Winter Events

Snow and cold doesn't slow us down. There are still plenty of winter activities and events keeping us busy in Minneapolis.

Did you know we’re one of 2018's Best Winter Holiday Destinations? 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. 

Egypt’s Sunken Cities

Now through April 14th, 2019
Minneapolis Institute of Art

More than 1200 years ago, two ancient cities were lost to natural disasters and the rising tides of the Mediterranean Sea. Two decades ago, underwater archaeologist Franck Goddio and his team discovered those cities, revealing monumental statues, religious images carved in stone, exquisite jewelry, and delicate ceramics—and a greater understanding of life during the age of the pharaohs. Don’t miss this epic story of their discovery at the Minneapolis Institute of Art's new exhibit! Tickets on sale now.

Skate the Star at Mall of America

Now through February 18th, 2019
Mall of America

The Mall of America is bringing to life a magical experience for shoppers and visitors this holiday season. Bring your own skates or rent a pair for just $5, and skate your way along the mall's new, custom-built ice rink at the North entrance. Free and open to the public during select mall hours, 100% of rental skate proceeds go directly to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities.

*All skaters must complete waivers before skating. Minors under the age of 18 must have waiver signed by a parent or guardian

The Great Northern

January 24 - February 3, 2019
Times and Locations Vary
Check out the schedule of events

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. Have fun at the City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival, the 130-year-old Saint Paul Winter Carnival, and the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships among other major events!

St. Paul Winter Carnival

January 24th - February 3rd, 2019
Times and locations vary

Have a ball at this Great Northern event! Through city-wide special events, fun activities and more, the Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation celebrates winter like only Minnesotans can! Most events are FREE, open to the public, and will take place in downtown Saint Paul.

14th Annual U.S. Pond Hockey Championships

January 24th - 27th, 2019
Lake Nokomis

Have a ball at this Great Northern event! Celebrate the joy of hockey "the way nature intended" on Lake Nokomis!

Minnesota State Snow Sculpting Competition

January 25th - 27th, 2019
Minnesota State Fairgrounds

Come watch Minnesotan artists brave the elements to create amazing works of art. Better yet, sign up to participate!

Winterfest 2019

January 25th, 2019
Union Depot, St. Paul

Winterfest gives craft beer fans a one-of-a-kind festival to enjoy the beers they love alongside specifically designed small plates to highlight the state’s craft beer industry and top chefs! Featuring 100 Minnesota breweries and over 30 restaurants and brewpubs - plus live music, entertainmment, education and awards.


January 25th - 27th, 2019
Times Vary
Target Field

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.

Lake Harriet Kite Festival

January 26th, 2019
Lake Harriet

Kites of all shapes, sizes, colors and themes will fly over frozen Lake Harriet. Other fun family activities at the festival include ice fishing, fat bike riding, snowshoeing, and a marshmallow roast! This year will also feature special Art Shanty Projects!

Powderhorn Park Art Sled Rally

January 26th, 2019
Western slopes of Powderhorn Park

Create your sled and see how fast it can take you! Participate in or just come to watch the 12th annual Powderhorn Park Art Sled Rally. Dress warm and bring your helmet!

Luminary Loppet: A Celebration of Winter in Minnesota

February 2nd, 2019
Lake of the Isles

Have a ball at this Great Northern event! This annual winter tradition returns with a slew of extraordinary frozen features including the famous illuminated arctic puppets, an ice concert, and so much more. Walk, snowshoe, or ski along candlelit trails on frozen Lake of the Isles – with plenty of hot cocoa stops along the way – right in the heart of Uptown!

Northeast Winter Market

February 17th, March 17th, 2019
Chowgirls at Solar Arts

Enjoy music, activities and entertainment, plus a variety of over 35 local vendors! Sip on Bloody Marys, mimosas and local beers while munching on Chowgirls Catering as you shop.

2019 Winter Beer Dabbler

February 23rd, 2019
Minnesota State Fairgrounds

The 10th Winter Beer Dabbler returns to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in 2019. Don't miss the biggest outdoor winter beer festival around!

Twin Cities Auto Show

March 9th - 17th, 2019
Minneapolis Convention Center

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 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!