Saint Paul Winter Carnival

The St Paul Winter Carnival has been a Minnesota tradition for over 130 years.
130 years.
Let that sink in.
So the story goes;
In 1885, a New York reporter wrote that Saint Paul was, “another Siberia, unfit for human habitation” in winter.
Offended, the Saint Paul Chamber of Commerce decided to prove not only that Saint Paul was habitable but that its citizens were very much alive during winter by creating what we know to be, the Saint Paul Winter Carnival.

The castle was constructed in 1886, making it the oldest winter festival in the United States.
No kidding.

Complete with illuminated ice sculptures, live entertainment, vendor booths and an ice bar…
It gets better every year!
Speaking of, this year there was a Prince-inspired Bold North flash mob!

Check out the video here:

The Bold North Flash Mob HD 2-3-2018 from Bill Hermann on Vimeo.

There is still time to plan to experience it all yourself, the Winter Carnival is open now through February 10th in Rice Park!

Mary Tyler Moore at Super Bowl 52

If you are headed downtown to take in the all of the Super Bowl 52 festivities, don’t forget to snap a picture with the Mary Tyler Moore statue. With her hands cloaked in Bold North mittens, you can finder her tossing her hat into the air against the frigid backdrop of Nicollet and 7th Street.

Explore Minnesota’s ‘Sota Pop at Super Bowl 52

If you are planning to check out all the festivities downtown this week…
Stop by Explore Minnesota’s ‘Sota Pop an interactive pop-up experience
Now through through Super Bowl Sunday!
Curated by Explore Minnesota and created by local artists
Its the most Instagrammable spots of Super Bowl LII!
Located in storefront windows of Renaissance Square building
It is within steps of Nicollet Mall light rail station
Making it the perfect first…
or last…
stop of the night!

Minnesota State Snow Sculpting Competition

If you are in need so something to do tomorrow, I highly recommend heading to the MN State Fair Grounds for the Minnesota State Snow Sculpting Competition.

The three day competition ends tomorrow when you get to vote for your favorite sculpture in the People’s Choice Awards 11am-1pm.

Don’t forget to stick around to watch the awards ceremony at 2pm.

Come see the incredible works of art, built using only hand tools.

The finished sculptures beautifully lit after dark and can be seen through February 5th.