Around Town: A look at this weekend's events

Around Town: A look at this weekend's events Photo: KSTP

February 22, 2019 10:03 AM

No plans this weekend? Need to get out of the house? Here is a look at what is going on in the Twin Cities this weekend.

Enjoy Winter Recreation 


Get out and enjoy recreational winter sports around the metro. Looking to speed downhill on skis or a snowboard? Hyland Hills, Afton Alps and Buck Hill may just be the place to go. Speeding downhill not your thing? Try out cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Minnesotans can rent equipment for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing through Three Rivers Park District, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and St. Paul parks and recreation

Excelsior Ice Castles 

Explore the frozen wonder of the Excelsior Ice Castles over the weekend. According to the organization that builds the creations, the Excelsior exhibit is one of six in the country. The castles include lit sculptures, frozen thrones, slides and more. 

Date: Daily with the exception of Tuesday

Place: Excelsior

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Passport to Spring 

Tired of winter? See what is in bloom at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum's Passport to Spring. This year's flower show includes nine displays that feature a different country and tell their stories through their flowers, according to event organizers. 

Date: Daily through March 3

Place: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska 

Minneapolis Home and Garden Show 

The Minneapolis Home and Garden Show is set to return to the Minneapolis Convention for two weekends. This is the 85th year celebrating its operations. This year's event includes feature gardens, floral displays, customizable options for your home, deck wars and more. 

Date: Friday - Sunday

Place: Minneapolis Convention Center, 

Pert Near Sandstone's Winter String Band Gathering 

Get down to some local bluegrass and folk music during Pert Near Sandstone's Winter String Band Gathering at the Cedar Cultural Center. Performing alongside Pert Near Sandstone is Feeding Leroy.  

Date: Friday and Saturday

Time: Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. 

Place: Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis 

Big Turn Music Fest 

Take in the music of top regional acts during the Big Turn Music Fest in Red Wing. The two-day festival includes more than 160 bands performing at 21 different venues. This year's lineup includes Dessa, Charlie Parr, Dosh, People Brothers Band and more.

Date: Friday - Saturday

Place: Multiple venues in Red Wing

Richfield Winter Market

Summer still be far off, but you can still enjoy the atmosphere of a farmer's market. Pick up fresh produce and other foods during the Richfield Winter Market. The event will include 13 different vendors and live music. 

Date: Friday

Time: 3 to 6 p.m.

Place: Richfield Community Center, Richfield 

Mill City Indoor Winter Market

Find locally grown produce, as well as other food items during the Mill City Farmers Market indoor winter market. The market hosts more than 40 local farmers, food makers and artists. 

Date: Saturday

Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Place: Mill City Museum, Minneapolis

Extreme Horse Skijoring at Canterbury Park

Watch skiers dodge obstacles while being pulled by horses during extreme horse skijoring at Canterbury Park. While skijoring, skiers can reach speeds up to 40 mph. 

Date: Saturday

Time: 1 to 4 p.m.

Place: Canterbury Park, Shakopee 

Phalen Freeze Fest 

Celebrate winter during the Phalen Freeze Fest in St. Paul. The event will include ice fishing, fire building, arts and crafts, cooking, kicksleds and more. 

Date: Saturday

Time: 1 to 4 p.m.

Place: Lake Phalen Activities Center, St. Paul 

Winter Beer Dabbler

Beer fans rejoice! This weekend marks the Winter Beer Dabbler at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. The event hosts more than 180 breweries and cideries, who will be pouring more than 600 beers and ciders. The Winter Beer Dabbler includes live music and a silent disco. 

Date: Saturday

Time: 3 to 6 p.m.

Place: Minnesota State Fairgrounds, Falcon Heights 

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