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Artigras

Green Bay, WI

This fine arts festival in KI Convention Center includes artist demonstrations, children's activities, dance, jazz and classical music.

Sat
7
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Fri
6

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.

Sun
8
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Fri
6

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 candlelight walk, polar plunge and penguin-egg hunt.

Sat
7

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.

Eagle-watching festivals

Around the region

Town on rivers where eagles gather in winter offer live bird presentations, guided tours and cultural activities.

Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival

Des Moines, IA

It's all about bacon at this festival at the Horizon Event Center, with sampling and demos. 

Dog Days of Winter

Gunflint Trail, MN

In the Central Gunflint, the Trail Center is hosting a sled-dog derby, skijoring races, a bonfire and maple cones.

Sat
14
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Fri
13

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 parade, followed by barstool races, human foosball and Viking bowling.

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15
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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.

Mon
16
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Fri
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Oneota Film Festival

Decorah, IA

This free festival showcases documentary films and includes dance performances on the campus of Luther College.

Sat
14

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.

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.

Leech Lake Frostfest

Walker, MN

This town on Leech Lake offers fat-bike demos, dog-sled rides, a snow-golf course, lumberjack races, children's games and craft beer.

Sun
15
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Sat
14

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.

Sun
15

St. Patrick's Day parade

Madison, WI

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

Sat
21
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Mon
16

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.

Tue
17

St. Patrick's Day parade

St. Paul, MN

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

Sat
21

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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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.

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29
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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.