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5 Fantastic Fall Drives in Minnesota

From southern Minnesota to northwestern Wisconsin, these colorful road trips will dazzle and delight.


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Todd Buchanan

Anytime is a great time for a road trip, but none is better in Minnesota and the Midwest than autumn, when the forests and woodlands are alive with color. Any of these five routes will keep you occupied for a weekend. And each will take you to an iconic corner of the region, from the wooded river valleys of south-central Minnesota to the sandy southern shore of Lake Superior in northwestern Wisconsin. So pack your bags, gas up the car, grab the atlas (or set the GPS), and go!
 

VALLEY VIEWS

Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway

Route: Belle Plaine to Ortonville ✦ Distance: 287 miles

The Minnesota River Valley was carved in ancient times by a swirling deluge draining from glacial lakes. Even today, you can’t get away from that fact. The valley is the dominant attraction as you drive, first southwest from the Twin Cities and then northwest at Mankato. In summer, I feel as though I’m swallowed up in a dazzling green trough of forests and farms. But the valley becomes most stunning in fall, when it’s filled with the eye-popping hues of golden aspen and cottonwoods, russet oaks, and flaming sumac. And way down at the bottom of the gorge is the descendant of that old glacial torrent, the comparatively puny but still mighty-in-its-own-right Minnesota River.

If you’re setting out from the Cities, pick up the road at Belle Plaine and drive southwest to the river’s elbow, down at Mankato. Then turn sharply to the northwest, following the river into the upper reaches of the valley near Ortonville, on the Minnesota-South Dakota border. The highway twists, rises, and falls as it skirts the river bluffs. Hardwoods mix with cornfields and riverine wetlands. Watch for deer and flocks of turkeys.

It’s the smaller towns that are most charming along this route: Henderson, St. Peter, Kasota, New Ulm, Morton, Granite Falls, Montevideo. The artery of the river valley eventually reaches into the prairies of western Minnesota, where crumbling foundations, repurposed-log buildings, and even a stone obelisk memorializing those killed during the Sioux Uprising of 1862 testify to old settlements in the valley—European and Dakota.

☛ Find a map for this adventure at: mnrivervalley.com
 

STOPS ALONG THE WAY

✦ Autumn is apple season. Buy a bushel or sample a slice of pie at Jim’s Apple Farm (952-492-6380), between Jordan and Belle Plaine.

✦ In the attractive town of St. Peter, pick up a fresh sandwich at the St. Peter Food Co-op (507-934-4880, stpeterfood.coop) or some tasty quiche at the River Rock Coffee Shop (507-931-1540, rrcoffee.com). Then visit the Linnaeus Arboretum (507-933-6181, gustavus.edu/arboretum), on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College, to see some vibrant foliage.

Minneopa State Park (507-389-5464, dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/minneopa), just west of Mankato, was named with the Dakota word for “water falling twice,” a reference to the picturesque waterfalls on Minneopa Creek, just a short walk from the parking area.

✦ New Ulm’s ethnic heritage finds expression in the giant Hermann the German monument in Hermann Heights Park. Hermann, otherwise known as Arminius, led Germanic tribes in a successful ambush of Roman legions 2,000 years ago. Ascend the 99 steps of the monument’s base for a sweeping view of the Minnesota River Valley. After your climb, enjoy a beer in the formal gardens of the August Schell Brewery (507-354-5528, schellsbrewery.com).

✦ A roadside stop at the Harkin Store State Historic Site (507-354-8666, mnhs.org/places/sites/hs), eight miles northwest of New Ulm on County 21, takes you back to the glorious 1870s, when the river port of West Newton had aspirations to be the biggest town on the upper Minnesota.

✦ Near Redwood Falls, the Lower Sioux Agency State Historic Site (507-697-6321, mnhs.org/places/sites/lsa) explores the roots of the Dakota War of 1862, when starving Indians battled troops and settlers in the Minnesota River Valley.

✦ Getting hungry? In Montevideo, grab a cappuccino, a quesadilla, or a panini (or all three!) at the cute little coffee shop Java River (320-269-7106, javarivercafe.com).

✦ Each fall, usually at the end of October, thousands of migrating geese gather at Lac qui Parle State Park (320-734-4450, dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/lac_qui_parle), which lies at the southern end of a dammed section of the Minnesota River. Birdwatchers also stand a good chance of seeing bald eagles.

✦ Fans of Scandinavian crafts should stop by the Trestuen Gallery and Studio in Milan (call for an appointment: 320-734-4715).

✦ The main attraction in Ortonville, which sits at the lower end of Big Stone Lake, named for the rock outcroppings that lie along its shoreline, is the Big Stone County Museum (320-839-3359), which features, among other things, a collection of more than 500 stuffed birds.
 


RIVER ROAD

St. Croix Scenic Byway

Route: Afton to Sandstone and back ✦ Distance: 280 miles

If there’s a signature scene of fall driving in Minnesota, it may just be the view from Highway 95 approaching Taylors Falls as you begin the descent into the valley of the St. Croix River. The scenery taps into the Americana section of our brains—a shapely river valley cloaked in flaming maples, a scattering of conifers, a 19th-century town greeting us at the bottom of the hill. It is the closest Minnesota comes to New England. ¶ The 280-mile route essentially proceeds north along one side of the river, which forms much of the Minnesota–Wisconsin border, and returns south on the other side. If you’re starting in the Twin Cities, begin at Afton. Follow the state’s official designated St. Croix Scenic Byway north as far as Banning State Park near Sandstone. Then cross over to Wisconsin and wend your way south to Grantsburg—farther south than Sandstone and Banning State Park, according to your preference, on a combination of rural highways and back roads. ¶ The river is one reason I like this route as much as I do. The St. Croix is special—relatively clear, swift, wooded. It is one of the nation’s original wild and scenic rivers, and the only one to flow through Minnesota. But I also love the towns. Built along the river, where riverboats first disgorged settlers, they are solid, well organized, and pretty in a way that newer towns can’t quite match.

