THE GREAT NORTHERN MEDIA EVENT GUIDE

The Full Lineup for the 10-Day Winter Celebration

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 24, 2016

CONTACT:
Tara Niebeling
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MINNESOTA — The Great Northern, presented by Target, will officially kick off this week and bring the people of Saint Paul and Minneapolis together to embrace the cold and celebrate winter in the great outdoors. The celebration begins Thursday, Jan. 26, with 10 days of outdoor events spotlighting iconic Minnesota traditions, original food and arts programming, and much more. 

In addition to unveiling the full list of events, Metro Transit has announced its partnership with the Saint Paul Winter Carnival on Saturday, Jan. 28 and Saturday, Feb. 4, and the City of Lakes Luminary Loppet Race on Saturday, Feb. 4, and will provide free rides to the events. The free, downloadable pass can be used to travel on any Metro Transit bus or rail route from noon to 10 p.m. on those dates for guests to enjoy all the winter fun. In addition, the new Hewing Hotel is offering a discounted room rate to anyone attending The Great Northern events. Whether it is a winter staycation or a visit to Saint Paul and Minneapolis, these offers are yet another reason to experience how we do winter in the North.
 
The Great Northern is a new collaborative winter experience founded by event leaders from the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships, the City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival, and Eric Dayton of Askov Finlayson. The Great Northern was created to champion winter and help reposition the season from a liability to one of our greatest assets. Its foundational winter experiences and new programming celebrate Minnesota's unique offerings and further enhance the state's reputation as a national destination for winter activity at its best.

Below is a sampling of food, arts and entertainment programming to showcase the breadth of events across Saint Paul and Minneapolis. For a complete calendar of events, visit TheGreatNorthernFestival.com.  


Thursday, January 12 – Sunday, February 19

Fire & Ice: A Winter Carnival Art Show
A special exhibition of creations from more than 75 local artists. More information here. 
Date: Thursday, January 12 – Sunday, February 19
Location: AZ Gallery, 308 Prince Street, Saint Paul
Time: Thursday and Friday, 5 – 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 

Thursday, January 26 – Sunday, January 29

Saint Paul Winter Carnival Ice Carving Contest in Rice Park
One of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival’s signature events, these beautiful ice carving masterpieces are created by area artists. Viewing starts at the beginning of the competition and goes through Saturday, February 4.
Date: Thursday, January 26 – Sunday, January 29
Location: Rice Park
Time: Multi-Block Competition: 7 p.m. Thursday, January 26 – 7 p.m. Saturday, January 28
Individual Block Competition: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday, January 29
Cost: Free

 

Friday, January 27 – Sunday, January 29

Hard Rock Café and Labatt Blue Blue Zone at the U.S. Pond Hockey Tournament
Fans and players at the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships can kick back at the Hard Rock Café and stop by the Labatt Blue Blue Zone, voted one of the ‘World’s Best Hockey Bars.’
Time: Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Lake Nokomis
Tickets: Free, food and beverage available for purchase 

Minnesota State Snow Sculpting Contest
The competition begins on Friday, January 27 at 8 a.m. and ends Sunday, January 29 at 1 p.m., with viewing available through Saturday, February 4. For more information, please visit MNSnowPark.com.
Date: Friday, January 27 – Sunday, January 29
Location: Minnesota State Fairgrounds
Time: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily
Cost: Free

 

Saturday, January 28 – Sunday, January 29

2017 Winter Jazz Festival
The 2017 Winter Jazz Festival is an outdoor music festival across Saint Paul. For more information, please visit TwinCitiesJazzFestival.com.
Date: Saturday, January 28 – Sunday, January 29
Location: St. Paul Hotel, Street Space at TPT, Vieux Carre, Golden’s Lowertown, Black Dog Café, and Rice Park
Time: Performances start at 5 p.m. Saturday, January 28, see website for complete schedule
Cost: $15

 

Sunday, January 29

B-Lectric Presented by Northern Lights.mn and Barbette
Northern Lights.mn and French bistro, Barbette, are teaming up to bring custom ice walls, light-based art and much more to Uptown for one night only. For details, please visit http://www.blectricnorth.com/
Date: Sunday, January 29
Location: Barbette, 1600 W Lake St., Minneapolis, MN  
Time: 4:30 – 9 p.m., projections begin at 5:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

