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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It’s Thursday, and that means it’s time to start planning some weekend fun.

This weekend we’ll be on ice and many folks will be heading to St. Paul, where there will be many winter weekend events.

St. Paul Winter Carnival

The 127th Saint Paul Winter Carnival kicks off Thursday, with events through Feb. 3. A few highlights: Friday night is the royal coronation at the St. Paul River Centre. There’s also the Beer Dabbler, which features more than 100 breweries who are offering sample beers along with a backdrop of live music. The event starts at 3:30 p.m. Saturday and tickets are $35 in advance.

The St. Paul Winter Carnival will also have its annual running event, the Securian Winter Run. Bundle up and enjoy a brisk run starting at the corner of 6th and Jackson Streets.

Red Bull Crashed Ice

The Red Bull Crashed Ice Championships were a hit in St. Paul last year, and they’re back again. Saturday night, ice and adrenaline will take over downtown St. Paul for the Ice Cross Downhill World Championship. You know it as “Crashed Ice.”

As many as 200 of the toughest, fastest, ice cross downhill racers will go head-to-head through a downhill course full of jumps, turns and slides. It’s all against the backdrop of the historic Cathedral of Saint Paul.

And you won’t be alone if you attend as thousands of spectators are expected. The final races start 7 p.m. Saturday. This is a free event.

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