This is the EXPLORE MINNESOTA EVENTS REPORT, hosted by the Minnesota Office of Tourism.
The cities of ALBERT LEA and AUSTIN will present Stories From The Heartland from Friday, Feb. 23, through Sunday, Feb. 25, with nationally known storytellers performing in both cities. For more information, dial 507/373-4748.
The town of ANGLE INLET, located at the northernmost point of Minnesota, will be the site of a Winter Festival on Saturday and Sunday with snowmobile events, fun rides, minnow races, a dance, ice and snow sculpting and more. For further information, dial 218/223-8111.
The city of BEMIDJI will be the site of Buena Vista Logging Days on Saturday. Featured will be working horse teams and demonstrations of ancient logging skills from the lumberjack era. To learn more, dial 218/243-2231.
The Government On Display Expo will be offered by the Mall of America in BLOOMINGTON on Saturday and Sunday. Highlights will include information about state and federal agencies, career opportunities and a job fair, information on starting a business, a social security calculator, an appearance by Minnesota-native Astronaut Robert Cabana, a rock from the moon and displays from NASA, military bands, pictures with Smokey Bear and more. For further information, dial 952/883-8800.
The DULUTH Entertainment and Convention Center will be the site of The Boat, Sports & Travel Show from Wednesday, Feb. 14, through Sunday, Feb. 18. To learn more, dial 1-800-438-5884.
The city of ELY will be the site of The Voyageur Winter Festival today through Sunday, Feb. 11. Highlights will include snow sculptures, art, music, a dance, ski races, a craft fair, golf on the lake, kite flying and sled dog rides. To find out more, dial 1-800-777-7281.
A Frostbite Festival will be offered by the city of FERGUS FALLS on Saturday and Sunday. Highlights will include a fishing contest, musical skating party, a baby contest and bowling tournament. For further information, dial 1-800-726-8959.
The Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in the city of FINLAND will be the site of a Wolf Ridge Weekend from Friday, Feb. 16, through Sunday, Feb. 18, with skiing, snowshoeing, rock climbing and more. For further information, dial 1-800-523-2733.
A Winter Carnival And Ole And Lena Days Festival will be held in the city of GRANITE FALLS through Sunday. Highlights will include a road race, sleigh rides, craft show, dances, a free lutefisk lunch with Ole and Lena, and much more in a celebration of Norwegian heritage. To learn more, dial 320/564-4039.
Winter Crazy Days & A Medallion Hunt will be offered by the city of HENNING on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9 & 10. To find out more, dial 218/583-4484.
A Winter Frolic will take place in the city of HIBBING from Friday through Sunday, Feb. 11, with snowcross races, a fishing contest, treasure hunt, a dance and more. For further information, dial 218/263-7970.
Turner Hall in the city of NEW ULM will be the site of Fasching on Saturday, Feb. 24, with entertainment by the Concord Singers, dancing, crafts, German and American foods. In addition, August Schell Brewery will hold an Outdoor Winter Fest And Bock Beer Festival on Feb. 24. To learn more, dial 1-888-463-9856.
A Mid-Winter Festival will be held in the city of PALISADE on Saturday, with a parade, a mukluk dance, music, family games and activities. To find out more, dial 1-800-526-8342.
Augsburg Park in the city of RICHFIELD will be the site of a Winter Family Fun Day on Saturday with sleigh rides, bonfires, Norwegian kick sleds, fireside stories, live music, sledding and more. For further information, dial 612/861-9385.
The Mayo Civic Center in the city of ROCHESTER will be the site of The Rochester Area Home Builders Show from Friday through Sunday. Featured will be exhibits & displays of the latest products and trends in home construction and remodeling. For further information, dial 1-800-634-8277.
The skyway system in downtown ROCHESTER will be the site of the annual Skyway Golf Classic on Saturday, Feb. 10. Featured will be a silent auction and miniature golf tournament to benefit adults with developmental disabilities. For further information, dial 1-800-634-8277.