 

Monday, January 30 

A Winter Table from The Bachelor Farmer, Spoon and Stable, and Meritage
The Bachelor Farmer’s Paul Berglund and Spoon and Stable’s Gavin Kaysen will present an elegant seven-course outdoor dining experience, complete with luminaries, bonfires, and more. 
Date: Monday, January 30 at 5:30 p.m.
Location: North First Street in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis
Tickets: $395 (incl. all tax, gratuity, valet and beverage pairings), to purchase, visit: TheBachelorFarmer.com

 

Monday, January 30 – Friday, February 5

Living Banners and Words for Winter Presented by Northern Lights.mn with support from The Minneapolis Foundation and the Downtown Improvement District
The Minneapolis Foundation and the Downtown Council team up with Northern Spark to bring two poetry-inspired installations, Living Banners by Piotr Szyhalski and Words for Winter, to the Nicollet Mall. The word-laden works will kick off with a spectacular recorded sound and light show in Peavey Plaza on January 30. For more information, visit NorthernLights.mn.
Date: Monday, January 30 – Friday, February 5
Location: Nicollet Mall
Time: All day. Sound and light shows on January 30 are hourly, starting at 5:20 p.m. Final showing at 8:20 p.m.
Cost: Free

 

Tuesday, January 31

Saint Paul Winter Carnival Frozen Family Fun Night
Frozen Family Fun Night features live music from Koo Koo Kanga Roo, visits from the Saint Paul Mounted Police, Winter Carnival Junior Royalty, and more.
Time: 5 – 8 p.m.
Location: Rice Park
Tickets: Free, food and beverage available for purchase

Saint Paul Chef’s Experience from Saint Dinette, Revival, and Corner Table
Join Chef Thomas Boemer of Corner Table and Revival, and Chef Adam Eaton of Saint Dinette for a French Canadian-inspired, outdoor winter feast. Craft beverages available for purchase from master minds Tim Niver, Laurel Elm, and Nick Rancone.
Time: 6 – 9 p.m.
Location: Saint Paul Farmers Market
Tickets: $30 (incl. entry, tax and food), to purchase, visit: EventBrite.com/TheGreatNorthern

 

Wednesday, February 1

Ice to Spice Boca Chica Restaurante y Cantina and El Burrito Mercado Present Cinco Night in Rice Park
Cinco de Mayo takes over Rice Park, where guests can enjoy authentic tamales, elotes, a jalapeno eating contest and live music.
Time: 5 – 8 p.m.
Location: Saint Paul Winter Carnival, Rice Park
Tickets: Free, food and beverage available for purchase

Surly Kraftskivan from Brewer’s Table and Heirloom, featuring 612 Sauna Society
Surly’s Executive Chef Jorge Guzman and Wyatt Evans of Saint Paul’s Heirloom host a wintery outdoor Kraftskivan crayfish party at Surly Brewing Co. Guests can also experience the nation’s first community-owned mobile sauna, courtesy of 612 Sauna Society.  
Time: 6 – 9 p.m.
Location: Surly Brewing Co. Beer Garden
Tickets: Free, food and beverage available on-site and for pre-purchase here: http://www.tempotickets.com/Kraftskivan.  

 

Wednesday, February 1 – Saturday, February 4

The Frozen Film Festival
Presented by the Saint Paul Film Festival, the Second Annual Frozen Film Festival celebrates independent film, while enhancing the global recognition of Saint Paul as an artistic center for the Midwest. More information at STPFF.com
Date: Wednesday, February 1 – Saturday, February 4
Location: Weyerhaeuser Auditorium and TPT Street Space
Time: Screening times can be found here
Cost: VIP Passes to attend any film or festival event are $99, but individual tickets are also available

Thursday, February 2

“Not Your Father’s” Happy Hour
Enjoy a Not Your Father’s Root Beer or Ginger Ale, beer, or wine, while Saint Paul’s own Black Market BBQ will be serving up Not Your Father’s Root Beer glazed ribs and live music from White Iron Band.
Time: 5 – 8 p.m.
Location:  Saint Paul Winter Carnival, Rice Park
Tickets: Free, food and beverage available for purchase

