Go & Do: Feb 1- Feb 7, 2017

Go & Do is the list of recommended events happening this week


Crashed Ice – Cathedral of St. Paul-  Feb 3 & 4th

Sponsored by Red Bull- this event is in it’s fifth year right in front of our historic Cathedral making it an incredibly cool spot for an extreme event.  Expect 100K people to be there with you that weekend for this high- speed skating obstacle race in four man heats.  Big crowds for this alone and there are also Winter Carnival events happening in St. Paul too so I recommend taking light rail in as traffic is usually pretty bad.  Cost:  Free

DO:  Winter, Extreme, Free


Photo courtesy of the Pioneer Press

Art Shanty Projects- White Bear Lake- Feb 4-26 10am -4pm Sat & Sun

Head up to White Bear Lake to see a one -of-a-kind art experience.  Ice house shanty’s have been designed & built for your enjoyment.  Dress warm as you will be out on the lake- this isn’t your typical gallery experience as artists challenge you to find art in new ways- both in their designs but also in a variety of performances. There is also some more traditional on-ice activities including curling.   Cost:  Free

DO:  Create, Winter, Free


Harry Potter Drinkin’ Spelling Bee- Amsterdam Bar- Feb 4th -7pm

If you done one of these adult spelling bee’s then believe me, they are worth checking out.  They are a lot of fun and a Harry Potter themed one should disappoint.  Amsterdam Bar will be serving Butterbeer and Polyjuice potion drink specials.  You can order tickets ahead of time to make sure you can get a spot.  Leave the kiddo’s at home- this Harry Potter event is 21+.  Cost:  $6 to watch, $15 to play

DO: Geek, Silly, Adult


Ladysmith Black Mumbazo- State Theater- Feb 4, 8pm

This South African group made most famous by their partnership with Paul Simon showcases their culture and history by spreading a message of peace and love with their amazing harmonies.  They have welcomed several new members who bring a new energy to the group and have earned them a Grammy nominee for 2016.   Cost:  $30-$50

DO:  World, Culture, Music


Vivre La Compagnie: A Widji Welcome- A Night with Ann Bancroft -Surley- Feb 6, 6-8pm

This event brought to you by the YMCA is a one-of-a-kind night.  Ann Bancroft will be at Surley Brewing discussing her Arctic and Antarctic  excursions.  Space is limited- Register onlineCost: $20

DO:  Smart, Beer





City of Lakes Loppet Festival  -Various Locations- Feb 3-Feb 5

This event draws thousands of participants, and spectators out to the trails, lakes and streets of Minneapolis for a long  Cost:  Free weekend of fun and competition. With winter events and activities for all ages and abilities, this is as Minnesota as it gets!   Weekend events include: cross-country skiing, fat bike racing, snowshoeing, skijoring, Kubb, snow sculpture contests and, of course, the Luminary Loppet!  For schedule of events and registration information look here.   Cost:  Free to spectate- participation is $20-$115 depending on the event.

DO:  Winter, Active


Fête de la Chandeleur– Alliance Francaise- Feb 2  6-8pm

Here is a great chance to practice your high school French skills or pretend you are French for an evening.  the Alliance Francaise is hosting a Crepes and hard cider event with cider from Rhys as they celebrate winter.  Can purchase tickets in advance (discount) or at the door.  Cost:  $10-$15

DO: Culture


Drawing With Mittens- Silverwood Park- Feb 5  1-2:30

Record the beauty of winter during this invigorating, plein air drawing experience in this partnership event with the Drawing Project. Kicksled to the perfect place, and warm your chilly fingers at indoor and outdoor fires. Dress for the weather. Materials and equipment provided. Warm up fireside with hot chocolate. Bring a friend. Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.  Cost:  Free (as far as I can see)
DO:  Create, Winter


Ely Winter Festival- Ely- Feb 2- Feb 20

One week- two weekends of fun in Ely.  Events include snow sculpting, the Great Nordic Beard Fest Throwdown, a variety of classes at the folk center including basket weaving and make your own beaver fur hat classes,  special classes and events at the Wolf Center,  snowshoeing, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, ice bar, fish fry and more.  Cost:  Events Vary- but if you buy a Festival pin, many are free or reduced.

DO:  Create, Winter, Active


MSP Hello Welcome Hat- MN History Center- Feb 7, 5:30-7pm

New to the Twin Cities?  Then this is for you.  The MN History Center hosts these events by MSP Hello dedicated to showcasing what we have to offer and encourage you to mingle with other transplants plus you get a wonderfully dorky hat with ear flaps. Assorted organizations and resources will be present along with live music, local food and a cash bar.  Newbies only please. Cost:  Free, but you need to register.

DO:  Newbies


BIG Climb Minneapolis- Capella Tower- Feb 4  7-10am

Looking for a different option on the usual run for a charity event?  Is raising money for cancer cures a priority for you?  Here’s what you are looking for.  Take the ultimate, indoor, chip-timed, vertical challenge. CLIMB the tallest building in the Upper Midwest. Challenge yourself to raise money and CONQUER 53 or 105 floors of Capella Tower. Funds raised by you support lifesaving blood cancer research and raise awareness to find a CURE  Cost:  $40 registration– but raise as much as you can. 

DO:  Good, Active



Beautiful Brain- Weisman Art Museum- Now through May 21st

Remember the scene in Big Bang Theory where Sheldon’s assistant was looking for gift ideas for Amy?  One of the things she came up with (which Sheldon then appropriated for himself) was a drawing of the human brain by Santiago Ramón y Cajal who was the father of modern neuroscience.  It turns out that is a real thing- he really did do hand drawings and now they are on display at the Weisman.  These drawings are a great mix of art and science and are showing as a debut exhibit.  Cost:  Free

DO:  Science, Art, Geek, Free



Izzy’s Ice Cream- 13 Days of Giving- BWCAW- Both Izzy’s locations- Feb 1,  12-9pm

The Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness have teamed up with one of my favorites- Izzy’s Ice Cream.  On Feb 1st – $2 from every purchase will go to support our Boundary Waters environment and best of all- you get to do it while eating ice cream.  Cost:  Varies

DO:  Good, Ice Cream, Environment, Frugal





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I’m an easy going adventurer, explorer, avid music -lover, and enthusiastic photographer who loves trying new things -often the more obscure, the better.
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