☛ Find a map for this adventure at: stcroixscenicbyway.org
 

ROUTES ALONG THE WAY

Afton dates to the 1850s and takes its name from a Robert Burns poem. Looking for a place to eat or stay? Try the Afton House Inn (651-436-8883, aftonhouseinn.com).

Stillwater, the self-proclaimed “birthplace of Minnesota,” founded in 1843, is a tourist town that offers restaurants, bars, antique shops, and retail shopping. A few miles north on Highway 95 is Marine on St. Croix, an impossibly quaint town of clapboard buildings that claims it is even older than Stillwater.

✦ Where Highway 95 meets U.S. 8, you may notice surprising metal sculptures rising from a field. It’s the Franconia Sculpture Park (651-257-6668, franconia.org), 20 acres devoted to a rotating collection of more than 75 contemporary sculptures.

✦ At U.S. 8, take a short detour three miles west to Eichtens Hidden Acres (651-257-1566, specialtycheese.com), where family farmers raise bison, make artisanal cheeses, and run a terrific small restaurant.

✦ In Taylors Falls, yet another old river town, stop for some joe at Coffee Talk (651-465-6700), located in a renovated Victorian home. Afterward, head up the hill and tour the Angel’s Hill Historic District, where the earliest homes date to the 1850s. At nearby Interstate State Park (651-465-5711, dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/interstate), which straddles the Minnesota–Wisconsin border, take a short walk through the Minnesota portion to tour the giant “potholes” carved by the swirling waters of Glacial Lake Duluth.

✦ Follow rural highways through Rush City, Pine City, and Sandstone. Save time for Banning State Park (320-245-2668, dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/banning). Have a picnic on the sandstone outcrops flanking the spectacular rapids of the Kettle River. And hike the trail to an abandoned quarry.

✦ Backtrack southward to Hinckley, turn east on Highway 48, cross the St. Croix, and follow a route southward down the Wisconsin side of the river.

Crex Meadows Wildlife Area (715-463-2739, crexmeadows.org), a 30,000-acre state wildlife-management area just north of Grantsburg, provides some of the best wildlife viewing in the region on a 24-mile drive.

✦ At St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin’s much larger counterpart to Taylors Falls, is the headquarters of the St. Croix National Scenic River (715-483-2274, nps.gov/sacn). The facility has exhibits about the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers and their watersheds.

✦ Farther south on Highway 35, in Osceola, you can catch the Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway (715-755-3570, trainride.org/oscv.shtml) for an hour-and-a-half, 20-mile round trip to Marine on St. Croix and back.
 


WISCONSIN BYWAYS

Wisconsin North Woods

Route: Hayward to Bayfield ✦ Distance: Roughly 250 miles

There’s no north woods like the Wisconsin north woods, a classic combination of rustic roads, tall pines, scrubby sand barrens, famous muskie lakes, backwoods taverns, and Leinenkugel’s beer. (Don’t indulge in the last two while driving.) As a tourist and resort area, it came of age in the era of fedoras and getaways by train. The region is riddled with hideouts of Prohibition-era Chicago gangsters. The cabins and roadside taverns seem to belong to illustrated magazine ads of a half-century ago. Indeed, some have hardly changed. ¶ This north-woods route, about 250 miles, begins in northwestern Wisconsin’s lake country, circles up to Lake Superior, and heads back again. Start in Hayward, Wisconsin, an archetypical fishing and resort town with a compact downtown surrounded by a sprawling mess of tourist-oriented businesses. From Hayward, scoot eastward on Highway 77, a.k.a. the Great Divide National Scenic Highway, through Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest to Highway 13 near Glidden. Turn north to Ashland. ¶ Then begins the best part of the route—around the shoreline of the Bayfield Peninsula through the Lake Superior towns of Washburn, Bayfield, Red Cliff, Cornucopia, Herbster, and Port Wing. While Minnesotans have gotten used to a North Shore that has become ever busier and ever more developed with highways, tunnels, and condos, the Wisconsin counterpart has remained more isolated, a taste of what the Superior shore used to be.

☛ Find a map for this adventure at: mnmo.com/wiswoods
 

STOPS ALONG THE WAY

✦ In Hayward, visit the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum (715-634-4440, freshwater-fishing.org). The focal point of the museum is the “Shrine to Anglers,” a giant muskie, half a block long and four-and-a-half stories tall.

✦ Follow Highway 77 through the scenic Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, then turn north on Highway 13 just before Glidden. Next stop: the sandy south shore of Lake Superior.

✦ In Ashland, at the tip of Chequamegon Bay, check out the stately Hotel Chequamegon (800-496-5555, hotelc.com), pick up an expertly made latte at Black Cat Coffee (715-682-3680), and then head across the street to bag a fresh-fruit Danish or savory biscuit at the Ashland Baking Company (715-682-6010, ashlandbakingcompany.com).

✦ Just west of Ashland, the Northern Great Lakes Visitors Center (715-685-9983, northerngreatlakescenter.org) introduces tourists to the area with interpretive displays that play voyageurs’ songs and re-create the experience of mining underground.

✦ If you plan ahead and stay the night near Bayfield, you might take in a concert at the Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua, eight miles past Washburn at the top of Ski Hill Road (888-244-8368, bigtop.org).

Bayfield is nearly everyone’s favorite town on Superior’s south shore. Prowl the shops of painters, jewelers, and potters. Take a ferry ride to Madeline Island, ride a tour boat among the islands with Apostle Islands Cruise Service (800-323-7619, apostleisland.com), or even take a half-day kayak trip with Trek and Trail (800-354-8735, trek-trail.com). Then order beer and flamingo tenders at Maggie’s (715-779-5641, maggies-bayfield.com). Tens of thousands will flock to Bayfield for the Apple Festival in early October.

Cornucopia, “Corny” among boaters, is as tiny and charming as a music box. All is focused on the small marina, home port to many sailboats. If you’re looking for a place to tie up for the night, check out the Fo’c’sle Bed and Breakfast Inn (715-742-3337, siskiwitbay.com) on the edge of the marina.

✦ When you’ve circled the Bayfield Peninsula, find your way to Highway 13 and head south. For the fast way back to Hayward, continue along Highway 27. Or, to drive along the upper reaches of the Namekagon River, jog east and head south on U.S. 63.