 

Friday, February 3 – Sunday, February 5

Surly Beer Garden & Food Trucks
Fans and participants can enjoy a Surly Beer and grab a bite to eat from a selection of local food trucks in the Loppet Village during the three-day City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival.
Time: Friday, 5 – 9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Loppet Village Area
Tickets: Free festival, food and beverage available for purchase 

Saturday, February 4

The 8th Annual Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival
Minnesota’s biggest outdoor beer festival is an annual tradition, complete with craft beer from 120+ breweries, live music, gourmet meat and cheese showcase from Lunds and Byerlys, and local food trucks. 
Time: 2:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Minnesota State Fairgrounds
Tickets: 21+ event, to purchase tickets, visit: BeerDabbler.com
 
Luminary Loppet
Lake of the Isles will be transformed into a luminary wonderland for participants to ski, snowshoe, or stroll around to see hundreds of luminaries and ice structures, before heading to the REI Luminary Party. 
Date: Saturday, February 4
Location: Lake of the Isles
Time: 6 p.m.
Cost: $26/adult and $12/youth through January 31, $30/adult and $20/youth through February 4. Register here.

Post-Luminary Party
Luminary Loppet participants displaying their glow stick can enjoy a live outdoor concert—with Surly beer and a selection of local food trucks. 
Time: 7 – 10 p.m.
Location: Lagoon between Lake Calhoun and Lake of the Isles
Tickets: Concert/Party is free for Luminary Loppet participants displaying their glow stick, $10 for everyone else. Food and beverage available for purchase. More Information.

For more information about The Great Northern and its partnering organizations, and to sign up for updates, visit TheGreatNorthernFestival.com and connect with The Great Northern on Facebook and Instagram @TheGreatNorthernFestival, and on Twitter @GreatNorthern.

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About The Great Northern
The Great Northern, presented by Target, was created to champion winter and spotlight iconic Minnesota traditions, including the City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival, the 131-year-old Saint Paul Winter Carnival, and the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships. Its foundational winter experiences and new programming celebrate Minnesota's unique offerings and further enhance the state's reputation as a national destination for winter activity at its best. The Great Northern is expected to draw more than 350,000 attendees during its first annual run from Thursday, January 26 – Sunday, February 5, 2017.

COMMUNITY LEADERS JOIN FORCES TO BRING HERITAGE AND NEW ART INSTALLATIONS TO SAINT PAUL AND MINNEAPOLIS DURING FIRST YEAR OF THE GREAT NORTHERN

Outdoor Installations Are Latest Addition to 10-Day Winter Lineup

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 13, 2017

CONTACT:
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MINNESOTA – The spirit of The Great Northern, presented by Target, continues to bring people together to celebrate winter as community organizations from Saint Paul and Minneapolis team up for an innovative series of outdoor art installations and performances. Sharing its mission to embrace the cold, The Great Northern is bringing Saint Paul and Minneapolis’ robust arts community into the great outdoors for 10 days of arts programming. From sweeping poetry installations along Nicollet Mall, to ethereal ice and snow sculptures, and movie screens made entirely of ice, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy and celebrate two of Minnesota’s most defining assets, arts and the outdoors.

This is the second programming announcement from The Great Northern, a collaborative winter celebration founded by event leaders from the City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival, the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships, and Eric Dayton of Askov Finlayson. The Great Northern will also feature rare outdoor dinners and other exciting eating and drinking experiences throughout the 10-day celebration.

“Winter is all around us and it’s a constant source of inspiration for locally-based artists. The ice, the snow, and the cold create a unique canvas that’s as beautiful as it is challenging, and we’re delighted to have the opportunity to bring something new to Saint Paul and Minneapolis,” said Steve Dietz, President and Artistic Director of Northern Lights.mn. “We hope these outdoor installations invite Minnesotans to experience snow and art in a new way and deepen their pride in where we live.”

The Great Northern will feature original arts programming, as well as heritage creative events from its founding partners. Programming includes:
 

Thursday, January 12 – Sunday, February 19

Fire & Ice: A Winter Carnival Art Show
A special exhibition of creations from over 75 local artists. More information here.  

