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Alfie’s Weekend List: April 26-28, 2024

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Alfie

Founder & Contributing Writer | Food & Drink, Events & Entertainment

Here’s Alfie’s List of dog-friendly things to do near Minneapolis this weekend:

April 26-28, 2024

1. TONIGHT: Alfie’s List Yappy Hour at Brew Park

Brew Park, Plymouth

Wednesday, April 24, 5-7 p.m.

Join us TONIGHT for our April Yappy Hour at Brew Park in Plymouth. Mingle with other pups, enjoy a cold one + snacks, and enter to win a couple of dog-approved prizes. Yappy Hour runs from 5-7 pm on April 24.

 

2. Arbor Day 5K + Kids Sapling Dash

906 East 47th St., Minneapolis

Friday, April 26, 6 p.m.

Here’s your chance to make amends with the trees for all the times your dog has peed on them. It’s the Arbor Day 5K and 100% of proceeds support Brewing a Better Forest, a volunteer tree watering program. The fun run is part of a larger annual Arbor Day festival in McRae Park with tree-themed activities and educational opportunities, art, music, food, and beer.

 

3. Washes for Wishes

Pet Evolution, 8 MN locations

Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Calling all dirty dogs, it’s time for a spring clean and this B-A-T-H is for a good cause. Pet Evolution stores are hosting their annual Washes for Wishes event to benefit Make-A-Wish. Give your pup a scrub in their self serve dog wash for a minimum $20 donation and help make wishes come true for children facing critical illness.

 

4. Block Party

Inbound Brew Co., Minneapolis

Saturday, April 27, 11 a.m.

Inbound Brew Co. is celebrating 8 years of servin’ up delicious beers with an all day block party. The festivities begin at 11 with a drool-worthy line-up of food trucks to sniff out along with cold brews to enjoy on the street. At noon they’ll add tunes to get the vibe just right for a day of partying. Cheers to this dog-loving establishment!

 

5. Mixin’ with the Vixen

Broken Clock Brewing, Minneapolis

Saturday, April 27, 6-9 p.m.

If you haven’t gotten your paws on a MN Vixen Juicy IPA, here’s your chance! The Minnesota Vixen Women’s Football team will be at Broken Clock Brewing where you can meet the players and enjoy this signature brew on tap. Help support the team with a silent auction and 50/50 raffle as they prepare to kick off their 2024 season.

 

6. Break the Bubble

Dual Citizen Brewing, St. Paul

Sunday, April 28, 5-8 p.m.

When you’re a dog, making new friends can be as simple as a few sniffs and bam – you’re besties. It’s a bit more complicated for humans, so Break the Bubble is here to help. This event is for making friends, pure and simple. Just put on a name tag and strike up a conversation with a potential new buddy. The taproom is dog-friendly so bring your wing-man!

April 18-21, 2024

1. Junk Food Trivia

Wandering Leaf Brewing Company, St. Paul

Thursday, April 18, 7-8:30 p.m.

We know doggo’s always got food on the brain, but be honest, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Put your obsession with all things edible to good use at junk food trivia. Compete with other foodies to prove you’re the expert on all things snacks and treats. Speaking of treats, bring a few extras to reward pup for being the cutest trivia partner.

 

2. The Tortured Poets Department Listening Party

Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative, Minneapolis

Friday, April 19, 7-10 p.m.

If a Taylor Swift album release is basically a national holiday in your house, we feel you. Grab your friendship bracelets, leash up pup, and come celebrate The Tortured Poets Department with other fellow Swifties. This listening party includes snacks by Unidos Food Co., vinyl records for sale, and poem writing and friendship bracelet making stations.

 

3. Hoof N Woof 5K Fun Run

Gortner Ave Ramp, St. Paul

Saturday, April 20, 9:30 a.m.

It’s time to shed our winter coats and those, ahem, extra winter pounds. Get your paws moving at the U of M College of Veterinary Medicine’s annual 5K race. Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are welcome, as well as pets on a leash. The race starts and ends on the lawn behind the Gortner Ave Ramp, and the event benefits the Minnesota Association for Pets in Crisis.

 

4. Puppy Day

Smith + Trade Mercantile, Stillwater

Saturday, April 20, 1-4 p.m.

If you love shopping local, here’s your chance to not only meet the makers, but watch them create, too! Smith + Mercantile is hosting a day all about dogs with activities for both you and pup. Check out all natural treat samples and baking, dog collar making demonstrations, pet portrait drawing, and spring photo mini sessions.

