Hudson Hot Air Affair Winter Festival February 6 – 8


The Hudson Hot Air Affair Winter Festival is all this weekend, February 6th – 8th! Enjoy wonderful family friendly events such as an evening parade, hot air balloon launches, geocaching, shopping, smooshboarding, arts and crafts, hot air balloon moon glow and great food just to name a few.

Founded in 1990 through the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau, the festival is currently sponsored by Hudson Hot Air Affair Inc., a non-profit volunteer community organization.

This years theme is Field to Flight: E-I-E-I-OOO. All the fun takes place in beautiful Hudson, Wisconsin along the St. Croix River.

Winter Tracks 10-Day Festival in Cook County February 6 – 15

Winter Tracks is a 10-day family-friendly festival in Cook County featuring the Lutsen Mountains Family Fun Fest, Ridge Riders Snowmobile Fun Run and Easter Seals annual Snowarama. Other events include a Plein Air Painting Competition, snow sculptures, luminary lit ski trails, guided snowshoe tours, dog sled or horse-drawn sleigh rides, live music and more.

Winona Winter Carnival this weekend, February 6th – 8th


Winona, Minnesota’s Winter Carnival is this weekend, February 6th – 8th. Events include a Snowshoe Showdown, a Cabin Fever Dash, a Sock Hop Dance, a Frozen River Film Festival and much more. Many events are free.

Free Cinema & Skates Event featuring “Frozen” in Wayzata – Friday, February 6th


Don’t miss the first ever, “Cinema & Skates” this February 6th from 6-9 pm in Wayzata. Bring your own skates and glide under the stars while enjoying hot cocoa and treats. Skating isn’t your thing? Step in to the Heated 19th Hole Tent and watch Disney favorite, FROZEN on a jumbo screen! FREE fun for the whole family!

  • The movie will begin at 6:30 pm
  • Baby changing stations will be available in the 19th Hole Tent
  • Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to Interfaith Outreach Community Partners (IOCP)!

Phalen Freeze Fest in St. Paul – Saturday, February 7th

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Celebrate winter at this year’s Phalen Freeze Fest on Saturday, February 7th from 5:00 – 8:00pm at the Phalen Picnic Pavilion, 1600 Phalen Drive, Saint Paul.

Rediscover the magic of winter at the new Phalen Freeze Fest with art, food, and fun activities. Gather around the fire to hear the Ojibwe legend of Shingebiss, the story of the determined duck who refused to be defeated by the Winter Maker. Help dramatize the storytelling with parade-style puppets and masks. Inspired by this plucky duck, we’ll fish through the ice, build snow caves, and cook our food over the fire. Enjoy a StoryWalk of the picture book Shingebiss by Nancy Van Laan, with woodcut illustrations by Betsy Bowen, posted page by page along a trail lit with luminaries.

Urban Expedition: Lebanon at Landmark Center in St. Paul – Sunday, February 1st

urbanexpeditionlogoJourney to Lebanon for the second Urban Expedition of the year at the Landmark Center, this Sunday, January 31st at 1:00pm.

Featuring authentic dancing, music and foods for purchase, travel the world without leaving Saint Paul during one of Landmark Center’s most beloved programs. Visit for more information!

Vulcan Victory Torchlight Parade in St. Paul – Saturday, January 31st


Picture by Laurie Prentice


This Saturday, January 31st enjoy a free St. Paul Winter Carnival parade – the Vulcan Victory Torchlight Parade, which starts at 5:30pm, and concludes with fireworks!

Vulcanus Rex will use his wily ways to light up the streets of downtown Saint Paul for the Vulcan Victory Torchlight Parade presented by Metropolitan State University.

The evening parade route starts at 5th and Wacouta, travel westbound down 5th Street to Washington Avenue to 4th Street and end at Saint Peter.

After the parade, follow Rex and his Krewe to the steps of the Saint Paul Library across from Rice Park for the ever-dramatic Overthrow of Boreas. The production will be followed by a fantastic fireworks show.

Family Day at the Landmark Center in St. Paul – Saturday, January 31st


Picture by Laurie Prentice/

Picture by Laurie Prentice/

Need a break from the cold? The Landmark Center is hosting Family Day with ongoing entertainment and events for all ages this Saturday, January 31st from 12:00pm – 5:00pm. Stage entertainment includes visits from the Royal Family and the Vulcans and appearances from the Sr. and Jr. Royalty. FREE!

This event is sponsored by Wells Fargo. Be sure to stop by their booth! Also, and look for free skating for all that day at the Wells Fargo Skate Rink, right outside the Landmark Center. Skating is free; rental is $4 (free with a Wells Fargo bank card!).

Fergus Falls Frostbite Festival January 30th – February 1st


Fergus Falls, MN is celebrating winter with a Frostbite Festival January 30th through February 1st.

Activities include ice skating, a frozen 5K, high school sports, bingo, bunco, dart and bowling tournaments, pancake breakfast, chili and soup cookoff and more! Plus a FREE community breakfast. Fun for the whole family!

Fergus Falls is a community of 13,000+ off of Interstate 94 a few hours west of the Twin Cities.

Second Annual 50% Off Sale at Habitat for Humanity ReStore in New Brighton – Saturday, January 31st

restore50offThe Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore is hosting its second annual 50% off sale on Saturday, January 31, 2015. The 50 percent off sale is their way of showing their appreciation for the continued support they receive each and every week from the surrounding community.

This is a one day only sale and the store will be open special hours from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All items purchased 1/31/15 at 50% off must be picked up that day—no product holds. The Restore is located at 510 County Road D West, New Brighton, MN 55112.


A little bit about the store:

The ReStore is a home improvement outlet open to the public, where you can shop for quality donated home furnishings, furniture, and building supplies at a fraction of the original cost. All revenue supports Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity’s work building, rehabbing and repairing homes for hard-working local families. Here is a fun video about how the ReStore works. Plus check out Lisa’s review of the ReStore at Twin Cities Frugal Mom.