Date: Thursday, January 12 – Sunday, February 19
Thursday, January 12 – Sunday, February 19
Time: Thursday and Friday, 5 – 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 

Thursday, January 26 – Sunday, January 29

Saint Paul Winter Carnival Ice Carving Contest in Rice Park
One of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival’s signature events, these beautiful ice carving masterpieces are created by area artists using an array of tools including knives, chainsaws, and other tools. See the artists at work, competing for prizes and bragging rights. Ice sculpture viewing starts at the beginning of the competition and goes through Saturday, February 4.

Date: Thursday, January 26 – Sunday, January 29
Location: Rice Park
Time: Multi-Block Competition: 7 p.m. Thursday, January 26 – 7 p.m. Saturday, January 28
Individual Block Competition: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday, January 29
Cost: Free

 

Friday, January 27 – Sunday, January 29

Minnesota State Snow Sculpting Contest
The competition begins on Friday, January 27 at 8 a.m. and ends Sunday, January 29 at 1 p.m. Snow sculpture viewing starts at the beginning of the competition and goes through Saturday, February 4. For more information, please visit MNSnowPark.com.

Date: Friday, January 27 – Sunday, January 29
Location: Minnesota State Fairgrounds
Time: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily
Cost: Free

 

Saturday, January 28 – Sunday, January 29

2017 Winter Jazz Festival
The 2017 Winter Jazz Festival is an outdoor music festival across Saint Paul with performances by The Rodney Ruckus Group, Jon Weber & Friends, and more. On Sunday, the 2017 Winter Jazz Festival will overflow into Rice Park with UCare Sunday Jazz beginning at noon on the Treasure Island Entertainment Stage. Come and enjoy live music from the Walker West Ensemble and McNasty Brass Band, and delight in the ice carvings and all that Rice Park has to offer. For more information, please visit TwinCitiesJazzFestival.com.

Date: Saturday, January 28 – Sunday, January 29
Location: St. Paul Hotel, Street Space at TPT, Vieux Carre, Golden’s Lowertown, Black Dog Café, and Rice Parks
Time: Performances start at 5 p.m. Saturday, January 28, see website for complete schedule
Cost: $15

 

Sunday, January 29

B-Lectric Presented by Northern Lights.mn and Barbette
Saint Paul and Minneapolis-based interactive arts organization, Northern Lights.mn and Uptown’s French bistro, Barbette, are teaming up to construct custom ice walls outside the bistro. At sunset, these ice walls will become projection screens for a variety of light-based art, including:

  • Joshua McGarvey’s Ice Fall-Feel the Change, which allows audiences to feel glaciers calving as they lean back into sound beds
  • Short films from Wapikoni, a mobile recording studio that travels to First Nation communities in Canada
  • A documentary compilation by local curator Graci Horne, showcasing new footage from the ongoing pipeline resistance at Standing Rock, North Dakota

Additionally, Art Shanty Projects will transform surfaces into creative community spaces that are part art gallery and part social experiment. B-Lectric will aim to engage participants in story writing with Sesa-station Story Shanty, encourage free-spirited dancing with The Dance Shanty, and connect writers and readers of literature to share performances with the Vehicle of Expression. Chef Shanty by eatontheloose.com will combine art and food by featuring maple syrup lollipops made on-site, tastes of winter libations, and a creative outlet to warm your artistic soul. DJ Jake Rudh and Infiammati Fire Circus will provide the music and entertainment, and Barbette’s yet-to-open champagne bar, Trapeze, will be open for preview. For more information, please visit http://www.blectricnorth.com/.

Date: Sunday, January 29
Location: Barbette, 1600 W Lake St., Minneapolis, MN
Time: 4:30 – 9 p.m., projections begin at 5:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

 

Monday, January 30 – Friday, February 5

 Living Banners and Words for Winter Presented by Northern Lights.mn with support from The Minneapolis Foundation and the Downtown Improvement District
Join The Minneapolis Foundation and the Downtown Council as they team up with the creators of Northern Spark to bring Living Banners by Piotr Szyhalski to the Nicollet Mall. This sweeping, poetry-inspired art installation will be on display January 30 – February 5, “wrapping” Nicollet Mall between 12th and 5th streets, along with short poems about winter by local writers displayed on electronic road construction signs. These word-laden works will kick off with a spectacular recorded sound and light show in Peavey Plaza with four showings throughout the evening of January 30. The sound and light shows are presented in partnership with the Minnesota Orchestra and University of Minnesota student engineers. Everyone is invited to bundle up and join the musical magic as part of The Great Northern celebration of all things winter. For more information, please visit NorthernLights.mn.

