After a year off, the art shanties are heading back to Lake Harriet. Melody's first article (!!!) for SW Voices is about the art festival returning to our lives, how it brings people together, what it means to the community, and how they're adjusting to the pandemic.

It's going to snow today. It might snow a lot. It'll start around 11 AM and won't stop until the morning.

Do you know what to do if it snows a bunch tonight? If it really dumps, the city will declare a snow emergency, which means special parking rules so they can plow the streets. The Star Tribune put together some good info on how that works and where to park.

From the article: "Minneapolis offers e-mail and text alerts as well as phone notifications. You can also receive updates on Twitter and Facebook." We'll also try to keep you updated on our Twitter, Instagram and Facebook feeds if there's any announcement. If you're a property owner, remember that you're also responsible for clearing your sidewalk.

This week, we also interviewed Aisha Chughtai and wrote about why the Police Department will cost us more money for fewer people than in 2019. Henry Pan also did an amazing job covering last night's Met Council interviews, and will be writing something about it that we'll publish by early next week.


There is so much going on this weekend, we almost ran out of ink. The events below are listed in chronological order.


Highpoint is launching their new co-op exhibition featuring work from 26 different artists tonight from 6-9. You can get 20% off if you buy the prints tonight or tomorrow.


The 34th annual Reindeer Run 5k, 10k, and 15k kicks off at Lake Harriet at 7:30 AM (or a bit later if you're a kid, only doing the 5k, or walking).

Black Forest's Christmas Market will be in full effect from 10:30 to 7:00.

Neighborhood Roots, a collaboration from the Fulton, Kingfield, and Nokomis farmers markets, is hosting an outdoor market from 11:00 - 1:00.

Plate and Parcel market will be back at Wagner's on Saturday and Sunday.

Highpoint is hosting a live woodcutting demonstration at Mia from 11 - 1 in conjunction with the exhibit celebrating their work.

Go make gingerbread houses at Kenny Park from 10:00 - 12:15.

The best book I've ever read about Minneapolis was Tom Weber's book Minneapolis: An Urban Biography. He'll be presenting alongside Bill Lindeke, who wrote what I'm sure is an equally good book about St. Paul, from 2-3 on Saturday afternoon at the Minnesota History Center.

Learn about legends and folklore of the Twin Cities at the Hennepin History Museum on Saturday afternoon.

Lakes and Legends is celebrating six years in business with a craft market, special beer releases, and an ugly sweater party on Saturday and Sunday.

The Bakken is holding a holiday murder mystery party on Saturday night.


Wild Rumpus has their book club for new and emerging readers (ages 6 - 9) on Sunday at 5:30 PM. Email Beth at to join the club.

Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church is hosting The Isles Ensemble, which includes a string quartet and piano quintet, on Sunday from 4-6 PM.