Weekend Best Bets: Dec. 31-Jan. 3

This weekend in the Twin Cities: Mill Valley Market New Year’s Eve party, an underwater exhibit, and a performance by the Minnesota Orchestra
Mill Valley Market, at Theodore Wirth Park
Mill Valley Market, at Theodore Wirth Park


Bubbly & Bonfires

What: New Year’s Eve Outdoor Party at Mill Valley Market
When: Dec. 31, 7p.m.-11p.m.
Where: 1221 Theodore Wirth Pkwy., Minneapolis

Ring in the new year at Mill Valley Market’s free outdoor New Year’s Eve party, complete with live music, tasty food, and great drinks. Socially distanced bonfires will keep you warm as you enjoy a safe, COVID-friendly celebration of the new year. The event will feature live performances by local artists Smoldering Roots, KAF, and Slygo.

Meals & Music 

What: Smack Shack New Year’s Eve Dinner
When: Dec. 31, 12p.m.-4p.m.
Where: Online

Don’t feel like cooking this weekend? Smack Shack has you covered. The restaurant is offering a take-home dinner for two that includes lobster lorraine, roasted root vegetables, mixed greens salad, King’s Hawaiian buns, and key lime pie. Tickets are sold for $125, and can be found here. Your ticket also includes access to a Facebook Live performance by local musical artist Wane McFarlane, which will take place from 9:30p.m. to midnight. The order deadline is Tuesday, Dec. 29th, and pick-up will take place Thursday Dec. 31st from noon to 4p.m.

Dance It Out

What: Zenon Dance School’s “Ring in the New Year with Erin Thompson”
When: Dec. 31, 10a.m.-11:45a.m.
Where: Online

Start your New Year’s goals early this year with Zenon Dance School’s virtual dance class this Thursday. Award-winning dancer Erin Thompson is joined by world-renowned musician Dean Magraw, incorporating peace and internal awareness as attendees move through the workshop. Tickets are sold for $15 a person, and can be found here.

Under the Sea

What: Minnesota Marine Art Museum’s Christian Vizl: Silent Kingdom
When: Dec. 28-Jan. 3, 10a.m.-5p.m.
Where: 800 Riverview Drive, Winona

This weekend, take a deep dive into what lies within our oceans with award-winning Mexican photographer Christian Vizl’s Silent Kingdom exhibit. Showcased at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Vizl’s work showcases the ocean’s creatures through the use of captivating black-and-white lighting in their natural habitat. With three decades of underwater photography, Vizl aims to both educate and raise awareness of the threats to the world’s oceans and marine life. The exhibition is also free to access online, and can be found here.

The Final Countdown

What: The Minnesota Orchestra’s New Year’s Celebration
When: Dec. 31, 8p.m.
Where: Online 

The Minnesota Orchestra returns this weekend with music director Osmo Vänskä to celebrate the new year and holiday season. The concert will be hosted by Sara Hicks and include performances of holiday favorites such as Stephenson’s Fanfare for an Angel, Bach/Levine’s My Spirit Be Joyful, and Montgomery’s Starburst. The performance is free to stream and can be accessed here.