Fun Events

Between the Northside Spectacular Bus Tour and Signature Events there is a lot to do in the coming weeks. Did you think that’s all we had over North*? No way! Whether or not you are going on the Bus Tour or to a Signature Event — or two — check out these fun events. Get outside, learn something, watch a film, eat, and celebrate North Minneapolis!

*some of the following events are not in North Minneapolis

NOW – Feb 6th — Testify Exhibition

NOW – Tuesday, February 6th, open Mon – Thurs 9am – 9pm, Fri / Sat 9am – 5pm, Sun Noon – 5pm
Cargill Hall at Hennepin County Library—Minneapolis Central, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401

“TESTIFY: Americana from Slavery to Today” is an Exhibit of art and artifacts from the Diane and Alan Page Collection reframes the current conversation about racial justice, coinciding with Super Bowl LII.

Football Hall of Famer and former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page has shared his private collections with the public. This wide-ranging exhibit features art and artifacts from pivotal eras in American history while also providing a platform for visitors to share their thoughts, feelings and personal experiences.

Objects in the exhibit include:
A slave collar used in Virginia in the 1820s. This brutal artifact is a sharp contrast to the irreverent depictions of slaves that soon flooded into popular culture.
An Abraham Lincoln funeral banner from 1865. The declaration “Our Country Shall Be One Country” greeted the funeral procession as it carried the slain president across the country.
Works by Carrie Mae Weems, Charles White and Clementine Hunter, which reclaim the African-American narrative and reflect a strong, specific and beautiful history of self-representation.

Inspired by the recent resurgence of racial tension in our country, TESTIFY gives context and definition to the conversation, serving as a reminder of the history that brings us to today.

Jan 27th - Feb 4th — Urban Cross Country Ski Festival

January 27th – February 4th
Theodore Wirth Park, the Big Tent outside of The Trailhead at 1221 Theodore Wirth Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55416

The City of Lakes Loppet is a festival of cross country skiing and winter activities for the whole family.

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Jan 27th — Parks and Trails Legacy Celebration

Saturday, January 27th, 1pm – 4pm
Three Rivers Park District – Silverwood Park 2500 County Road E W, Saint Anthony, Minnesota 55421

Join us in celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the passage of the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment at this FREE event!   At this event we will have plenty of activities for all-ages and all-abilities: Kick sledding; S’mores; Ice fishing; Outdoor snowmobile simulator; Indoor kid activities; Adaptive recreational equipment demonstration; Hot drinks and light refreshments; and many more walking/hiking trails and art sculptures within the park!

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* This is both an indoor and outdoor FREE event
* FREE Metro Transit rides to Silverwood Regional Park

Jan 28th — Teto Wilson's Jazz Brunch

Sunday, January 28th, 11am – 2:30pm
Wilson’s Image Barber’s and Stylists, 2124 1/2 W Broadway Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55411

Kick-off Super Bowl week with a mimosa jazz brunch, hosted at Wilson’s Image Barber’s and Stylists. Featuring live jazz, food, and prizes.

* Ticketed event

Jan 29th — The Super Boil Block Party

Monday, January 29th, 5pm – 8pm
Theodore Wirth Park, the Big Tent outside of The Trailhead at 1221 Theodore Wirth Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55416

Bundle up and boogie down at Theodore Wirth Park! The Party will welcome Super Bowl fans and our neighbors to the future home of The Trailhead with free tubing, ski rentals, dancing, and good eats.  Cajun Twist will be on site serving up some fresh selections including gumbo, red beans and rice and of course, a seafood boil. Plus DJ Chuck Chizzle will provide the tunes so you can stay warm and keep your body moving.

Enjoy delicious eats, fresh beats and a whole lot of winter fun at The Trailhead’s first annual Super Boil!