The 115th St. Paul Winter Carnival will take place throughout the city of ST. PAUL through Sunday. Just some of the highlights will include the Target Giant Snow Slide, ice and snow sculptures, an antique fair, the Saintly City Cat Show, free airline tickets, the Klondike Kate Cabaret, A Wilderness Experience, car racing on ice, Kidfest 2001, the Vulcan Victory Torchlight Parade and much more. For further information, dial 651/223-4700, or access www.winter-carnival.com.
Music Under Glass, a noon-time brown bag concert series, will be offered at the Como Park Conservatory in ST. PAUL each Thursday through Feb. 22. To find out more, dial 651/487-8200.
The 18th Annual Scottish Ramble will be held at the Landmark Center in ST. PAUL on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 10 & 11. Featured will be music and dance performances, a Highland Dance competition, storytelling, exhibits, refreshments and a rousing hour performance by The Minnesota Pipes and Drums at the end of each day's events, all in a celebration of Irish culture. To learn more, dial 651/292-4355.
The Grumpy Old Men Festival will be held in the city of WABASHA on Saturday, Feb. 24. Highlights will include a fishing contest, frisbee, softball and golf tournaments, an ice shack contest, a hoop shoot, eagle watching, a spaghetti dinner, dance and more. For further information, dial 1-800-565-4158.
The 22nd annual International Eelpout Festival will take place on Leech Lake at the city of WALKER from Friday, Feb. 16, through Sunday, Feb. 18. This festival celebrates the end of the fishing season for gamefish in inland waters. To find out more, dial 1-800-833-1118.
A Sleigh & Cutter Parade will be offered by the city of WASECA from Friday, Feb. 9, through Sunday, Feb. 11, with a dinner and dance, a parade on Saturday, sled dog rides and snowmobile events. To find out more, dial toll-free 1-877-833-8435, extension 9680.
The city of WINONA will present the annual Soul Food Dinner at Winona State University on Saturday, Feb. 10. In addition, on Saturday and Sunday, the Winona Mall will be the site of The Valentine Craft Show. To learn more, dial 1-800-657-4972.
And, just some of the upcoming concerts & performances in the Twin Cities will include:
THE CAPULETS AND THE MONTAGUES at the Ordway Music Theatre through Sunday; A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION with GARRISON KEILLOR each Saturday through Feb. 17 at the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul; YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN at the Ordway Music Theatre through Feb. 18; LOUIE AND OPHELIA at the Penumbra Theatre Company in St. Paul through March 4; THE STORY OF HOPE at the Landmark Center in St. Paul, Friday-Feb. 25; JO DEE MESINA at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, Feb, 10; LULA WASHINGTON DANCE THEATRE at the Ordway Music Theatre in St. Paul, Feb. 13.
CINDERELLA at the State Theater in the city of Minneapolis, Feb. 13-18; PIANIST ANGELA HEWITT at the Ordway Music Theatre, Feb. 14; STARS ON ICE at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Feb. 14; THE BACKSTREET BOYS at the Target Center, Feb. 17; PANTERA at the Target Center, Feb. 20; STREET SCENE, an opera in English, at the Ordway Music Theatre, Feb. 24-March 3; WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? at the Guthrie Theatre, Feb. 24-April 1; CHEAP TRICK at First Avenue in Minneapolis, March 6; JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at the O'Shaughnessy Auditorium in St. Paul, March 7-10; BILL COSBY at the State Theater, March 10; THE SIXTEEN at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis, March 29; THE BARBER OF SEVILLE at the Ordway Music Theatre in St. Paul, March 31-April 7; THE JAMES SEWELL BALLET at the O'Shaughnessy Auditorium, April 20-29; THE FAMILY SERIES, AND THE NAME GAME at the Ordway Music Theatre, May 5; STOMP at the State Theater, May 8-13; SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, May 9-20.
For further information on any of these performances, contact TICKETMASTER at 612/989-5151.
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