Weekend Best Bets: February 28-March 2

Friday, February 28

Just Grand

WHAT: Minnesota Monthly Food and Wine Experience- Grand Red Tasting
WHERE: W Minneapolis – The Foshay, Mpls.
WHEN: 6:30 p.m.
Hosted by the renowned James Beard Award-winning chef Tim McKee, this evening is the first event of the weekend-long Minnesota Monthly Food and Wine Show. It will feature red wines from around the world paired with dishes to match. The variety of wines will be matched only by the tastiness of the food, coming from Parasole restaurants including Chino Latino, Mozza Mia, and Pittsburgh Blue, among others. Learn more at foodwineshow.com.

Celebration on Ice

WHAT: Disney on Ice Presents Let’s Celebrate
WHERE: Target Center, Mpls.
WHEN: 7 p.m.
When it comes to celebrating, Disney knows how to do it right. The latest Disney on Ice show to hit Minneapolis commemorates everything from birthdays to Valentine’s Day to Mardi Gras, all while featuring favorite characters and skating tricks sure to delight the whole family. For ticket info, go to targetcenter.com.

Saturday, March 1

Take the Plunge

WHAT: Polar Bear Plunge
WHERE: Lake Calhoun, Mpls.
WHEN: 11 a.m.
Do you love the Minnesota cold? If the weather of late delights rather than horrifies you, take your warm-blooded body and use it to benefit the Special Olympics Minnesota. The Polar Bear Plunge is back and chillier than ever at Lake Calhoun this year, as participants attempt to beat the $3 million total raised last year. Register to jump in an icy lake for charity at plungemn.org/.

Bridging the Gap

WHAT: Bedrace for Bridging
WHERE: Buck Hill, Burnsville
WHEN: 3 p.m.
Ever feel like staying in bed all day, even if you’ve already made plans? Well, if you made plans to go to Buck Hill this Saturday, you may get to enjoy the best of both worlds. Race down the famous skiing hill on queen-sized mattresses at Bedrace for Bridging: You’ll experience a major adrenaline rush, all while giving back to those in need through the Bridging program. Learn more at subwaybedrace.org/.

Sunday, March 2


WHAT: Rock the Cradle
WHERE: Minneapolis Institute of Arts & Children’s Theatre Company, Mpls.
WHEN:  11 a.m.
The sweet spot between weekend activities for the grown-ups and the kids. Sponsored by both 89.3 The Current and the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, this free day of the arts is designed for kids and parents to both enjoy a great time exploring music, arts, books, and theater. Learn more at thecurrent.org.

A Foodie Frenzy

WHAT: Minnesota Monthly Food & Wine Experience
WHERE: Target Field, Mpls.
WHEN: 1 p.m.
It’s the last day of the Minnesota Monthly Food & Wine Experience, and it’s an event not to be missed. Check out the more than 200 exhibitors offering eats and treats, 350 wines, and plenty of specialty craft beers at this event that’s a foodie paradise. And as you sip from your glass and nosh on local goodies, take a peek at Target Field from the Metropolitan Club and dream of spring days to come. Head to foodwineshow.com for ticket information.