March 14-17, 2020

Parallel 45Winter Festival


The best of Minnesota’s music scene will be performing in the heart of the Parallel 45 Village. Constant entertainment will be provided by local bands to keep the festival energy going through the days and well into each night. Expect family-friendly tunes earlier in the day and more adult-centric bands (though still great for the whole family) later in the evening.

All Fastenal Parallel 45 Stage concerts are free, open to the public, and unticketed.

Saturday, March 14

Sunday, March 15

Tuesday, March 17

Spectators will enjoy watching as experienced participants test their limits in the “Snowball in Hell” SkiCross and BikeCross races which feature banked turns, drops, jumps, and plenty of crashes. Fan’s of RedBull’s Crashed Ice will find high octane, downhill races to be similar in energy and excitement. SkiCross runs from 3:00 – 7:00 pm on Saturday, March 14, and BikeCross runs from 2:30 – 6:30 pm on Sunday, March 15. Spectating is free and open to the public.

The parade from 3:00-3:30pm on Tuesday, March 17, from Northpoint Medical Center in North Minneapolis to Theodore Wirth Park and subsequent symbolic lighting of the Fastenal Parallel 45 Winter Festival Torch will mark the official kick-off to the 2020 Coop FIS Cross Country World Cup Sprint Finals. Youth from local ski programs and Loppet Foundation programs will walk in the parade representing their groups.

Join leaders and partners of the Share Winter Foundation and the Loppet Foundation in conversation from 8:30-10:30 am on Monday, March 16, around best practices for assuring the benefits of an active and adventurous lifestyle are available to all. 

The event will take place at the University of Minnesota Research and Outreach Center and will feature national level presenters, followed by time to think, share, and plan.

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The US Bank Crew Ski Loppet will pit teams of six against one another as they work as groups to move huge, 30-foot skis and race each other to the finish line. The event takes place on Tuesday, March 16 from 4:00 – 4:30 pm. This comedically entertaining event will take place between the World Cup qualifiers and finals, so anyone with a ticket to the World Cup will be able to cheer on the crew skiers.

Festival-goers can fill up on food trucks and beverages while finding entertainment and inspiration from sponsor activation areas, gear trucks, and merchandise booths in the Parallel 45 Village.

Access to the Block Party + Expo is free, open to the public, and unticketed.

  • 10:00am – 8:00pm, Saturday, March 14
  • 10:00am – 6:30pm, Sunday, March 15
  • 4:00pm – 7:00pm, Monday, March 16 (limited)
  • Noon – 10:00pm, Tuesday, March 17

Spectators have the opportunity to get up close and personal with their favorite World Cup athletes as they test out the World Cup course from 4:00pm – 6:00pm on Monday, March 16.

During inspection, those athletes will work with their coaches and wax technicians to inspect the trail and test their skis/wax in preparation for the following day.

Spectating is free and open to the public, including access to the Grandstands and areas that will become the ticketed General Admission area.

Find the complete Fastenal Parallel 45 Winter Festival and Coop FIS Cross Country World Cup schedule, along with event dates and times, here.