Snow Kato Days
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Pizza Ranch Coloring Contest

January 10 – 24, 25

Print a Pizza Ranch SnowKato Days Coloring Contest Entry Form and color a winter-themed drawing. Entries will be judged on creativity, neatness, and winter-themed. Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for each age group.

  • 5 years and under
  • 6-8 years 
  • 9 years and up

Entry due and winners announced on January 25 at 2pm. Click the button below for the entry form and rules.

Pizza Ranch

Skiing Mount Kato

Mount Kato Learn to Ski

Postponed to
January 24 – 26

Here is your chance to celebrate (FIS) World Snow Day & Kick Off SnowKato Days. Learn the basics & start your adventure into winter sports with our Snow Fun For Beginners Package.


Mount Kato Glow Tubing

Postponed to
January 24 – 26

This isn’t your typical evening of snow tubing. It’s glow tubing! Come for a unique experience in the snow with flashing lights covering your tubing path complete with giant glow sticks and music.

Snowman Building Contest in Mankato

Snowman Contest

January 17 – 26

Edina Realty’s Snowman Contest is an opportunity to build a display in your front yard using the Snowman Hat provided by Edina Realty. Stop in to the Edina Realty office Monday- Friday, January 20-24 from 11am-6pm and pick up the official Edina Realty Snowman Hat (supplies are limited – first come first serve).

How to Enter: Snap a fun photo highlighting your creation, it will be uploaded to the Edina Realty Facebook page (specific instructions available upon hat pickup). The entries with the most likes will win $75 gift certificate to Mt. Kato, $50 gift card to the Wooden Spoon and $25 to the Coffee Hag!


Edina Reality SnowKato Days

Med Hunt

Medallion Hunt

January 17 -26

Medallion Hunt:The Mankato Free Press will drop the first of 10 clues starting on Friday, January 17th and continue the hints until January 26th or until the medallion has been found. Use the clues in The Free Press to find the hidden SnowKato Days Medallion worth $500.

The Mankato Free Press

Sledding Free Press

Jack Frost Frolic


Either pull together friends for this light hearted team challenge or come to watch the fun. The event involves sledding, snowshoeing, strategy and other fun winter challenges. Cool (but warm) hats for competitors!  

Sledding Hill at Sibley Park: Don’t forget your sled for downhill fun right next to the playground.  

Mankato Curling

Mankato Curling Club Learn to Curl

January 17 – 18

Ever wonder what curling is like? Get a fun lesson from the Mankato Curling Club and test your skills. Check back as the location and times are confirmed.

Dairy Queen Blizzard

Flavor of SnowKato Days

January 17 – 26, 22

Dairy Queen:Adams Street, Mankato
Check out Dairy Queen’s take on the flavor of SnowKato Days…blizzard style. They have created a special treat only offered during SnowKato Days so get it while you can. Also, stop in for their Customer Appreciation Day (January 22) to get 50% off ice-cream cakes and 50% novelties. Be sure to buy your SnowKato Days button for addition savings.

VOTE ON THE SNOWKATO DAYS FLAVOR – Stop by Dairy Queen Saturday, January 11th between 1 – 2:30 to taste test and cast your vote for the SnowKato Days blizzard flavor.  

Dairy Queen

Blue Earth County Historical Society

History Hunt at the History Center

January 17 – 18, 21-25

Visit the Blue Earth County History Center for the History Hunt. Solve the puzzles and find clues while learning about the 1920 Mankato Winter Carnival. Complete the History Hunt and win a prize! Fun for all ages. Free activity.

Click “Learn More” below for the History Center hours and more information.

Blue Earth County Historical Society

Children's Museum on Southern Minnesota Winter

Adventures at the Children's Museum

January 20

Spend your no-school day at the Children’s Museum and enjoy a variety of winter-themed adventures! Due to extremely cold weather planned for Monday, we’re moving our programs inside.

Instead of snowshoeing, Scott Kudelka, Minneopa Area Naturalist will bring a different program to the AgLab, “Wild About Wildlife.” Come learn about some of the cool animals that can be found throughout the state and learn how these mammals have adapted to survive in their natural environment.

Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota

Nicolet Bike and Ski

Fat Bike & Brew Ride

January 21

5:30pm – 7pm at Nicollet Bike & Ski Shop
Join Nicollet Bike Shop’s guided fat bike ride to the Kiwanis Mountain Bike Trail for a mix of single track, ATV trail, and pavement riding and then on to the LocAle Brewing Co. for rewarding refreshments ($1 off beers for riders).

