Iconic Winter Festival Celebrates Milestone

Oct 22, 2021News

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Registration is now open for the Loppet Foundation’s City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival, to be held February 5-6, 2022. The multi-day winter festival has become a Minneapolis staple for celebrating the wonder, adventure, and fun of the winter season in Minnesota.Most of the City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival events will be centered in Theodore Wirth Regional Park on the border between North Minneapolis and Golden Valley. The weekend-long festival includes events and races for all ages, abilities and interests, including skiing, fat tire biking, skijoring, snowshoeing, the Luminary Loppet, Kubb tournaments and more.

The City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival brings thousands to Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary

The City of Lakes Loppet started in 2003 as a unique urban point-to-point cross-country ski race. Since then, the event has evolved and adapted to engage a growing community of outdoor enthusiasts. The Loppet Foundation is proud to host a winter festival that has events and races for all to enjoy. In celebration of the event’s 20th anniversary, The Loppet Foundation will be giving participants and spectators unique opportunities leading up to the festival and during festival weekend – more to be announced in the upcoming months.

The City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival brings thousands to Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis

Back in 2022 is the Luminary Loppet on Lake of the Isles! Attendees of the Luminary Loppet can walk, ski or snowshoe through a serene landscape of 1,200+ glowing ice luminaries in the heart of Minneapolis’ Uptown. After having to drastically scale back the event in 2021 held at Theodore Wirth Park, the Loppet Foundation is excited to again host this magical evening (and the organization’s largest fundraiser) on Lake of the Isles with a full set of luminary features and party. 

For more information, and to register for festival events, visit the Loppet Winter Festival website.

The City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival brings thousands to Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis

About the Loppet Foundation

Established in 2002 with an 800-person ski race, the Loppet Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that now welcomes 20,000 participants annually to its events and programs. The Loppet Foundation creates a shared passion for year-round outdoor adventure in the Minneapolis area, focusing on underserved youth and families. This year, the Loppet Foundation brought outdoor experiences to more than 1,300 kids from underserved communities – third graders to high school seniors – through our partnerships with 17 Northside schools and Loppet Adventure Camp. Activities include skiing, mountain biking, paddling, running and more.

The City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival brings thousands to Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis

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