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Coming up in the Twin Cities: a winter beer festival, live music, vineyard snowshoeing, and more
The 2019 Winter Beer Dabbler
The 2019 Winter Beer Dabbler

Photo by Dan Murphy

Cracking Open a Cold One

What: Winter Beer Dabbler
When: Saturday, Feb. 19; 3:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul

Ice cold brews are aplenty at Minnesota’s largest winter beer festival. Enjoy bubble hockey, snow sculpture carving, giant beer pong, food trucks, and more while sipping on beer and cider from breweries across the country.

Blooming Blossoms

What: Spring Flower Show
When: Ongoing through Sunday, Feb. 27; 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Dr., Chaska

It’s hard to think about outdoor decorating in the midst of Minnesota winter, but spring is just around the corner. The Spring Flower Show features floral vignettes built around seating arrangements, so you can get some inspiration for your outdoor living spaces while finding a momentary respite from the cold.

Winter Wine and Dine

What: Snowshoers’ Special
When: Weekends starting Feb. 18 through March 13; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Saint Croix Vineyards, 6428 Manning Ave. N., Stillwater

Bring your snowshoes for this special wine-and-dine event. Participants can trek through the vineyard trails and warm up with some mulled wine and charcuterie-board snacks.

Folk at Fine Line

What: Faye Webster with Kate Bollinger
When: Monday, Feb. 21; 8 p.m.
Where: Fine Line, 318 N First Ave., Minneapolis

The singer’s most recent release, I Know I’m Funny haha, is an emotional, plainspoken album that combines folk with R&B, sprinkling in a bit of indie rock flare. Its first track, Better Distractions, even earned a spot on former president Barack Obama’s 2020 favorites list. Indie pop artist Kate Bollinger will open for Webster’s upcoming show at Fine Line.

Hole in One

What: Minnesota Golf Show
When: Friday, Feb. 18 through Sunday, Feb. 20 (10 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday)
Where: Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Ave. S., Minneapolis

If you’re dreaming of hitting the course this year, check out the largest golf show in the Midwest. The event features dozens of exhibitors offering equipment, apparel, lessons, and more, so players can be on their best game come springtime.

A Classical Concert

What: Cameron Carpenter
When: Tuesday, Feb. 22; 7:30 p.m.
Where: Northrop, 84 Church St. SE., Minneapolis

The Grammy-nominated organist and composer will take the Northrop stage following the release of his newest album, Bach & Hanson, in October 2021. This concert will feature Carpenter’s transcriptions of Bach’s Goldberg Variations.

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