 

5. Co-Op Kidsfest

Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative, Minneapolis

Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21, noon-4 p.m

Your fur kids are always welcome at Broken Clock Brewing, and this weekend they’re pulling out all the stops for the human kids too! Enjoy activities for the whole family including meeting local children’s authors, making crafts, face painting, balloon twisting, super heroes, kid karaoke, and more.

April 12-14, 2024

1. Bock Party

OMNI Brewery, Maple Grove

Saturday, April 13, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Does pupper enjoy a good party but turn into a pumpkin after 8 p.m.? Or do you just use her as an excuse to go home early cuz you need your beauty rest? Either way, it’s not a problem cuz OMNI Brewery’s party starts before noon. Party all day with live music, beer releases, Gerhard’s Brats, and beer poking and still make it home for bedtime.

 

2. 5K Beer Run

Utepils Brewing, Minneapolis

Saturday, April 13, 11 a.m.

It’s officially running season! Or walk to get a beer at the finish line season… whatever you fancy. Nestled on the banks of Bassett Creek between the Harrison and Bryn Mawr neighborhoods, you can run, jog, or walk the 5k-ish course that starts and ends at Utepils. Complete the route and enjoy a locally-made craft beverage in the serene outdoor Beer Garden (dogs only allowed outside).

 

3. Beer and Bracelets

OMNI Winery, Rosemount

Saturday, April 13, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Get barkin’ on the girlfriend group chat because there’s a pawfect Girls Day Out adventure this weekend. Meet your squad and their dogs at OMNI Winery in Rosemount for Beer and Bracelets. Enjoy a relaxing day of pizza, beer, and wine while celebrating your friendship by getting matching permanent jewelry.

 

4. Spring Rendezvous

Minneapolis Cider Company, Minneapolis

Saturday, April 13, 3p.m.

Celebrate the grrrreat outdoors with Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness at Minneapolis Cider Company. Talk about old gnarly portage trails, plan a trip over a cider, and get route tips from the experts. Pups are allowed on the patio where you can roast s’mores to keep the camping vibe alive.

 

5. Humble Hounds Adoption Event

Wandering Leaf Brewing Company, St. Paul

Sunday, April 14, 2-5 p.m.

If you’re looking for the spring feels, surround yourself with gorgeous greenery at Wandering Leaf Brewing. This Sunday they’re partnering with Humble Hounds to match a few floofs with new families. You don’t need to bring home a pup to make a difference – just purchase a beer and relax in this calming taproom while a portion of your pint sale is donated to the rescue.

April 4-7, 2024

1. Twins Home Opener Pre-Party

Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative, Minneapolis

Thursday, April 4, 11 a.m.

Baseball returns to Target Field, but you don’t have to choose between watching the game with pup at home or going to the stadium sans doggie. Celebrate the Twins Home Opener with a crowd of fans and your pupper too at Broken Clock’s pre-party, followed by a live-stream of the game in their dog-friendly taproom. Did we mention the hot dog bar?

 

2. “The Office” Trivia

56 Brewing, Minneapolis

Friday, April 5, 7-9 p.m.

Ruff week at work? Round up your favorite coworkers (especially the ones with dogs) and spend the evening talking about an office much better than yours. That’s right, we’re barking about Dunder Mifflin. Friday night’s trivia is dedicated to the World’s Best Boss and his hilarious employees that made us lol for 9 seasons.

 

3. Anniversary Party

Heavy Rotation Brewing Co., Brooklyn Park

Friday, April 5 – Sunday, April 7

Raise your paw if you’ve seen all 7 seasons of New Girl cuz it’s about to pay off! Whether you tuned in each week to catch new episodes on cable in 2011 or binged on Netflix in 2022, it’s time to flex your knowledge of this popular TV series. Trivia begins at 7, but come early early to pre-game with craft beers and tacos from La Cochinta.

 

4. Adopt A Friend Event

Modist Brewing Company, Minneapolis

Saturday, April 6, 12-3 p.m.

Need a little pittie love in your life? Unbreakabull Pit Bull Rescue will be hanging out at Modist Brewing this weekend with some of their cutest pibbles available for adoption. Not ready to add another pup to your pack? Come hang out anyway cuz their doin’ $1 pours and we know floof’s got you on a budget.

