Minnesota’s Great Northern Festival Is Ready for Its Next Chapter

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When the mercury plunges and frost blankets the landscape, Minnesota transforms into a wonderland celebrating the icy embrace of winter. The Great Northern Festival, a testament to the region’s spirit, unfolds over two frosty weeks, from Jan. 25 to Feb. 4, 2024, spanning various locations across Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

Beyond the biting cold lies a celebration of winter’s essence, packed with cultural events, outdoor activities, and a vibrant tapestry of experiences.

A Chilly Extravaganza

The festival isn’t just about braving the cold; it’s an invitation to revel in it. Imagine cross-country skiers gliding across frozen lakes, hockey enthusiasts battling it out on the ice, and folks gathering to have some fun. It’s a playground where snowshoeing, skiing, and ice skating are only the beginning.

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Engaging cultural facets like live music, comedy, film screenings, and art exhibitions pepper the landscape, catering to varied interests. Join the festivities at Silver Lake, engaging in a unique cosmic footgolf course, and glide across the snow on kicksleds, ending with some s’mores by the campfire. The ever-popular Sauna Village will also return to Malcolm Yards, but this time, it’s here to stay for an extended three-week sojourn, from Jan. 19 to Feb. 4.

Culinary Adventures in the Cold

Food enthusiasts are in for a treat or two. The “Seven Stories” dinner, helmed by a team of culinary luminaries including chef Sean Sherman, promises a unique communal dining experience amidst the winter chill.

Indulge yourself with “The Last Supper,” a meal curated by former White House chef Sam Kass, crafted from nearly extinct ingredients. For Latin and Mexican cuisine lovers, the K’óoben pop-up showcases delicious experiences through delightful dishes accompanied by live music. A feast you’ll never forget.

Enriching Cultural Engagements

The festival isn’t merely about embracing the cold; it’s about community. Live music performances by diverse artists like Broken Ice: Indigenous Sonic Salve from the North and The Minnesota Orchestra’s Sphinx Virtuosi are sure to provide exceptional backing.

Since 2021, the Great Northern Festival has transcended the chill, offering a kaleidoscope of experiences that celebrate the cold, raise awareness about climate change, and showcase the incredible talent of local and global artists. With more than 50 events, it’s an ode to winter’s embrace and an invitation to revel in its unique charm. Enjoy!