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Jan152019

Shake Up Your Winter with Fresh Ideas and Fun at the Minneapolis Convention Center

Via a January 15 e-announcement from Meet Minneapolis:

More than a dozen shows open to all ages and featuring outdoor adventures, wedding planning, fun on two wheels or four, and much more

Whether you are planning a wedding, itching to get back on the water, dreaming of hitting the road or in the market for a new, two- or four-wheeled vehicle, winter is the perfect time to head to the Minneapolis Convention Center. More than a dozen interactive events, open to the public, will fill exhibit halls between now and the end of March, including the Minneapolis Boat Show, Twin Cities Auto Show, Healthy Life Expo, E-bike Challenge Minneapolis, and more.

In addition to exploring new cars, boats, bikes, gardens and healthy lifestyle trends, indulge in freshly roasted coffee at the in-house Dunn Brothers Coffee. Or head to the second floor for something from the grill and a variety of classic Minnesota craft beers at the Craft Bar and Lounge. Spend the day or make it a weekend getaway for a winter “Minne-vacation.”

* * * * * Public Shows by Month * * * * *

January

  • The Wedding Fair – Jan. 20: Find everything you need to plan the perfect wedding, and don’t miss the bridal fashion shows at 12:30 and 3 p.m.
  • Minneapolis Boat Show – Jan. 24-27: See the newest boat models and be transported to a warmer climate thanks to the “island experience.” Plus, kids can explore with the discover-a-boat map, and you can try your luck in the Baggo tournament with a Sea-Doo Spark as the grand prize.

February

  • Minneapolis Progressive International Motorcycle Show – Feb. 1-3: Enjoy an indoor riding course for first-time riders or test your wheelie skills, play in the kid zone, or check out the world’s largest motorcycle builder competition.
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul RV Vacation and Camping Show – Feb. 7-10: Includes seminars on how to select and care for your RV, nearly 100 exhibitors plus RV’s from $4,500 to $600,000.
  • 2019 Minnesota Golf Show – Feb 8-10: Brush up on your swing at the indoor driving range or flaunt your short game with a chance to qualify for the $100,000 Pontoon Putt at this all ages show.
  • Health Life Expo – Feb. 9-10: Recommit to that New Year’s fitness resolution with demos, seminars, and nutrition tips, plus learn about fitness clubs, personal trainers and in-home equipment.
  • Lake Home and Cabin Show – Feb. 15-17: If cabin fever strikes early, this is the place to be, whether you are searching for the perfect cabin, building it, or improving it.
  • Unveiled! – Feb. 17: The Wedding Guys’ one-stop shop for wedding planning, including tasting bars, vendors and a fashion show where you might discover your ultimate dream dress.
  • Home & Garden Show – Feb. 22-24 and March 1-3: Reworking or planning a garden? From new plants to “She Sheds,” you’ll find your ticket to spring fun, including a presentation by “The Property Brothers,” interactive DIY projects, and the latest garden décor.

March

  • Twin City Twisters Gymnastics Northern Light Classics – March 1-3: See the region’s top young gymnasts in an event that features the stars of tomorrow.
  • Twin Cities Auto Show – March 9-17: Get your first look at this year’s “Car of the Year,” see the finalists for the “project car” contest, experience Camp Jeep, and “Ride and Drive,” plus climb inside the “Raminator” – a 10-ft tall, 12-ft wide Dodge Ram monster truck. There will be more than 600 vehicles on display and a special Military appreciation night on March 12.
  • Northwest Sportshow – March 21-24: Try your hand at fly fishing or hook your kids on the sport of fishing at the catch-and-release trout pond, plus enjoy seminars, new technology, turkey call making, pick up your hunting or fishing license or take aim at the air gun range for kids.
  • E-bike Challenge Minneapolis – March 23-24: Learn all about electric bikes and see the latest models, test out e-bikes on the indoor test track, plus learn about great biking and hiking locations.
  • The Wedding Fair – March 31: Whether you need to book a limo, secure a photographer or you want to check out dresses and tuxes on the runway, this bridal and wedding show has it all.

All shows are open to the public. The full 2019 Minneapolis Convention Center public calendar including show links can be found here.

The Minneapolis Convention Center (MCC) is owned by the City of Minneapolis and marketed through Meet Minneapolis. The 1.6 million square foot facility features 475,000 square feet of exhibit space, a 3,400 fixed-seat auditorium, 87 meeting rooms and two ballrooms. The MCC is both LEED and GMIC certified and works to serve its constituencies and stakeholders as the face of Minneapolis to visitors. Through its efforts, the MCC helps sustain nearly 7,500 jobs in the community.

Meet Minneapolis is a private, not-for-profit, member-based association. It actively promotes and sells the Minneapolis area as a destination for conventions and meetings, works to maximize the visitor experience and markets the city as a desirable tourist destination to maximize the economic benefit to the greater Minneapolis area.

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