✦ Back in Hayward, stop for the fish-fry and a pint of freshly brewed beer at the Angry Minnow (715-934-3055, angryminnow.com). But save room for dessert: West’s Dairy (715-634-2244, westshaywarddairy.com), a local institution, has been serving up small-batch ice cream since 1951.
 


SOUTHERN MEANDER

Historic Bluff Country Scenic Byway

Route: Dexter to La Crescent ✦ Distance: 88 miles

What is so delightful about the topsy-turvy, southeastern corner of the state—bucking hills, deeply carved valleys, twisting roads—is that it is so unlike the rest of Minnesota. And every time I see it, whether I’m biking, trout fishing, or simply sightseeing, I think it’s the most beautiful corner of the state, a land so rugged it’s almost mountainous. ¶ The 88-mile Historic Bluff Country Scenic Byway begins south of Rochester and follows the Root River east as it burrows deeper and deeper into the geology of the southeast corner of the state. The tour starts at Dexter near the upper reaches of the river. Here the agricultural landscape looks “Minnesotan” enough. But as the Root digs its valley ever deeper, the hills and cliffs begin to soar all around. By the time you pass through Spring Valley (where Laura Ingalls Wilder used to attend church), Fountain (named for the abundant springs in the area), and Rushford (which prides itself on its converted railroad depot, now a museum) and reach the river’s terminus at La Crescent, the limestone bluffs tower hundreds of feet above it. ¶ A bonus to this spectacular scenery are the old valley towns such as Preston and Lanesboro, with their handsome main streets and stout brick and stone buildings. Along the route, watch for Amish buggies. You can even buy crafts and butter made by Amish farmers at the weekly farmers’ market on Saturday mornings in Lanesboro.

☛ Find a map for this adventure at: bluffcountry.com
 

STOPS ALONG THE WAY

✦ Near Spring Valley, Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park (507-352-5111, dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/forestville_mystery_cave) gives visitors a way to see this country with a different perspective—historical and underground. Take a one- or two-hour tour of one of the most spectacular caves in a region honeycombed with subterranean passages. As for history, the Minnesota Historical Society has restored a portion of the townsite of Forestville (507-765-2785, mnhs.org/places/sites/hf). Step back to the days of 1899 as costumed guides show off merchandise in the Meighen family store and tend to chores in the garden and farm.

South Branch Root River is one of Minnesota’s biggest and best trout streams. For information, call the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (651-296-6157) or visit dnr.state.mn.us/fishing/trout_streams.

✦ Just east of Preston on U.S. 52 and Highway 16, pick from among 28 varieties of apples or try some homemade apple pie at the Preston Apple and Berry Farm (507-765-4486).

✦ Much of the Bluff Country Byway parallels the Bluffland State Trail (better known as the Root River Trail), one of the most popular rail-to-trail projects in the state.

✦ Take time to stroll the streets of the most scenic city on the trail, Lanesboro. Tucked in the folds of the Root River Valley, the town sprang up during the 1870s and ’80s around a dam and grain mill. As milling centralized in Minneapolis, Lanesboro withered. The combination of long quiescence and development of the bike trail turned out to be the little town’s good fortune. Its old buildings and facades survived because no one had money to mess with them. Restored century-old homes line the streets, some of them converted to B&Bs. The Commonweal Theatre (800-657-7025, commonwealtheatre.org) stages plays in historic downtown.

✦ Everywhere, bikes are for rent, including tandems. And the Little River General Store (507-467-2943, lrgeneralstore.net) offers canoe and kayak rentals, plus shuttles.

✦ For casual dining along the Root River in Lanesboro, try Riverside on the Root (507-467-3663, rootriveroutfitters.com). Another good bet: Old Village Hall Restaurant and Pub (507-467-2962, oldvillagehall.com). For breakfast, head to Pedal Pusher’s Café (507-467-1050, pedalpusherscafe.com). To spend the night, check in at Anna V’s Bed and Breakfast (507-467-2686, annavbb.com).

✦ And don’t overlook tiny Whalan, on the banks of the Root, if only for the self-proclaimed “world’s best pies” at the Aroma Pie Shop (507-467-2623).
 


TWISTS AND TURNS

Glacial Ridge Trail Scenic Byway

Route: Willmar to Alexandria ✦ Distance: 245 miles

I was looking forward to driving the Glacial Ridge Trail Scenic Byway because, as much as I’ve driven Minnesota highways, I feel I hardly know this out-of-the-way, profoundly hilly sector of central Minnesota. ¶ Yet after hours of driving, much of it on dirt roads, my wife, Susan, and I were ready to cut the trip short. I joked that whoever designed this tortuous 245-mile route between Willmar and Alexandria clearly labored under the misapprehension that he was laying out a course for an off-road rally. The route tools along for scores of miles on rural dirt roads. Most of it is varied and fascinating—prairie lakes tucked among glacial hills, woodlands, wetlands, crops, and grasslands. But it’s exhausting—and so complicated it was tough to follow where we were without the aid of a GPS. We relied on the Glacial Ridge signs to thread our way through the countryside. Save for those indicators, we’d have been lost for sure. ¶ So here’s a suggestion: Put your best navigator in the passenger seat. Start at Spicer. Take a direct route to New London. Follow the official route through Sibley State Park and up to the old mill in the town of Terrace. Freelance the rest, finding the highlights by the most obvious routes possible.

☛ Find a map for this adventure at: glacialridgebyway.org
 

STOPS ALONG THE WAY

✦ In Spicer, check out Green Lake, which, despite its name, is one of the clearest and most popular fishing and boating lakes in this rolling farmland.

✦ On Highway 23 at the intersection of Old Mill Road stop by Glacial Ridge Winery (320-796-9463, glacialridgewinery.com). If it’s past noon Thursday through Sunday, owners Kimberly and Ron Wothe will serve up tastes of six wines for $3 a person. Two favorites: Wicked, a blend of Foch, Frontenac, and Cabernet grapes, and Jimmy Appleseed, a medium-sweet apple wine.

