Weekend Best Bets: January 25-27

Todd About Town: This weekend around the Twin Cities, check out the Great Northern, the Minneapolis Boat Show, Gloria Estefan’s music, and more

On Your Feet! plays at the Orpheum

Photo by Matthew Murphy

1. On Your Feet!

Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis

Through Sunday, January 27

On Your Feet! is the story of Cuban duo Emilio and Gloria Estefan. Audiences will be familiar with the many breakthrough hits the pop-crossover couple brought to audiences worldwide, like “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You” and “Conga.” Learn more.

2. Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis

Runs through Thursday, February 24

The story of Mr. Popper’s Penguins tells of how a painter supports himself and his 10 penguins by taking them on the road in a vaudeville-style show where they sing, dance, and entertain. Learn more.

3. Michael Charles

Wilebski’s Blues Saloon, St. Paul

Friday, January 25, 6-10 p.m.

For 35 years, Chicago Blues Hall of Fame Australian artist Michael Charles has been entertaining audiences with his high-energy blues guitar performances. Catch him in St. Paul. Learn more.

4. Cinch World’s Toughest Rodeo

Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul

Friday-Saturday, January 25-26, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Cowboys from around the country compete in the World’s Toughest Rodeo, riding bareback and atop bulls. Family activities include pony rides and a meet-and-greet—plus crowd-favorite clown antics. Learn more.

5. Minneapolis Boat Show

Minneapolis Convention Center

Thursday-Sunday, January 24-27

Boating season is around the corner, so visit the Minneapolis Convention Center to check out hundreds of dealers and representatives of fishing gear, accessories, and the latest in boating technology. Learn more.

6. Minneapolis Home + Remodeling Show

U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis

January 25-27. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Find inspiration for your home remodeling projects at the Minneapolis Home + Remodeling Show. Over 250 vendors will be at the show to discuss your home remodel needs. Learn more.

7. The Great Northern

Minneapolis and St. Paul

Thursday, January 24-February 3

The 10-day festival spans both of the Twin Cities. Enjoy as a spectator or take part in Bold North winter sports, including pond hockey, skijoring, fat-tire bike racing, and a friendly ice and snow sculpture competition. The Great Northern combines the City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival, the St. Paul Winter Carnival, and the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships. Learn more.

8. The Charlie Awards

Pantages Theatre, Minneapolis

Sunday, January 27

The eighth annual Charlie Awards celebrates chefs and food-industry insiders, with an after-party at Seven Steakhouse featuring food and cocktails. Proceeds benefit the Open Arms meal-delivery nonprofit. Learn more.