MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — This weekend we’ll get our first real taste of cold winter weather. But there are plenty of ways to enjoy the season — and stay warm, too. From Chanhassen to Minneapolis, Shakopee to St. Paul we have a great line up of events in Working for the Weekend.

Art Shanty Projects

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For 10 years, Minnesotans have celebrated the arts in winter with the Art Shanty Projects in February. If you can’t wait for this year’s display, an exhibition of curated photograph from former shanties and performers takes place on Saturday. A reception at the Soo Visual Arts Center starts at 6 pm.

Pirtek Snocross National

Still waiting to get your snowmobile fix this winter? You can get a taste of the best extreme snowmobile riders in the country from the warm and comfort of the Canterbury Grandstand in Shakopee. The Pirtek Snocross National is this Friday and Saturday. General Admission tickets start at just $15.

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The Arboretum

Or enjoy the beauty of winter through the magic of paint. Minnesota artists winter creations will be on display at The Arboretum in Chanhassen — such as the painting, “Holiday Skaters at Peavey Plaza” by Andy Evansen. This is the first weekend of the display, which is open through March 31.

Land O’Lakes Kennel Club

And the dogs are back in town at the RiverCentre in St. Paul. The Land O’Lakes Kennel Club dog show is taking place Friday through Sunday. Tickets are $9 for adults, $5 for kids ages 4 to 12. A family four pack goes for $20.

Talent Picks

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Matt’s Pick: CrossRiver KosherFest 2 – St. Paul
Jason’s Pick: Jason Derulo – Treasure Island Resort & Casino
Ashley’s Pick: “A Stereotype Removed” at New Century Theatre
Ali’s Pick: Gingerbread Wonderland – Pepperkake Twin Cities