Weekend Best Bets: January 31-February 2

Friday, January 31

Bullied Around

WHAT: World’s Toughest Rodeo
WHERE: Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
Cowboys may not be thought of hand in hand with Minnesota, but the Bulls & Broncos rodeo series is stopping in St. Paul this weekend for some intense roping and riding. Come see bareback, saddle bronc, and bull riding, and even meet some of the champion competitors if you arrive early enough. Learn more at xcelenergycenter.com.

Anchors Away

WHAT: Anchors & Ales
WHERE: Minneapolis Convention Center, Mpls.
WHEN: 5 p.m.
There are plenty of things that go together with brews (sausage and sports come to mind), but boats sounds like a good idea as well. At Anchors & Ales, part of the weekend-long Minneapolis Boat Show, sip on favorite local drafts from Schell’s, Fulton, and Lift Bridge as you check out hundreds of options in boats and marine accessories. Learn more at minneapolisboatshow.com.

Saturday, February 1

A Lit-Up Loppet

WHAT: Minnesota Ice Luminary Loppet
WHERE: Lake of the Isles, Mpls.
WHEN: 6 p.m.
The City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival is one of winter’s most-anticipated festivals, and it’s not just for the pros. There’s still time to register for the Ice Luminary Loppet, a night of of skiing and snow-shoeing along a majestically-lit Lake of the Isles. On the trail, an ice pyramid, Ice Henge, Enchanted Forest, and the Ice-Cropolis will all be on display for marveling, with hot cocoa and cookie stations scattered around the area for sustenance. Learn more at loppet.org.

A Wintery Tradition

WHAT: St. Paul Winter Carnival 
WHERE: Rice Park, St. Paul
WHEN: 10 a.m.
This weekend will be the final opportunity to experience St. Paul’s annual Winter Carnival, an event with a lifespan of more than a century, dating back to a snub in the New York Times in 1886. Today’s events include the annual Family Day, with entertainment appealing to those of all ages, as well as a five-inning St. Paul Saints game at Midway Stadium for those yearning for the boys of summer. Don’t forget to bundle up. Learn more at winter-carnival.com.

Sunday, February 2

Frozen Inside

WHAT: Frozen Sing-Along
WHERE: Mall of America, Bloomington
WHEN: 1:35 p.m. & 6:35 p.m.
Looking for a Super Bowl alternative for the kids? Here’s the perfect chance to take them to the movies without any worries about making too much noise. Head to the Mall of America for a special screening of Frozen, one of Disney’s most popular films of the decade, and get a chance to sing along with the characters. Learn more at theatresmoa.com.

Super Bowl Scene

WHAT: Super Bowl Party
WHERE: Bar Abilene, Mpls.
WHEN: 4:30 p.m.
Relieve yourself of the duties of putting together, hosting, and (don’t forget) cleaning up after your own Super Bowl party, and let someone else take care of it for you. Bar Abeline will feature former Minnesota Viking Esera Tuaolo and 96.3 K-Twin radio host Dan Riggs to emcee the big game at a Super Bowl BASH at Bar Abilene. It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy the game while you get an insider’s perspective. Learn more at facebook.com/BarAbeline.