✦ Follow Highway 9 through New London westward to U.S. 71 and the entrance to Sibley State Park (320-354-2055, dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/sibley). Drive the blacktop (a scenic drive in itself) to the trailhead to Mt. Tom. It’s a short hike through a forest of gnarly bur oak to the highest point in the park. Climb the granite-and-wood lookout tower.

✦ Pick up the Glacial Ridge Trail (Highway 121) as you leave the park heading north. Hold on for a rough ride and watch for signs. Trail markers will lead you uphill and down, around sharp corners, along good blacktop and scrabbly gravel. But the view is worth it: Ancient glaciers dumped loads of ice, rock, and gravel in this region, creating abrupt hills and unexpected ponds and lakes.

✦ At Highway 104, turn east to follow a spur of the Glacial Ridge Trail to the remnants of Terrace Mill (terracemill.org), including the preserved 1903 flour mill. Nearby are the Keystone Arch Bridge over the tiny Chippewa River and a 1930 stone house. The old general store houses Terrace Mill Store, an Italian restaurant (call for hours and reservations: 320-278-2233).

✦ If you’re up for hiking along conical glacial hills known as “kames,” make a beeline to Glacial Lakes State Park (320-239-2860, dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/glacial_lakes). If you’d rather have a quick snack, bypass the park and visit the Pastry Shoppe (320-239-3898) or Dave’s Place (320-239-2950, doowopcoffeeshop.com) in Starbuck.

✦ Drive north along the shores of Lake Minnewaska through Glenwood and then north to the prosperous town of Alexandria. Alex’s appeal stems from the interconnected lakes that surround it. At the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum (320-759-1114, mnlakesmaritime.org) inspect a dozen vintage mahogany Chris-Craft, three Garwood boats, and an exhibit about Alexandria Boat Works, an early
local manufacturer.

✦ Drive north from town to Carlos Creek Winery (320-846-5443, carlos-creekwinery.com) to sip wine and stroll the expansive grounds of the vineyard and orchard. Tastings are $5 a person. Call ahead for hours.

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The palette outside this time of year is decidedly monochrome, so we invite you to immerse yourself in the dense colors and textures of the work of January’s featured artists. Foote-Hutton’s...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 612.339.8007
Website »

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The 2018 Ice Harvest will occur on Little Detroit Lake, on the public beach near the Pavilion on January 11 and 12. The “first block” Ice Cutting Ceremony will be held at 11:00am on January...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Detroit Lakes Public Beach
1361 Washington Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
View map »


Telephone: 218-850-1413
Contact Name: Carmen McCullough
Website »

More information

The 2018 Ice Harvest will occur on Little Detroit Lake, on the public beach near the Pavilion on January 11 and 12. The “first block” Ice Cutting Ceremony will be held at 11:00am on January 11....

Cost: 0

Where:
Detroit Lakes Public Beach
1361 Washington Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
View map »


Sponsor: Detroit Lakes Area Chamber
Telephone: 218-847-9202
Website »

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On the frozen Lake Harriet sits a whale-shaped icehouse that emanates long, searching calls. The "Lonely Whale" is part of this year's Art Shanty Projects, where local artists turn...

Where:
Lake Harriet
Minneapolis, MN  55419


Website »

More information

The tremendous, icicle- formed, vaguely gothic castle—with tunnels, archways, ice slides, water fountains, and 20-foot walls—returns to Stillwater, a reason to celebrate for those...

Where:
474-498 Myrtle St E
Stillwater, MN  55082
View map »


Telephone: (888) 407-4054
Website »

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First-ever public art installation in downtown Saint Paul skyways will illuminate immigrant experiences   Nancy Ann Coyne’s Speaking of Home to be unveiled September 5, 2017 at the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Skyways b/t Town Square/US Bank/Alliance/Securian
East Sixth and Minnesota Streets
East Fifth and Minnesota Streets
Saint Paul, MN  55101
View map »


Sponsor: Speaking of Home
Telephone: 612-414-9661
Contact Name: Carolyn Will
Website »

More information

Script from Within is a collaborative visual art project that incorporates authentic handwritings of women who are incarcerated in Minnesota, confronting viewers with the humanity behind the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mitchell Hamline School of Law Gallery
875 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55105
View map »

More information

The University of Minnesota Libraries to open a major two venue exhibition entitled Eye, Hand, Gesture: Forming with Black Label Movement at its Wilson Library (January 9 – March 9, 2018) and the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wilson Library
309 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55455
View map »


Sponsor: University of Minnesota Libraries
Telephone: 612-624-1638
Contact Name: Deborah Ultan
Website »

More information

A Common Thread 2018 showcases the breadth and talent of Textile Center members. 120 artworks will adorn the walls of Textile Center's galleries in an exhibition that is as diverse in technique as...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
View map »


Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

More information

The palette outside this time of year is decidedly monochrome, so we invite you to immerse yourself in the dense colors and textures of the work of January’s featured artists. Foote-Hutton’s...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
View map »


Telephone: 612.339.8007
Website »

More information

The 2018 Ice Harvest will occur on Little Detroit Lake, on the public beach near the Pavilion on January 11 and 12. The “first block” Ice Cutting Ceremony will be held at 11:00am on January 11....

Cost: 0

Where:
Detroit Lakes Public Beach
1361 Washington Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
View map »


Sponsor: Detroit Lakes Area Chamber
Telephone: 218-847-9202
Website »

More information

The 2018 Ice Harvest will occur on Little Detroit Lake, on the public beach near the Pavilion on January 11 and 12. The “first block” Ice Cutting Ceremony will be held at 11:00am on January...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Detroit Lakes Public Beach
1361 Washington Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
View map »


Telephone: 218-850-1413
Contact Name: Carmen McCullough
Website »

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Join us for COCO Pitch Night, in which five startups will pitch – and two will win a shot at going to Google Demo Day in Silicon Valley. One winner will be chosen by our live audience. The other...

Cost: Free

Where:
COCO Downtown
400 South 4th Street Suite 401
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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On the frozen Lake Harriet sits a whale-shaped icehouse that emanates long, searching calls. The "Lonely Whale" is part of this year's Art Shanty Projects, where local artists turn...