 

5. National Beer Day

Forgotten Star Brewing, Fridley

Sunday, April 7, 12-9 p.m.

You don’t need an excuse to spend your Sunday afternoon throwing back beers with your favorite furry drinking buddy, but here’s one anyway…. it’s National Beer Day! For all you deal-hounds that means specials on the cold stuff. Come celebrate this very important holiday with $2 off pints all day, plus get a free pint when you sign up for their Drinking Buddies Beer Club.

March 28-31, 2024

1. Twins Opening Day Watch Party

Forgotten Star Brewing, Fridley

Thursday, March 28, 12 p.m.

The arrival of spring brings so much excitement… longer walks, new smells, and BASEBALL! If opening day is a national holiday in your home, join host John Bonnes of Twins Daily for the Twins opening day watch party. Happy hour starts at noon and the Twins take on the Kansas City Royals beginning at 3:10. You’ll have a chance to win prizes throughout the game.

 

2. Drink for Dogs

Unleashed Hounds and Hops, Minneapolis

Thursday, March 28, 4-9 p.m.

Doggo’s always beggin’ to go to Unleashed Hounds and Hops, and on Thursdays it benefits more than just your furry bestie. This Thursday you’ll eat and drink for gentle giants when 10% of all food and drink sales go to The Great Dane Rescue of Minnesota & Wisconsin. Don’t forget to pre-register your dog before the event and make a reservation to guarantee your spot.

 

3. “New Girl” Trivia

56 Brewing, Minneapolis

Thursday, March 28, 7 p.m.

Raise your paw if you’ve seen all 7 seasons of New Girl cuz it’s about to pay off! Whether you tuned in each week to catch new episodes on cable in 2011 or binged on Netflix in 2022, it’s time to flex your knowledge of this popular TV series. Trivia begins at 7, but come early early to pre-game with craft beers and tacos from La Cochinta.

 

4. Draw League

Bauhaus Brew Labs, Minneapolis

Thursday, March 28, 7 p.m.

It’s a bit hard to draw without opposable thumbs, but this one’ll still be fun for your pupcasso to watch. Draw League promises a night of creativity, friendly competition, and prizes. This fun-filled drawing game will immerse you in a mystery theme spanning three exciting rounds, with one artist emerging as the ultimate winner. This free event is open to all skill levels so anyone can participate and win.

 

5. Easter Egg Hunt

Forgotten Star Brewing, Fridley

Sunday, March 31, 12-9 p.m.

You’ll find plenty of egg hunts for kiddos this weekend, but how many actually welcome the fur-kids? Include your entire pack in your Easter fun at Forgotten Star, where they’ll have eggs hidden around the dog-friendly taproom and in the beer garden if weather permits. Candy for the kids and pets for the pups so everyone goes home happy!

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March 22-24, 2024

1. Maker’s Market

Broken Clock Brewing, Minneapolis

Friday, March 22, 7-10 p.m.

Pay day is this Friday you say? Great, because floof need a little retail therapy and we’ve got just the place. Broken Clock’s Maker’s Market hosted by Market Collective MN will feature 20+ local vendors selling goodies for pup to get her paws on. While you’re there, say cheers to the weekend with a cold brew.

 

2. Easter Bunny Photos

Wag N’ Wash, Lakeville

Saturday, March 23, 1-4 p.m.

Dig out pup’s bunny ear headband (you know you have one) and get your beautiful bun-bun ready for her closeup. Spring photos are a must-doo and the Easter Bunny is posing with all the good boys and girls this weekend at Wag N’ Wash. Don’t furget to hit up their bakery for handcrafted cookies and homemade biscuits.

 

3. Eggcellent Doggy Adventure

McRae Park and Recreation Center, Minneapolis

Saturday, March 23, 1-3 p.m.

With all that sniffing and searching, your dog’s been training for this moment her whole life! Hop over to McRae Rec Center for a canine egg hunt in the park. Activities include an off-leash area, agility course, photo booth, and egg/treat hunt at 2 p.m. Registered participants will receive a doggy basket filled with treats and a toy to take home.

 

4. Small Dog Hangout

Brew Park, Plymouth

Sunday, March 24, 9-10 a.m.

If your mini meatball gets intimidated by the big boys, bring him to this exclusive hangout for small dogs only. Pups must weigh under 30 pounds to participate. For $10 you’ll get entry to the event plus access to Brew Park in general, so if an hour isn’t enough, your dog can keep zooming after the hangout ends.

