Winter Carnival & Super Bowl

Super Bowl & Winter Carnival Events

In the fall of 1885, Montreal cancelled their 1886 winter carnival after a smallpox epidemic debilitated the city. Joy knew the architect and contractor of the Montreal ice palaces, and suggested that they be hired to bring a palace to St. Paul, and start St. Paul’s own winter carnival. Learn the fascinating history of the Ice Palaces, their creators and the effects of Saint Paul’s weather on construction of ice palaces, a history that spans over 125 years.
Ice Palace History pages

Landmark Center

For the thousands of visitors streaming into the Twin Cities, and locals looking to take advantage of the Super Bowl and Winter Carnival festivities, Landmark Center will feature four days of the arts, January 29 – February 1, additional free building tours including a free Gangster Tour, and a special presentation of the Uncle Sam Worked Here History Conversation series, “Football Law in Minnesota.”

Landmark Center’s “Super Arts Sampler” will delight and entertain with a different art form each day. Performances are free, 12-1 pm, and visitors are welcome to bring their own lunch or buy one in Anita’s Café.

Event Schedule
January 29: Musical Monday!  Come and enjoy your lunch while listening to the music of local artist, Joey Ryan.
January 30: Taiko Tuesday!  Witness the powerful and athletic Japanese art of Taiko drumming, an ancient form of communication and meditation.
January 31: Bomba Wednesday! Get ready to shake it when you learn Bomba, one of the traditional musical styles of Puerto Rico. It is the mixture of African, Spanish and Taino cultures. The base rhythm is played by two or more drums.  You can also help support the people of Puerto Rico.
February 1: Theater Thursday!  Travel back to 1930s Saint Paul as two of the city’s most notorious partners in crime, bootlegger Leon Gleckman and St. Paul Police Chief “Big Tom” Brown reminisce about their roles during St. Paul infamous gangster hey-days.

Landmark Center regularly offers two free building tours each week, and to accommodate Winter Carnival and Super Bowl visitors the tour schedule will expand to a total of 12 free building tours, January 27 – February 4.
January 27: 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
January 28: 12 and 1 p.m.
January 29 – February 2 (Thursday, February 1, will be a free “Gangster Tour”): 1:15 p.m.
February 3: 12 and 1 p.m.
February 4: 12 p.m.

Finally, on Friday, February 2, history buffs and legal minds can examine the week’s main event through a law history lens with “Football Law in Minnesota.” The special installment of Uncle Sam Worked Here will be led by Marshall Tanick, lawyer at Hellmuth and Johnson PLLC, at 12 p.m. in Courtroom 326.

“Super Arts Sampler” and Uncle Sam Worked Here is presented by Minnesota Landmarks/Landmark Center. Tour guides are supplied by the Landmark Center Volunteer Association. For more information on these events, visit www.landmarkcenter.org.

Winter Carnival Events

Fire & Ice: A Winter Carnival Art Show

Thursday, Jan 11Sunday, Feb 18
AZ Gallery, 308 Prince Street
Join us at AZ Gallery as we celebrate winter and the Saint Paul Winter Carnival with Fire & Ice, our 2nd annual Winter Carnival Art Show depicting the beauty of winter and the promise of spring through the themes of fire and ice.
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Sugar Cube Ice Palace Fundraiser

Tuesday, Jan 16 @ 5:00 pm7:00 pm
Midpointe Event Center, 415 Pascal N, Saint Paul
$10

Join your friends from the Midway and Saint Paul Area Chambers of Commerce as Saint Paul gets ready to kick off the Winter Carnival.
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2018 Senior Royalty Coronation

Friday, Jan 19 @ 4:00 pm9:00 pm
Saint Paul College, 235 Marshall Ave, Saint Paul
Come and watch the crowning of the new 2018 Senior Royalty Court at the Saint Paul College Theatre!
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Vulcan Snow Park Snow Stomp

Saturday, Jan 20 @ 9:00 am
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul
Visitors are welcome to drop by Vulcan Snow Park to see how the giant snow blocks are created.
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Annual Queen’s Tea

Sunday, Jan 21 @ 11:00 am2:00 pm
Prestwick Golf Club, 9555 Wedgewood Drive, Woodbury
$40
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Saint Paul Winter Carnival – 17 Days of Carnival!

