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Candlelight ski/snowshoe/hike

Around the region

There's nothing better than skiing (or snowshoeing or hiking) through a twinkling forest or across a luminary-lined lake. There's usually a bonfire and hot chocolate to enjoy afterward.

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International Festival of Owls

Houston, MN

This southeast Minnesota town offers owl prowls, hooting contests, pellet dissection, live-owl programs and children's activities.

Winter Festival

Bayfield, WI

The Lake Superior festival features fat-bike tours, a poker run, a candelight walk polar plunge and obstacle course.

Sat
3

Bock Fest

New Ulm, MN

There's a parade of mythical Germanic characters, a hunt for billy-goat heads on the Schell Brewery grounds and beyond and a big party afterward with beer, live music and a bonfire.

Sleeping Giant Loppet

Thunder Bay, ON

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park is the setting for this tour and race, which includes live entertainment, food and a choice of four distances, 10, 20, 35 and 50 kilometers.

World's Longest Weenie Roast

Cable, WI

Lakewoods Resorts hosts this benefit on Lake Namekagon, which includes snowmobile speed runs, ice bowling, a weenie-eating contest and a frozen weenie polar plunge.

Chinese New Year Lantern Festival

Chicago, IL

A lion dance-led lantern procession winds from Millennium Park to  Maggie Daley Park, where there will be performances.

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Artigras

Green Bay, WI

This fine arts festival in Shopko Hall includes artist demonstrations, children's activities, dance, jazz and classical music.

Soar With Eagles

Wabasha, MN

The National Eagle Center holds live-bird programs and nature presentations weekends in March, when bald eagles migrate northward along the Mississippi.

Maple-syrup festivals

Around the region

At nature centers around the region, tour the sugarbush and learn how to tap trees and boil sap. Then, eat a pancake breakfast with real maple syrup.

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Canoecopia

Madison, WI

It's the world's largest paddlesports expo, according to host Rutabaga, with dozens of demonstrations, workshops and presentations plus discounts on boats and gear. Bike-O-Rama, with discounts on bicycles and gear, is next door. At Alliant Energy Center.

Balloon Rally

Cable, WI

Hot-air balloonists give rides for charity, weather permitting, and there's an evening balloon glow. Hosted by Lakewoods Resort.

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10

St. Patrick's Day parade

Milwaukee, WI

The big parade starts at noon, starting at Third and Wisconsin downtown and followed by music, dancing and pipes and drums at the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center.

Celtic Fest

Moorhead, MN

This free festival at the Hjemkomst Center includes two entertainment stages, heritage programs, arts and crafts, interactive booths and Celtic food and treats.

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11
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Winter Powwow

West Allis, WI

This traditional powwow with drumming, singing and food is the winter version of Indian Summer Festival. At Wisconsin State Fair Park. Grand entries are 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.

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St. Patrick's Day celebrations

Around the region

Here's our list of the best St. Pat's parades, pub crawls, dances and inns, with a few St. Urho's Day festivities thrown in for good measure.

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Dog Days of Winter

Gunflint Trail, MN

In the Central Gunflint, the Trail Center is hosting a sled-dog derby, skijoring races, snowman-building contest and snow sculptures.

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St. Patrick's Day Parade and Irish Fest

New London, WI

This town west of Appleton becomes "New Dublin'' for the week, with festivities that include a big Grand Parade at 1 p.m. Saturday, followed with Irish music, food and marketplace under a heated big-top tent.

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St. Patrick's Day Festival

Emmetsburg, IA

In northwest Iowa, this is the state's Irish capital, and it celebrates with many festivities, including a parade at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

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St. Urho Days

Menagha, MN

This Finnish town near Park Rapids celebrates its grasshopper-skewering saint with a St. Urho look-alike contest and a 12:20 p.m. parade, followed by barstool races, human foosball and Viking bowling.

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17

St. Patrick's Day parade

St. Paul, MN

In this traditionally Irish city, the noon parade runs along Fourth Street to Rice Park.

St. Patrick's Day parade

Madison, WI

The parade is at 1:30 p.m. and runs from Capitol Square.

St. Patrick's Day Parade

Chicago, IL

In Chicago, they really do dye the river green. Watch the dye job at 9 a.m. from the Michigan Avenue or Columbus Drive bridges, then watch the noon parade through Grant Park.

St. Urho's Day

Finland, MN

This North Shore village near Tettegouche State Park celebrates the Finnish saint with a tug-of-war over the Baptism River and a parade, craft fair, music and children's games.

Sat
31

Egg Day

Milwaukee, WI

There will be crafts, face-painting, bubble art and treats at the Hop-to-it Bunny Hunt, plus a parade at the Milwaukee County Zoo.

Easter Egg Hunt

St. Paul, MN

Children ages 2-7 can hunt for eggs on the lawn of the James J. Hill House on Summit Avenue. Visitors can win prizes, get a small snack and look around the first floor of the mansion. Reserve in advance.

Easter at the Castle

Minneapolis, MN

The American Swedish Institute hosts an Easter egg hunt in the 33-room Turnblad Mansion. There will also be crafts, storytelling and Easter tree-decorating. Reserve by March 23.