Culture compass: Free food, Loons and skiing Everest

Samir Ferdowsi

Friday: Outdoor Fest

When it comes to adventure, you have to start somewhere. Swing by Coffman Front Plaza on Friday to learn all the basics of getting outside and exploring. From tent pitching to canoe portaging, these workshops will have you feeling more confident in the outdoors and ready to take on a fresh air challenge.

Where: Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave. SE., Minneapolis

When: 4 to 6 p.m.

Cost: Free

Saturday: Feast of Nations

The celebrated event returns to campus. With unique performances showcasing culture and a plethora of free foods to try, Feast of Nations is an event everyone needs to visit this time of year. Appreciate our incredibly eclectic student body by learning about a plethora of different cultures, all in one place on one night! Plus, free food you won’t find too many other places.

Where: Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave. SE., Minneapolis 

When: 6 to 9 p.m.

Cost: Free

Sunday: 50k to Midway: MN United vs. LA Galaxy

We’ve all seen the blue and black flock to TCF on the weekends for the past two years. After Sunday, the Loons will fly away. Celebrate two great years of major league soccer as Minnesota United takes on the infamous LA Galaxy. The event will be the last in the locale, as MN United will start next season in St. Paul’s Allianz Field. 

Where: TCF Bank Stadium, 420 S.E. 23rd Ave., Minneapolis

When: 4 to 7 p.m.

Cost: Varies by section

CULTURE TO CONSUME: 

Stay this: Active

It may be getting colder, but that doesn’t mean you need to hibernate. Picking up a sport like cross country skiing or snowshoeing is a fun and healthy way to immerse yourself in the looming winter months. When flakes start to fall, that doesn’t mean your mood has to! 

Read this: “Higher Love: Skiing the Seven Summits”

Still not convinced winter is fun? Check out Kit DesLauriers’ book for some major inspiration. DesLauriers is the only person ever to have climbed up and then skied down the summit of every continent’s highest peak (yes, that means Mt. Everest); the book chronicles every descent and adventure leading up to such a feat. An exhilarating tale, this pre-winter read will have you charging toward the slopes come first snow dump. 

Keep this: Calm

Chilling out is one of the healthiest things to do this time of year (or any time, really). Midterms are thrashing around left and right for everyone; take some time and breath. Whatever makes you happy is the best remedy for high-stress times such as these. It’s OK to put aside the books for a few and simply enjoy life.