Minnesota Polar Plunge Events

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International Eelpout Festival Polar Plunge in Walker
Highlights this week include:
Feb. 25, Wabasha
Grumpy Old Men Festival
Feb. 24, Minneapolis
Winterfest 2017
Feb. 24-26, Nisswa
Gull Lake Frozen Fore
Feb. 23-26, Walker
International Eelpout Festival
Feb. 25, Grand Rapids
Stomping on Winter Family Day & Mardi Gras Masquerade Mystery Murder

**Please note that temperatures remain unseasonably warm which could affect outdoor events — please call ahead to confirm all events held on ice or winter trails.

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Southern Minnesota

Feb. 25, Wabasha
Grumpy Old Men Festival
The 24th Annual Grumpy Old Men Festival includes a wide array of events such as an ice fishing contest, ice bars, Stretch Raffle, Hot Dish Luncheon, bingo, minnow races, Texas Hold ’em Poker Tournament, 9th Annual Grumpy Plunge, Ragetti’s Spaghetti Feed, and live music at various venues. 651-565-4158
Feb. 25, New Ulm
Fasching
Fasching is a German Mardi Gras with live music, dancing, ethnic food and drink, “Capture the Mayor” by the Narren masked characters, the hilarious “Parade of Costumes,” and awards ceremony — costumes are encouraged! Best Western Plus Conference Center. 507-359-2941; 507-354-7112
Feb. 25, Red Wing
Bluffs & Brews: Explore the Mississippi River Backwaters
The Historical Society and Environmental Learning Center invite you to explore the Cannon River Bottoms by snowshoe or cross-country ski (or by foot if there is no snow!). Participants will meet at 2 p.m. to learn about the Mendota-Wabasha Military Road that traversed the area prior to heading out for the adventure. Staff will then lead the group through the Bottoms to explore its natural scenery. Afterwards, the group will meet up at Marie’s Underground for a social hour and door prize drawing. Environmental Learning Center. 651-388-6024; 651-388-7339
March 3-5, HoustonInternational Festival of Owls
Immerse yourself in owls at the only annual, full-weekend, all-owl festival in North America. Highlights include live owl programs, owl prowls to call in wild owls, a birding and natural history bus trip, and a banquet featuring the presentation of the World Owl Hall of Fame awards and international speakers. Families can build an owl nest box, dissect an owl pellet, make a variety of owl crafts, and have a hoot eating owl-themed food. International Owl Center. 507-896-6957
March 4, New Ulm
Bock Fest
Beckon warmer weather with a mug full of Bock, dancing, treasure hunting and great food. Seven Bocks of Winter are hiding around the brewery and in nearby Flandrau State Park, waiting to be found. Armed with completely useless clues and Bock beer, hunters will comb the park in search of these elusive bocks. Two human St. Bernards, with kegs of Bock beer strapped to their backs, are ready to assist those showing signs of thirst. If you prefer to just hang out, enjoy Schell’s beer, brats, live music and a warm fire at the brewery grounds. After the party, flocks head downtown for a fun-filled night! Schell’s Brewery grounds. 507-354-5528
March 11-12, Mankato
Natural Healing & Psychic Expo
The 16th Annual Natural Healing & Psychic Expo is focused on supporting a holistic life through refreshing your body, enlightening your mind, and renewing your spirit. Check out more than 40 exhibitors, keynote speakers, dozens of Workshops, many intuitive consultants, specialty gift products, artwork, and spirituality resources. Courtyard by Marriott Event Center. 507-340-6809, 507-388-2506
Minneapolis-St. Paul Area

