Features at a Glance
NEW! Visit the Wings Financial Credit Union Island Experience
Does the winter have you thinking about an escape to a tropical island? No need to head south—we've brought the tropics to the Boat Show! Browse the latest boat models docked at the island, or relax and order something to eat from Seven Sushi & Steakhouse. Thursday–Saturday evenings you can enjoy fantastic boating music from Jambo Joe Bones. Don't miss this delightful oasis!
Anchors & Ales—A Night of Craft Beer Sampling
Attend the show on Friday, January 23rd beginning at 5:00p.m. and purchase your Anchors & Ales ticket for $25 (includes adult show admission) to receive a limited edition tasting glass and sample eight beers from participating craft breweries. Participating breweries include 612Brew, Bent Paddle Brewing, Boom Island Brewing, Excelsior Brewing, Indeed Brewing, Lift Bridge Brewing, Lucid Brewing and Schell's Brewery. Must be 21 years of age or older to participate.
Always wanted to try stand up paddleboarding (SUP) but haven't had the chance? Interested in kayaking but not sure what type would best suit you? Try them both at the Boat Show! Attendees 10 years of age or older will be able to try out kayaks and SUP in a huge pool right on the show floor. Bring your swimsuit to the show or use one of our wetsuits, changing rooms will be available. Knowledgeable staff will be on hand to offer instruction and product information. Click for our PaddleFest schedule.
SailFest Seminar Series
Back by popular demand! Free daily seminars for both beginner and veteran sailors — as well as adventurers of all ages! Click here to view full schedule.
Fred's Shed Interactive Learning Center
DIY seminars and workshops covering boat and motor maintenance, repair and upgrades.
Watch, learn and do! If you’re a do-it-yourselfer or boat owner in search of practical, professional advice, Fred’s Shed is your go-to resource. Daily seminars and clinics cover maintaining, repairing and upgrading boats and motors, feature demos on boat and motor cutaways and interactive questions/answer sessions. Click for our free seminars and clinics schdule.
New! Ice Sculpture Tow Boat - presented by Malibu Boats
It’s the coolest tow boat you’ve ever seen—because it’s made entirely out of ice! This frosty addition to the show will be carving a snowy wake in front of the Minneapolis Convention Center throughout the show’s run. Measuring approximately 17’ x 8.5’ x 5’, it features 20,000 pounds of ice—that’s 10 tons— and took the ice artists from Minnesota Ice Sculptures three days and over 100 hours to carve.
Show visitors are invited to stop by and snap a photo.
Antique & Classic Boat Display
Step back in time to admire the beauty and craftsmanship of vintage crafts presented by the Bob Speltz Land-O-Lakes chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society. This year our feature craft will be Earle C. Barnes' 1926 "Princess Paige". Check this multiple best-of-show award winner and more out in Lobby D.