It's been a snowy week but Minnesotans find ways to still do outdoor activities in the winter months.  Jake Juliot is a PR and Communications Specialist from Explore Minnesota.  He joined me on WJON to talk about many events both indoors and outdoors Minnesotans and explore.

Last of the winter festivals

  • Polar Fest – Detroit Lakes
    • Final weekend: Sat., Feb. 25 and Sun., Feb. 26
    • Saturday: snowmobile race, polar plunge, and frozen fireworks
    • Sunday: snowga (snow yoga) and a fat tire fest at Detroit Mountain
  • Ice Castles – New Brighton
    • Through March 6
    • Elaborate ice sculptures, a lantern passage with thousands of lights, a frozen maze, polar pub
    • For kids: ice slides, crawl tunnels, tubing hill
  • Winter Beer Dabbler – Minnesota State Fairgrounds
    • , Feb. 25, 3-6:30 p.m.
    • Minnesota’s biggest beer festival
    • More than 130 vendors
    • Beer from breweries all over the U.S.
    • Cider, wine, seltzers, too
    • Plus music, food trucks and more
  • International Festival of Owls – Houston
    • March 3-5 (indoor and outdoor components)
    • See 7 species of owls at live owl programs
    • Owl prowls with expert owl callers to help you see and hear wild owls
    • Owl-themed food: owl-face pancakes, owl-shaped pizzas and more
    • Kids owl crafts, a hooting contest and other activities
  • Family Festival at Lutsen Mountains
    • Free rentals with adult and child lift tickets during family festival weekend March 24-26
    • Four mountains and 95 runs
    • Other activities include dog-sled rides, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, naturalist programs, live music
  • Candlelight events
    • Winter trails will be lit with luminaries for hiking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing
    • After exploring the trails you can warm up around a fire and enjoy some hot cocoa or cider
    • Great for all ages
    • Just a couple of these events left this season:
      • March 4: Lake Carlos State Park in Alexandria
      • March 10: Springbrook Nature Center in Fridley
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