Tourism events around Minnesota, as provided by the Minnesota Office of Tourism. Explore Minnesota Now! for lodging specials currently being offered, check out the Web site www.exploreminnesota.com.
The Aitkin Jaycees' annual Fishing Contest will be noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Barnacle's on the north shore of Lake Mille Lacs. For $10, each angler will be provided with a pre-drilled hole and bait. There will be a raffle, dozens of prizes and give-aways for fish of all varieties and sizes. All proceeds will be given to area charities. To learn more, dial (800) 526-8342.
The Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza, considered to be the largest ice fishing contest in the world, will be held Saturday, Jan. 19, on Gull Lake north of BRAINERD. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to charities. For further information, dial 1-800-950-9461.
An Ice Fest will be held at Breezy Point Resort in BREEZY POINT on Friday and Saturday with bonfires, karaoke, an ice dance, dogsled rides, hayrides, human bowling, fireworks and more. For more information, dial (800) 950-0291.
CANNON FALLS will be the site of the 22nd annual Cabin Fever Days Celebration on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 26-27. Featured will be the Cannon Valley Classic Sled Dog Races with more than 100 teams from across the United States and Canada, as well as a Sleigh & Cutter Festival and Cabin Fever Fun Run. To learn more, dial (507) 263-2289.
CASS LAKE will present the Chain Reaction Festival today through Sunday with a wild game dinner theater today, a Back-To-The-'50s White Sidewalls concert Friday, a Radar Run on Saturday, and a free Perch Derby for kids 15 and under Sunday. The Cass Lake Chain of Lakes will be the site of the largest ice fishing and spearing contest in the upper Midwest on Saturday with plenty of prizes and drawings. To find our more, dial (800) 356-8615.
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in CHANHASSEN will be the site of Arbor Lights from 5 to 8 p.m. today through Saturday. Enjoy the serenity of the arboretum's lighted winter gardens through self-guided garden walks. There will be children's nature crafts and entertainment each evening. For more information, dial (952) 443-1400. And, an Afternoon Tea will be offered at the Landscape Arboretum from 3 to 4:30 p.m. each Wednesday through March 31 in the casual elegance of the Snyder Building's cozy Fireplace Room, complete with truffles, fresh scones and other home-baked treats, as well as fragrant teas. To learn more, dial (952) 443-1411.
The sixth annual Polar Dash Sled Dog Races will be held on Big Detroit Lake in DETROIT LAKES on Saturday and Sunday, with dog sled races for children, juniors and adults. For more information, dial 1-800-542-3992 or (218) 723-3748.
The 14th annual Cannon Lake Shoot-Out will be held in FARIBAULT on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 19-20, with a wide variety of snowmobiling races all weekend. To find out more, dial (800) 658-2354.
Ole And Lena Days will be held in GRANITE FALLS from Saturday, Jan. 26, through Sunday, Feb. 3. This Norwegian heritage celebration includes a variety of entertainment, such as a road race, sleigh rides, a craft show, dances and more. For further information, dial 320/564-4039.
The Community College in INTERNATIONAL FALLS will be the site of Ice Box Days XXII from Thursday through Sunday, Jan. 17-20. Highlights will include the Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard race, a smoosh race, the Frostbite Falls Ski Classic, a beach party and turkey bowling. To learn more, dial 1-800-325-5766.
Wonders Of Winter will be offered at the Rainy Lake Visitor Center within Voyageurs National Park in INTERNATIONAL FALLS each weekend from Jan. 18 through March 23. Visitors may borrow snowshoes or rent adult cross country skis, and then relax by the fire at the visitors' center with a cup of hot chocolate. To find out more, dial (888) 381-2873.
Fasching will be held at Turner Hall in NEW ULM on Saturday, Feb. 9, with continuous entertainment, including the famous Concord Singers, as well as arts and crafts, German and American foods, dancing, a costume contest and parade. Fasching originated in the European Alps to chase the winter away. For more information, dial 1-888-463-9856. In addition, there will be a Bock Beer Festival at the August Schell Brewery in New Ulm from 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Feb. 9, with an introduction to Bock beer, musical entertainment, food, beer sales and medallion hunt. Since this an outdoor event, warm dress is encouraged. To find out more, dial 1-800-770-5070.
NORTHFIELD will present The Music City Minnesota Winter Festival from Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 14-17. Featured will be various styles of music, with musical events including "Music Potpourri," "Instrumental Hits," "Sing A Cappella" and "Choral Day & Night" at numerous venues throughout Northfield. The festival also will include a winter softball tournament and sled dog rides. For further information, dial 1-800-658-2548.