Thursday, Jan 25Saturday, Feb 10
Rice Park, 109 4th Street W, Saint Paul
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and Rice Park has the events to prove it during the entire Winter Carnival. Free and open to the public throughout Winter Carnival. Ice sculptures are on display, sit in a Royal Throne made of ice, view the Ice Castle Sponsor Wall. Live entertainment in Rice Park, vendor booths and other activities.
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Saint Paul Winter Carnival Ice Carvings

Thursday, Jan 25Saturday, Feb 10
Rice Park, 109 4th Street W, Saint Paul
In progress and finished carvings may be viewed throughout the Winter Carnival.
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Moon Glow Pedestrian Parade

Thursday, Jan 25 @ 5:15 pm8:00 pm
Rice Park, 109 4th Street W, Saint Paul
The Moon Glow Pedestrian Parade will officially kick off the first day of Carnival, January 25, in downtown Saint Paul. The festivities start at 5:15 p.m. with the parade starting at 6 p.m.
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Ice Palace Lighting Ceremony

Thursday, Jan 25 @ 6:00 pm7:00 pm
Rice Park, 109 4th Street W, Saint Paul
Join us for the lighting of the 2018 Winter Carnival Ice Palace in Rice Park on January 25 at 6:00 p.m.! The ceremony will feature live entertainment and commence with the Moon Glow Pedestrian Parade.
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Multi-Block Ice Carving Competition

Thursday, Jan 25 @ 7:00 pmSaturday, Jan 27 @ 7:00 pm
Rice Park, 109 4th Street W, Saint Paul

Winter Carnival Craft/Vendor Show

Friday, Jan 26Saturday, Jan 27
DoubleTree by Hilton St. Paul Downtown, 411 Minnesota St, Saint Paul
Come join us for a fun Friday night & Saturday afternoon of shopping with your local crafters & vendors!
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Autonomous Snow Plow Competition

Friday, Jan 26Sunday, Jan 28
Rice Park, 109 4th Street W, Saint Paul
Teams are challenged to create autonomous snowplows using technologies such as GPS, laser navigation and optical navigation to create a machine that is able to clear a path of snowfield, in configurations that mimic sidewalks and driveways.
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Minnesota State Snow Sculpting Competition

Friday, Jan 26 @ 8:00 amSunday, Jan 28 @ 1:00 pm
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul
Three-member teams from throughout Minnesota transform 8′ x 8′ x 8′ blocks of compacted snow into amazing works of art using only hand tools.
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Vulcan Snow Park Snow Sculpture Viewing

Friday, Jan 26 @ 9:00 amSunday, Feb 11 @ 10:00 pm
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul
Watch sculptors at work during the first two weekends. Finished sculptures are lit after dark and remain on display for the duration of Vulcan Snow Park—or until they collapse.
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Vulcan Snow Park Giant Snow Slide

Friday, Jan 26 @ 5:00 pmSunday, Feb 11 @ 7:00 pm
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul
Measuring 16 feet high and more than 300 feet long, the slide is open daily from the first Friday to the last Sunday of Vulcan Snow Park—weather permitting.
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Royal Coronation Presented by Western Bank

Friday, Jan 26 @ 5:30 pm10:00 pm
Saint Paul RiverCentre, 175 West Kellogg Blvd, Saint Paul
$85 – $90
The magical journey of King Boreas LXXXII along with Aurora, Queen of the Snows; the four Winds and Wind Princesses; as well as the Royal Guard begins with the Royal Coronation and continues the 130+ year old Winter Carnival tradition.
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Jigsaw Puzzle Contest

Saturday, Jan 27 @ 8:30 am1:00 pm
Landmark Center Cortile, 75 W 5th Street, Saint Paul
$50
Grab your friends or come with your family for a dueling puzzle competition.
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Securian Winter Run

Saturday, Jan 27 @ 9:00 am12:00 pm
 $40 – $55
Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and NEW Kids Fun Run on Saturday, January 27, 2018.
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King Boreas Winter Triathlon

Saturday, Jan 27 @ 10:00 am
Phalen Golf Course, 1615 Phalen Drive E, Saint Paul
$80
King Boreas Winter Triathlon run/bike/ski. Distances for King Boreas Winter Tri are 5km run, 17km bike, 6km ski.
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Winter Carnival Orchid Show

