Ice Skates
Ice Skates

With the temperature plummeting there’s no better time for the grand opening of Spring Lake Park’s Warming House, today, January 24th! Check it out. Skates are available!


Friday night you can head to ARTifact – Paint Your Own Pottery for their Create Your Own Cherry Blossom Wine Glass class. In the class you learn, with detailed instruction, how to paint a lovely stemless wine glass in your color palette of choice. The price for the class is $25 and includes the ceramic wine glass, the glazes and materials used to decorate it, in-house firing, instruction, and snacks. You can also bring in your own wine or other adult beverage if you’re 21! Sign up under “find tickets” on ARTifacts Facebook page. Starts at 6 pm!

DIY not your thing? Head over to the WineCafe to catch the early set at 5 pm with the Dan Duffy Orchestra. Later catch Colin Scharf and Laura Schultz at 8:30pm.


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Saturday night Mankato has a few music highlights you won’t want to miss! Local singer-songwriter, Ian Hilmer will be at LocALE Brewery at 7 pm. Ian has been writing and recording songs for over 25 years and was one of the first musicians I shared a show with when I moved to town! He has also played shows with some of these names you may recognize: Mason Jennings, Jonny Lang, Nazareth, Shawn Colvin, Bret Michaels, Dangerous Toys, and Nicolas David.

It’ll be getting all cozy toasty at The Gold Mine as they host slide guitarist Mike Munson at 7:30 pm. Munson’s icy slide guitar creates heavy and deep blues from up north. I’ve heard that Mike’s irresistible swagger and keen sense of musical style will warm you right up! $20

Of course, you can always roll back on down to the WineCafe to catch local band duo Ben Scruggs and Chris Bertrand, playing at 8pm.

So, it may be a wee bit chilly, but there is plenty opportunity to warm your creative brain this weekend! Let Mankato inspire you and keep you Minnesota warm!

Additional Links

ARTifact on MankatoLIFE
Wine Cafe on MankatoLIFE