 

5. OMNI Egg Hunt

OMNI Winery & Taproom, Rosemount

Sunday, March 24, 12-4 p.m.

There’s something for everypuppy this Sunday at OMNI’s Rosemount Winery. Easter fun for the kiddos, a dog-friendly patio and taproom, and a relaxing atmosphere for you to enjoy a beer or wine while the kids hunt for eggs. After the hunt, kids can visit the vendor market for hair tinseling, permanent jewelry, ear piercing, a small petting zoo, and more.

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March 15 – 17, 2024

1. One Year Anniversary Celebration

Broken Clock Brewing, Minneapolis

Friday, March 15 at 12 p.m. to Sunday, March 17 at 8 p.m.

Broken Clock is celebrating a full year at their Marshall Street location. If your pup hasn’t had their snoot booped at this fine establishment then for dog’s sake, it’s time to check it out! Raise a glass to one year in their new (and super dog-friendly) taproom all weekend long with live music, delicious food, and the finest brews.

 

2. 2024 St. Patrick’s Day Parade

5th St. E., St. Paul

Saturday, March 16, 12 p.m.

If doggo enjoys crowds of happy people frolicking through the streets in various shades of green, then leash up and grab a spot at the greatest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the nation. History hounds, this tradition goes all the way back to 1967! The parade begins at Rice Park, travels down 5th St. E, and end at Mears Park.

 

3. St. Pat’s Party

Bent Brewstillery, Roseville

Saturday, March 16, 12-11 p.m.

There are lots of opportunities for pup to paint the town green this weekend. Let him follow his nose to Bent Brewstillery for their version of this Irish celebration. He’ll sniff out super-scented corned beef & cabbage, Irish stew, and a shamrock old fashioned or Siobhan red Irish stout for his hooman.

 

4. Twin Cities Record Show Popup

Forgotten Star Brewing, Fridley

Saturday, March 16, 1-5 p.m.

If you’re a vinyl junkie stuck in a digital dog’s world, you’re gonna ruv this Twin Cities Record Popup Show at Forgotten Star Brewing. Admission is free and you’ll have access to a six-pack of vendors with thousands of albums, 45 RPM records, and music memorabilia that’ll make pup’s tail spin.

 

5. St. Patrick’s Day ‘Haus’ Party

Bauhaus Brew Labs, Minneapolis

Satruday, March 16, 1-11 p.m.

Last year’s St. Patrick’s Day bash was such a hit, Bauhaus Brew Labs is making it an annual thing! The party kicks off at 1:00, but they’ll be raising pints to St. Paddy’s Day until the wee hours of the night. With no cover charge, non-stop tunes, and plenty of green beer to quench your thirst, this one’s a must-doo.

March 8 – March 10, 2024

1. International Women’s Day Party

56 Brewing, Minneapolis

Friday, March 8, 2 p.m.

56 Brewing is teaming up with recently closed Dangerous Man to brew their annual “lady brew” in honor of International Women’s Day. Get your paws on this limited edition tart IPA, aptly named “Tenacious She.” A buck from every pint will be donated to the Minneapolis League of Women Voters, plus Amazing Momo will be serving up Tibetan dumplings from 4:30-8.

 

2. Groom Shop Grand Opening

Chuck & Don’s, Edina

Saturday March 9 – Sunday March 10, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Celebrate the grand opening of Chuck & Don’s Edina groom shop and self-wash salon. Check out the new digs while enjoying treats for both you and doggo, free wellness assessments, fun swag, and more. Puppers need a little primping while you’re there? Visit all weekend for free nail trims and self-washes!

 

3. Family Fun Day

Forgotten Star Brewing, Fridley

Saturday, March 9, 12-5 p.m.

Bring your whole pack to Forgotten Star Brewing where they’ve got a fun day planned for your 4-legged and 2-legged family. Enjoy readings from local authors, ice cream sandwiches, yard games, face painting, and raffles. Keep the kids happy with food from The Sizzling Wagon while pup goes crazy for the smells.

 

4. Bock Poking Party

Elm Creek Brewing, Champlin

Saturday, March 9, 12-8 p.m.

