Upcoming events at the Minneapolis Convention Center

The Minneapolis Convention Center is a City-owned, state-of-the-art facility that hosts more than 500 events annually, drawing nearly a million attendees each year. Here are a few of the events that will be held at the Convention Center in the coming weeks.

Motorcycle Show

Exhibitors will showcase the hottest new motorcycles, custom bikes, ATVs and scooters as well as parts, accessories, events and riding clubs. Seminars and stunt demos are also planned.

Event schedule
Friday, Feb. 3           4 – 9 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 4      9:30 - 8 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 5         10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Admission
Adults                     $15
Youth 6 - 11             $6
Ages 5 & under        Free

Vacation & Camping Show

The 45th annual RV, Vacation and Camping Show is the largest consumer show in the five-state area. The event showcases pop-ups, travel trailers, conversion vans, fifth-wheels, tent trailers, park models and Class A, B and C motorhomes. Something for every budget from $4,500 to $400,000 will be featured. The show will also offer information about campgrounds across the region, camping apparel and RV and camping accessories.

Event schedule
Thursday, Feb. 9      10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 10         10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 11     10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 12       10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Admission
Adults                     $10
Youth 6 - 12            $4
Ages 5 & under        Free
Seniors – Thursday   $5

Lake Home & Cabin Show

This three-day event features products, services, how-to seminars and activities covering virtually every aspect of lake home and cabin ownership as well as the lake and cabin lifestyle. This show for folks who already own lake homes or cabins, want to own one soon, or simply want to decorate their existing home in a northwoods décor. The event showcases furnishings, builders, real estate services, sporting gear, lakeshore maintenance and landscaping services. How-to demonstrations and seminars are also planned.

Event schedule
Friday, Feb. 10         2 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 11     10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 12       10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Admission
Adults 16 & older      $10
Age 5 - 15 & under   $4
Under 5                  Free

Golf Show

The Golf Show is an opportunity to check out the latest in gear and technology and get ready for the coming season.

Event schedule
Friday, Feb. 17         Noon - 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 18     9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 19       10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Admission
Adults 16 & older      $10
Age 5 - 15 & under   $4
Under 5                  Free

Weapons Show

The Minnesota Weapons Collectors Association provides an opportunity for collectors to buy, sell and trade weapons.

Event schedule
Saturday, Feb. 18     8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 19       9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Admission
Adults                     $5
Age 12 & under        Free
No one under age 18 admitted without parent or guardian

North Star Roller Girls Roller Derby

The Convention Center is home to the Northstar Roller Girls, an all-female skater-owned and operated amateur roller derby league that plays Women's Flat Track Derby. The North Star Roller Girls League is comprised of four teams: the Banger Sisters, Delta Delta Di, Kilmore Girls, and the Violent Femmes.

Event schedule
Saturday, Feb. 18
6 p.m. - doors open
7 p.m. - bout begins  

Admission
Trackside seating: $15 - advance / $17 - game day
Chair seating: $13 - advance / $15 - game day
Bleacher/standing: $12 – advance / $14 – game day
Kids ages 9 and under – free with an adult

Food & Nutrition Expo

The Minnesota Food & Nutrition Expo is hosted by the Minnesota Dietetic Association. The event features cooking demonstrations, information about popular food topics and more than 50 companies exhibiting products or services that can help you live a healthier lifestyle.

Event schedule
Saturday, Feb. 25     9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Admission
Adults            $5
Families         $7
Free admission with non-perishable food donation for Second Harvest Heartland

Women’s Expo

This two-day event features food and wine vendors, local celebrities and chefs, information about home businesses and more.

Event schedule
Saturday, Feb. 25     10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 26       11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Admission
At the door    $10

Home & Garden Show

The Minneapolis Home and Garden Show showcases what's new in home, gardening, remodeling and home décor. It features thousands of products and services.

Event schedule
Wednesday, Feb. 29  Noon – 9 p.m.
Thursday, March 1    10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday, March 2        10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday, March 3    9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday, March 4      9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Published Feb. 1, 2012