Weekend Fun: 1.28 - 1.31

Winter is finally upon us, and the pull of hibernation is stronger than ever. There are so many great events happening in Minneapolis/St. Paul during this time of year. Here are some ideas to keep you up and at 'em. Netflix can wait. ;)

All weekend (1/28-1/31): Starting tonight, the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships will be going on at Lake Nokomis for the whole weekend. And it's going to be warm-ish outisde! See the schedule of events to see when you can swing by. There's a beer garden, food, skate sharpening, family open rink time and more. CHECK. IT. OUT.

Photo source: @uspondhockey via Instagram

Photo source: @uspondhockey via Instagram

The St. Paul Winter Carnival is in full swing now too. Check the schedule of events to find something you'll love. There are snow carving contests, ice skating, ice castles, parades and my personal favorite: the jigsaw puzzle contest

Photo source: destinationtips.com

Photo source: destinationtips.com

Thursday (1/28): If you're looking to stay indoors tonight, another great choice is Bowieoke, an all Bowie Karaoke Celebration hosted by Ian Rans of Drinking With Ian. Who'll get there first to claim Dance Magic as their jam to sing? Doors open at 7:30pm. Cover is $5. 21+

Photo source: FB event

Photo source: FB event

Fri-YAY! (1/29): You've made it to the weekend. Come relax with the smooth jams of Private Oates, my favorite Hall & Oates cover band, playing at Lee's Liquor Lounge. Facebook event link right here. Doors are at 9, with music starting at 9:30pm. Cover is $8. 21+

Photo source: giphy

Photo source: giphy

Saturday (1/30): One of my favorite winter events each year is the Powderhorn Art Sled Rally. It's really like the photo below, where people build elaborate sleds for one trip down the hill in Powderhorn Park. This is a free, family-oriented event, but not without a taste of danger. Expect to see lots of falls and tumbles down the hill as sleds fall apart or fail to perform as expected. Bring yourself a thermos of hot cocoa or apple cider to enjoy while you watch. The rally goes from 2-4pm. The Facebook event is right here

Photo souce: FB event

Photo souce: FB event

And for your Saturday night, there is the Drinkin' Spelling Bee at the 331 Club, hosted by Sean McPherson of Trivia Mafia. Show up at 6:30pm and throw down $7 to participate or just watch. Spellers are given a starter beer to finish before the games begin, and another beer after each correctly spelled word. Tickets here or at the door. This is a good one, folks.

Photo source: YouTube

Photo source: YouTube

Sunday (1/31): BRUNCH. Nothing else. 

Photo source: Tumblr

Photo source: Tumblr

Some other places to find good happenings around the city is L'etoile Magazine's "Weekend What's What." They post weekly, just ahead of the weekend with a lot of fun ideas for you. You can also check the City Pages or Vita.mn calendars.

Have a fun weekend! xo!