Nov. 12 – April 9 (Thursdays-Sundays), Chaska
Bruce Munro: Winter Light at the Arboretum
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum will glow after dark this winter when it hosts the stunning evening exhibition Bruce Munro: Winter Light at the Arboretum. The exhibition features five unique installations outdoors, one suspended light triad sculpture indoors, plus a series of immersive, sensory audio-visual animations. Munro’s solo shows have attracted more than a million visitors since the first exhibition in 2012.
Feb. 24, Minneapolis
Winterfest 2017
Winterfest is a true showcase of Minnesota craft beer, featuring nearly 100 Guild member breweries. Winterfest 2017 will debut at Target Field in Minneapolis. In addition to unlimited sampling of specialty and seasonal beers, patrons will enjoy upscale catered food, craft beer education and music. At the end of the night, the “Best of Fest” winners will be awarded the Great Snowshoe Award. 612-677-2246
Feb. 24-26, Prior Lake
The Price is Right Live! Hosted by Jerry Springer
Minnesota fans of television’s longest-running and most popular game show can now see it come to life with host Jerry Springer. The Price is Right Live stage show is coming to the Mystic Showroom at 8 p.m. Friday, February 24, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday, February 25 and 4 p.m. Sunday, February 26. Mystic Lake Casino. 800-262-7799
Feb. 24-26 & Mar. 3-5, Minneapolis
Minneapolis Home and Garden Show
The Minneapolis Home and Garden Show features innovative products, great deals, presentations, and practical advice from professionals. Show features include the Coastal Theme Home, feature gardens, Tiny Home Village, Horticultural Society activities for kids, and New Products Showcase. Minneapolis Convention Center. 952-933-3850
Feb. 25, Minneapolis
Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt
Acclaimed singer-songwriters Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt return to the State Theatre for a joint acoustic evening of music and conversation. Lovett’s songs fuse elements of country, swing, jazz and gospel, making him one of the most captivating musicians in popular music. Hiatt is a keen observer of life’s flings and foibles, weaving these into his songs. Their joint shows are always unique and memorable. Historic State Theatre. 612-339-7007, 612-455-9500
Feb. 25-26, Hastings
Masters of the Sky
World Bird Sanctuary staff will offer a captivating program about birds of prey. Visitors will learn about raptors from around the world, and witness live hawks, eagles, owls, falcons and vultures in free-flight. The presenters will introduce methods to help protect raptors and their habitats. Programs held at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., & 3 p.m.Carpenter Nature Center. 651-437-4359
Feb. 25, Bloomington
Tech Fest
Crack open old electronics, use candy to learn about biomedical technology, explore squishy, slimy, and cold substances, and more! The annual Tech Fest event includes dozens of hands-on activities and demos designed to let families learn more about engineering and see how it’s everywhere around us. The Works Museum. 952-888-4262
March 1-5, Minneapolis
Disney on Ice Presents Dream Big
Enter a world where adventure is awaiting and courage leads the way at Disney On Ice presents Dream Big. High-flying jumps, daring acrobatics, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends make this an experience your family will never forget. Target Center. 612-673-1300
March 3-5, Plymouth
Winter Bluegrass Weekend
The Winter Bluegrass Weekend, a Festival of Bluegrass & Old-Time Music & Dance is packed with band showcases, headline concerts, dances, workshops, instrument exhibitors, and plenty of around the clock informal jam sessions. Two of the top acts in bluegrass and old-time music will perform: Grammy award winner Laurie Lewis, and Portland’s finest, Foghorn Stringband. Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West. 612-285-9133
March 3 – May 4, St. Paul
Omnifest 2017
Experience larger-than-life adventures — from the immense glaciers in the Arctic to the breathtaking summit of Mount Everest and the spectacular views of the Nile, known as the “Mount Everest of Rivers.” With a diverse film line-up that will appeal to all ages and interests, Omnifest 2017 is an ideal family destination! Science Museum of Minnesota. 651-221-9444
March 4, Minneapolis
Carnaval Brasileiro
This Brazilian Carnaval bash rivals a night in Rio! It is the most attended and longest-running annual Brazilian event in the Twin Cities with over 50 singers, drummers, samba dancers, Capoeiristas (Brazilian martial artists) and artisans creating an authentically festive Brazilian cultural experience! Cedar Cultural Center. 612-338-2674
March 4, Minneapolis
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live
Donning his iconic red sweater, Daniel takes the audience on an interactive musical adventure as he and his friends explore the vibrant world of their much-loved Neighborhood of Make-Believe, sharing stories of friendship, helping others and celebrating new experiences. Historic State Theatre. 612-339-7007; 612-455-9500
March 4, Minneapolis
Kristin Chenoweth with the Minnesota Orchestra
Dynamite singer/actress Kristin Chenoweth makes her Minnesota Orchestra debut with all the pizzazz and power that have made her as “popular” as one of her signature songs. She’s a genuine superstar with the Emmy and Tony awards to prove it. Orchestra Hall. 612-371-5656
Upcoming Twin Cities’ concerts and performances:
Jim Jefferies: The Unusual Punishment Tour at the Historic Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, Feb. 24
The Price Is Right Live – Stage Show at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, Feb. 24-26
Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt at the Historic State Theatre in Minneapolis, Feb. 25
WWE Smackdown at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Feb. 28
The King and I (Touring) at the Historic Orpheum Theatre, Feb. 28 – March 5
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood – Live! at the Historic State Theatre, March 4
Chris Rock: Total Blackout Tour at the Historic Orpheum Theatre, March 10-12
Rain – The Beatles Experience at the Historic State Theatre, March 11
Panic at the Disco, Misterwives & Saint Motel at the Xcel Energy Center, March 12
Ariana Grande: Dangerous Woman Tour at the Xcel Energy Center, March 16
Huey Lewis and the News at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, March 17
Miranda Lambert at the Xcel Energy Center, March 17
Joe Monamassa at the Historic Orpheum Theatre, March 17-18
Steve Martin and Martin Short at the Historic Orpheum Theatre, March 18-19
Il Volo at the Historic State Theatre, March 20
Lionel Richie: All the Hits with Very Special Guest Mariah Carey at the Xcel Energy Center, March 24
Styx at Treasure Island Resort & Casino in Welch, March 24
Bon Jovi – This House is Not For Sale Tour at the Xcel Energy Center, March 27
Tickets available through Eventful or Ticketmaster.
Central Minnesota

