With the weekend around the corner, there's no shortage of fun things to do in the metro area. Here is a look at what is going on in the Twin Cities and the surrounding area the next few days.

Skiing and Snowboarding in the Metro
Hit the hill this weekend as many metro ski and snowboarding areas are opening for the season. The slopes at Buck Hill Ski and Snowboard AreaAfton Alps and Hyland Hills Ski Area are open. 

St. Paul Winter Carnival

The 134rd St. Paul Winter Carnival will be held Thursday, Jan. 23 through Sunday, Feb. 2. Most events will take place downtown at Rice Park while other sites include the Landmark Center in St. Paul and the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. 

Mall of America Skate the Star 

Looking to lace up your ice skates over the weekend? Head over to the Mall of America to try out the Skate the Star ice rink. The 12,000-square-foot ice rink is a new attraction to the Mall of America. All proceeds from the rink will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of the Twin Cities.

Date: Open daily through Jan. 27

Place: Mall of America, Bloomington

Ice Castles 

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

Date: Daily 

Place: Long Lake Regional Park, New Brighton

Minneapolis Boat Show 

Get excited about the 2020 lake season during the Minneapolis Boat Show. The show offers hundreds of exhibitors, showing off the latest marine-related products. 

Date: Thursday - Sunday 

Place: Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis 


U.S. Pond Hockey Championships

See the top pond hockey teams battle it out on the ice of Lake Minnetonka during the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships. For those not playing hockey but want skate, the event includes a family skating rink. 

Date: Thursday - Sunday 

Place: Lake Nokomis, Minneapolis 

Lake Harriet Kite Festival and Art Shanty Project 

Hit the ice of Lake Harriet Saturday as kites take to the sky during the Lake Harriet Kite Festival and Art Shanty Project. Activities include ice fishing, fat bike riding, snowshoeing and a marshmallow roast. 

Date: Saturday

Time: Noon to 4 p.m.

Place: Lake Harriet, Minneapolis 


Powderhorn Art Sled Rally

Take to the slopes of Powderhorn Park during the Powderhorn Art Sled Rally. Attendees can work with artists to create sleds and "sled-like art objects" to take down the western slope of the park. 

Date: Saturday

Time: 2 to 4 p.m.

Place: Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis

Charlie Parr Residency at the Turf Club 
Take in the sounds and stories of northern Minnesota during Charlie Parr's residency at the Turf Club. Known for his resonator guitar, the Duluth musician will perform at the Turf Club every Sunday during the month of January.
Date: Sunday
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Turf Club, St. Paul

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