Join at the Art Shanty Projects on Lake Harriet will be heading outdoors for our January meetup at the annual Art Shanty Projects festivities along Lake Harriet, with an optional post-ice round of libations at a neighborhood brewery. Join us on Saturday, January 28 for an afternoon of ice, snow, art and winter joy in the Twin Cities.

“Minnesauna” Art Shanty from the previous year. Photo by Lorie Shaull

We’ll meet at 2 p.m. west of the Pavilion (see map below). Keep an eye on the official Instagram for meetup location updates as well as some highlights of the event. Around 4 p.m., we will walk, bike and roll to Wooden Ship Brewing Company. A food truck and non-alcoholic options will be available.

Map showing beach
Map via Art Shanty Projects

This year may look a little different, as uncertain ice thicknesses has brought the festival to the beach and bandstand area. To learn more about Plan Beach and view the new map of activities, see the Art Shanty Projects page. The Art Shanty Projects is a donation-based event, and no guests will be turned away. Many of the art exhibits will be on snow and ice, so dress in your favorite warm gear and boots/Yaktrax!

Also happening on Saturday is the Lake Harriet Winter Kite Festival from noon to 4 p.m.; feel free to arrive early to see all of the festivities! Note that all activities are family-friendly, and they do allow well-behaved dogs at the festival as well as at Wooden Ship Brewing.

“Temple of Agency” installation from 2020. Photo by Lorie Shaull

How to get there:

  • Shuttle offered from the Executive Building on the northwest side of Bde Maka Ska (3033 Excelsior Blvd) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Metro Transit routes 4, 6, 18 and 23 serve the area surrounding the Lake Harriet Bandshell. Be sure to check the Metro Transit website or app for any route updates.
  • Bike racks are available near the Lake Harriet Bandshell.

About Christina Neel

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Christina moved to the Twin Cities from the Florida Keys in 2021 and fell completely in love with the area. She works as a City and Regional Planner and spends her days biking, singing, and hanging out with her cat named California. Events Committee volunteer