Go & Do: Jan 4-Jan 10, 2017

This week’s list of recommended events.


Icefest- Sandstone Jan 6- Jan 8

Sandstone Ice Fest celebrates all things ice and winter adventure from ice climbing to skinny skiing, winter camping and show shoeing. It is a gathering of kindred spirits who share a love for all things cold for the Midwest.  There are clinics for winter camping and ice climbing, beer tasting, a gear swap, a chili cook-off, and more.  Cost:  $10 for multi-day passSee website for more prices and information

DO:  Winter, Outdoors, Adventure


Candelight Walk -Luce Line Trail- Jan 6,   5-8pm

The Luce Line Trail is a 63 mile former rail line that has been converted to a state park and developed for snowmobiles, horseback riding, hiking, biking and more.  Trails lit by candles are beautiful and almost magical. Join us for this popular annual event. Recommended parking is at the Wayzata Public Schools District Office, 310 County Road 101 North, Plymouth  Cost:  Free

DO:  Free, Active, Outdoors, Winter



Opera on Tap “Viva L’Italia” – Italian Cultural Center – Jan 8, 6pm

Opera on Tap is an organization dedicated to introducing Opera in new and fun ways and usually from the comfort of your bar stool.  Come to their latest event “Viva L’Italia” at the Italian Cultural Center and hear live performances of Italian Aria’s.  $5 for show only, $15 includes dinner

DO:  Culture, Opera, Frugal


A Night of Progressive Bluegrass- World Nomad Pub- Jan 7  9pm

Emjoy Bluegrass?  World Nomad Pub has an evening of it featuring Compost Sleeping Bag, Honey Bottom & Moon Grass.  Each of these bands does bluegrass in their own special way.  This is a 21 + event.  Cost:  $5

DO:  Music, Adult, Frugal



Gunflint Mail Run Trail Dog Sled Race- North Shore- Jan 7th-9th

Head up north to Grand Marais and the rest of the North Shore and watch the sled dog races.  There are plenty of activities- you can watch and cheer on the racers, go to the dog blessing, and of course spend some time in Grand Marais.  Look at the website for more information on lodging, race watching, musher information etc.   Cost:  Free to watch

DO:  Outdoors, Dogsled, Winter


Drawing Club Featuring Moustache Jim as Model and Muse- Center for Lost Objects – Jan 7   6pm

Do you love to draw?  Jim will present 4 different poses, in two different tableaus. Come draw and have a glass of wine in the stunning surroundings of Center For Lost Objects!  Cost:  $12- $15

DO:  Art, Create



Twin Cities Fairytale Ball- Hyatt Regancy- Bloomington, Jan 7

Have a little one obsessed with the Disney Princesses?  This is their opportunity to meet them, sing, dance and interact with them.  The Frozen duo, Tinkerbell, Ariel and more will be on hand for coloring, sing-a-long,  face-painting and more.  The fairytale ball may feel a little steep on the price front, but it way cheaper than a trip to Disney World this year.  For more information and tickets on the 2 sessions look here.   Cost $55

DO:  Kids


Charity Dodge Ball Tournament  – St. Mary’ Greek Orthodox Church- Jan 7  10am

Relive your childhood glory days with a fun and friendly game of dodge ball! while raising money for a great cause.  Create your team of 6 or let us put you on a team. We will have lunch and snacks for sale too!  Also a 50/50 raffle so bring your dollars!  Benefits Reuniting After War- a charity for our combat vets.  Cost:  $15 per person

DO:  Silly, Good, Active


Glam Doll Donuts- NE Grand Opening- Jan 6  7pm

Glam Doll Donuts is one of the best donut shops in town featuring fun and interesting flavors and they are opening a new location in NE Mpls.  Come to the party and welcome them to NE.  There will be free donut samples and beer from Fair State Brewing.  There will be music, art and mac & cheese donuts.  Cost:  Free

DO:  Donuts, Free


Sunken Garden

Music Under Glass “The Teague Alexy Band”- Como Conservatory- Jan 8  4:30pm

Music Under Glass is the periodic Sunday music series held at Como’s McNeely Conservatory.  It is a great way to check out new bands while escaping the weather outside for a more tropical feeling.  This week’s band Teague Alexy is billed as a foot- stomping Americana duo.  The event is free with beverages and light snacks available for purchase.  

While at Como take a quick stroll through the zoo and you’ll appreciate the warmth of conservatory even more. 

 DO:  Music, Free, Como,


An ice fountain dominates the central courtyard of the Stillwater Ice Castle. The gigantic ice castle that has been taking shape in downtown Stillwater’s Lowell Park will open to the public on Jan. 6, according to Ice Castles LLC spokeswoman Amanda Roseth. Tickets are now available for purchase at icecastles.com/stillwater. The attraction is slated to run through mid-February, weather permitting. Photographed on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016. (Pioneer Press: John Autey)

Ice Castle- Lowell Park- Jan 6- Feb 11

There are few things Minnesotans love more than an ice castle.  Icecastles.com the past few years has offered us a great opportunity to go see these amazing structures on years when the Winter Carnival isn’t doing one.  This year it has been moved to Lowell Park in Stillwater.  Checkout the website for more information and ticket purchasing.  Cost $7-15

DO:  Winter, Ice Catle


 First Lego League Jr.  -Sun Ray Branch Library- Jan 7 10 -2

This introduces STEM concepts to kids ages 6 to 10 while exciting them through a brand they know and love − LEGO®. Guided by adult Coaches, teams (up to 6 members, grades K-4) explore a real-world scientific problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc.  This will be a six week event covering the first and second Saturday’s from Jan- March.  Registration is required.   Cost:  Free

DO:  Kids, Smart, Free, Fun


Family Ice Fishing Day- Lake Nokomis – Jan 7  Noon-3pm

Learn about fishing equipment, fish identification and ice safety before going out on Lake Nokomis to catch (and release) your very own fish. Co-sponsored by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and Department of Natural Resources’s FiN (Fishing in the Neighborhood) program. Parent supervision required.  Meet inside the Community Center for short presentation and a technique tutorial and then walk to the fishing spot together and fish. This is a great way to introduce someone to this most- Minnesotan of sports.  Anyone 16 and over is required to have a current fishing license. Equipment, live bait, snowshoes and snacks provided. Event is dependent on ice conditions.  Cost:  Free

DO:  Winter, Outdoors, Fish, Family


Symphony Family Free Day- Ordway -Jan 7  2pm

The Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony will be performing a concert at the Ordway.  This free concert is a great way to get your kids interested in classical music or start developing a taste for it yourself.   COST:  Free

DO:  Music, Free, Culture




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