Friday, January 27
What: New Home + Remodeling Show
When: 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Where: U.S. Bank Stadium, 401 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis
For the first time, home improvement seekers have an alternative to the Minneapolis Home + Garden show. This weekend’s exhibition features more than 200 interior design and remodeling businesses. Come for presentations by Slumberland designers and HGTV’s Vern Yip, then bid on décor repurposed by top Minneapolis tastemakers. minneapolishomeandremodelingshow.com
Is It Summer Yet?
What: X Games Minneapolis Launch Party
When: 6–8:30 p.m.
Where: The Depot Tavern, 17 N. Seventh St., Minneapolis
Minneapolis hosts this year’s Summer X Games, so warm up for the event by listening to the musical lineup, played for the first time at the Tavern, and register to win tickets to the games and other prizes, all while watching athletes execute seemingly impossible tricks at the Winter X Games, broadcast live from Aspen, Colorado. xgames.espn.com
Saturday, January 28
Sheep for Your Feet
What: Adult Slöjd Workshop: Felted Slipper Boots
When: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Where: American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Ave., Minneapolis
You can never be too comfortable. Add a pair of handmade slipper boots to your footwear collection—start by making a pattern from your foot, then layer wool over the pattern, and shape it using warm, sudsy water. Feltmaker Judy McDowell guides the process using Scandinavian wool, providing extra warmth. asimn.org
Orchid You Not
What: Winter Carnival Orchid Show
When: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Where: Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Dr., St. Paul
Looking to escape the dreary gray skies? In its 43rd year, this oasis of orchids in the dead of winter draws nearly 5,000 enthusiasts annually from across the Midwest to the tropical, and delightfully colorful, indoor setting. After perusing, go to the Orchid Society of Minnesota’s Facebook page to vote for your favorite display. minnesotaorchidsociety.com
Sunday, January 29
What: Town Hall Ping Pong Tournament
When: 10:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Where: Town Hall Brewery, 1430 S. Washington Ave., Minneapolis
Time to practice your topspin. Ping pong amateurs and experts are welcome to compete for cash prizes per skill level at this third annual recreational (non-professional) tournament, starting with round-robin pool play before eliminations—each participant guaranteed at least four rounds of play. townhallbrewery.com
What: CrossRiver KosherFest
When: 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Where: Temple of Aaron, 616 S. Mississippi River Blvd., St. Paul
Local and national vendors—including Herbivorous Butcher, Milt’s BBQ, Bogart’s Doughnut Co., and City Girl Coffee—convene at this all-kosher food festival, in its third year featuring Food Network’s Amy Thielen, who will prepare a meal for event attendees. templeofaaron.org