You’ve heard of bock poking, right? If you’re doing that confused dog tilted head thing, just show up this weekend and they’ll teach you how it works! Elm Creek is releasing its Dopplebock “Rejuvenator” with $5 pours all day, hot eats from Brisbane’s Revenge, live music, s’mores and hot chocolate for the kiddos, and pups allowed on the patio.

 

5. Drag Queen Story Time

Broken Clock Brewing

Sunday, March 10, 12:30 p.m.

Are you dreading another Sunday spent wishing there was a place for the hooman kids and fur kids to hang together? Pack up the whole fam and head to Broken Clock Brewing for a free story time with the one and only Mr. Mom, followed by a kids activity. Pawrents can grab a beer and some food and relax with pup in the dog-friendly taproom.

February 22-26, 2024

1. Drink for Dogs

Unleashed Hounds and Hops, Minneapolis

Thursday, February 22, 4-9 p.m.

Your drinking buddy already knows Unleashed Hounds and Hops is where all the cool kids hang, but did you know drinking there can help foster furries find homes? Enjoy a night out for a good cause with 10% of all food and drink sales benefiting Underdog Rescue. Pre-register your dog before the event and make a reservation to guarantee your spot.

 

2. Sociable Speed Bingo

Sociable Cider Werks, Minneapolis

Saturday, February 24, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

You like Bingo, but now it’s time to experience the classic game with a crazy case of the zoomies! Pup knows everything is better at full speed, so grab your dauber and head to Speed Bingo. Prepare to move those paws quickly if you want to win!

 

3. Community Brew: Networking Social & Beer Release

Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative, Minneapolis

Saturday, February 24, 1-5 p.m.

Whether your dog’s name is Peaches or not, this beer release pawty is for you. Broken Clock Brewing is unveiling their newest creation: “My Name Is Peaches,” a peach cobbler wheat ale. Sample this refreshing concoction while connecting with the Sheridan Neighborhood Organization and its incredible partners.

 

4. Dog Adoption Event

Insight Brewing, Minneapolis

Sunday, February 25, 1-4 p.m.

If Valentine’s Day had you thinking love, and love had you thinking dogs, and all that had you thinking about how much more love you could be giving to more dogs… we’ve got you! The Rescue Crew will be at Insight Brewing this weekend to help you find another dog to ruv. House already full? Come for the puppy kissing booth, bake sale, food from Deep Roots, and of course, beer.

 

5. Corgi Night and Races

Brew Park, Plymouth

Monday, February 26, 6-8 p.m.

It’s breed night at Brew Park and Corgis with their little floof booties are taking over! Actually, all dog breeds are welcome, but the fluffy low riders are the guests of honor. At 7 p.m. the cuteness factor gets cranked up a notch when all the lil’ legs race to see whose Corgi butt moves the fastest! 

February 14-19, 2024

1. *Tonight!* Dating with Dogs

Forgotten Star Brewing Co., Fridley

Wednesday, February 14, 5-8 p.m.

It’s Valentine’s Day so we’re celebrating love and the pups we love most. If you’re single, perhaps you’re also looking for another human to love. Ain’t nobody got time for humans who don’t love dogs, so make your way to this singles social event and fundraiser featuring sweet activities and floof-loving humans.

 

2. *Tonight!* Doggy Date Night

Brew Park, Plymouth

Wednesday, February 14, 5-8 p.m.

You’ve already found the 4-legged ruv of your life who adores you and never talks back. But if you’ve also got a significant other and want to share this special day with both of your Valentines, you need Doggy Date Night. Your ticket includes admission and a peanut butter treat for your dog, plus 2 flatbreads, 2 glasses of wine, and 2 desserts for the human lovebirds.

 

3. Butcher and Brews Meat Raffle

Wild Mind Ales, Minneapolis

Thursday, February 15, 6-8 p.m.

It may sound judgmental, but poochie told us she doesn’t understand your desire to drink all the time. Enter Butcher and Brews, the kind of drinking that EVERY dog will not only understand, but be beggin’ you to participate in. For every drink you purchase, you’ll receive one raffle ticket for a chance to win delicious meats from Peterson Craft Meats. Drool!

 

4. Galentine’s Day Drag Show

Modist Brewing Company, Minneapolis

Friday, February 16, 8-10 p.m.

Grab your single friends, your taken friends, and your “it’s complicated” friends and spend an evening wishing your hair and makeup looked as good as the divas on stage. Modist Brewing is hosting a free Galentine’s Day Drag Show in their dog-friendly taproom, where pup-loving staff have been known to fawn over the cutest canine dancing queens.

