City of the Lakes Loppet Ski Festival Star Tribune


City of Lakes Loppet 2019

Daily from Jan. 31-Feb. 3
Time Varies
Prices vary; most events are free to watch
Family Events, Festivals, Sports - Participatory, Sports - Spectator

The Saint Paul Winter Carnival isn’t the only festival celebrating the colder months of Minnesota. Each year, the Loppet Ski Festival invites folks of all ages and skill levels to enjoy a variety of winter sports. No matter what your preferred form of cold-weather transportation, there’s a race for you. There are dog-sledding events, sprints on ice, fat-tire bike races, and cross-country tests of endurance. There are loppets for kids and loppets for pros, mini races and marathons. There are kub tournaments for those who prefer games, and a snow sculpting contest for arctic artists. The Luminary Loppet takes revelers around Lake of the Isles and Bde Mka Ska; skiers, snowshoers, and other nighttime travelers can discover ice sculptures, bonfires, hot cocoa, fire dancers, and a beer tent party with live music. Find festivities in Uptown, Loring Park, Theodore Wirth Park, and Surly Brewing, which will host food trucks while serving up beer. Sign up for a race or find the complete schedule at