Feb. 24-26, Nisswa
Gull Lake Frozen Fore
This three-day celebration of all things winter is a weekend of activities and fun for adults. Enjoy snow golfing, dancing on a frozen lake, snowmobiling, live music, pond hockey, and a food fest. Some outdoor activities are weather permitting. 218-963-2620
Feb. 25, Little Falls
Sprout Growers & Makers Marketplace
Visitors are invited to shop the many market vendors selling local food and art, and enjoy visual and performing art performances, culinary demonstrations, and educational events. February’s cultural focus will be Latino food and artists. Crestliner Building. 612-695-2721
Feb. 25, Isle
Perch Extravaganza
The annual Perch Extravaganza fishing contest includes lots of door prizes, Mad Hatter contest, bean bag toss tournament, T-shirt shooter, food & beverage booths, and free prizes for kids 12 and under while they last! Nitti’s Hunters Point Resort on Lake Mille Lacs, 8 miles north of Isle. 320-676-3811
March 3-4, Garrison
Kite Crossing
The Lake Mille Lacs Kite Crossing event includes competitors from 14 states “sailing” across the big lake by high-flying colorful kites. The event is both beautiful and amazing. Another fun event on Lake Mille Lacs March 3-4 is the Fire on Ice BBQ World Championship at Izaty’s in Onamia. In addition to nearly 50 groups competing in the BBQ competition, enjoy a warming tent, bar, outdoor games and socializing in the ballroom. 320-692-4330; 952-594-5395
March 4, Fergus Falls
The Minnesota Ballet Presents: Firebird
Experience Firebird, a favorite Russian fairy tale set in a primeval forest and an enchanted garden, filled with monsters, mayhem, and magic. It’s storytelling for the entire family—all to Igor Stravinsky’s brilliant ballet score. A Center for the Arts. 218-736-5453
March 11, Little Falls
Habitat Day
Participants will learn about two avian species that use nest boxes, the bluebird and the wood duck, then assemble a nest box to take home and place on your property. Numerous resource-oriented groups and organizations co-sponsor this annual event, with a variety of exhibits available. Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. 320-632-1575
Northwest Minnesota