Saturday, Jan 27 @ 10:00 amSunday, Jan 28 @ 4:00 pm
Como Park, 1225 Estabrook Dr, Saint Paul
$5
Hundreds of orchid plants will transform the Conservatory into a tropical wonderland.
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Doggie Depot

Saturday, Jan 27 @ 10:00 am1:00 pm
Union Depot, 214 4th St E, Saint Paul
Union depot will become Doggie Depot and be the bark of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival!
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Tow Up Throw Down Friends Invitational

Saturday, Jan 27 @ 12:00 pm5:00 pm
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul
Participating snowboarders, skiers, and snowskaters are towed up the hill and thrown down again by bungee so they can showcase their moves.
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Saint Paul Hotel Hot Chocolate

Saturday, Jan 27 @ 1:00 pm4:00 pm
Saint Paul Hotel, 350 Market St, Saint Paul
Come to the Saint Paul Hotel, warm up and have a nice hot cup of Hot Chocolate!
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Kids’ Day

Saturday, Jan 27 @ 2:00 pm6:00 pm
Landmark Center Cortile, 75 W 5th St, Saint Paul
Kids’ Day is filled with fun and interactive activities for kids of all ages!
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King Boreas Grand Day Parade

Saturday, Jan 27 @ 2:00 pm4:00 pm
Rice Park, 109 4th Street W, Saint Paul
During the Grand Day Parade our newly crowned King Boreas will lead his Royal Family and their legions of friends through the streets of Saint Paul.
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Churchill Dinner

Saturday, Jan 27 @ 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Saint Paul Hotel, 350 Market St, Saint Paul

The Churchill Club will welcome the 2018 Prime Minister, Christine Quandt, and special guests to the 2018 International Visiting Royalty. This is a private, invitation only event.
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2018 Rock the Palace featuring Bad Girlfriends and the Klondike Kates!

Saturday, Jan 27 @ 6:00 pmSunday, Jan 28 @ 1:00 am
Saint Paul Hotel, 350 Market St, Saint Paul
$15 – $20
Come to the coolest party to celebrate King Boreas’s illustrious return to Saint Paul with the Royal Guards and Klondike Kates.
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Karneval Euro-Tanzparty

Saturday, Jan 27 @ 7:00 pmSunday, Jan 28 @ 1:00 am
Germanic-American Institute, 301 Summit Ave, Saint Paul
$15 – $20
Groove to the music at our disco-themed Tanzparty hosted by drag diva Nikki Vixxen.
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Vulcan Fun Day

Sunday, Jan 28 @ 9:00 am
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul
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UCare Jazz in the Park

Sunday, Jan 28 @ 12:00 pm4:00 pm
Rice Park, 109 4th Street W, Saint Paul
Spend an afternoon filled with rhythm and blues and enjoy the other highlights of Rice Park.
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Vulcan Snow Park Polar Plunge

Sunday, Jan 28 @ 12:00 pm1:30 pm
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul
Vulcan Snow Park is proud to partner with Special Olympics Minnesota to host a Polar Plunge event.
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Frozen Family Fun Night

Tuesday, Jan 30 @ 4:00 pm9:00 pm
Rice Park, 109 4th Street W, Saint Paul
Bring the kids to Rice Park on on Tuesday, January 30 for Frozen Family Fun Night!
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Disco Night

Wednesday, Jan 31 @ 5:00 pm9:00 pm
Rice Park, 109 4th Street W, Saint Paul
Break out your best disco attire and join us for live entertainment and a wild time as we boogie in Rice Park!
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MN Made Market
Thursday, Feb 1Sunday, Feb 4
Rice Park, 109 4th Street W, Saint Paul
Discover locally-made products and unique services from Minnesota’s thriving business community at the MN Made Market in Rice Park.
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Kids Quarter-Scale Car Races

Friday, Feb 2 @ 5:30 pm9:00 pm
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul
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The East Side’s Got Talent: CABARET!

