Weekend Best Bets: January 23-25

What you need to see, do, hear, and experience this weekend.

Friday, January 23

The Fast and the Frozen

What: Red Bull Crashed Ice
Where: Saint Paul Cathedral, St. Paul
When: 6:45 p.m.
Bundle up and cheer on the intense athletes of ice-cross downhill—the fastest sport on two skates—as they take on the obstacle-packed course in front of the Cathedral of Saint Paul. This year’s competitors include hometown heroes such as St. Cloud native Cameron Naasz and Rochester’s Reed Whiting. Check out the Crashed Ice site for more details.

Honey, I’m Home!

What: I Love Lucy: Live On Stage
Where: The State Theatre, Mpls.
When: 8 p.m.
Travel back in time for a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most iconic sitcoms of the 20th century. I Love Lucy: Live on Stage transports the audience to 1952 to witness the filming of two I Love Lucy episodes and all the antics that happened between takes. For tickets, visit the Hennepin Theatre Trust website.

Saturday, January 24

Love Potion No. 9

What: The Elixir of Love
Where: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
When: 7:30 p.m.
The Minnesota Opera presents its take on Gaetano Donizetti’s light-hearted romantic comedy, which premiered in 1832. The opera tells the tale of a lowly, love-struck peasant as he tries to woo a socialite with the help of a “magic potion” (spoiler alert: it’s wine). For tickets, visit the Ordway’s website.

British Invasion

What: Sam Smith
Where: The Roy Wilkins Auditorium, Mpls.
When: 8 p.m.
With his heartfelt lyrics and soulful sound, singer-songwriter Sam Smith quickly became one of 2014’s most talked-about musical artists. The English crooner brings his signature falsetto to St. Paul in support of his triple-platinum debut album, featuring hits like “Stay With Me” and “I’m Not The Only One.” For ticket information, visit the theroy.org.

Sunday, January 25

Splashing Sunday

What: Family Fun Day
Where: Water Park of America, Bloomington
When: 4 p.m.
It’s that time of year again, when cabin fever gets contagious. Shake up your winter weekend and head to the Water Park of America for Family Fun Day, an afternoon full of fun for all ages. All tickets proceeds go to support programming on Twin Cities Public Television, and the waterpark will be open exclusively to those who have bought TPT tickets. Find out more here.

Snow Much Fun

What: Snow Park at the Fair
Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul
When: 9 a.m.
The St. Paul Winter Carnival plays host to a variety of family-friendly activities sure to cheer up even the most winter-weary Minnesotans. Watch teams create mind-blowing sculptures during the Minnesota State Snow Sculpting Competition, take a trip down the giant snow slide, and dig up prizes in the kids’ snow treasure hunt as part of Vulcan Fun Day. Find out more about Snow Park at the Fair at their website.

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