Where:
Lake Harriet
Minneapolis, MN  55419


Website »

More information

The tremendous, icicle- formed, vaguely gothic castle—with tunnels, archways, ice slides, water fountains, and 20-foot walls—returns to Stillwater, a reason to celebrate for those...

Where:
474-498 Myrtle St E
Stillwater, MN  55082
View map »


Telephone: (888) 407-4054
Website »

More information

Show More...
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First-ever public art installation in downtown Saint Paul skyways will illuminate immigrant experiences   Nancy Ann Coyne’s Speaking of Home to be unveiled September 5, 2017 at the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Skyways b/t Town Square/US Bank/Alliance/Securian
East Sixth and Minnesota Streets
East Fifth and Minnesota Streets
Saint Paul, MN  55101
View map »


Sponsor: Speaking of Home
Telephone: 612-414-9661
Contact Name: Carolyn Will
Website »

More information

Script from Within is a collaborative visual art project that incorporates authentic handwritings of women who are incarcerated in Minnesota, confronting viewers with the humanity behind the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mitchell Hamline School of Law Gallery
875 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55105
View map »

More information

The University of Minnesota Libraries to open a major two venue exhibition entitled Eye, Hand, Gesture: Forming with Black Label Movement at its Wilson Library (January 9 – March 9, 2018) and the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wilson Library
309 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: University of Minnesota Libraries
Telephone: 612-624-1638
Contact Name: Deborah Ultan
Website »

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Lonny Kocina, CEO of Media Relations Agency and author of  “The CEO’s Guide to Marketing” (available at Amazon). Kocina is a visionary who is passionate about marketing. He believes to be a...

Cost: Free. Space is limited.

Where:
Media Relations Agency
350 W Burnsville Parkway
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Sponsor: Media Relations Agency
Telephone: 952-697-5200
Contact Name: Abby Sell
Website »

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The palette outside this time of year is decidedly monochrome, so we invite you to immerse yourself in the dense colors and textures of the work of January’s featured artists. Foote-Hutton’s...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
View map »


Telephone: 612.339.8007
Website »

More information

A Common Thread 2018 showcases the breadth and talent of Textile Center members. 120 artworks will adorn the walls of Textile Center's galleries in an exhibition that is as diverse in technique as...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
View map »


Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

More information

The 2018 Ice Harvest will occur on Little Detroit Lake, on the public beach near the Pavilion on January 11 and 12. The “first block” Ice Cutting Ceremony will be held at 11:00am on January 11....

Cost: 0

Where:
Detroit Lakes Public Beach
1361 Washington Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
View map »


Sponsor: Detroit Lakes Area Chamber
Telephone: 218-847-9202
Website »

More information

The 2018 Ice Harvest will occur on Little Detroit Lake, on the public beach near the Pavilion on January 11 and 12. The “first block” Ice Cutting Ceremony will be held at 11:00am on January...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Detroit Lakes Public Beach
1361 Washington Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
View map »


Telephone: 218-850-1413
Contact Name: Carmen McCullough
Website »

More information

The tremendous, icicle- formed, vaguely gothic castle—with tunnels, archways, ice slides, water fountains, and 20-foot walls—returns to Stillwater, a reason to celebrate for those...

Where:
474-498 Myrtle St E
Stillwater, MN  55082
View map »


Telephone: (888) 407-4054
Website »

More information

On the frozen Lake Harriet sits a whale-shaped icehouse that emanates long, searching calls. The "Lonely Whale" is part of this year's Art Shanty Projects, where local artists turn...

Where:
Lake Harriet
Minneapolis, MN  55419


Website »

More information

The Award Winning 60's Doo-Wop Musical Take a trip to Springfield and meet Denny and the Dreamers, a doo-wop singing group preparing to enter a radio contest in the hope of a recording contract...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Old Log Theatre
Website »

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Show More...
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First-ever public art installation in downtown Saint Paul skyways will illuminate immigrant experiences   Nancy Ann Coyne’s Speaking of Home to be unveiled September 5, 2017 at the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Skyways b/t Town Square/US Bank/Alliance/Securian
East Sixth and Minnesota Streets
East Fifth and Minnesota Streets
Saint Paul, MN  55101
View map »


Sponsor: Speaking of Home
Telephone: 612-414-9661
Contact Name: Carolyn Will
Website »

More information

Script from Within is a collaborative visual art project that incorporates authentic handwritings of women who are incarcerated in Minnesota, confronting viewers with the humanity behind the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mitchell Hamline School of Law Gallery
875 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55105
View map »

More information

The University of Minnesota Libraries to open a major two venue exhibition entitled Eye, Hand, Gesture: Forming with Black Label Movement at its Wilson Library (January 9 – March 9, 2018) and the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wilson Library
309 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55455
View map »


Sponsor: University of Minnesota Libraries
Telephone: 612-624-1638
Contact Name: Deborah Ultan
Website »

More information

A Common Thread 2018 showcases the breadth and talent of Textile Center members. 120 artworks will adorn the walls of Textile Center's galleries in an exhibition that is as diverse in technique as...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
View map »


Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

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Join High Monkey for another in our series of special Crash Course Workshops on January 25 on Search Strategy and Accessibility! The Workshop will be held in NE Minneapolis at one of our favorite...

Cost: 50.00

Where:
612Brew "The Cellar"
945 Broadway St NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Funnelback
Telephone: 763-201-6040
Contact Name: Brian Haukos
Website »

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The palette outside this time of year is decidedly monochrome, so we invite you to immerse yourself in the dense colors and textures of the work of January’s featured artists. Foote-Hutton’s...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
View map »


Telephone: 612.339.8007
Website »

More information

The 2018 Ice Harvest will occur on Little Detroit Lake, on the public beach near the Pavilion on January 11 and 12. The “first block” Ice Cutting Ceremony will be held at 11:00am on January 11....