PRESTON will host a Candlelight Ski from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, beginning at the Root River Trail Head parking lot in town. For more information, contact Preston Tourism at (888) 845-2100.
The Wood Lake Nature Center in RICHFIELD will be the site of Lantern-Lit Skiing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. each Friday through Feb. 15, ski conditions permitting. Visitors may rent cross country skis for a small fee. In addition, the Wood Lake Nature Center will offer a program on "How to Build a Quinzhee" on Sunday, Jan. 20, with instruction on creating a snowhouse. For further information, dial 612/861-9365.
The 32nd annual Minnesota Sportsmen's Boat, Camping & Vacation Show will take place today through Sunday at River Centre in ST. PAUL. Highlights will include daily seminars by fishing and hunting experts, live trout fishing and a wide variety of stage events. In addition, Feb. 21-24, River Centre will host Minnesota's Boat & Marine Products Show. To learn more about either event, dial 763/755-8111.
WSA Snowmobile Races will be held at Canterbury Park in SHAKOPEE on Saturday & Sunday, as well as Feb. 23 & 24. Gates open at 9 a.m. with national point competition, as well as some of the biggest names around in snowmobiling. To learn more, dial 1-800-340-6361.
The East Lake County Snow Blast will run 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 19 with a dance from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Participants may drive or snowmobile to various checkpoints and accumulate stamps for large prizes. Check-in is at the Reunion Hall in SILVER BAY, beginning at 8 a.m. To find out more, dial 218/226-4274.
Winterfest 2002 will be held in SPICER through Feb. 15, with a variety of events, including an omelet feed, dart tournament, ice bowling, dancing, patriotic music and lights, and an ice memorial honoring those lost on the 11th of September. To learn more, dial 1-800-845-8747.
WABASHA will offer Eagle Watching At The Observation Deck from 1-3 p.m. each Saturday during January, February & March. The Observation Deck is at the end of Pembroke Avenue, and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and help with the spotting scopes. Bring binoculars and warm clothing. In addition, the National Eagle Center, just one-half block away, will be open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. To find out more, dial 1-800-565-4158.
The Department of Natural Resources and WHALAN will present the ninth annual Candle Light Cross Country Ski beginning at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2. The Root River Trail will be lined with candles, with bonfires at each end of the ski trek. Refreshments will be available at the Whalan Town Hall. Skiers will need a DNR Ski Pass, which can be obtained from many nearby Lanesboro businesses. For more information, contact the Lanesboro Visitor Center at 1-800-944-2670.
And, upcoming concerts & performances in the TWIN CITIES vicinity will include: Triple Espresso at the Music Box Theatre in Minneapolis, running indefinitely; Nunsense a-men! at the Hey City Theatre, through Jan. 27; How To Talk Minnesotan at the Plymouth Playhouse in Plymouth, through Jan. 20; Taj Mahal at the Fitzgerald Theatre in St. Paul, Monday; Swing at the Historic Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, Jan. 15-20; Sesame Street Live & Everyone Makes Music at the Target Center, Jan. 16-20; Forbidden Hollywood at the Fitzgerald Theatre in St. Paul, Jan. 24-Feb. 3; Luther Vandross at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, Jan. 24; Lowen & Navarra at the Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis, Jan. 25; Brian Mcknight at the Historic State Theatre in Minneapolis, Jan. 26; The Target Stars On Ice at the Target Center, Jan. 29; Veggietales Live at the Historic State Theatre in Minneapolis, Jan. 29-Feb. 3; Fiddler On The Roof at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, Jan. 30-Feb. 10; NRBQ at First Avenue in Minneapolis, Feb. 1; Concrete Blonde at First Avenue in Minneapolis, Feb. 9; Vonda Shepard at the Fitzgerald Theatre, Feb. 14; Creed at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Feb. 16; Rufus Wainwright at First Avenue in Minneapolis, Feb. 27; Barry Manilow at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, Feb. 28 & March 1; Garrison Keillor & A Prairie Home Companion at the Fitzgerald Theatre, each Saturday from March 2-30; Disney On Ice-Toy Story 2 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, March 6-10; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young at the Target Center in Minneapolis, March 12; Monster Jam's Monster Truck Racing at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, March 16; B B King at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, March 24; Willie Nelson at the Northrop Auditorium in Minneapolis, March 29; The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas at the Historic Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, April 2-7.
For more information on any of these performances, contact Ticketmaster at (651) 989-5151.
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