Feb. 23-26, Walker
International Eelpout Festival
For the past 30 years, crowds grow 10 times more than the population of Walker, MN as anglers and fun-lovers gather on Leech Lake for a festival named after one of the ugliest bottom-dwelling fish, the eelpout. In addition to a huge ice fishing contest, enjoy a mechanical bull riding tournament, eelpout curling, 4th Annual Kids Perch Jerk, helicopter rides, eelpout fish fry, dog sled rides, 14th Annual Polar Pout Plunge, live music, fish fries, and awards ceremony. Most events at Walker Bay on Leech Lake. 218-547-1313; 800-833-1118
Feb. 25, Rochert
Animal Tracking Workshop
This workshop will help build your confidence in track identification. After an indoor session with Dr. Steven Dahlberg, head outside to practice your new skills. Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. 218-844-1756, 218-847-2641
March 4, Bemidji
Northland Fat Bike Rally
The 3rd Annual Northland Fat Bike Rally begins with a mass start on Lake Bemidji and heads up Rocky Point Trail, traversing park trails for either a 10k route or a 28k route. Non-racers are encouraged to attend and learn all about this growing sport! Lake Bemidji State Park. 218-308-2300, 218-751-2453
March 4, Longville
Winter Fireworks & Chili-Cookoff
The festivities start early at the Docksider with a chili cook-off where you can vote for the best chili. At dusk, make the short trip over to Girl Lake for a spectacular winter fireworks display. Later, enjoy dinner specials at Patrick’s on Girl Lake. 218-363-2630, 800-756-7583
March 11, Moorhead
Celtic Festival
The 14th Annual Celtic Festival is a celebration of the rich culture of the seven Celtic Nations featuring the intriguing history, arts and traditions of Brittany, Cornwall, Isle of Man, Galicia, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Enjoy lyrical Celtic music, dancers’ impressive footwork, folk tradition presentations, exhibits, vendor booths and Celtic foods. Purchase an Activity Passport, visit the many craft stations, and turn your project in for a prize. Hjemkomst Center. 218-299-5515; 701-499-6060
Northeast Minnesota

Feb. 24, Toivola
Winter Bog Exploration Field Trip
Join Head Naturalist Clinton on a search for species that may be familiar or that could be entirely new! Plan for a mix of hiking, snowshoeing, driving, and searching for new species for the Sax-Zim Bog Species List! Sax Zim Bog. 218-341-3350
Feb. 25, Grand Rapids
Stomping on Winter Family Day
Enjoy winter with indoor and outdoor games, sledding, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, wildlife presentations, tours of the logging camp, and more! Forest History Center. 218-327-4482
Feb. 25, Grand Rapids
Mardi Gras Masquerade Mystery Murder
Enjoy a murder mystery dinner event set in New Orleans during Mardi Gras. During the masquerade gala at the Hotel Royal, a murder takes place. Enjoy a 3-course meal while trying to solve the mystery. Northern Lights Community School. 218-398-7144
March 3-5, Ely
Wine, Women, and Wolves: Northwoods Winter
Enjoy a fun-filled weekend learning about wolves and the northwoods in the company of women who have the same hectic routine as you! Slow it down with some wine and cheese, then participate a variety of activities such as dog sledding, radio telemetry, and trekking through the snowy northwoods. Where else can you spend an evening lounging in your sleeping bag, sipping wine, observing wolves, and taking in the beauty of a northern Minnesota winter? International Wolf Center. 218-365-4695, 218-365-9653
March 4, Chisholm
Family Discovery Day: Fossils, Fossils, Fossils
Meet paleontologist John Westgaard and learn about the fossils that have been unearthed at the Hill Annex Project on the Iron Range. In addition, learn how fossils form, try your hand at looking for and removing real fossils, and make a clay fossil imprint to take home. Minnesota Discovery Center. 218-254-7959
March 10-11, Two Harbors
Winter Moonrise Photography 2-Day Workshop
In a setting of unsurpassed beauty, discover new ways to create stunning images and learn how the pros take photos with impact. Through classroom and hands-on learning, this two day-workshop will teach participants about their camera, proper photographic technique, lens selection, filtration, white balance, camera mode selection, auto focus and manual focus, how to achieve the sharpest image and much more. Split Rock Lighthouse. 218-226-6372

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