Cost: 0

Where:
Detroit Lakes Public Beach
1361 Washington Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
View map »


Sponsor: Detroit Lakes Area Chamber
Telephone: 218-847-9202
Website »

More information

The 2018 Ice Harvest will occur on Little Detroit Lake, on the public beach near the Pavilion on January 11 and 12. The “first block” Ice Cutting Ceremony will be held at 11:00am on January...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Detroit Lakes Public Beach
1361 Washington Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
View map »


Telephone: 218-850-1413
Contact Name: Carmen McCullough
Website »

More information

Listen to WCCO Radio's Afternoon Drive Time with Jordana Green and Paul Douglas to learn more about food and philanthropy with Sue Zelickson. Tune in the last Thursday of every month at 4:45...

Cost: $0

Where:
WCCO Radio
, MN


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Wine and Weaving: Viking Jewelry Making (BYOB 21+)Thursday, January 25th from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.Viking women made beautiful and intricate jewelry by weaving together fibers - often metals - that...

Cost: 49.00

Where:
Runestone Museum Foudnation
206 Broadway St
Alexandria, MN  56308
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Sponsor: Alexandria Public Schools Community Education
Telephone: 320-762-3310
Contact Name: Cami Pexsa
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Want to network with other business professionals to support a great cause? Do you enjoy playing games in the spirit of competition that will enhance your business skills? JA Corporate Challenge is...

Cost: $500/team; $125/individual

Where:
The Lumber Exchange
10 S. 5th Street
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Sponsor: Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest
Telephone: 651-255-0458
Contact Name: Emily Halstead
Website »

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Is our capacity for love greater than violence? In Northern Uganda, the daughter of an American missionary and a local teenage girl steal into a candlelit church to exchange vows in a secret...

Cost: $27-60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
Website »

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Amy was a breakout favorite in Season 9 of Last Comic Standing. Roseanne Barr called her “a star” and a “contender for next alpha female comedian.” Keenen Ivory Wayans said she had one of...

Cost: $20

Where:
Royal Comedy Theatre
809 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Royal Comedy Theatre
Telephone: 612-666-0809
Contact Name: Mike Edlavitch
Website »

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Scotty McCreery is currently rising up the charts with his smash hit song “Five More Minutes,” which has already earned 30 million streams and sold 100,000 downloads. He made history in 2011 as...

Cost: $29, $39 & $49

Where:
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
2400 Mystic Lake Boulevard
Prior Lake, MN  55372
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A New York reporter arrived in St. Paul the winter of 1885 to give us his best Alexis de Tocqueville impression: The Midwest capital is “another Siberia,” he wrote, “unfit for...

Cost: FREE

Where:
St.Paul
St.Paul, MN


Website »

More information

On the frozen Lake Harriet sits a whale-shaped icehouse that emanates long, searching calls. The "Lonely Whale" is part of this year's Art Shanty Projects, where local artists turn...

Where:
Lake Harriet
Minneapolis, MN  55419


Website »

More information

The tremendous, icicle- formed, vaguely gothic castle—with tunnels, archways, ice slides, water fountains, and 20-foot walls—returns to Stillwater, a reason to celebrate for those...

Where:
474-498 Myrtle St E
Stillwater, MN  55082
View map »


Telephone: (888) 407-4054
Website »

More information

The U.S. Pond Hockey Championships at LAKE NOKOMIS have drawn thousands of players from across the globe, competing for a prized golden shovel. It’s a low-key, big-talent tournament where the...

Where:
Minneapolis, MN


Website »

More information

The Award Winning 60's Doo-Wop Musical Take a trip to Springfield and meet Denny and the Dreamers, a doo-wop singing group preparing to enter a radio contest in the hope of a recording contract...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
View map »


Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Old Log Theatre
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

First-ever public art installation in downtown Saint Paul skyways will illuminate immigrant experiences   Nancy Ann Coyne’s Speaking of Home to be unveiled September 5, 2017 at the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Skyways b/t Town Square/US Bank/Alliance/Securian
East Sixth and Minnesota Streets
East Fifth and Minnesota Streets
Saint Paul, MN  55101
View map »


Sponsor: Speaking of Home
Telephone: 612-414-9661
Contact Name: Carolyn Will
Website »

More information

Script from Within is a collaborative visual art project that incorporates authentic handwritings of women who are incarcerated in Minnesota, confronting viewers with the humanity behind the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mitchell Hamline School of Law Gallery
875 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55105
View map »

More information

The University of Minnesota Libraries to open a major two venue exhibition entitled Eye, Hand, Gesture: Forming with Black Label Movement at its Wilson Library (January 9 – March 9, 2018) and the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wilson Library
309 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55455
View map »


Sponsor: University of Minnesota Libraries
Telephone: 612-624-1638
Contact Name: Deborah Ultan
Website »

More information

Since 2006, the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships has given hockey enthusiasts a premier resource for experiencing hockey the way nature intended. The nation’s premier outdoor pond hockey tournament...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Nokomis
5001 Lake Nokomis Parkway W
Minneapolis, MN  55417
View map »


Sponsor: The Great Northern
Website »

More information

A Common Thread 2018 showcases the breadth and talent of Textile Center members. 120 artworks will adorn the walls of Textile Center's galleries in an exhibition that is as diverse in technique as...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
View map »


Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

More information

The palette outside this time of year is decidedly monochrome, so we invite you to immerse yourself in the dense colors and textures of the work of January’s featured artists. Foote-Hutton’s...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
View map »


Telephone: 612.339.8007
Website »

More information

The 2018 Ice Harvest will occur on Little Detroit Lake, on the public beach near the Pavilion on January 11 and 12. The “first block” Ice Cutting Ceremony will be held at 11:00am on January 11....

Cost: 0

Where:
Detroit Lakes Public Beach
1361 Washington Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
View map »


Sponsor: Detroit Lakes Area Chamber
Telephone: 218-847-9202
Website »

More information

The 2018 Ice Harvest will occur on Little Detroit Lake, on the public beach near the Pavilion on January 11 and 12. The “first block” Ice Cutting Ceremony will be held at 11:00am on January...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Detroit Lakes Public Beach
1361 Washington Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
View map »


Telephone: 218-850-1413
Contact Name: Carmen McCullough
Website »

More information

This interactive pop-up experience shows Minnesota’s full spectrum of fun through a gallery of shareable #OnlyinMN photo ops. Curated by Explore Minnesota and created by local artists, The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Renaissance Square Storefront Windows
500 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Sponsor: Explore Minnesota Tourism
Telephone: (651) 556-8465
Website »

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Join us at the Washington County Historic Courthouse for a night of mystery and fun! Things take a turn for the gutter at Mafia Don Lou Zar’s juice joint when someone is put on ice! The crowd is...

