Weekend Best Bets: Feb. 16–18

In the Twin Cities this weekend, recover from your Valentine’s Day spent single with chairlift speed-dating—along with a funky farmers market and a huge golf show

Friday, February 16

A West Side Story Downtown

What: West Side Story score performed by the Minnesota Orchestra
When: 11 a.m.
Where: Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
Experience the sounds of New York City’s best love story, featuring the infamous rivalry between two gangs on the West side that endangers the love affair between a mid-century pair of star-crossed lovers. The Minnesota Orchestra plays Leonard Bernstein’s musical score as the 1961 film plays on the big screen above the Orchestra Hall stage. Learn more.

May the Course Be with You

What: 2018 Minnesota Golf Show
When: 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Ave. S., Minneapolis
Want to win $100,000? This year’s Minnesota Golf Show will include golf exhibitors, an indoor driving range, a demonstration for novice golfers, and a chance to win 100 grand by participating in the “$100,000 Putt Challenge.” If you pay for a ticket in advance, you get 19 greens passes for free along with your choice of golf attire. See you out on the green! Learn more.

Saturday, February 17

I Didn’t Text You, Tequila Did

What: 2018 Minneapolis Winter Tequila Festival
When: 4–6 p.m.
Where: Uptown Tavern, 1400 Lagoon Ave., Minneapolis
Designate a driver and have a night you won’t remember at Uptown Tavern. Test your taste buds on 15 types of tequila during the two-hour tequila tasting. Brands such as Exotico Tequila and Revel Spirits will be featured, with other high-end brands as giveaways. Part of the proceeds will go to charity, so kick it up a notch from your standard wine tasting this weekend with tequila. Learn more.

We Met on the Chairlift

What: Chairlift Speed Dating
When: 2 p.m.
Where: Afton Alps, 6600 Peller Ave. S., Hastings
Claiming that “generations of couples have met cute on snow-covered mountains,” Afton Alps hosts speed-dating on its chairlifts for the second year. That’s right: Matchmaking service LUMA pairs compatible skiiers (ages 21­–70) for a snug ride up the mountain. After gliding down together, take it to the lodge or request a new chairlift match. And as for helmet hair? Hair and makeup touch-ups are complimentary. Learn more.

Sunday, February 18

Funk and Soul at the Farmers Market

What: Northeast Farmers Market’s Winter Market
When: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Where: Solar Arts, 711 15th Ave. NE, Minneapolis
Hit up the last wintry Northeast farmers market, assuming (optimistically) that March will warm up. This month’s musical theme is, in our humble opinion, the best: funk, soul, disco, and blues. Solar Arts by Chowgirls hosts, featuring prepared foods, raffle drawings, local beer, art, and more than 30 regional makers selling their wares. Kid-friendly activities give parents a chance to enjoy the Bloody Mary bar. Learn more.

Shop ’Til You Drop

What: River Hills Home & Lifestyles Shows
When: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Where: River Hills Mall, 1850 Adams Street, Mankato  
Join the 60,000 River Hills Mall visitors during the 2018 River Hills Home & Lifestyles Show. Considered “one of the largest attended events in the Midwest,” the home and lifestyle show provides the “face-to-face” connection between businesses and consumers. Check out various retail stores and businesses all in the same area. It makes shopping easier—and your wallet lighter. Learn more.

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