Weekend Best Bets: Feb. 18-21

This weekend around the Twin Cities: snowshoeing at the Walker’s Sculpture Garden, curling at Forgotten Star Brewing, the Ice Sculpture Exploration, and more
Forgotten Star Brewing is hosting a weekend of curling and beer
Forgotten Star Brewing is hosting a weekend of curling and beer

Courtesy Forgotten Star Brewing

Winter Walks at the Walker

What: Walker Winter Fun: Snowshoeing and Outdoor Films
When: Feb. 18, 5-9 p.m. (every Thursday in Feb.)
Where: Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, 725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis

Have you ever wanted to snowshoe around Spoonbridge and Cherry in the moonlight? Now, every Thursday in February, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is open for snowshoe trekking,  self-guided tours, and screenings of their winter film series. This weekend features a 1970s artistic examination of women in Hollywood, called Kiss the Girls: Make them Cry by Dara Birnbaum.

Local Ojibwe Artists Lights up the Lock

What: Illuminate the Lock: Madweyaashkaa: Waves Can Be Heard by Moira Villiard
When: Feb. 18-20, 6-8:30 p.m.
Where: Upper Saint Anthony Falls Lock and Dam, 1 Portland Ave., Minneapolis

Enjoy an evening stroll on the Stone Arch Bridge while viewing an animated video collage, Madweyaashkaa: Waves Can Be Heard by Moira Villiard, projected onto the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and synced with music by Lyz Jaakola (Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe) and narration by Dakota/Ojibwe First Nation elder Millie Richard. Madweyaashkaa “celebrates the resilience of Indigenous women on a spectacular scale,” according to the Mississippi Park Connection website, and is a reminder of the sacred nature of the river area, the homeland of the Dakota people. Tickets are free, with registration required.

An Ice Sculpture Scavenger Hunt

What: Get Knit and Minnesota Ice’s Ice Sculpture Exploration
When: Feb. 19-28
Where: Hidden around the Twin Cities

This weekend kicks off the 10-day scavenger hunt for ice sculptures around the Twin Cities. GetKnit and Minnesota Ice are hiding over 25 sculptures at local businesses, parks, and neighborhoods. Win prizes, get discounts at local shops, and pick up some snacks and drinks along the way. There are four themed paths to choose from (Dusk to Dawn, Libation Loving, Slow & Steady, and Favs or Firsts), so purchase your ticket to get started.

Curling the Winter Blues Away

What: Bonspiel: Curling For A Cause
When: Feb. 19-21
Where: Forgotten Star Brewing Co., 38 Northern Stacks Dr., Fridley

Don’t leave for Forgotten Star Brewing Co. without your COVID buddies and your competitive spirit, because the brewery is hosting its first ever “bonspiel” (curling tournament) this weekend. If you’ve never curled before, don’t worry: no experience or equipment (a.k.a. brooms) needed. As an added bonus, it’s at a brewery, so every player gets two free drink tickets. And this is “Curling for a Cause,” so all proceeds go to the Fridley School Foundation.

Skate-In Movie Theater

What: Wayzata Chilly Open: Cinema & Skates
When: Feb. 19- 20, 4:30-9 p.m.
Where: Wayzata Bay, 402 Lake St. E., Wayzata

This weekend, watch your favorite winter classics (Frozen 2, The Mighty Ducks, The Call of the Wild, and Miracle) on the big screen while enjoying some rink time on Lake Minnetonka. With 45,000 feet of ice, social distancing is relatively easy. On Friday, you can meet Olaf during Frozen 2, bring your furry friend on Saturday for Call of the Wild, and don’t miss fireworks Friday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for skating and movie-watching. Bring skates and/or lawn chairs.

Snowshoes and Wine at St. Croix

What: Snowshoers’ Special
When: Feb. 20-21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: St. Croix Vineyards, 6428 Manning Ave. N., Stillwater

Get outside and sip some mulled wine while exploring St. Croix Vineyards by snowshoe. It’s BYOS (bring your own shoes), and reservations are required, but charcuterie boards and wine are included, of course.

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