MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — If you already have spring fever, good luck with that. We still have plenty of winter left. But we do have some events in Working for the Weekend that get us thinking about spring. And winter lovers, we didn’t forget about you either.

U.S. Pond Hockey Championships

Better late than never. This weekend Minnesotans can finally enjoy the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships. Even with the warmer temperatures, organizers say the ice should be fine. Opening ceremonies start Friday morning near Nokomis Beach. The coveted Golden Shovel is handed out on Sunday.

2016 Snowball Open

If you prefer a club to a stick then head to Long Lake this Saturday. The 2016 Snowball Open is a wonderful evergreen course lined with 18 holes of golf, carved in a frozen tundra. Forget the golf balls, tennis balls are used here. This year Birch’s On The Lake is hosting the fundraiser for the Orono Lions Club. The cost is $20 for early registration.

Winter Carnival Orchid Show

Escape to the tropics this weekend in a room filled with hundreds of orchids. The Winter Carnival Orchid Show takes place this Saturday and Sunday at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory in Saint Paul. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children.

TwinsFest 2016

It’s the unofficial countdown to spring training. TwinsFest starts Friday at Target Field. It’s a chance for fans to get closer to their favorite Twins players, get autographs and buy memorabilia. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for kids.


Matt’s Pick
Blue Oyster Cult, Jefferson Starship
Medina Entertainment Center
Friday, 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $40

Jason’s Pick
Bloomington Winter Fete: Ice Harvest Festival
Richardson Nature Center
Saturday, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Admission: $5

Ali’s Pick
Date Night North Loop
Flirt Boutique in Minneapolis
Thursday, 5–8 p.m.

Ashley’s Pick
Blow Back To The ’90s
Minnesota Children’s Museum, St. Paul
Now Through Friday, Feb. 5
Price cut to $5, and memberships are $20 off