Things to Do

U.S. Pond Hockey Championships kick off at Lake Nokomis

A large frozen lake divided into several ice rinks with groups of people gathered.
The 2019 U.S. Pond Hockey Championships on Lake Nokomis. Photo courtesy of Wow Factor Sports

Let the battles for the Golden Shovel begin!

Driving the news: Over 250 teams will take over Lake Nokomis this weekend and next for the 2022 U.S. Pond Hockey Championships, an amateur, just-for-fun tournament celebrating the Land of 10,000 Lakes' signature sport — pond hockey.

Why it matters: Hockey! On a lake! In below zero temperatures! It's peak Minnesota.

  • As the organization's slogan goes, "It's hockey, the way nature intended."

Winter weekend events in the Twin Cities

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Check out these four ways to spend your weekend:

❄️ Cast your vote for the best sculpture at the World Snow Sculpting Championship in downtown Stillwater this weekend. Festivities to follow. Free.

Minnesota State Fair to increase ticket prices and reduce hours

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The state fair back in 2019. Photo: AP Photo/Jim Mone

Tickets for the 2022 Minnesota State Fair will increase $1.

What's new: Fairgoers ages 13 to 64 will pay $17 at the gate, while seniors and kids ages 5 to 12 will pay $15, per a weekend vote by the board that manages the fair. Kids under 5 still enter for free.

  • Daily hours, meanwhile, will be slightly reduced. The fairgrounds will be open 7am to 11pm instead of 6am to midnight until the final day, when it closes at 9pm.

Ice mazes, ski competition and more in the Twin Cities this weekend

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

If you're feeling iffy about indoor events as Omicron prompts more cancellations, check out these four things to do outside this weekend.

🧊 Get lost in the 10-foot-tall walls of the Ice Palace Maze, which opens today in Stillwater. Bonus: finishers can go down a giant ice slide. $12-$20.

Art Shanty Projects return to Minneapolis

A person in snowshoes walks on a frozen lake towards a group of small shanties.
Photo: Art Shanty Projects

After a four-year hiatus, the Art Shanty Projects — a village of mini-shacks designed by artists — are coming to frozen Lake Harriet, starting Saturday.

What's happening: This year's 18 unique shanties include a spot for visitors to throw ice sculptures, a booth to play with giant bird puppets and a free store offering winter gear for those in need.

What's on tap this weekend: A St. Paul dog show, ice castles and more

An illustration of an emoji wearing sunglasses.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Many events have been canceled this weekend, but there are still a handful of things to do around the Twin Cities.

Be smart: Make sure to check for any day-of changes.

ğŸŽ¨ Get the tattoo of your dreams at the Minneapolis Tattoo Arts Convention this weekend, where hard-to-book artists from across the country gather in one place for walk-ins, sessions and contests. $20-$40 entry.

How to dispose of your Christmas tree in the Twin Cities

man throwing christmas tree in a garbage truck
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Undecking your halls this January? Here's how to dispose of your tree.

State of play: St. Paul residents can leave one live Christmas tree next to their garbage bins on their collection day until Jan. 15.

  • They can also drop it at one of the four Ramsey County yard waste sites for free.
  • Artificial and real trees that are over 6 feet tall or heavier than 20 pounds are excluded from pick-up, but could be collected for an additional fee. Call your hauler.
Audrey Kennedy
Dec 21, 2021 - Business

Scoop: St. Anthony Main Theatre to close and rebrand

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St. Anthony Main Theatre in July 2021. Photo: Audrey Kennedy/Axios

Wanna see the latest Marvel movie at St. Anthony Main Theatre? Act fast.

Driving the news: MSP Film Society is taking over operations of all five screens at the historic Minneapolis theater, switching its programming from mainstream releases to independent and international films.

  • The theater will close on January 3 and rebrand as "MSP Film at the Main," reopening in time for the 2022 MSP International Film Festival on March 31.
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