Minneapolis’ Iconic Celebration of Winter
(Minneapolis, MN): The City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival has come to be the staple event of winter in the North. It is a cross-country ski festival for the whole family! It includes ski races for ALL ages and abilities, skijoring races, a kubb tournament, a snow sculpture competition, a youth ski carnival, sprint races, ice biking, and the popular Luminary Loppet (Note: the Luminary Loppet sells out early each year–often by late Fall)
For a great how-to guide of the Loppet Winter Festival, check out this post with 5 great ways to experience all of the excitement!
Saturday, February 4 – Sunday, February 5, 2023
Theodore Wirth Park
1301 Theodore Wirth Pkwy
Golden Valley, MN
One of the most magical events of the winter season is Luminary Loppet. Walk, snowshoe, or ski on the candlelit trail across the Lake of the Isles. Refreshments such as hot chocolate will be offered at tents across the lake. Food trucks, Utepils beer, and music are located at the Luminary Party. **This event has moved to Saturday, February 18th! There is still room to sign-up at the 8:30 PM wave.**
The Luminary Party
Rescheduled to February 18th! The Luminary Party kicks off and heats up with an outdoor concert and dancing. The party also features Utepils beer (for attendees ages 21+), photo booths, fire pits, food trucks, Loppet merchandise for sale, and prize giveaways/sweepstakes.
The Luminary Party is free for registered Luminary Loppet participants. For those not registered, passes exclusively to the Luminary Party go on sale for $10 at the door at 7pm.
One can of Utepils beer is included for all registered Luminary Loppet participants who are 21+ years old (with a valid ID). Additional Utepils beer is available for purchase. Party-only guests may also purchase Utepils beer. The Luminary Loppet will be cash free this year – credit cards only for all purchases.
This is the Loppet Foundation’s largest fundraiser of the year. The Luminary Loppet supports their year-round outdoor programming in the Minneapolis area!