Mar 7, 2024 - Things to Do

Twin Cities weekend events: Big Ten Women's Basketball, dessert tastings, pond skimming

A woman throws a basketball into a hoop as two other women attempt to block her.

The 2023 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament. Photo: Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via Getty Images

The Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament kicked off in downtown Minneapolis on Wednesday, and while tickets are sold out, there are plenty of free events for fans to enjoy through Saturday.

What's happening: City Center will serve as the hub for fan content, including a Big Ten Makers Market with over 50 artists and the MN Champions Fan Zone with ticket giveaways and memorabilia Thursday–Saturday.

  • Newly opened women's sports bar A Bar of Their Own will also be hosting watch parties — but get there early, as lines have been down the block.
  • Or, watch the games on Peacock and the championship on CBS Sunday morning.

In other entertainment news...

🏒 The Minnesota boys high school hockey tournament is also underway, culminating in the championship this Saturday at Xcel Energy Center. Tickets start at $20

🎥 If "Love Is Blind" filming in Minneapolis made you want to start your own reality TV career, you can audition to be a houseguest on "Big Brother" this Saturday from 10am–2pm at Allianz Field. Participants get one minute to audition on camera and are encouraged to be "unfiltered." Free

🕹️ Set a new high score at Arcade Day at Boom Island Brewing Company in Minnetonka on Friday. Midwest Custom Arcades is bringing in dozens of retro and vintage arcade games, and all are free to play from noon to 10pm. Free entry

😋 Taste a dozen desserts from spots like Indigenous Food Lab and Manny's Tortas, then vote for your favorite during the Global Dessert Contest at Midtown Global Market on Saturday afternoon. $10, walk-up only

🌊 The Härdsmälta Pond Skim and Festival, where skiers and boarders attempt to "skim" across a melting pond in Bloomington, returns on Sunday afternoon. Free admission; visitors encouraged to bring donations for the VEAP food bank


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