MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — As we get ready for the weekend, we want to help you get ready too. There’s a sizeable dose of winter entertainment, but also a chance to look forward to spring. Here’s what’s happening this weekend.

Winter Carnival // Securian Winter Run
The St. Paul Winter Carnival kicks off Thursday, with more than a week’s worth of events. The “Coolest Celebration on Earth” includes the already-in-progress medallion hunt, an Outdoor Beer Dabbler, Winter Carnival Medallion Hunt, snow sculpting and ice sculpture carving. On Saturday is the Securian Winter Run. There’s a 5K and 10K, both in downtown St. Paul.

North American Pond Hockey Championships
The 2014 North American Pond Hockey Championships are this weekend. You can join in — or just cheer on — this year’s coolest game on ice on Lake Minnetonka’s Excelsior Bay. The tournament, now in its sixth year, will host up to 80 teams, made up of men and women ages 18 and up. There’s also a fun run and beer warm-up, if hockey’s not your thing.

You may not be thinking baseball quite yet, but TwinsFest is this weekend at Target Field. This year, the team promises a more exclusive and intimate experience for fans. There will be interactive activities and behind-the-scenes fan experiences that celebrate Twins baseball and Target Field. Tickets will cost $20 for adults and $10 for kids 14 and younger.


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