interest in notions of poverty, shame, value, and vulnerability, exploring and challenging the belief systems that underpin them.


Guthrie Theater
January 16 - February 21, 2016

Shakespeare’s adventure-filled romance. Enter Pirates! Set sail with Pericles, Prince of Tyre, on an action-packed, epic journey. In heroic fashion, Pericles woos a princess, fights a famine, weathers storms and a shipwreck, wins the hand of his wife, loses her at sea, and entrusts his only child to a king and queen.


A Chorus Line
Ordway Music Theater
Feb 16 - 28, 2016

At what point does the thing we want, become the thing we need? For 17 talented dancers, their dream of making it on Broadway has turned from dream to obsession, but the audition of a lifetime will push them farther than ever before. Who will break under the pressure of the bright lights, and who will have what it takes to make the cut?

Based on true stories and featuring classic songs like “One,” “I Hope I Get It,” and “What I Did For Love,” A Chorus Line broke records, winning nine Tony Awards, seven Drama Desk Awards, the New York Critics’ Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.


The Frog Bride
The Children's Theater Company
Jan. 12 - Feb. 28, 2016

When a king sends his three sons to find their brides, two return with fair ladies but the youngest returns with…A FROG?! Acclaimed storyteller David Gonzalez masterfully weaves this classic Russian folk tale with a rich, multimedia experience using video projections, live musicians and an original jazz-funk score. The Frog Bride has everything you need for a rousing tale – a royal ball, a curse, a broken heart and the search for true love – performed with an energetic and skillful modern twist in what The New York Times calls “absorbing, funny and suspenseful, it is, in the great tradition of storytelling, enchanting.”


Science Museum of Minnesota
Now - Mar. 3, 2016

Get a front-row seat to experience larger-than-life adventures—from the breathtaking iconic holy sites of Jerusalem to the vibrant rainforests of Costa Rica and Australia. Omnifest 2016 brings five big films—both new and favorites—to the William L. McKnight-3M Omnitheater’s giant screen. With a diverse film line-up that appeals to all ages and interests, it is an ideal family destination this winter.


City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival

The Loppet Foundation's premier event of the year is the City of Lakes Loppet Festival that draws thousands of participants, hundreds of volunteers, and many more spectators out to the trails of Theodore Wirth Park, and lakes and streets of Uptown Minneapolis for a long weekend of fun and competition. With winter events and activities for all ages and abilities, this is as Minnesota as it gets! Weekend events include: cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, skijoring, dogsledding, Kubb, fat tire and ice bike riding, snow sculpture contests and, of course, the Luminary Loppet! NEW in 2016: speedskating, telemark clinic, and a puoli (half) fat tire biking distance!


Red Bull Crashed Ice

The capital of Minnesota will host the season finale on the frozen banks of the Mississippi River on February 26-27, 2016. For the past four freezing-cold winters, Saint Paul has hosted the ice cross downhill competition, with a huge crowd of more than 100,000 people converging under the gaze of the imposing Cathedral of Saint Paul to witness the high-speed action that features skaters competing in four-man heats in a race to the bottom of a long ice track filled with obstacles. The sport appeals to what Americans like most in sports – a physically challenging, rough, tough sport coupled with high-speed action and agility. With local hero Cameron Naasz (2nd overall), a native of Minnesota, having pushed the boundaries of the sport and almost clinched the title in 2014 and 2015, it promises to be another year of fierce competition.


Progressive® Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show®

The 2016 Progressive Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show returns to the Minneapolis Convention Center January 21 – January 24, 2016 with four jam-packed days of boating fun and once-a-year deals. This year’s boat show provides a first look at the latest model boats and accessories, educational seminars to boost anyone’s boating IQ, interactive features and much more. The 2016 show offers up favorite mainstays including Paddlefest, where anyone 10 and up can try kayaking and stand up paddle boarding in an indoor pool; the Antique & Classic Boat Display with nautical vessels of yesteryear; the Progressive Insurance Boat School to boost nautical know-how for boaters of all levels; and hands-on clinics at Fred’s Shed DIY & Interactive Learning Center. Plus, visit the all-new Up North With Wings Financial experience to relax in an authentic north woods cabin environment while enjoying great food and live entertainment. When: Thursday, January 21 2pm–9pm Friday, January 22 12pm–9pm Saturday, January 23 10am–9pm Sunday, January 24 10am–5pm Where: Minneapolis Convention Center 1301 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota Tickets: Tickets can be purchased in advance at or onsite the day of the show. Cost for tickets: Adults (16 and older): $12.00 Youth (15 and under): FREE with paid adult Active Military: FREE - Present military ID at the box office onsite Senior Day, Thursday, January 21, 62+ $11.00 Web:; Twitter; Facebook.


Twin Cities Auto Show

The Twin Cities Auto Show is your chance to compare more than 525 vehicles from 37 foreign and domestic brands side by side - without driving all over town.  You will see new models in every category, from compacts and family sedans to the latest in SUVs and luxury cars.  You'll see trucks that offer better mileage, greater utility and convenience, and more luxury features than ever.  You'll hear about financing options.  You will learn about on-board navigation and communication technology and see the growing variety of electric and hybrid vehicles.   And of course - instead of just dreaming about it - the Auto Show is where you can actually sit behind the wheel of one of those sleek, shiny new sports cars.


Ice Castles

Imagine a magical collision of the Apostle Island ice caves, frozen waterfalls, and glaciers -- formed into towering organic archways, tunnels, and more!