Date: Monday, January 30 – Friday, February 5
Location: Nicollet Mall
Time: All day. Sound and light shows on January 30 are hourly, starting at 5:20 p.m. Final showing at 8:20 p.m. 
Cost: Free

 

Wednesday, February 1 – Saturday, February 4

The Frozen Film Festival
Presented by the Saint Paul Film Festival, the Second Annual Frozen Film Festival celebrates independent film, while enhancing the global recognition of Saint Paul as an artistic center for the Midwest, as well as a future filmmaking destination and hub for the indie and mainstream world. The mission is to utilize the festival as a catalyst for continued economic growth and stability in the downtown Saint Paul area. For more information, please visit STPFF.com.

Date: Wednesday, February 1 – Saturday, February 4
Location: Weyerhaeuser Auditorium and TPT Street Space
Time: Screening times can be found here
Cost: VIP Passes to attend any film or festival event are $99, but individual tickets are also available

 

Saturday, February 4

Luminary Loppet
Lake of the Isles will be transformed into a luminary wonderland for participants to ski, snowshoe, or stroll around as they experience the breathtaking beauty of the Luminary Loppet. Hundreds of luminaries, the Ice Pyramid, fire dancers, the Enchanted Forest, Ice-Cropolis, Ice-Henge, and Ice-ster Island illuminate the event across the frozen lake, with complimentary cocoa and treats along the way. At the end of the evening, participants can enjoy a free Surly Beer, live music, and more at the REI Luminary Party. Participants must register for the event and receive an official Luminary Loppet glow stick. The REI Luminary Party is free for registered Luminary Loppet participants and $10 for everyone else.

Date: Saturday, February 4
Location: Lake of the Isles
Time: 6 p.m.
Cost: $26/adult and $12/youth through January 31, $30/adult and $20/youth through February 4. Register here.

 

“The Great Northern brings Saint Paul and Minneapolis together to champion winter for the well-being of our residents and the economic vitality of our communities," said R.T. Rybak, President and CEO of The Minneapolis Foundation and part of The Great Northern leadership team. "Integrating art into this experience is a reason for people to get outside and celebrate the season. We are thrilled to have an opportunity to shine a spotlight on our robust arts community in Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Partnership and a common goal only make us stronger."

For more information about The Great Northern and its partnering organizations, and to sign up for updates, visit TheGreatNorthernFestival.com and connect with The Great Northern on Facebook and Instagram @TheGreatNorthernFestival, and on Twitter @GreatNorthern.


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About The Great Northern
The Great Northern was created to champion winter and spotlight iconic Minnesota traditions, including the City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival, the 131-year-old Saint Paul Winter Carnival, and the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships. Its foundational winter experiences and new programming celebrate Minnesota's unique offerings and further enhance the state's reputation as a national destination for winter activity at its best. Presented by Target, The Great Northern is expected to draw more than 350,000 attendees during its first annual run from Thursday, January 26 – Sunday, February 5, 2017.

FIRST-EVER CELEBRATION OF THE GREAT NORTHERN BRINGS THE PARTY OUTDOORS FOR WINTER FUN

Chef Collaborations Are Latest Addition to 10-Day Lineup

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 9, 2017

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MINNESOTA – Sharing its mission to embrace the cold and celebrate winter, The Great Northern will bring the party outside with 10 consecutive days of outdoor dining events. The wintry experiences include a happy hour in historic Rice Park, an outdoor dinner in the North Loop, a bar in the middle of Lake Nokomis, the 8th annual Beer Dabbler, and many more outdoor delights for the entire family.

The Great Northern is a new collaborative winter experience founded by event leaders from the City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival, the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships, and Eric Dayton of Askov Finlayson. Presented by Target, The Great Northern’s food-focused programming will feature a blend of all-new original events, as well as heritage events in partnership with its founding partners.

