Weekend Best Bets: Feb. 7-9

Things to do around the Twin Cities this weekend: chili cook-offs, ski-lift speed dating, a dog derby, and more
Lake Minnetonka dog sledding
Lake Minnetonka dog sledding

Photo by Joshua Hway


What: Chilly Open
When: Feb. 7-8
Where: Wayzata Beach, 220 Grove Lane E., Wayzata

Upwards of 1,700 golfers compete on Lake Minnetonka. Instruments of choice? Clubs, hockey sticks, and tennis balls. Spectators get down with snowkiting, ice skating, snow yoga, on-ice Porsche excursions, and a chili contest that taps big-name local restaurants.

Love’s Dozen

What: Twelfth Night
When: Feb. 8-March 22
Where: Guthrie Theater, 818 S. Second St., Minneapolis

In Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, a love triangle gets complicated—and the Guthrie is turning up the love in time for Valentine’s Day.

Local Legend

What: Superman Becomes Lois Lane 
When: Feb. 8-March 1
Where: History Theatre, 30 10th St. E., St. Paul

Susan Kimberly, the first transgender woman to become deputy mayor of a major American city (St. Paul), tells her story with heart and wit at St. Paul’s History Theatre.

Veg Out

What: 11th Annual Vegan Chili Cook-Off
When: Feb. 8
Where: Great Hall in Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis

Top restaurants compete in a vegan chili cook-off: J. Selby’s, Reverie, Root to Rise, Seed Cafe, Trio Plant-based, and Vegan Affairs MN. First 300 attendees are promise a Kakookies cookie.

Husky Hugs

What: Lake Minnetonka Klondike Dog Derby
When: Feb. 9
Where: Lake Minnetonka

A new dog sled race skirts Lake Minnetonka’s shores, inspired by metro races from the ’30s. Social events include Meet-the-Mushers and Hug-a-Husky, with Lakeside restaurant Lord Fletcher’s hosting weekend events.

Chaired Up

What: Yours Truly Chairlift Speed Dating
When: Feb. 9, 2-6 p.m.
Where: Afton Alps, 6600 Peller Ave. S., Hastings

Have you ever looked at a ski lift and thought, “A futurist architect designed that thing for speed dating”? So did Afton Alps. To start, participants pair off according to compatibility, with help from matchmaking service It’s Just Lunch. Couples go up and ski down together. Afterward, further the conversation in a yurt or request another chairlift match.

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