In late February, the MSPT will be at Canterbury Park for the first time in Season 9. While we hope you’re busy playing the $1,100 buy-in, $300,000 GTD Main Event from start to finish the weekend of Feb. 23-25, there’s a chance you find yourself with some free time, be it from busting or making it through on Day 1A. As such, here are some things you can do to stay busy.
Rick Springfield Concert at Mystic Lake
On Sunday, February 25 at 8 p.m., legendary entertainer Rick Springfield will perform inside the Mystic Showroom at Mystic Lake Casino, which is just down the road from Canterbury Park. Tickets prices are $25, $35 & $50.
This is your chance to see the Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and musician who has sold 25 million albums and scored 17 U.S. Top 40 hits including “Jessie’s Girl,” “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “An Affair of the Heart,” “I've Done Everything for You,” “Love Somebody” and “Human Touch.”
Free Music at Mystic Lake
While Rick Springfield headlines Sunday night, you can actually catch two free live bands on Friday and Saturday. The Kendra Glenn Band will perform on Friday from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. on the DrinX Stage. She’s a soulful powerhouse singer that is making her mark in the Twin Cities belting out R&B soul music.
On Saturday, Lexi Parr and the Ruby Blonde Band will be playing the same time on the same stage. Known as “The Voice for the Generations,” Lexi Parr wails like Janis and commands tonal spectrum like Etta James. Nashville, MTV, The Voice and more have all embraced Lexi and the electrifying stage show she brings with her band.
Grab a Beer
The 9th Annual Winter Beer Dabbler, which is Minnesota’s largest outdoor beer festival, will take place on Saturday, February 24 from 2:30-6:30 p.m. at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. With unlimited samples of the nation's best craft beer, great live music, and fun activities, the Winter Beer Dabbler is a true celebration of winter in Minnesota.
There are over 150 breweries represented, which means more than 500 different beers are poured. Tickets are $45 if you buy in advance, or $55 the day of. As a bonus, anyone who signs in a designated driver – meaning no beer samples offered – can get in for $20. For more information, visit beerdabbler.com.
Catch a Timberwolves Game
On Saturday, February 24 at 8 p.m., the Minnesota Timberwolves will play host to the Chicago Bulls at the Target Center, which is a 30-minute drive from Canterbury Park. This is your opportunity to see hometown heroes Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Jimmy Butler take on the likes of Kris Dunn, Lauri Markkanen, and Bobby Portis.
Check Out the Mall of America
Located less than 30 minutes from Canterbury Park, the Mall of America is one of the top tourist destinations in the country. With over 500 stores, endless food options, and even an indoor theme park, there’s plenty to do at the Mall of America.
Open in 1992, the Mall of America hosts more than 400 events a year, ranging from concerts to celebrity appearances and fashion shows. Each year, 40 million people from around the world visit the mall, generating nearly $2 billion each year in economic impact for the state.
The Mall of America is located at 60 E Broadway, Bloomington, MN and is open 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. every day except Sunday (11 a.m. – 7 p.m.).