Weekend Best Bets: Jan. 13-16

Things to do around the Twin Cities this weekend: Art Shanty Projects, Ice Palace Maze, and more
Art Shanty Projects
Art Shanty Projects

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Cool Art

What:  Art Shanty ProjectsWhen: Opens Saturday, Jan. 15; Saturdays and Sundays through Feb. 6; 10 a.m.-4 p.m .Where: Northwest corner of Bde Unma/Lake Harriet, Minneapolis

This popular event is back this year with artists creating colorful and artistic ice shanties and other interactive activities and performances on a frozen portion of Bde Unma/Lake Harriet in Minneapolis. New this year, all events will be completely outdoors and allow for social distancing.

Nature Lit Up

What:  Nature Illuminated Walking TourWhen: Through Sunday, Jan. 16; 5-9 p.m. Thursday & Sunday, 5-9:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday Where: Minnesota Zoo, 13000 Zoo Boulevard, Apple Valley

The once-drivable path is now a walking tour featuring 36 giant, glowing inflatable zoo animals. Walk the trail at your pace and stop at fire pits to warm up or enjoy the scenery.

A-MAZEing Palace

What:  Ice Palace MazeWhen: Opens Friday, Jan. 14; daily through Sunday, Feb. 20 Where: Zephyr Theatre, 601 Main St. N., Stillwater

More than 2,900 blocks of ice and 3,000 LED lights were used to create this palace-themed walkable half-mile maze of twisty turns, carved ice dragons, an ice throne, and an ice slide. The adjacent Zephyr Theatre building will be open for hot drinks, snacks, and restroom access.

To Sir with Love

What:  A Tribute to Sir Sidney PoitierWhen: Saturday, Jan. 15; 7 p.m.Where: The Dakota, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis

Classically trained, gospel-influenced, and jazz-inspired, Ginger Commodore and her band, GCQ, celebrate the life of Oscar-winning actor Sir Sidney Poitier, who died Jan. 6.

Blanket Opportunity

What:  Original Mattress Factory Bring a Blanket for Bridging DriveWhen: Saturday, Jan. 15; 9-11 a.m.Where: Original Mattress Factory locations in Eagan, Maplewood, Minnetonka, and Shakopee

Donate new or gently used blankets for distribution to local families in need through Minnesota nonprofit organization Bridging. The third annual drive is the primary source for Bridging to secure blankets for the families they serve. Just drive by and drop off blankets at one of the four Original Mattress Factory participating locations.

Gander This

What:  Come From AwayWhen: Various dates through Sunday, Jan. 23Where: Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

Based on a true story, this “Best Musical” Broadway hit tells the story of residents in a small town in Canada who welcomed thousands of stranded travelers after their flights were diverted to the area airport in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

Nordic Fun

What:  Winter SKOLsticeWhen: Through Sunday, Feb 27Where: Vikings Lakes, 2611 Nordic Way, Eagan

Ice skating, pond hockey tournaments, curling practice, Olympics watch parties, and holiday lights are all part of the new Winter SKOLstice outdoor recreation program at the Minnesota Vikings training facility grounds in Eagan. Bring your skates to spin around the rink on the Omni Vikings Lakes Hotel patio or join a nightly pond hockey league on the north lake of the campus.

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