The Great Northern

Get ready for The Great Northern this winter. Ten days of frosty outdoor events and dining experiences.

Chilly days find Minnesotans rosy-cheeked, bundled up, and eager to enjoy the outdoors. Couch dwellers, we are not. With a full line-up of winter events and some serious FOMO (fear of missing out), we make sure to get out there and experience the winter wonderland that encapsulates us for a few months out of the year. We can’t wait for another year of The Great Northern festival, which celebrates the beauty of the North and the excitement of winter. Click here to see a full schedule of events.

When: January 28 to February 7, 2021

Where: Various locations

This year will highlight two big events (among many smaller activities). Events bundled up in the Great Northern Festival include: 

City of Lakes Loppet

When: January 29th-31st & February 5th-7th, 2021

Where: Theodore Wirth Park

A cross-country ski festival for the whole family! Ski races for all ages, skill-levels, and abilities. Be sure to experience other fun events like the Minne-Loppet, skijoring, dog sledding, and don't miss out on the popular Luminary Loppet happening over two weekends this year. The evening will feature luminaries perfectly spaced around Lake of the Isles outlining the serene landscape and celebrating the Bold North.

City Of Lakes Loppet
City of Lakes Loppet, by Krivit Photography
City of Lakes Loppet
City of Lakes Loppet Dog Sledding, by BLK WLF Photography

Saint Paul Winter Carnival

When: January 28th-February 7th, 2021

Where: Various locations

This year's Saint Paul Winter Carnival will feature a drive-thru ice & snow sculpture park, an ice fishing tournament, and more family-friendly special events and fun activities.

St. Paul Winter Carnival
St. Paul Winter Carnival, by BLK WLF Photography
The Great Northern Festival
St. Paul Winter Carnival, by BLK WLF Photography

We can't wait to see you at the best outdoor dining and event experiences the North has to offer!