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* FREE event, food purchased

Jan 31st - Feb 2nd — Breaking Bread Café – Where the Soul Food at MPLS

Wednesday, January 31st – Friday, February 2nd, daily 5pm – 10pm
Breaking Bread Café and Catering, 1210 W. Broadway Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55411

#WheretheSoulFoodatMPLS is the featured pop-up for the Super Bowl visitors and locals who want to taste delectable cultural treasures brought to you by the Onyx Culinary Collective.  Featuring Award-Winning Chef LaChelle Cunningham and Minneapolis Black culinary superstars, the event will invest, support, manage, create and enthusiastically promote the culinary virtuoso of chefs from the African diaspora.

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Feb 1st — Fourth Down Comedy Show

Thursday, February 1st, 8pm
Fourth Street Saloon, 328 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55411

Show hosted by Baddies Comedy Co with headliner Just Nesh.

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* Ticketed Event

Feb 1st — Super Bowl Gospel Celebration

Thursday, February 1st, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Benson Great Hall, Bethel University, 3900 Bethel Drive, Arden Hills, MN 55112

Nineteen years of inspiration!!!  We’re bringing inspiration to the biggest game on earth! It’s the only NFL gospel concert, and the only place you can see: Active and retired NFL players (including Hall of Famers); Special performance by the NFL Players Choir; and many Celebrity guests.

* Ticketed Event

Feb 1st — Snow Roll - Fat Bike Ride

Thursday, February 1st, 6pm
Harrison Park and Recreation Center, 503 Irving Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55405

6.5 mile community bike ride from Harrison Park and Recreation Center to Birkie Bridge and back. Estimated leave time from the bridge is 7pm. Arrive back at Harrison Park at 9pm to enjoy hot beverages and refreshments.

* FREE Family friendly event

Feb 1st — MIA Ice Maze Opening Night

Thursday, February 1st, 5pm – 9pm
Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA), 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404

To celebrate winter, MIA is building an ice maze. Wander the frozen maze on MIA’s front lawn to discover images of objects from MIA’s collection that are featured in the upcoming special exhibition: “Power and Beauty in China’s Last Dynasty: Concept and Design by Robert Wilson.” Join the opening night of MIA’s Ice Maze for hot cocoa and winter wonder!  The Ice Maze will be FREE and open to the public during regular museum hours Thursday, February 1 – Sunday, February 4.

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* FREE Family friendly event

Feb 1st — SELMA Film Showing

Thursday, February 1st, 7pm – 9pm
Capri Theatre, 2027 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55411

Come for the movie.  Stay for the conversation. 

Director Ava DuVernay’s Selma tells the real story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history. 

Each First Thursday Films screening at the Capri is followed by a passionate discussion of the movie. For Selma we welcome Mahmoud El-Kati. El-Kati is Professor Emeritus of History at Macalester College in St. Paul and is the author of a number of books including Politically Considered: 50th Commemoration of the Supreme Court Decision of 1954 and The Hiptionary: A Survey of African American Speech Patterns with Critical Commentary and A Digest of Key Words and Phrases.  El-Kati was also recently honored with a 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award at the 32nd Annual MLK Celebration organized by the Governor’s Council.

Feb 3rd — Children's Book Reading

Saturday, February 3rd, 10am
Northpoint Health and Wellness Center at 1313 Penn Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411

Northpoint’s annual Give Kids a Smile event will host a book reading with Kamie Page, daughter of Justice Alan Page. She will be reading their newest children’s book, Grandpa Alan’s Sugar Shack.

Feb 3rd — Luminary Loppet

Saturday, February 3rd, 6pm – 9pm
Lake of the Isles

Luminary Loppet uses winter-themed art to build community around winter activities, new additions to the display this year include an ice forest with 100 7-foot-tall ice spires, a collection of musical instruments carved entirely out of ice, and six “larger-than-life” penguin puppets, along with traditional large-scale ice installations include the Enchanted Forest, Ice-Henge, the Luminary Pyramid, and the ICEster Island Heads on a frozen Lake of the Isles. Visitors can ski, snowshoe or walk along the groomed trails on the lake. Traditionally there’s also live music, performances, and hot cocoa and beer for participants.