 

5. *Weekday Bonus* Video Game Night

Bad Weather Brewing Company, St. Paul

Monday, February 19, 4-10 p.m.

If your pup’s name is Mario, Sonic, or Zelda, this night is likely right up your alley. Sip your favorite brews while playing old school video games after work on Monday. Play classics from the original Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Genesis, and N64. Saving the princess is sure to start your week off on the right paw.

February 9-11, 2024

1. R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Market

56 Brewing, Minneapolis

Saturday, February 10, 12-5 p.m.

Immerse yourself in art, merch, flavors, and music while connecting with 25+ Black-owned businesses, artists, culinary experts, creatives, and organizations from the Twin Cities. Dogs are invited and they’ll follow their nose the whole way there ‘cuz Stop, Drop & Rolls will be onsite with an expanded menu of egg rolls and comfort food.

 

2. Pose your Paws: Valentine’s Day Pet Portraits

Pet Stuff, Minnetonka

Saturday, February 10, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

If you’ve been looking for the perfect opportunity to snag a Valentine’s Day pic with your main squeeze, look no further. Kevin White Photography will be capturing the love on camera, while floof does what floof does best: look heckin’ cute. The event is sponsored by Minneapolis Can Do Canine Lions Club with all donations benefiting the community.

 

3. Art and Craft Market

Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative, Minneapolis

Saturday, February 10, 12-6 p.m.

Whether you’re on a mission to find that one-of-a-kind gift for your Valentine, or simply looking for a relaxing afternoon surrounded by creativity, the Art & Craft Market is the place to be. Featuring talented local vendors, this is the perfect opportunity to pal around with pup while shopping for yourself or a special someone.

 

4. Puppy Bowl Watch Party

Back Channel Brewing, Spring Park

Sunday, February 11, 12-3 p.m.

There are two things we’re looking forward to on Sunday… shots of Taylor Swift cheering and the Puppy Bowl! It’s the game before the game, and it’s so full of cuteness your heart might just burst. Hang with the dog-loving folks at Back Channel Brewing and watch 131 rescue puppies compete in Team Ruff vs. Team Fluff.

 

5. Parks & Recreation Trivia

Insight Brewing, Minneapolis

Sunday, February 11, 7-9 p.m.

Football not your thing? Treat yo’ self at Insight’s dog-friendly taproom on Super Bowl Sunday. Bring your smarty-pup for this special edition of Parks & Recreation Trivia Mafia. It’s free to play and the top three teams will win gift cards and go home feeling like they just scored the game-winning touchdown.

February 2-4, 2024

1. Bonspiel Curling Tournament

Forgotten Star Brewing, Fridley

February 2-4, check schedule for times

You and your curling canine may not be on one of the 89 teams competing in the Bonspiel, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy an entire weekend of fun supporting the event! In addition to the curling tournament, choose from beer poking, bingo, happy hour, games, trivia, live music, meat raffle, and an inflatable obstacle course.

 

2. Doggie Depot

Union Depot, St. Paul

Saturday, February 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

If puppers only puts one thing on his social agendog this winter, make it Doggie Depot. Union Depot is literally going to the dogs with activities, pet-friendly vendors, dog rescues, and the crowning of the St. Paul Winter Carnival’s Canine King Boreas and Canine Queen of Snows. It’s free and there’s plenty of on-site parking.

 

3. Art Shanty Projects

Lake Harriet, Minneapolis

Saturday, February 3 and Sunday, February 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Art Shanty Projects was delayed due to warm temps, but they’re hoping to see you out on the ice this weekend. Slide over to Lake Harriet for to experience 18 shanties and even more performances. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome. Make sure to check their Facebook page for updates before you go as thin ice could end up canceling this one again.

 

4. Pints and Pokes

HeadFlyer Brewing, Minneapolis

Saturday, February 3, 12-6 p.m.

So maybe it’s warmer outside than usual, but it’s still a great time to gather ‘round a fire. At Pints and Pokes, they’ll heat up a metal poker, stick it in your beer, and watch as the sugars caramelize in your cup. The “poking” brings out a new rich flavor and aroma. There’s also free s’mores for the kids, and $2 apple fireball shots for adults.