Cost: 65.00

Where:
Washington County Historic Courthouse
101 W. Pine St.
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Sponsor: Washington County Parks
Telephone: 651-27-7075
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Presented in Wander North’s private production room, Love On the Rocks (Distill My Heart) will feature music all about love — the ups, the downs (on the rocks), and everything in between. Enjoy...

Cost: $20 General Admission; $30 Preferred Seating; $10 Standing Room Only

Where:
Wander North Distillery
771 Harding St NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: MPLS (imPulse)
Telephone: 612-245-2020
Contact Name: Amy Danielson
Website »

More information

Is our capacity for love greater than violence? In Northern Uganda, the daughter of an American missionary and a local teenage girl steal into a candlelit church to exchange vows in a secret...

Cost: $27-60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
View map »


Telephone: 651-291-7005
Website »

More information

Steve Martin’s hilarious adaptation of a time-honored German play. While attending the King’s parade, a woman’s underpants fall down and her husband is convinced it is the end of his...

Cost: Tickets: $25/$22 Adult | $22/$19 Senior/Student

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Telephone: 651-429-5674
Contact Name: Lakeshore Players
Website »

More information

Amy was a breakout favorite in Season 9 of Last Comic Standing. Roseanne Barr called her “a star” and a “contender for next alpha female comedian.” Keenen Ivory Wayans said she had one of...

Cost: $20

Where:
Royal Comedy Theatre
809 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
View map »


Sponsor: Royal Comedy Theatre
Telephone: 612-666-0809
Contact Name: Mike Edlavitch
Website »

More information

A New York reporter arrived in St. Paul the winter of 1885 to give us his best Alexis de Tocqueville impression: The Midwest capital is “another Siberia,” he wrote, “unfit for...

Cost: FREE

Where:
St.Paul
St.Paul, MN


Website »

More information

On the frozen Lake Harriet sits a whale-shaped icehouse that emanates long, searching calls. The "Lonely Whale" is part of this year's Art Shanty Projects, where local artists turn...

Where:
Lake Harriet
Minneapolis, MN  55419


Website »

More information

The tremendous, icicle- formed, vaguely gothic castle—with tunnels, archways, ice slides, water fountains, and 20-foot walls—returns to Stillwater, a reason to celebrate for those...

Where:
474-498 Myrtle St E
Stillwater, MN  55082
View map »


Telephone: (888) 407-4054
Website »

More information

The Award Winning 60's Doo-Wop Musical Take a trip to Springfield and meet Denny and the Dreamers, a doo-wop singing group preparing to enter a radio contest in the hope of a recording contract...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
View map »


Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Old Log Theatre
Website »

More information

The U.S. Pond Hockey Championships at LAKE NOKOMIS have drawn thousands of players from across the globe, competing for a prized golden shovel. It’s a low-key, big-talent tournament where the...

Where:
Minneapolis, MN


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

First-ever public art installation in downtown Saint Paul skyways will illuminate immigrant experiences   Nancy Ann Coyne’s Speaking of Home to be unveiled September 5, 2017 at the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Skyways b/t Town Square/US Bank/Alliance/Securian
East Sixth and Minnesota Streets
East Fifth and Minnesota Streets
Saint Paul, MN  55101
View map »


Sponsor: Speaking of Home
Telephone: 612-414-9661
Contact Name: Carolyn Will
Website »

More information

Script from Within is a collaborative visual art project that incorporates authentic handwritings of women who are incarcerated in Minnesota, confronting viewers with the humanity behind the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mitchell Hamline School of Law Gallery
875 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55105
View map »

More information

Since 2006, the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships has given hockey enthusiasts a premier resource for experiencing hockey the way nature intended. The nation’s premier outdoor pond hockey tournament...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Nokomis
5001 Lake Nokomis Parkway W
Minneapolis, MN  55417
View map »


Sponsor: The Great Northern
Website »

More information

In Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit, children play, sing, explore and pretend in some favorite and familiar places from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Families try a fun activity,...

Cost: Ages 1-101: $12.95, Members: Free, Children Under Age 1: Free

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum
10 W 7th St.
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Minnesota Children's Museum
Telephone: 651-225-6000
Website »

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This free program provides preschool and elementary students a hands-on experience with the instruments of the orchestra. MYS students demonstrate and help children play each instrument, including...

Cost: Free

Where:
Highland Park Middle School
975 Snelling Ave. S
St Paul, MN  55116
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More information

The palette outside this time of year is decidedly monochrome, so we invite you to immerse yourself in the dense colors and textures of the work of January’s featured artists. Foote-Hutton’s...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
View map »


Telephone: 612.339.8007
Website »

More information

A Common Thread 2018 showcases the breadth and talent of Textile Center members. 120 artworks will adorn the walls of Textile Center's galleries in an exhibition that is as diverse in technique as...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
View map »


Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

More information

Now in its 44th year, the Winter Carnival Orchid Show has become the premier winter event for orchid lovers throughout the Midwest, attended by nearly 5,000 orchid enthusiasts. Perhaps in response...

Cost: Cost $5 for adults $1.00 off with Winter Carnival Button

Where:
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Drive
Saint Paul, MN  55103
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Sponsor: Orchid Society of Minnesota
Contact Name: Michael Dyda
Website »

More information

The 2018 Ice Harvest will occur on Little Detroit Lake, on the public beach near the Pavilion on January 11 and 12. The “first block” Ice Cutting Ceremony will be held at 11:00am on January...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Detroit Lakes Public Beach
1361 Washington Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
View map »


Telephone: 218-850-1413
Contact Name: Carmen McCullough
Website »

More information

The 2018 Ice Harvest will occur on Little Detroit Lake, on the public beach near the Pavilion on January 11 and 12. The “first block” Ice Cutting Ceremony will be held at 11:00am on January 11....

