Culture compass: Don’t miss these wintry events!

Winter break may be over, but the festivities of this snowy season have yet to blow away.

by Meg Bishop

Winter break is over, but A&E has events to keep you entertained throughout the winter season. Get ready to bundle up and catch these events happening around the Twin Cities before they’re gone. 

Friday: Skate the Star

Grab your friends and head over to the Mall of America’s ice skating rink for an all-ages skating experience set to the tune of your favorite pop hits. Dress up and boogie down to ‘70s hits on Jan. 29’s Disco Night or get spunky for Glow Stick Night on Jan. 23 and 30. The MOA will be handing out “I skated the Star” buttons for each special event night. All skate rental profits go to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities.

When: Monday – Friday, 3 – 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. through Feb. 2 

Where: Level 1, North, Mall of America, 60 E. Broadway, Bloomington

Cost: $5 skate rental, free with your own skates


Saturday: 2020 Lake Harriet Kite Festival

Head to Lake Harriet for a one-of-a-kind event featuring kites of all colors of the rainbow brightening up the winter sky. The one-day festival will also include ice fishing, snowshoeing and a marshmallow roast. Whether or not you’re a kite enthusiast, you won’t want to miss the beautiful site of kites flying over a frozen Lake Harriet this weekend.  

When: Noon – 4 p.m.

Where: 4135 W. Harriet Pkwy, Minneapolis

Cost: Free


Sunday: Saint Paul Winter Carnival 

At the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, you can take a stroll around the ice sculpture garden, visit vendor booths or cozy up with a hot beverage from an ice bar. On Feb. 1, you can watch the sparkling Vulcan Victory Torchlight Parade followed by a fireworks show in Rice Park. Make a day out of St. Paul’s winter wonderland and while you’re at it, don’t forget to snag a photo inside the ice palace.

When: Daily until Feb. 2 

Where: Rice Park, 109 4th St. W., St. Paul, and surrounding areas

Cost: Free