“There’s nothing more Minnesotan than enjoying an outdoor meal or drink with friends and a good fire,” said Eric Dayton, part of The Great Northern leadership team. “And there’s no reason we can’t enjoy those traditions in winter, too! These unique winter experiences across Saint Paul and Minneapolis offer something for everyone, and they all tap into the same spirit of camaraderie and celebrating the cold and snow that is fueling The Great Northern.”

New programming includes a rare series of outdoor dining events in partnership with local top chefs. The three signature dinners include a Surly beer garden gathering featuring an outdoor sauna, a sumptuous candlelit North Loop dinner led by chefs from The Bachelor Farmer and Spoon and Stable, and a Saint Paul feast from the minds behind Revival, Saint Dinette, and Corner Table.

“The seasonality of Saint Paul and Minneapolis is what drew me back home. The cold, the snow, all of it shapes our story in the kitchen,” said Gavin Kaysen, executive chef and owner of Spoon and Stable. “When the snow falls, we share meals that warm the soul. These collaborative dinners reflect the spirit of The Great Northern, and they offer something for everyone to enjoy.”

 

PROGRAMMING INCLUDES:

Friday, January 27 – Sunday, January 29

Hard Rock Café and Labatt Blue Blue Zone at the U.S. Pond Hockey Tournament
Fans and players at the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships can kick back at the Hard Rock Café, which is open each day during the three-day event. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Also, make sure to stop by the Labatt Blue Blue Zone, voted one of the ‘World’s Best Hockey Bars,’ for games and entertainment.

Time: Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Lake Nokomis
Tickets: Free, food and beverage available for purchase

 

Monday, January 30

A Winter Table from The Bachelor Farmer, Spoon and Stable, and Meritage
In Minneapolis’ bustling North Loop neighborhood, The Bachelor Farmer’s Paul Berglund and Spoon and Stable’s Gavin Kaysen will present an elegant outdoor experience. North First Street between the two restaurants will be closed and dramatically transformed to make room for a luminary-strewn table set for 100, flanked by warming bonfires. Guests will enjoy a four-course ode to the experience of eating outdoors and the beauty of Minnesota winters. They’ll be treated to icy seafood towers from Russell Klein of Meritage in St. Paul, wine and cocktail pairings throughout dinner, custom Faribault Woolen Mill blankets, and handmade s’mores kits.

Date: Monday, January 30 at 5:30 p.m.
Location: North First Street in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis
Tickets: $395 (incl. all tax, gratuity, valet and beverage pairings), to purchase, visit: TheBachelorFarmer.com

 

Tuesday, January 31

Saint Paul Winter Carnival Frozen Family Fun Night
Frozen Family Fun Night is aimed at families to enjoy all the Saint Paul Winter Carnival has to offer. Featuring live music from Koo Koo Kanga Roo, billed as “the Beastie Boys meet Sesame Street,” this comedic dance-pop duo will bring an interactive dance party to Rice Park. Other activities include a visit from the Saint Paul Mounted Police, Winter Carnival Junior Royalty, Elsa & Anna, food trucks & more.

Time: 5-8 p.m.
Location: Rice Park
Tickets: Free, food and beverage available for purchase

 

Saint Paul Chef’s Experience from Saint Dinette, Revival, and Corner Table
Join Chef Thomas Boemer of Corner Table and Revival, and Chef Adam Eaton of Saint Dinette for a French Canadian-inspired, outdoor winter feast. These lauded chefs will personally tend to open flames as they serve up a selection of sweet and savory, soul-warming dishes, all under the awnings of the Saint Paul Farmer's Market. Guests will enjoy skewered meats, smoked fish, toasted bread, warm maple syrup, and more. Master minds Tim Niver, Laurel Elm, and Nick Rancone will also craft chilled, warm, and spiked beverages, available a la carte, to add to a beautiful evening of dining and imbibing in the Lowertown neighborhood of Saint Paul.