Friday, Feb 2 @ 6:30 pm9:00 pm
Historic Mounds Theatre, 1029 Hudson Rd, Saint Paul
$25
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Ledermann Boot Hockey Tourney

Saturday, Feb 3 @ 7:00 am12:00 pm
Wells Fargo WinterSkate, Landmark Plaza, 379 St Peter St, Saint Paul
Join us for some friendly competition & participate in one of Minnesota’s greatest winter outdoor sports games – Boot Hockey!
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Amateur Snow Sculpting Contest

Saturday, Feb 3 @ 8:00 am4:00 pm
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul
The Amateur Snow Sculpting Contest challenges three-member teams from throughout Minnesota to transform 4′ x 4′ x 6′ blocks of compacted snow into works of art in just eight hours using only hand tools.
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Individual Block Ice Carving Competition

Saturday, Feb 3 @ 9:00 am3:00 pm
Rice Park, 109 4th Street W, Saint Paul
Each competitor (Professional and Artisan) will receive 1 ½ – 2, 10″ x 20″ x 40″ blocks of ice to turn into their own dazzling display of skilled artistry.
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Tow Up Throw Down X Competition

Saturday, Feb 3 @ 12:00 pm7:30 pm
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul

Family Day

Saturday, Feb 3 @ 12:00 pm11:00 pm
Landmark Center Cortile, 75 W 5th St, Saint Paul
Enjoy live entertainment, including excitement from the ice carving competition, and family-friendly activities throughout Rice Park and Landmark Center.
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Olympic Team USA Winterfest

Saturday, Feb 3 @ 12:00 pm8:00 pm
Landmark Plaza, 5th Street & Washington St, Saint Paul
The United States Olympic Committee’s Team USA WinterFest presented by HERSHEY’S is bringing the energy and excitement of the 2018 Olympics and Paralympic Winter Games.
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Vulcan Snow Park Nighttime Polar Plunge

Saturday, Feb 3 @ 6:30 pm8:00 pm
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul
Vulcan Snow Park is proud to partner with Special Olympics Minnesota to host the first-ever nighttime Polar Plunge event!
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Ladies’ Day

Sunday, Feb 4 @ 11:00 am3:00 pm
Landmark Center Cortile, 75 W 5th St, Saint Paul
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Fancy Hotdish Competition

Wednesday, Feb 7 @ 4:30 pm7:30 pm
The Lexington, 1096 Grand Ave, Saint Paul
$50
Witness a true Minnesotan cook-off at the premiere Fancy Hotdish Competition on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at The Lexington in Saint Paul from 4:00pm – 7:30pm.
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Cinco de Mayo Night

Thursday, Feb 8 @ 4:00 pm9:00 pm
Rice Park, 109 4th Street W, Saint Paul
Cinco de Mayo takes over Rice Park. Come enjoy live traditional entertainment, your favorite foods from Saint Paul’s West Side, a jalapeno eating contest and more.
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Klondike Kate Arctic Sizzle Lunch & Show

Friday, Feb 9 @ 11:00 am1:30 pm
Camp Bar, 490 Robert St N, Saint Paul
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Freeze Your Bags Off Tournament

Friday, Feb 9 @ 12:00 pmSaturday, Feb 10 @ 3:00 pm
Rice Park, 109 4th Street W, Saint Paul
$25
16-team bean bag tournament that takes place on 4th Street near the James. J. Hill Library in Rice Park.
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Barstool Ski Race Qualifiers

Friday, Feb 9 @ 7:00 pm10:00 pm
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul
Participants riding homemade sleds constructed of a barstool on skis race to be the first down the slope.
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Tow Up Throw Down Professional/Amateur Invitational

Saturday, Feb 10 @ 12:00 pm7:30 pm
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul

 

Vulcan Victory Torchlight Parade

Saturday, Feb 10 @ 5:30 pm7:30 pm
Rice Park, 109 4th Street W, Saint Paul
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Lawn Mower Races

Saturday, Feb 10 @ 5:30 pmSunday, Feb 11 @ 2:00 pm
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul
Members of the Minnesota Lawn Mower Racing Association (MNLMRA) will be racing on ice at Vulcan Snow Park.
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Vulcan Victory Dance

Saturday, Feb 10 @ 7:30 pm11:30 pm
InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront, 11 East Kellogg Boulevard, Saint Paul
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Barstool Ski Race Finals

Sunday, Feb 11 @ 12:00 pm
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul
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