This will be a treat as the Kiwanis Mountain Bike Trail and Skills Park was named one of Minnesota’s “20 Popular Fat Bike Trails You’ve Never Heard Of” by Singletracks. There are some requirements.

Nicollet Bike and Ski

Pub 500 Yappy Hour

Pub 500 "Yappy Hour"

January 23

5pm – 7pm at Pub 500
In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the 1920 Mankato Winter Festival, come celebrate with a 1920s style Rye Old Fashioned for you and a treat for your furry friend on the pet-friendly patio. Also, check out their fun line-up of entertainment for the entire week.


SnowShoeing With Vine

January 23

1pm-2pm at Rasmussen Woods
Join us at Rasmussen Woods for a snowshoeing adventure from 1-2 pm. Bring your snowshoes or use a pair of ours. Snowshoes can be rented for just $10. Free and open to the public!


River Valley Makers Pop Up

River Valley Maker's Pop Up

January 25

10am-4pm at Wooden Spoon Bakery
Come to a winter themed Pop-Up shop featuring handmade items from our local vendors at the Wooden Spoon located on Riverfront Drive. Enjoy hot cocoa, coffee, free popcorn, and lots of beautifully handcrafted items for sale.

Kiwanis Sculptures

SnowDazzle on the Plaza

January 23 – 25

Mankato Civic Center Plaza
Mayo Clinic Health System presents SnowDazzle on the Plaza. The Civic Center Plaza will be illuminated by dazzling laser lights supported by Minnesota, State University, Mankato and interactive hand-crafted ice carvings which will be perfect for #Instagrammable moments. Come watch the ice carvers work on their masterpieces between Thursday – Friday afternoon.

Then on Friday between 5:00 – 7:00PM grab some hot cocoa or food by Wooden Spoon and Pizza Ranch and enjoy music by Radio Mankato. At 6:00 Dance Express will provide some entertainment on the stage featuring two teams and a special surprise performance provided by Mayo Clinic Health System.  

Presented  by:

Mayo Clinic

Laser Lights Supported by:

Minnesota State University, Mankato


Minnesota State University Mankato Hockey Student Section

MSU Mankato Hockey

January 24

7:07PM at Mankato Civic Center Plaza
MSU-Mankato Hockey: The Mavericks will play Bemidji. Game starts at 7:07. Be sure to purchase a SnowKato Days button for special ticket pricing for the 1/24/2020 and 1/25/2020 matchups. Come early to enjoy the laser light show supported by Minnesota State University, Mankato and the Ice Sculptures in the Civic Center Plaza.

Maverick Hockey SnowKato Days

MSU Mankato Hockey Night

January 25

4-5:30 PM at Mankato Civic Center Plaza
MSU will host their popular Hockey Night in the Civic Center Plaza. Take part in the outdoor festivities before the showdown on the ice. Game starts at 6:07. Activities will include interactive ice sculptures, music,  by Radio Mankato, fun games and food for purchase by Pub 500, Wooden Spoon and Pizza Ranch. All of this in the midst of a wintery wonderland atmosphere including the laser light show supported by Minnesota State University, Mankato and the Ice Sculptures in the Civic Center Plaza.

Credit Free Press

Snowshoe Hike at Minneopa

January 25

1 pm at Minneopa State Park
Going for a snowshoe hike is a wonderful way to enjoy winter and a landscape covered in snow. Come out to Minneopa State Park to take a hike across the snow-covered terrain as a way to embrace this season’s natural environment.

On this hike the Minneopa Area Naturalist will share some of the history of snowshoeing, tips on the different types of snowshoes, and fun places at Minneopa State Park to go snowshoeing. If there isn’t enough snow it will become a hike. Snowshoes available for rent.

Hike starts at 1pm at the Minneopa State Park Campground!


Anthony Ford Pond Hockey Tournament

Anthony Ford Pond Hockey

January 25-26

Watch the adult hockey tournament for a unique pond hockey experience at Spring Lake Park in North Mankato. Games run from 10:00AM – 4:00PM with a warming house, food and beverages provided by Business on Belgrade establishments. 

Business on Belgrade

Sledding at Sibley

Sledding at Local Parks

All Winter Long!

Grab a sled or tube and head to the legendary Sibley Park or Spring Lake Park hill for downhill sledding. 

City of Mankato

City of North Mankato