This will be the 135th year for the sprawling festival, which celebrates the coldest, snowiest days in Minnesota with a wide variety of events. Traditionally, there are sports tournaments, happy hours, family festivals, live music, and snow and ice sculptures.
And, amazingly? All of that is scheduled to take place this year as well, albeit with some tweaks.
For example, the Minnesota State Fairgrounds will offer a drive-thru experience, where people can cruise through a menagerie of snow and ice sculptures, stop for food and treats, and play games along the way.
The music series, often held in Rice Park, will hit the road, traveling to various parking lots and heated tents at restaurants around St. Paul.
The 5K, 10K, and half marathon is still on this year at Lake Phalen, and there will also be a softball tourney this year. The scavenger hunt is also on the schedule.
As for the kiddos, Keg and Case is hosting a family night, where revelers will find a bonfire, activities, and appearances by the Snow Princesses. There will also be virtual happenings for children scheduled during the festival.
Also cool news: Local printmaker Adam Turman is making this year’s carnival buttons. You may be familiar with his work with the Minnesota State Fair, his public murals (including at places like Butcher and Boar and 612 Brew), and even a City Pages cover or two.
The Saint Paul Winter Carnival is scheduled to run January 28 to February 7, 2021.