Time: 6–9 p.m.
Location: Saint Paul Farmers Market
Tickets: $30 (incl. entry, tax and food), to purchase, visit: EventBrite.com/TheGreatNorthern

 

Wednesday, February 1

Ice to Spice Boca Chica Restaurante y Cantina and El Burrito Mercado Present Cinco Night in Rice Park
Cinco de Mayo takes over Rice Park, enjoy authentic tamales, elotes and jalapeno eating contest! Live music from Mariachi Jalisco, playing the sound of the heart and soul of Mexico, and West Side Band, rockin’ the West Side for 35 years.

Time: 5-8 p.m.
Location: Saint Paul Winter Carnival, Rice Park
Tickets: Free, food and beverage available for purchase

 

Surly Kraftskivan from Brewer’s Table and Heirloom, featuring 612 Sauna Society
The Swedish “Kraftskivan” party, traditionally held in summer, is getting The Great Northern treatment as Surly’s Executive Chef Jorge Guzman and his Brewer’s Table team join forces with Wyatt Evans of Saint Paul’s Heirloom, flipping the script to host a wintery outdoor Kraftskivan crayfish party at Surly Brewing Co. Revelers will also enjoy smoked sturgeon, other Scandinavian delicacies, and brewery innovations from Surly Brewing, and can experience the debut of the nation’s first community-owned mobile sauna, courtesy of 612 Sauna Society. Grab some crayfish and then sweat it out in a sauna-on-wheels in the Surly beer garden.

Time: 6–9 p.m.
Location: Surly Brewing Co. Beer Garden
Tickets: Free entry, food and beverage available for purchase (pre-book the Kraftskiva package herehttp://www.tempotickets.com/Kraftskivan)

 

Thursday, February 2

“Not Your Father’s” Happy Hour
Get a head start on the weekend, grab some friends and join us in Rice Park for happy hour. Enjoy a Not Your Father’s Root Beer or Ginger Ale, beer or glass of wine. Saint Paul’s own Black Market BBQ will be serving up Not Your Father’s Root Beer glazed ribs and live music from White Iron Band.

Time: 5-8 p.m.
Location: Saint Paul Winter Carnival, Rice Park
Tickets: Free, food and beverage available for purchase

 

Friday, February 3 – Sunday, February 5

Surly Beer Garden & Food Trucks
Fans and participants can enjoy a Surly Beer and grab a bite to eat from a selection of local food trucks in the Loppet Village during the three-day City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival.

Time: Friday, 5–9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Loppet Village Area
Tickets: Free festival, food and beverage available for purchase

 

Saturday, February 4

The 8th Annual Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival
With craft beer from 120+ breweries, live music, gourmet meat and cheese showcase from Lunds and Byerlys, local food trucks, and a flurry of winter activities. Minnesota’s biggest outdoor beer festival is an annual tradition not to be missed. Held as an official Saint Paul Winter Carnival event, the Beer Dabbler is a true celebration of winter in Minnesota.

Time: 2:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: Minnesota State Fairgrounds
Tickets: 21+ event, to purchase tickets, visit: BeerDabbler.com

 

Post-Luminary Party
Luminary Loppet participants displaying their glow stick can enjoy a live outdoor concert – with Surly beer and a selection of local food trucks.

Time: 7-10 p.m.
Location: Lagoon between Lake Calhoun and Lake of the Isles

Tickets: Concert/Party is free for Luminary Loppet participants displaying their glow stick, $10 for everyone else. Food and beverage available for purchase. More Information.

 

Additional programming will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information about The Great Northern and its partnering organizations, and to sign up for updates, visit TheGreatNorthernFestival.com and connect with The Great Northern on Facebook on Instagram @TheGreatNorthernFestival, and on Twitter @GreatNorthern.

 

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About The Great Northern
The Great Northern was created to champion winter and spotlight iconic Minnesota traditions, including the City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival, the 131-year-old Saint Paul Winter Carnival, and the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships. Its foundational winter experiences and new programming celebrate Minnesota's unique offerings and further enhance the state's reputation as a national destination for winter activity at its best. Presented by Target, The Great Northern is expected to draw more than 350,000 attendees during its first annual run from Thursday, January 26 – Sunday, February 5, 2017.

