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Seasonal Activitites

Winter
  • Artsy
  • Culinary
  • Family
  • Outdoorsy
  • Events
  • Artsy

    • Winter Music Performance
      Winter Music Performance

      Winter offers a calendar full of concerts, with more events listed as the season draws near.

      Find concerts
    • Enjoy Broadway on Hennepin
      Enjoy Broadway on Hennepin

      Minneapolis’ historic Orpheum Theatre is staging two blockbuster musicals and a powerful, award-winning drama this winter as part of its “Broadway on Hennepin” series.

      See a Show
    • Music Clubs
      Music Clubs

      Minnesota has a vibrant and diverse array of music venues, from quaint cafes and coffee shops to large, well-established clubs and halls.

      Rock out
    • Minnesota's Expanding Theater Scene
      Minnesota's Expanding Theater Scene

      While New York is synonymous with Broadway, and California is home to Hollywood, Minnesota has earned its rightful place among these theatrical heavyweights.

      See a show
  • Culinary

    • Minnesota Comfort Foods, Reinvented
      Minnesota Comfort Foods, Reinvented

      Minnesota chefs are transforming hidebound dishes, creating menus that riff playfully on familiar flavors and foods.

      Taste an (un)familiar dish
    • 5 Hot Drinks for Winter Weather
      5 Hot Drinks for Winter Weather

      After hitting the slopes, riding the trails or attending an outdoor festival this winter, sipping something warm will taste twice as delicious.

      Sip something warm
    • Minnesota Distilleries Serve Up Local Spirits
      Minnesota Distilleries Serve Up Local Spirits

      Minnesota's craft distillery boom arose thanks to recent legislation that let small, artisan makers jump into a game long dominated by giants.

      Have a cocktail
    • Drink & Eat
      Drink & Eat

      The Explore Minnesota drinking and eating guide lists and links to more than 1,000 restaurants throughout the state, as well as breweries and wineries.

      Eat up
  • Family

    • Warm Winter Fun
      Warm Winter Fun

      From golfing and swimming to farmers markets and food trucks, you may be surprised to find many of summer’s favorite pastimes happening year-round—yes, even in Minnesota.

      Have fun inside
    • 15 Minnesota Hills for Sledding & Snow Tubing
      15 Minnesota Hills for Sledding & Snow Tubing

      Some of the state’s best sledding options are well known to folks who live in the area, while others can be found at state parks or on other public properties.

      Hit the hills
    • Five Ways to Make the Most of Winter
      Five Ways to Make the Most of Winter

      Winter in Minnesota is the perfect time of year to get together with loved ones, embrace old traditions, or even start some new ones.

      Plan winter fun
    • Minnesota Towns Get in the Holiday Spirit
      Minnesota Towns Get in the Holiday Spirit

      Throughout most of December, dozens of Minnesota communities celebrate the holidays by decorating streets, shop windows and Christmas trees with colorful twinkling lights, along with the occasional parade.

      Celebrate the Season
  • Outdoorsy

    • Ice Climbing in Minnesota
      Ice Climbing in Minnesota

      As our writer learned from some of Minnesota's elite climbers, ice climbing is more chess than chest-bumps: a methodical, deliberate ascent to the summit.

      Climb a Waterfall
    • 7 Snow-Filled Minnesota Adventures
      7 Snow-Filled Minnesota Adventures

      There’s no escape from winter, but a winter escape is fun and easy. From skiing to snowmobiling and urban adventures, the options are practically endless.

      Plan a winter escape
    • Snow Sports
      Snow Sports

      Minnesota offers plenty of fun on the snow, from snowshoeing in the woods to the adventure of a dogsled trip.

      Get out in the snow
    • Explore Minnesota Slopes
      Explore Minnesota Slopes

      Minnesota’s slopes offer affordable adventure close to home for Midwestern skiers and snowboarders. In the northeast, there’s a trio of destination downhill resorts featuring some of the biggest hills in the Midwest, complete with exciting terrain parks, lodging and entertainment.

      Hit the slopes
  • Events

    • Christmas on the Prairie
      Christmas on the Prairie

      Enjoy a beautifully decorated Bonanzaville with cookie decorating, Christmas carolers, horse drawn wagon rides, music, desserts and photos with Santa.

      Read more
    • Super Bowl LII
      Super Bowl LII

      Witness one of most watched sporting events in the world when it comes to U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on February 4, 2018.

      Read more
    • Winterfest
      Winterfest

      Enjoy sights, sounds and experiences around Luverne the first weekend in December at this great community event.

      Go now
    • Bentleyville Tour of Lights
      Bentleyville Tour of Lights

      Each winter, the Bentleyville Tour of Lights transforms the Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth into an illuminated winter wonderland with colorful displays and holiday music.

      Walk through Christmas Town

More Reasons to

  • Big Fun Beyond the Big Game

    All eyes will be on Minnesota when the 2018 Super Bowl takes the field at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 4. But the game itself is only part of the fun.

    Explore the Bold North
  • Saint Paul Winter Carnival

    The Saint Paul Winter Carnival began in response to a few misguided East Coast reporters who called the state “another Siberia, unfit for human habitation.” 132 years later we’re still proving them wrong

    Prove them wrong
  • Holiday Lights Festivals

    Throughout most of December, dozens of Minnesota communities celebrate the holidays by decorating streets, shop windows and Christmas trees with colorful twinkling lights, along with the occasional parade.

    Get in the Spirit
  • Fun on the Ice

    Ice-themed festivals and activities abound from border to border, from ice fishing contests both serious and playful, ice bars, ice castles, ice skating, ice bowling, and polar plunges of crazy/brave swimmers jumping into holes in the ice.

    Make ice your friend
  • Ice Climbing in Minnesota

    As our writer learned from some of Minnesota's elite climbers, ice climbing is more chess than chest-bumps: a methodical, deliberate ascent in which each movement inches you closer to the summit.

    Climb the ice
  • Bentleyville Tour of Lights

    Each winter, the Bentleyville Tour of Lights transforms the Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth into an illuminated winter wonderland with colorful displays and holiday music.

    Walk through the Holidays
  • 15 Minnesota Sledding Hills

    While Minnesota’s landscape is different from north to south and east to west, opportunities to ride sleds and tubes down snowy hills can be found in all regions of the state.

    Head for the hills

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