 

5. Cutest Puppy Contest

Excelsior Brewing Company, Excelsior

Saturday, February 3, 1-5 p.m.

Without snow, the Lake Minnetonka Klondike Dog Derby is off, but they’re not going to let the weekend slip away without some fun for Fido. Puppies 6 months or younger can enter the Cutest Puppy Contest at Excelsior Brewing Company. Funds raised will go toward the 2025 race operating expenses and net profits will be donated to rescue partners.

January 25-28, 2024

1. Bingo Night

Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative, Minneapolis

Thursday, January 25, 6:15-9:15 p.m.

If pup’s been stressin’ about inflation, we found a place where you can have fun for just $2! Firefighters for Healing is hosting Bingo at Broken Clock Brewing and games are only two bucks a piece. They’ll start calling at 6:15, so be on time if you want all the chances to win. Cash prizes, people, it’s a great investment!

 

2. Tunes in the Tent

OMNI Brewery, Maple Grove

Friday, January 26, 6-8 p.m.

Our recent cold snap may have your pup scratching at the door to get out and socialize. Bring him to the place where the heaters are toasty and the dog-loving staff will tell him what a good boy he is. It’s Tunes in the Tent inside OMNI Brewery’s heated digs! This Friday’s set features the talented Carl Davis.

 

3. Valentines Pet Portraits

Loon and Beau at the Shops at West End, St. Louis Park

Saturday, January 27, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

You don’t have to ask puppers to be your Valentine (that’s a given), but you should probably get some adorable V-day pics to capture the moment with your true ruv. K Schulz Photography will be snapping portraits of you and your pets at Loon and Beau. Photo sessions are $25, with images and prints sold separately.

 

4. Art Shanty Projects

Lake Harriet, Minneapolis

Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Back for it’s 20th year of winter fun, Art Shanty Projects invites you to Lake Harriet for an on-ice experience featuring 18 shanties and even more performances. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome, but organizers ask that you pick up after pup and consider if they’ll be comfortable around music, costumes, crowds, and other dogs.

 

5. Meat Raffle and Beer Bingo

Forgotten Star Brewing, Fridley

Sunday, January 28, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Ask anypuppy what the greatest prize is… it’s not money, it’s not even a trip to Disney World. It’s MEAT! Don’t oversleep this Sunday cuz Forgotten Star Brewing is hosting a Meat Raffle and Beer Bingo. Enjoy a bloody and beer-mosa bar, lively hosts, and the chance to win some droolworthy meats.

 

6. Cold Weather Pet Playground

Stone Mountain Pet Lodge, Brooklyn Park

Sunday, January 28, 1-4 p.m.

There are plenty of places for Princess to hang out inside, on a leash, on her best behavior by your side. But what she really wants is a place to let loose, and Stone Mountain Pet Lodge is hosting another opportunity for her to zoom during their indoor play time. All dogs must be vaccinated and pre-registration is encouraged.

January 19-21, 2024

1. Shredding Flannel Live

Padraigs Brewing, Minneapolis

Friday, January 19, 7-10 p.m.

Longing for the days of ripped jeans and flannel? Relive this magical time with 90s cover band Shredded Flannel. Tails will be wagging, beer will be flowing, and nostalgia will flood your mind when you rock out at dog-friendly Padraigs this Friday.  

 

2. Snow Daze Winter ‘Haus’ Party

Bauhaus Brew Labs, Minneapolis

Saturday, January 20, 2-11 p.m.

Raise a glass and celebrate this snowy season at the Winter Haus Party at Bauhaus Brew Labs. Like any proper party, the brews will be flowing all afternoon and night, and a lineup of talented DJs will keep the house rocking. Headlining the night is Codes, flying in from NYC to bring the TTB (tail-thumping beats).

 

3. Cold Weather Pet Playground

Stone Mountain Pet Lodge, Brooklyn Park

Sunday, January 21, 1-4 p.m.

Real winter has finally found us, and for some pups the dog park is too stinkin’ cold for a long romp. Lucky for freezing floofs, Stone Mountain Pet Lodge is hosting indoor play time at their Brooklyn Park facility this weekend. Stay warm and have fun using their FUNgility equipment. All dogs must be vaccinated and pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

 

4. Music Mayhem

Sociable Cider Werks, Minneapolis

Sunday, January 21, 6-8 p.m.