Cost: 0

Where:
Detroit Lakes Public Beach
1361 Washington Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
View map »


Sponsor: Detroit Lakes Area Chamber
Telephone: 218-847-9202
Website »

More information

A day of sampling all that Waconia Wine Country has to offer! Parley Lake Winery, Schram Vineyards and Sovereign Estate bring you a day of sampling, music, food and memories. Ticket includes (3)...

Cost: 35.00

Where:
Parley Lake, Schram & Sovereign Wineries
Waconia , MN


Contact Name: Aubrey Hookom
Website »

More information

Steve Martin’s hilarious adaptation of a time-honored German play. While attending the King’s parade, a woman’s underpants fall down and her husband is convinced it is the end of his...

Cost: Tickets: $25/$22 Adult | $22/$19 Senior/Student

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Telephone: 651-429-5674
Contact Name: Lakeshore Players
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This interactive pop-up experience shows Minnesota’s full spectrum of fun through a gallery of shareable #OnlyinMN photo ops. Curated by Explore Minnesota and created by local artists, The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Renaissance Square Storefront Windows
500 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Sponsor: Explore Minnesota Tourism
Telephone: (651) 556-8465
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CAAM Chinese Dance Theater presents our latest world premiere, "Our Dance, Our Dreams" (追梦•圆梦) to celebrate its 25th anniversary.The highlight of every Twin Cities' Chinese New Year,...

Cost: $15-$20

Where:
The O'Shaughnessy Auditorium
2004 Randolph Ave
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Sponsor: CAAM Chinese Dance Theater
Telephone: 651-690-6700
Contact Name: T. Olson
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Presented in Wander North’s private production room, Love On the Rocks (Distill My Heart) will feature music all about love — the ups, the downs (on the rocks), and everything in between. Enjoy...

Cost: $20 General Admission; $30 Preferred Seating; $10 Standing Room Only

Where:
Wander North Distillery
771 Harding St NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: MPLS (imPulse)
Telephone: 612-245-2020
Contact Name: Amy Danielson
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One Flat Thing, reproduced by William ForsytheVioloncello (a duet from Multiplicity. Forms of Silence and Emptiness) by Nacho DuatoJardí Tancat by Nacho DuatoThe Golden Section by Twyla...

Cost: http://www.northrop.umn.edu/events/hubbard-street-dance-chicago-1

Where:
Northrop at the University of Minnesota
84 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Steve Martin’s hilarious adaptation of a time-honored German play. While attending the King’s parade, a woman’s underpants fall down and her husband is convinced it is the end of his...

Cost: Tickets: $25/$22 Adult | $22/$19 Senior/Student

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Telephone: 651-429-5674
Contact Name: Lakeshore Players
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Is our capacity for love greater than violence? In Northern Uganda, the daughter of an American missionary and a local teenage girl steal into a candlelit church to exchange vows in a secret...

Cost: $27-60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
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The most performed new opera of the 21st century, this heartbreaking story of grief, grace, and redemption is a modern classic. Based on Sister Helen Prejean’s memoir that inspired the...

Cost: $25 - $200, subject to change

Where:
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington St.
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 612-333-6669
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With a naturally expressive voice that has drawn comparisons to greats like Aretha Franklin and Ella Fitzgerald, Texas-based singer and songwriter Ruthie Foster has a wide palette of American song...

Cost: $30 non-members, $25 members

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Telephone: 952-979-1111
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Amy was a breakout favorite in Season 9 of Last Comic Standing. Roseanne Barr called her “a star” and a “contender for next alpha female comedian.” Keenen Ivory Wayans said she had one of...

Cost: $20

Where:
Royal Comedy Theatre
809 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Royal Comedy Theatre
Telephone: 612-666-0809
Contact Name: Mike Edlavitch
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The crazy cast of belly dancers and variety artists you know and love return to the BLB stage with Geek Slink & Drink: THUNDERDOME! Join the geekiest group around for a "Mad" night of fun, with an...

Cost: $12-$15

Where:
Bryant Lake Bowl Theater
810 W. Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: Geek Slink Belly Dance
Telephone: 708-774-3872
Contact Name: Shannon Townsend
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The tremendous, icicle- formed, vaguely gothic castle—with tunnels, archways, ice slides, water fountains, and 20-foot walls—returns to Stillwater, a reason to celebrate for those...

Where:
474-498 Myrtle St E
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Telephone: (888) 407-4054
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The U.S. Pond Hockey Championships at LAKE NOKOMIS have drawn thousands of players from across the globe, competing for a prized golden shovel. It’s a low-key, big-talent tournament where the...

Where:
Minneapolis, MN


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On the frozen Lake Harriet sits a whale-shaped icehouse that emanates long, searching calls. The "Lonely Whale" is part of this year's Art Shanty Projects, where local artists turn...

Where:
Lake Harriet
Minneapolis, MN  55419


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The Award Winning 60's Doo-Wop Musical Take a trip to Springfield and meet Denny and the Dreamers, a doo-wop singing group preparing to enter a radio contest in the hope of a recording contract...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Old Log Theatre
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A New York reporter arrived in St. Paul the winter of 1885 to give us his best Alexis de Tocqueville impression: The Midwest capital is “another Siberia,” he wrote, “unfit for...

Cost: FREE

Where:
St.Paul
St.Paul, MN


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Did the YouTube trend of filming yourself enduring sensational discomfort start with the Polar Plunge? The nationwide double-dog dare kicks o in Minnesota with hundreds dunking themselves into the...

Where:
Various Locations
, MN


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Proof that Minnesota is the country’s ice- fishing capital is the Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza, the world’s largest charitable ice- fishing contest—with $150,000 in...

Where:
Brainerd
Brainerd, MN


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Minneapolis’ UPTOWN neighborhood becomes a ski-hissing, snowshoe- crunching, four-day hot spot for fire dancers, snow sculpture contests, and thousands of twinkling luminaries on Lake of the...

Where:
Uptown
Minneapolis, MN


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