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. Need a place to stay? No problem! Make it a weekend in Minneapolis!

Polar Dash

January 1

Embrace the chill and work off your New Year's Eve calories at Polar Dash! You may choose from half, 10K, 5K and 1600m races. The good folks at Polar Dash have hot chocolate waiting at the finish line! 

The Great Northern

January 22 - February 5

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!

Living Banners by Piotr Szhalski on Nicollet

During The Great Northern Festival from January 30 through February 5, take a look at Living Banners, a poetry-inspired installation wrapping around Nicollet between 5th and 12th Streets. People passing by will enjoy short, wintry poems by local writers as they flash across electronic road construction signs. These works will commence with four uniquely recorded sound and light shows on Januray 30. 

Progressive® Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show®

January 19-22

The 2017 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 45 years!  Find your dream boat and everything that goes with it at the Minneapolis Convention Center, January 19th - 22nd, 2017. 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!


U.S. Pond Hockey Championships

January 26-29

The 12th 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 26-29. 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!

Lake Harriet Winter Kite Festival

January 28

The 16th 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. 

Ice Castles

Explore the magnificant 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! Tickets on sale at the end of December. 


January 27 - 29

TwinsFest will feature several new interactive activities and behind-the-scenes fan experiences that celebrate Twins baseball and Target Field.

This year, the Metropolitan Club will host TwinsFest's first-ever beer garden. An engaging and energetic space for families and friends to connect at TwinsFest, this new attraction will feature a selection of craft beers, yard games, pub games, a radio stage hosted by Go Media, classic arcade games and many other interactive activities for families.

City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival

February 3-5

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! 

Red Bull Crashed Ice

February 3-4

The capital of Minnesota will host the season finale on the frozen banks of the Mississippi River on February 3-4, 2017. 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.

Minnesota Timberwolves

2016-17 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 offically back for another season! Come support our Timberwolves every Monday and Wednesday night and recieve 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!



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!



Minneapolis Home + Garden Show

February 24-26 & March 3-5  

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.


Twin Cities Auto Show

March 11-19

The 2017 Twin Cities Auto Show will be hosted at the Minneapolis Convention Center, March 11-19. 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.

NCHC Frozen Faceoff

March 17-18

The National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) will conduct its 4th annual conference championship, the 2017 NCHC Frozen Faceoff at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The winners of the conference quarterfinals, best of three series on campus host sites, will meet in the NCHC Semifinals on Friday, March 17 with the third-place and championship games on Saturday, March 18.

Columbia Sportswear Skate Marathon 

February 5

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.

Midwinter Light

The Commons is pleased to announce its 2017 debut event Midwinter Light: creating art with ice and light, an installation by artist Jennifer Hedberg of Wintercraft. The five-day event is free and open to the public.

January 27 - 31
Dusk - 10pm
Stroll through The Commons and view artistic luminary creations. The candlelit and LED ice installations make for a magical midwinter night. Weather permitting.

January 29
4 - 8pm
Warm up by a fire, enjoy some light music, and sip on free hot chocolate provided by Radisson RED Minneapolis.

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