Friday, February 5, 2016

Loppet and Lakes! There is so much going on around town this weekend! Here is your guide…

The City of Lakes Loppet
February 5-7th, 2016
Where: Lake Calhoun and Theodore Wirth Park
Cost: Depending on the event you want to participate in $20-130

What exactly is a Loppet??? It is a large, long distance cross country skiing event. The City of Lakes Loppet is one of the most iconic Twin Cities events to take place every year. Thousands gather to participate in this three day festival of Nordic skiing which includes events for all ages. Enjoy a vendor village where you can purchase new gear or donate winter items to the KIND drive. There will be tons of Food Trucks and a Surly Beer Garden to tickle your taste buds. There are numerous races of varying lengths and skill levels throughout the weekend to participate in. Check the website above for more information.

Other events include a winter carnival, snow sculpture contest, luminary party, fireworks display, a Kubb tournament and awards ceremony. Whether you are participating or just spectating, this is a great family friendly event!

Wayzata Chili Open
February 5-6th
Where: Wayzata Bay, Lake Minnetonka
Cost: Some events are free
Golfer Tee Off At Hole #4

For the last 32 years, hearty Minnesotans head to Lake Minnetonka for this unique frozen golf event to celebrate the “chili” winter season. Hundreds of golfers grab their clubs or hockey sticks and come out to play one of three 9-hole courses with tennis balls on the frozen lake. The weekend starts off with a free Family Skate and viewing of The Incredibles! Saturday morning kicks off with the Minnesota version of Hot Yoga, except this one is cold, and takes place on the ice. While the golf tournament is full, you can still come out to watch the events, along with the Chili Competition at 1:30 pm.

February Festival
February 6th, 1:00 –3:00 pm
Where: Lake Ann Park, Chanhassen
Cost: $10 per hole/line

This year marks the 23rd annual February Festival. Please join us in celebrating winter at this fun-filled event. There will be sleigh rides, ice skating, sledding, ice fishing contest, and the popular medallion hunt. Food, beverages, and live bait will be available to purchase. Prizes will be awarded to the 50 largest fish by weight, of any legal species.

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