Best Bets: Jan. 23-29

Things to do around Minnesota this weekend include pond hockey, Winter Carnival and The Great Northern events, and more

Let’s Play Hockey!

What:  U.S. Pond Hockey Championships
When: Jan. 19-29
Where: Lake Nokomis, Minneapolis

Thousands will gather over the next two weeks for Minnesota’s favorite pastime. Champions do not win prizes at this annual event, but do get their names etched into the Golden Shovel.


Frozen Family Fun

What: St. Paul Winter Carnival
When: Jan. 26–Feb. 5
Where: Downtown St. Paul, Rice Park, State Fair Grounds 

Visit the St. Paul Winter Carnival for dozens of free events, live music, parades, food and drink. Celebrating its 137th anniversary, this iconic event embraces winter and cold weather.

Ani DiFranco

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“Revolutionary Love”

What: Ani DiFranco
When: Jan. 24, 7:30 pm
Where: First Avenue, 701 First Ave. N, Minneapolis

Multi-hyphenate Ani DiFranco celebrates the 25th anniversary of her revolutionary first live album, “Living in Clip” and her newest album from 2021, “Revolutionary Love,” in concert. The show will open with Peter Mulvey and SistaStrings. 

Warm up your winter

What: Winter Warm-Up
When: Jan. 24 and 26, 5 pm
Where: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis

It’s the final week to strap on your inline skates or get a run in inside the Vikings football stadium on the concourse.

The Great Northern

What: The Great Northern
When: Jan. 25–Feb. 5
Where: Across Minneapolis and St. Paul

Celebrate the wonder of Minnesota winters through activities, performances, live conversations, and curated menus throughout the end of January. This 10-day event focuses on creating community and inspiring action in the era of changing climate.


Satiric Stagework

What: “Forbidden Broadway”
When: Jan. 25, 7 pm
Where: Mayo Civic Center, 30 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester

See Gerard Alessandrini’s musical spoof of Broadway’s biggest shows and brightest stars. 


Band Tribute

What: The 18th Annual Tribute to “The Last Waltz”
When: Jan. 27–28, 7 pm
Where: Fitzgerald Theater, 10 E. Exchange St., St Paul

Minnesota musicians continue the tradition of capturing the excitement of The Band’s historic 1976 Thanksgiving concert with the concert also featuring The Big Pink.

Julia Jacobson is a rising senior at the University of Notre Dame, studying political science and journalism. Outside of her coursework, she participates in her school’s mock trial team and works as a teaching assistant for an introductory political science course. Julia was born and raised in Minnesota, and loves traveling both domestically and internationally. In her free time, she enjoys reading and journaling.