Weekend Best Bets: February 21-February 23

Friday, February 21

In the Best Light

WHAT: Lappin Lighting Open House
WHERE: Lappin Lighting, Mpls.
WHEN: 9 a.m.
If you’re looking to revamp your home this spring, visit the Lappin Lighting Open House, sponsored by Midwest Home, to pick the perfect lighting fixtures to set off your remodel. Lappin’s massive 5,000 square-foot showroom features options from classic to contemporary, with unexpected ideas galore. Learn more at midwesthomemag.com.

Par for the Course

WHAT: Skyway Open
WHERE: Skyway System, Mpls.
WHEN: 12 p.m.
Between the cold and the snow, Minnesota golf addicts are enduring dangerous levels of withdrawal these days. You won’t be able to take out your driver, but competitive juices are permitted at this year’s Skyway Open. Best of all, the weekend-long event is available to serious players looking to get some putts in as well as families looking for a day of fun, and it makes for a great man-date, to boot. Learn more at skywayopen.org.

Saturday, February 22

Let Your Garden Grow

WHAT: Annual Seed Swap
WHERE: Bryant-Lake Bowl, Mpls.
WHEN: 10 a.m.
The gardening crowd is also in a state of withdrawal during the Minnesota winter season. Bryant-Lake Bowl gives gardeners a chance to look forward to the upcoming season at the annual Seed Swap. Workshops, seeds, and snacks will all be available as gardeners learn and swap the best ways to make their gardens grow. Professionals will also be on hand to instruct and advise. Learn more at bryantlakebowl.com.

Flip Flop

WHAT: Lake Minnetonka Crappie Flop Ice Fishing Tournament
WHERE: Excelsior Bay, Lake Minnetonka
WHEN: 10:30 a.m.
The largest fishing event on Lake Minnetonka, the Lake Minnetonka Crappie Flop Ice Fishing Tournament is family friendly and allows kids under 10 to fish for free. And there’s a charitable component, too: People are encouraged to leave their used, unwanted fishing gear behind for donation to the Tips Outdoors Foundation. Get registration info at facebook.com/crappieflop.

Sunday, February 23

Much Matisse

WHAT: Matisse: Masterworks from the Baltimore Museum of Art
WHERE: Minneapolis Institute of Art, Mpls.
WHEN:  10 a.m.
Matisse was one of the great draughtsmen of the 20th century, and the Baltimore Museum of Art is loaning a collection of his pieces to Minneapolis until May. The exhibit will feature six decades of his work, with an emphasis on his earliest creations. Works of painting and sculpture, as well as prints and his book, Jazz, will be on display. Learn more at artsmia.org.  

Bill! Bill! Bill!

WHAT: Bill Nye the Science Guy
WHERE: Mall of America, Bloomington
WHEN: 1 p.m.
The only thing more fun for a kid than watching Bill Nye during class is shouting along to the theme song. Come see Bill Nye the Science Guy perform his patented fun, educational demonstrations live and in-person, sponsored by Sophia.org, an online teaching and tutoring platform. For more info, go to mallofamerica.com.