Weekend Best Bets: Feb. 15-17

Todd about Town: This weekend around the Twin Cities includes the German Karneval, a Barbra Streisand tribute, Kelly Clarkson, Monster Jam, and more

Kelly Clarkson performs.

Photo courtesy Xcel Energy Center

1. Tropical Beach Party

Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley

Runs through March 10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This is one of the Minnesota Zoo’s most popular family events. If you are looking to escape the cold or suffering from a little cabin fever, head to the Zoo for this annual tropical event. Bring your children and their favorite sandbox toy and pail and let the kids play in one of the two king-size sand boxes. There will also be special rainforest-focused programing and weekend events. Learn more.

2. Karneval Tanzparty

Germanic-American Institute, St. Paul

February 16-17, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

This is the German celebration of Karneval. Dancing will take place in the Ratskeller, with entertainment featuring cabaret performers Elektra Cute and Victoria DeVille, plus music from DJ Ben. There will be specialty cocktails and a food truck. Costumes are encouraged. Learn more.

3. Memories: The Music of Barbra Streisand

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

February 15-16

Twin City vocalist Patty Peterson brings the sound of Barbra Streisand this weekend, singing favorites including “People,” “Happy Days Are Here Again,” and “On a Clear Day,” joined by local favorites Mary Jane Alm and Aimée Lee. Learn more.

4. Indigo Girls with the Minnesota Orchestra

February 15, starting at 8 p.m.

Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis

The folk-rock duo Indigo Girls take the stage with the Minnesota Orchestra, blending musical styles into an enjoyable evening. Learn more.

5. Monster Jam

U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis

February 16, 7-9:30 p.m.

Motorsport fans will fill U.S. Bank Stadium to watch the monster trucks take over the field covered with dirt for Monster Jam. Super fans can arrive early and, for an additional ticket price, can meet the drivers. Learn more.

6. Kelly Clarkson

Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul

February 16, starting at 7 p.m.

Grammy-winning pop-rock star Kelly Clarkson brings in her Meaning of Life tour. Learn more.