Your going to need your fastest thumbs (and speediest paws!) for this night out. Music Mayhem is a music-trivia combo, testing your knowledge of songs and musical artists. Social Cider Werks will be serving up fun libations for you, and food will be available from So & So’s food truck to share with pup! 

 


January 11-14, 2024

1. Drink for Dogs

Unleashed Hounds and Hops, Minneapolis

Thursday, January 11, 4-9 p.m.

Cold beer, warm hearts, can’t lose. Alfie knows the best night for drinking is, well, any night… but the best night for drinking for a cause is Thursday night at Unleashed Hounds and Hops. This week, 10% of all food and drink sales benefit Pet Haven Rescue. Don’t forget to pre-register your dog before the event and make a reservation to guarantee your spot.

 

2. Winter Luau

Bent Brewstillery, St. Paul

Saturday, January 13, 12-10 p.m.

Feeling like giving old man winter a tropical punch right about now? Find warmth and sanity inside Bent Brewstillery’s Winter Luau. This tiki party will take you straight to the tropics without leaving Minnesota, complete with tropical drinks and Hawaiian fare.

 

3. Taylor Swift Night

Shakopee BrewHall, Shakopee

Saturday, January 13, 3 p.m.

In case you haven’t noticed, the cold weather has us settled into our brewery era. Shake off the winter blues at Taylor Swift Night at Shakopee Brew Hall. This enchanted evening includes themed trivia at 6:30, a cover band playing Taylor’s hits from 7-9, friendship bracelet trading, and drink specials that’ll have you asking “how’d we end up on the floor anyway?”

 

4. Winter Wonderland Market

Insight Brewing, Minneapolis

Saturday, January 13, 4 p.m.

If December is the season of giving, then January is the season of buying yourself everything you wanted but nobody got for you. Bring your cold hard Christmas cash to this pop-up art market where you’ll find an array of artists and vendors in the taproom selling art, crafts, clothing, and more.

 

5. Music Trivia and Pop Punk Sing-Along

Heavy Rotation Brewing Co., Brooklyn Park

Saturday, January 13, 6-10 p.m.

Relive your glory days at the “When We Were Warped” Music Trivia & Pop Punk Sing-Along. Rock your way through six rounds of music trivia from your sweaty parking lot show days followed by an acoustic sing-along with “Panic At The Costco.”

 


January 4-7, 2024

1. Drink for Dogs

Unleashed Hounds and Hops, Minneapolis

Thursday, January 4, 4-9 p.m.

Don’t you just melt over how stinkin’ cute those foxy Shiba Inus are? Put your money where your heart is at Unleashed Hounds and Hops this Thursday when 10% of all food and drink sales benefit Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue. Don’t forget to pre-register your dog before the event and make a reservation to guarantee your spot.

 

2. Sociable Speed Bingo

Sociable Cider Werks, Minneapolis

Saturday, January 6, 12:30-2:30

Bring your furry friend for some fast and furious fun – man, we love alliteration! The exciting game of Speed Bingo is coming to Sociable Cider Werks on Saturday. This isn’t your grandma’s game, so you better be ready to pick up the pace. Puppare your daubers and move those paws quickly!

 

3. Warrior Dog Adoption Event

Nine Mile Brewing Company, Bloomington

Saturday, January 6, 1-4 p.m.

Does the New Year have a new friend in store for you? Dog-friendly Nine Mile Brewing is hosting an adoption event with Warrior Dog Rescue this weekend. Come shake paws with pup prospects, or just bring your own fur-kid to belly up to the bar and drink among other fellow mutt lovers.

 

4. Twin Cities Record Show Popup

Forgotten Star Brewing, Fridley

Saturday, January 6, 1-5 p.m.

If you’re a vinyl junkie stuck in a digital world, you’re gonna ruv this Twin Cities Record Popup Show at Forgotten Star Brewing. Admission is free and you’ll have access to a half-dozen vendors with tables full of albums, 45 RPM records, and music memorabilia that’ll make pup’s tail spin.

 

5. Winter Ice Festival

Centennial Lakes Park, Edina

Sunday, January 7, 1-4 p.m.

A walk around Centennial Lakes Park is always picturesque, but this Sunday will bring festive chilly vibes at the Winter Ice Festival. We’re assuming pup can’t skate (if yours can, please send photos!), so cozy up by an outdoor fireplace and watch skaters glide under the bridges of this 10-acre lake while noshing on fresh mini donuts.

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