MINNESOTA’S PREMIER WINTER EVENT ORGANIZERS JOIN FORCES TO ANNOUNCE A NEW ANNUAL WINTER FESTIVAL: THE GREAT NORTHERN

The Great Northern Celebrates Winter in the North with 10 Days of Events and Programming
(Friday, January 27 – Sunday, February 5, 2017)

December 1, 2016

CONTACT:
Kara Carmichael
e: kara.carmichael@thegreatnorthernfestival.com

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Event leaders from the City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival, the 130-year-old Saint Paul Winter Carnival, and the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships today announced The Great Northern, a collaborative winter festival. Led by Eric Dayton of Askov Finlayson and in partnership with Northern Spark and Andrew Zimmern’s Food Works Inc., the organizers have joined forces to celebrate winter together. The three foundational organizations represent a combined 152 years of history and tradition. This exciting partnership will further enhance Minnesota’s reputation as a national destination for winter activity at its best. Sponsored by Target, The Great Northern will run Friday, January 27 – Sunday, February 5, 2017 and will showcase signature events alongside new winter programming across Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

“We are Minnesotans and this is the North. Winter is not a season we should hide from or apologize for,” said Eric Dayton, founder of Askov Finlayson. “The Great Northern is a festival co-created by the leaders of our premier winter events and brought to life by Target, one of our most beloved hometown companies. Together we aim to bring a new, annual tradition to Minnesota that promotes year-round outdoor activity and provides fun and inclusive programming for locals and visitors of all ages. Winter is a defining element of our state, and it’s time we reposition it from a liability to one of our greatest assets.”

New festival programming will include an outdoor public art display in downtown Minneapolis supported by The Minneapolis Foundation in partnership with Northern Spark. This generous contribution was announced today as a keystone to building vibrant and accessible arts programming for The Great Northern in its first year.

The Great Northern is a nod to Minnesota’s history and its Great Northern Railway, which was built by local entrepreneur James J. Hill and connected Minneapolis and Saint Paul with the West Coast. The festival name also recognizes Minnesota’s distinct Northern geographic position in the U.S.

“We are thrilled to announce The Great Northern today, and the inspiration behind its name couldn’t be more fitting,” Dayton added. “The historic Great Northern Railway transported visitors from around the country to our state, so it is only appropriate that we share in its name as we work to attract visitors nationwide to the festival in years to come.”

“Whether it’s outdoor hockey or the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, the capital city – like the rest of Minnesota – embraces winter,” said Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman. “There is no such thing as too cold. We take on winter like we take on the course at Red Bull Crashed Ice – boldly, daringly and, always, with an eye toward fun.”

“In Minneapolis, we don’t apologize for winter — we embrace it,” said Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges. “The Great Northern is a bold step forward in showcasing the great events and endless possibilities that both Minneapolis and Saint Paul have to offer our residents and visitors in winter, and a great way to define ourselves to the world as vibrant, year-round cities where we let nothing hold us back.”

The Great Northern will celebrate Minnesota’s winter season with a wide-range of programming, with the opportunity to layer on additional elements in the years to come. By leveraging existing events to start, the festival is anticipated to draw more than 350,000 attendees in its first year. 

In 2018, The Great Northern’s dates will align with Minnesota’s Super Bowl LII, providing thousands of national and international visitors and press with an exciting and authentic impression of Minnesota at its wintry best leading up to the game. “We’re thrilled to work with The Great Northern as it’s exactly the kind of experience that we want to deliver to our Super Bowl guests,” said Maureen Bausch, CEO of Minnesota’s Super Bowl Host Committee. “Our message to a global audience will be representing Minnesota as the Bold North, so the fit couldn’t be better.”

The Great Northern is sponsored by Target. Its leadership team and partnering organizations include:

Rosanne Bump – President and CEO, Saint Paul Winter Carnival
Eric Dayton – Principal, North Corp
Steve Dietz – Founder and President, Northern Spark
Carson Kipfer – Co-Commissioner, U.S. Pond Hockey Championships
John Munger – Executive Director, The Loppet Foundation
Andrew Zimmern – Founder, Food Works, Inc.

Festival organizers are working with Minneapolis agency Carmichael Lynch to give The Great Northern a strong visual identity deserving of its name. For more information about The Great Northern and its partnering organizations, visit TheGreatNorthernFestival.com and connect with The Great Northern on Facebook and Twitter @GreatNorthern.

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