City of the Lakes Loppet

Feb. 3
4-9 p.m.
Feb. 4
7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Feb. 5
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
$10-$130; most events are free to watch.
Family Events, Festivals, Sports - Participatory, Sports - Spectator

For many outdoor enthusiasts, winter is a special time to partake in activities that can’t be enjoyed year-round. Enter the City of the Lakes Loppet, a three-day festival that celebrates winter sports. There are a variety of races to partake in, including snowshoeing, speed skating, ski sprints, and skijoring (aka dog sledding). Or hop on a bike and check out the fat tire races. Events are offered for all ages and skill levels, so whether you’re a bit wobbly or a total speedster badass, there’s a good fit for you or your little one. Less competitive happenings are slated as well. There’s the Luminary Loppet, a lovely nighttime walk/snowshoe/ski around Lake Calhoun and Lake of the Isles featuring glowing ice sculptures, fire dance, and live music in the beer garden. Snow sculpting tournaments are also fun to watch, or root for someone in the kubb tourney, which is a wintertime lawn game played in the snow. Events are free to spectate, with sign-up rates ranging from $10 to $130. For a complete schedule of events, times, and locations, visit