Winter Events

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.

Ice Castles

January 5, 2018 - TBD

Explore the magnificent Ice Castles in Stillwater this winter! Imagine a magical collision of the Apostle Island ice caves, frozen waterfalls, and glaciers -- formed into towering organic archways, tunnels, and more!

*Photo courtesy of Ice Castle's Facebook page

Progressive® Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show®

January 11 - 14, 2018

The 2018 Progressive Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show returns to the Minneapolis Convention Center with four jam-packed days of boating fun and once-a-year deals.

Celebrating 46 years!  Find your dream boat and everything that goes with it at the Minneapolis Convention Center, January 11th - 14th, 2018. With the upper Midwest’s best selection of new boats and hundreds of booths showcasing the very latest in engines, marine electronics and accessories, there’s no better place to get a head start on a summer full of fun!

From canoes to cruisers, from pontoons to personal watercraft there are boats for every lifestyle, activity and budget. The 4-day event is also the best time to buy, offering you a once-a-year chance to compare makes and models, secure insurance and financing and gear up with the latest accessories all at one time, under one roof!

Red Bull Crashed Ice

January 19 - 20, 2018

The capital of Minnesota will host the highly anticipated Red Bull Crashed Ice on the frozen banks of the Mississippi River on January 19 - 20, 2018. For the past five 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, a native of Minnesota, being the first ever back-to-back champion, it promises to be another year of fierce competition and excitement.

TWINSFEST

January 19 - 21, 2018

TwinsFest will feature interactive activities and behind-the-scenes fan experiences that celebrate Twins baseball and Target Field. As in years past, more than 60 current, former and future Twins players are expected to appear throughout the course of the weekend. Get autographs and photos, stop by the Twins yard sale, go on a self-guided clubhouse tour, visit the Twins boardwalk, or enjoy the TwinsFest Taproom.

The Great Northern

January 25 - February 4, 2018

The Great Northern is here to showcase The North at its wintry best. 10 days of events and programming across Minneapolis and Saint Paul. A new, annual tradition that promotes year-round outdoor activity and provides fun and accessible programming for locals and visitors of all ages. Featuring: Sport, Culinary and Arts programming with a family-friendly focus.

Event leaders from the City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival, the 130-year-old Saint Paul Winter Carnival, and the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships jointly announced The Great Northern, a collaborative winter festival.

We are the North! Let’s celebrate it!

U.S. Pond Hockey Championships 

January 25 - 28, 2018

The 13th annual Labatt Blue U.S. Pond Hockey Championships (USPHC) will once again bring hockey the way nature intended it to Lake Nokomis, Minneapolis, MN, January 25-28. The event brings thousands of players and fans together for an incredible weekend of fun and fierce competition.

Learn how to participate on the website!

Super Bowl Live

January 26 - February 4, 2018

Super Bowl LII will be held at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota on February 4, 2018! Join us for Super Bowl Live, the 10-day festival leading up to the Big Game. Check out our Super Bowl event calendar for more ways to celebrate the Bold North.

City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival

January 27 - February 4, 2018

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 10 days 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!

Columbia Sportswear Skate Marathon

February 4, 2018

Participants start at Theodore Wirth Park, ski through woods, over parkways and across lakes to a grand finish before cheering crowds in the Loppet Village in Uptown. Skiers of all ages and abilities will be challenged and thrilled by this beautiful urban course. Go for your best time, or simply enjoy this unique ski experience.

Lake Harriet Winter Kite Festival

January 27, 2018

The 17th Annual Lake Harriet Winter Kite Festival will take place on the north end of Lake Harriet near the Lake Harriet Band Shell. Kites of all shapes, sizes, colors and themes will fly over frozen lake.

Minnesota Kite Society experts will demonstrate their skills maneuvering spectacular kites throughout the day, and offer their expertise to kite flying enthusiasts and to those who are new to the pastime. Bring your own kite, or buy an inexpensive one at the lake.

Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival

February 24, 2018

Sample the nation's best craft beer at Minnesota's largest outdoor beer festival!

Minnesota Timberwolves

2017-18 Timberwolves’ season is underway! With one of the most athletic and exciting teams in the league, the Wolves are ready to pounce.

College Night presented by U.S. Bank is officially back for another season! Come support our Timberwolves every Monday and Wednesday night and receive an upper level game ticket for $10.00. A valid college I.D. on game day or enter a valid .edu email address for online purchases. Check out the College Night webpage for more detailed information!

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Minnesota Wild

Minnesota is the state of hockey and the Wild is our team! The Wild take to the ice at Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul!

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Minnesota Vikings

Whether a home game or away, there are a number of locations to watch the Vikings play around town. Their 2018 season turned out to be one for the books, and let's hope they keep it up!

Twin Cities Auto Show

March 10 - 18, 2018

The 2018 Twin Cities Auto Show will be hosted at the Minneapolis Convention Center, March 10-18. The Twin Cities Auto Show is your chance to compare more than 575 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.

Minneapolis Home and Garden Show

March 30 - April 1 & April 6 - 8, 2018

Minneapolis Convention Center

More than 95,800 homeowners attend the Minneapolis Home + Garden Show annually seeking helpful advice, solutions and new products for their next renovation, décor or landscape project. The Minneapolis Home + Garden Show features high-interest exhibits, high-profile industry personalities and the latest trends to bring in customers who are ready to move ahead with their home improvement projects.

TWO WEEKENDS ONLY to find fresh ideas from more than 750 experts in remodeling, kitchen & bath, landscaping, décor, flooring and more! Satisfaction guaranteed. Visit website for details.

NCHC Frozen Faceoff

March 16 - 17, 2018

The National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) will conduct its 5th annual conference championship, the 2018 NCHC Frozen Faceoff at Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The winners of the conference quarterfinals, best of three series on campus host sites, will meet in the NCHC Semifinals with the third-place and championship games to follow.