1. Super Bowl 52
The Big Game may be across the river at Minneapolis’ US Bank Stadium, but we’ll still be embracing our Bold North spirit like never before in Saint Paul. The Capital City will host Opening Night Fueled by Gatorade (Xcel Energy Center, Jan. 29), The Night Before concert with Dave Matthews Band (Xcel Energy Center, Feb. 3) and Taste of the NFL (RiverCentre, Feb. 3).
2. 17 Days of Winter Carnival (and an Ice Palace to boot)
Saint Paul Winter Carnival is extending its reign to 17 days of fun this year to allow our Super Bowl visitors to get an authentic taste of the #BoldNorth. Carnival festivities will include all the usual cold-weather favorites—ice sculptures, parades, Vulcan Snow Park—plus much, much more. “New” this year is the return of the iconic Ice Palace. The 70-foot palace will be located in downtown’s Rice Park.
3. Double Dose of College Hockey with Frozen Faceoff & Frozen Four
We’re thrilled that the NCHC Frozen Faceoff has chosen Saint Paul’s Xcel Energy Center as its new home. The action-packed semi-final and final rounds of the conference’s post-season tournament will rock the X from March 16-17. It’s an added bonus that St. Patrick’s Day falls on the 17th—North Dakota fans will already be dressed for the occasion.
If one hockey showcase wasn’t enough, we’re doubling down April when the NCAA Men’s Hockey Frozen Four returns to the State of Hockey’s capital city April 5-7. Collegiate hockey’s best will take center stage for the third time at Xcel Energy Center as they compete for the title of National Champion.
4. Treasure Island Center and TRIA Rink
There’s been a lot of commotion lately as crews finish up work on Treasure Island Center in the heart of Saint Paul. Opening in 2018, the destination will bring new life to downtown. The top level (glass windows make it visible to the street) TRIA Rink will serve as the practice facility for the Minnesota Wild, as well as offering nearly 5,000 hours of ice time for youth, college and adult league use. The other floors will house a variety of other businesses, including Stacked Deck Brewing, Walgreen’s, Tim Horton’s and TRIA Orthopaedic.
5. The Restaurants Keep On Comin’
In October of 2017, Mpls St Paul Magazine wrote: “For those keeping track at home, we're seeing a big movement of Minneapolis top tastemakers to St. Paul right now, with Revival and 5 Watt heading in to the Keg & Case remake of the old Schmidt Brewery, Kyatchi going into the Tanpopo space in Lowertown, Tim McKee opening Octo Fishbar, and Michelle Gayer opening her new sit-down version of Salty Tart. What's it like to be magic this year, St. Paul? Somewhere, founding rapscallion Pig's Eye Parrant is hoisting a beer in general cheers to this string of triumphs after triumphs, and I'll join him.”
And 2018 will be no different. In addition to all of the foodie hot spots we saw go in at the above mentioned Market House Collaborative Lowertown space, the new year is expected to bring Parlour Bar to West 7th and a plethora of offerings at Keg & Case Market (which will occupy space at the former Schmidt Brewery).
6. Saturday St. Patrick’s Day & LuckyPalooza
St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday this year, so you know we’ll be getting crazy in the Capital City. The LuckyPalooza street party on West Seventh (held the Saturday prior to St. Patrick’s Day, March 10) will kick off a week of festivities leading up to the real deal on March 17, where we’ll celebrate Saint Paul’s rich Irish heritage in all of our usual ways with a massive parade and a variety of green events throughout the city.
7. Progress on Allianz Field
Though we won’t be watching MLS Soccer in Saint Paul this year, we’ll be a whole lot closer to bringing Minnesota United FC home to their new stadium in 2019. Allianz Field (pronounced ahh-lee-ahnz) is currently being built on the corner of Snelling and University in the Midway neighborhood. The stadium will seat 19,400 and expects to attract a variety of new businesses to the area. Peep the construction live stream for daily updates.
8. Live Music
It seems every year is a big year at Xcel Energy Center, what with all the phenomenal musical acts who tend to stop their tours here. The trend continues in 2018 with already announced acts including P!nk, Harry Styles, Sam Smith, Maroon 5 and Shania Twain (who just so happened to set the single night attendance record when she was here back in 2003).
If smaller shows are more your speed, Palace Theatre also has a knock-out lineup featuring Portugal.The Man, Judah & The Lion, Walk the Moon, Tu Dance and Bon Iver.