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  • Artsy

    • Winter Music Performances
      Winter Music Performances

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

      Find concerts
    • 'Sota Pop Photo Op
      'Sota Pop Photo Op

      This interactive pop-up experience shows Minnesota’s full spectrum of fun through a gallery of shareable #OnlyinMN photo ops. Curated by Explore Minnesota and created by local artists, The 'Sota Pop demonstrates that Minnesota is more than cold; it’s cool.

      Pop in!
    • The Jazz Cities
      The Jazz Cities

      The Twin Cities is a hotbed for jazz, and our modern jazz scene can hang with the best of them. Check out these Twin Cities jazz joints any hep cat will dig.

      Get jazzed
    • Explore Minnesota Theater
      Explore Minnesota Theater

      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
    • Winter Carnival Celebrates 132 Years of Not Being Siberia
      Winter Carnival Celebrates 132 Years of Not Being Siberia

      As the story goes, 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.” Fast-forward 130-plus years, and we’re still proving them wrong.

      Get Festive
  • 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, including several destination downhill resorts featuring some of the biggest hills in the Midwest, complete with exciting terrain parks, lodging and entertainment.

      Hit the slopes
  • Events

    • Sleigh & Cutter Festival
      Sleigh & Cutter Festival

      Horse owners from around the state bring magnificent horses of every type imaginable to Waseca for the parade down State Street, an annual tradition since 1950.

      Join the fun
    • 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
    • Red Bull Crashed Ice
      Red Bull Crashed Ice

      Red Bull Crashed Ice will descend on downtown St. Paul for the seventh year in a row—literally.

      Watch the action
    • Hockey Day Minnesota
      Hockey Day Minnesota

      Celebrate the State of Hockey at this annual tournament, held in St. Cloud on Jan. 19-20. Games are played outdoors with a free concert, food and fun in the evening.

      Practice your slap shot
    • 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
  • #OnlyinMN Monument

    We're proud to say it's never been easier to find your next #OnlyinMN destination. Literally.

    Find the monument
  • Ice Fishing Fests Are Fun for All

    Even if you don’t ice fish, you can still celebrate this Minnesota tradition at one of many festivals around the state, such as the the International Eelpout Festival, which draws more than 10,000 every winter.

    Celebrate Ice Fishing
  • 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
  • Winter Fun for Minnesota Dogs (and Their Humans)

    Minnesota travelers and their canine companions enjoy four furbulous seasons, but few people are aware of just how many activities you and your BFF can appreciate together in winter.

    Bring your pet
  • 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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