Skip to main content

Crashed Ice + Winter Carnival + Rodeo = 200K people in St. Paul

A bus or shuttle is recommended for getting in and out of downtown St. Paul Saturday evening.

Don't let your torchlight crash on the ice while you're rolling to the tough rodeo, girl.

OK, that's a pretty lame mash-up of the events in St. Paul that tourism officials expect will draw about 200,000 people to the capital city on Saturday evening.

Whether you want to see the daredevil skaters of Red Bull Crashed Ice, the Winter Carnival's Torchlight Parade, the Cinch World's Toughest Rodeo, or the Minnesota RollerGirls, the city has the same advice: plan ahead.

Those four events – plus a street party tied to Crashed Ice – are all very near each other, which could make getting in and out of the area tricky.

Free bus rides, shuttles

Crashed Ice by itself typically draws 100,000 spectators. And while the racing doesn't start until 6:30 p.m., earlybirds can stake out a prime standing spot at 5.

Plus there's that party on 7th Street at the foot of Cathedral Hill. To save yourself from fighting the traffic and searching for parking, Metro Transit is offering free rides to Crashed Ice goers.

There are also more than a dozen Twin Cities bars offering shuttle rides to the Crashed Ice hill.

Do you think those feisty Vulcans will push King Boreas out of his throne again this year?

We'll find out when their Torchlight Parade makes its way from Lowertown to the Winter Carnival's epicenter in Rice Park. The parade starts at 5:30 and you can also ride a bus there free of charge. We've heard that if the Vulcans do manage to take control (it's a Winter Carnival thing), they'll celebrate with fireworks.

Visit St. Paul has a timeline of Saturday's events. Revelers at the street party will have to move inside a bar – or one of the party tents– at 11 p.m. But, of course, the party will roll on 'til closing time.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-10-02 at 8.25.27 PM

Pilot, brother and sister killed when plane crashed into house are ID'd

The plane crashed into a house in Hermantown, Minnesota.

Screen Shot 2022-10-02 at 7.18.52 PM

Rolled semi, livestock on freeway interchange in Woodbury

Traffic cameras showed what appeared to be hogs on the side of the road.

Eric Reinbold

Reinbold guilty of murdering wife with 'particular cruelty'

Eric Reinbold, 46, was convicted of two counts of murder in the second degree in Pennington County Friday.

police tape

Armed assault suspect arrested after standoff in Waite Park

The standoff ended early Saturday when officer obtained a warrant for the home.

Screen Shot 2022-10-02 at 9.06.25 AM

3 dead after plane crashes into house in Hermantown

Two people in the house were uninjured.

FeDh7pUWAAg3NMd

Destructive fire at Maple Grove greenhouse and nursery

The fire burned early Sunday morning at a longtime Maple Grove greenhouse and nursery.

st. cloud state university hockey

SCSU player hospitalized after being taken off ice on stretcher

Luedtke was checked into the boards in the first period and down for a reported 10-15 minutes.

Amber alert wisconsin

Amber Alert for Kryssy King canceled, suspect still at large

Police beleived 15-year-old Kryssy King was with a 22-year-old man who remains wanted.

Screen Shot 2022-10-01 at 10.18.12 AM

3 St. Paul fast food restaurants robbed in space of an hour

The thieves struck between 7:15 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Screen Shot 2022-10-01 at 9.06.40 AM

What to do with the Kmart site? Minneapolis wants your ideas

The project will connect Nicollet Avenue south of Lake street and north of the Midtown Greenway, reestablishing a street grid.

Screen Shot 2022-10-01 at 7.53.55 AM

Crowd evacuated at end of homecoming football game in Brooklyn Park

Police blamed 'unruly teens' in the stands and some who were trying to enter the stadium.

Related

Crashed Ice + Winter Carnival + Rodeo = 200K people in St. Paul

A bus or shuttle is recommended for getting in and out of downtown St. Paul Saturday evening.

There'll be music on ice at the Winter Carnival this year

A nightly music lineup on a stage of ice is part of the 2017 St. Paul Winter Carnival

There'll be music on ice at the Winter Carnival this year

A nightly music lineup on a stage of ice is part of the 2017 St. Paul Winter Carnival

St. Paul's mayor will meet the Crashed Ice course one more time

Chris Coleman will take his 6th and final spin as mayor down the Crashed Ice course this week.

Police and Wild will be neighbors in St. Paul's old Macy's building

A police station will move in downstairs from the Wild's new practice home.

st. paul winter carnival ice sculpture

St. Paul Winter Carnival is changing things up for 2021

The annual carnival is changing things up due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including moving events out of Rice Park in downtown St. Paul.