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This weekend around the Twin Cities: Super Bowl Sunday Farmers’ Market, Loppet Ski Festival, Hudson Hot Air Affair, American Swedish Institute returns, and more
Wearable paper by Bea Szenfeld, whose exhibit at the American Swedish Institute opens this weekend
Wearable paper by Bea Szenfeld, whose exhibit at the American Swedish Institute opens this weekend

Photo by Joel Rhodin

Winter Carnival, Week Two

What: St. Paul Winter Carnival
When: Feb. 5-7
Where: Variety of sites around St. Paul (see calendar for locations)

The second weekend of the St. Paul Winter Carnival features the Drive Thru Ice & Sculpture Park (through Feb. 7), the BEAR’ly Open winter golf event (Feb. 5-6), the final days of the Ice Fishing Tournament (through Feb. 7), Virtual Family Day (Feb. 6), and the Virtual Doggie Depot (Feb. 6, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.). 

All About Dance

What: Double Feature: Countdown: Reflections on a Life in Dance and Gravity of Center            
When: Feb. 6, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Streaming online

The University of Minnesota’s performing arts hub, Northrup, is streaming its film series online this weekend. A double feature including Countdown: Reflections on a Life in Dance (a documentary following post-modern dance pioneer Rudy Perez) and Gravity of Center (a short film in which dancers embody disasters) streams at 6:30 p.m. this Saturday.

Stock Up for the Super Bowl

What: Super Bowl Sunday at the St. Paul Farmers’ Market
When: Feb. 6, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Lowertown Farmers’ Market, 290 Fifth St. E., St. Paul

The St. Paul Farmers’ Market in Lowertown is hosting a special winter event, just for the Super Bowl. Stock up on everything you could need for the big game: brats and sauerkraut, meats, cheese, eggs, honey, baked goods, jams and jellies, syrups, salsa, locally roasted and packaged coffee, and more. Vendors and staff also share favorite “football day” recipes that use market ingredients.

American Swedish Institute Ascending

What: Papier exhibit and reopening of American Swedish Institute
When: Feb. 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Ave., Minneapolis

Minneapolis’ renowned headquarters for all things Swedish (and generally Nordic) is back on Feb. 6, with the reopening of its gorgeous, exhibits-hosting mansion; its one-of-a-kind, nationally notable café; and its museum store. At the same time, an art exhibit opens featuring Swedish designer Bea Szenfeld’s wearable paper couture, as donned by the likes of Lady Gaga and Björk, with colorful backdrops by Swedish illustrator Stina Wirsén. Register for a virtual tour or reserve a museum visit online.

Urban Ski Festival

What: City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival
When: Feb. 6-7
Where: Check out their events list for locations

This weekend, check out the biggest urban ski event in the cities. City of Lake Loppet Winter Festival features popular activities like the Luminary Loppet (wherein you walk or snowshoe over groomed trails beset by candlelight), longer races like the 30K Skate Ski Loppet, and the 16K Classic Ski Puoli Loppet.

Hot Air Fair

What: Hudson Hot Air Affair
When: Balloon Launch, February 6 & 7, 8 a.m.; Drive-Thru Balloon and Candlestick Glow, February 6, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Hudson, WI 

It may be February, but balloonists are turning up the heat at Hudson’s Hot Air Affair. Watch from a safe distance (i.e., there will be no field access) as huge, colorful balloons take off from all around the city. Drive among the towering, mesmerizing shapes by night at the Balloon and Candlestick Glow. Or, tune in to balloon launches online. Check out our in-depth write-up for more of what you can expect.

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