Great Northern Festival // 1/29 + 1/30

Dance Church

SUN. 1/29 10 AM. $20.

Get together, get moving, and build some midwinter heat with this all-abilities movement class offering a fun and inclusive approach to dancing. Designed for people of all shapes and sizes, backgrounds and identities, Dance Church is a communal space for people who want to move their bodies.

Kidarod East

SUN. 1/29 11 AM-3 PM. $37. All ages.

Drawing inspiration from Alaska’s famous dog sled race, YMCA of the North’s Kidarod offers an unforgettable outdoor 2-mile winter adventure experience for kids.

Dr. Heidi Roop: The Climate Action Handbook: A Visual Guide to 100 Climate Solutions for Everyone

SUN. 1/29 12:30 PM. Free.

Climate scientist Dr. Heidi Roop presents a sneak preview of her forthcoming release The Climate Action Handbook (Sasquatch)—offering approachable action steps to help slow the adverse effects of climate change.

Moderated by Sven Sundgaard.

Combating Climate Change with Urban Forests: How Trees Can Save Our Cities

SUN. 1/29 11 AM. Free.

Explore the importance of why urban tree canopy needs to be viewed as critical urban infrastructure—just like transit systems and utilities—and invested in accordingly.

Winter Wonderland with the Minnesota Orchestra

SUN. 1/29 2 PM $12-$29. All ages.

From chilly jingling sleigh bells of the north to tango-tinged sunny southern sounds—winter-themed music from around the world offers a beautiful way to learn each other’s traditions. Minnesota Orchestra’s Relaxed Family Concerts are designed for audiences of all ages, including individuals with autism or sensory sensitivities.

Project Drawdown: A Cautious Case for Climate Optimism

SUN. 1/29 2 PM. Free.

Moderated by Local Climate Solutions’ Abby Finis Project Drawdown Executive Director Jonathan Foley leads a discussion on focusing resources where the possibility of reducing the impacts of climate change is real and growing. Moderated by Abby Finis.

Exploring Ecological Death Care with Katrina Spade of Recompose

SUN. 1/29 3:30 PM. Free.

Are you curious about funeral options beyond the standards of burial and cremation? Join Katrina Spade, founder and CEO of Recompose, to learn about human composting.

Climate Heroes in Your Neighborhood

SUN. 1/29 7 PM. Free.

A launch and celebration of nine local changemakers, offering a window into how you—and everyday people from diverse backgrounds in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and beyond—can be part of climate solutions. Presented in partnership with Project Drawdown.

Will Steger in conversation with Erling Kagge: Inside an Explorer’s Mind

MON. 1/30 12 PM. Free.

Educator and explorer Will Steger joins forces with Norwegian explorer and author Erling Kagge for a reflective conversation on nature’s rhythms, silence, the human relationship to the environment, art, deep cold, and more.

K’óoben pop-up

MON. 1/30 5 PM. $75.

Join us for food collective K’óoben’s 5th pop-up experience, featuring guest chefs who will explore what it means to be crafting and cooking food in the middle of winter in Minnesota—plus specialty beverage pairings, and live music.

Winter Roast: Comedy from the North

MON. 1/30 7:30 PM. $20.

In Minnesota, winter is our great equalizer. Join The Great Northern for a comedy program curated by comedian Ali Sultan to make deep winter a little warmer—featuring a standout lineup of Minnesota-based performers seen on Comedy Central, Colbert, and Drybar. Let’s get together and laugh, because if we cry, our tears will freeze our eyes shut.