9 Free Things to Do in the Twin Cities This Week

1. Hot air deal

The winter festival will be “Rockin’ with the Coldies” for a weekend of dancing and outdoor activities. Watch hot air balloons launch into the sky, a torchlight parade, a craft fair and more. (Friday-Sun. Various hours, check website for details. EP Rock Elementary School, 340 13th St. S., Hudson, Wisconsin. hudsonhotairaffair.com)

2. Star Tribune Steak

Meet the Star Tribune tasting team for an evening of meat raffles, balloon art, magic, mascot appearances and DJ Shannon Blowtorch. (5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday. St. Paul Brewing, 688 E. Minnehaha Av., St. Paul. wintercarnival.com/event/the-star-tribune-steak-out)

3. Zanewood Winter Fun Festival

Brooklyn Park partners with the Three Rivers Park District to encourage families to explore the outdoors with activities. (5 p.m.-7 p.m. Thu., Zanewood Recreation Center, 7100 Zane Av. N., Brooklyn Park, brooklynpark.org)

4. Como Blizzard Breakfast

Fuel up with a pancake breakfast before snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and skating. Get information from local community organizations and stop by the Makers Market. (Saturday 10 a.m. to noon, North Dale Rec Center, 1414 N. St. Albans St., St. Paul, district10comopark.org)

5. Minnesota Center for Book Arts

“Press Play,” a community letterpress printing event, allows guests to make pre-designed prints with messages of solidarity and justice in five languages. (11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, 1011 Washington Av. S., Mpls., mnbookarts.org)

6. Snow explosion

Frolic in the winter air playing snow soccer, skating and sledding. Warm up by the fire pits and enjoy popcorn, s’mores and music from the Ballroom Surfers. (4-7 p.m. Saturday, Huset Park, 3965 NE. Jefferson St., Columbia Heights. columbiaheightsmn.gov)

7. Bonspiel of Forgotten Stars

Teams compete to become champions during this curling competition organized by the brewery. Throughout the weekend, attend the tournament, play yard games, enjoy live music, coloring and costume contests and much more. (noon to 11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, 38 Northern Stacks…

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