Family Fun: Annual Art Sled Rally in Minneapolis

Have you been to the annual Art Sled Rally? Organizer Julian McFaul has been at it for a decade and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. And even if he did, the Art Sled Rally has taken on a life of its own and could continue without him.

Art Sled Rally

Rally Organizer–Julian

What is the Art Sled Rally?

On the last Saturday of January, droves of creatively competitive people flock to the western slopes of Powderhorn Park.  There a race course aligned by bales of hay and flags is marked out for all who participate.

“We wanted to bring the MayDay spirit to January,” Julian McFaul stated.  Powderhorn Park is where the MayDay Festival takes place, so it only seemed appropriate to bring people back to this location to chase away their winter weariness.

What makes the Rally so fun is the the creative art sleds that are displayed and then crash in a mighty display at the bottom of the hill.

And here’s another example of the creativity!

Does this event inspire the sledder in you?
Twin Cities Guide to the Best Sledding Hills.

When is the Art Sled Rally?

Like I said, the Art Sled Rally takes place every year on the last Saturday of January at 2:00 p.m. at Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis. In 2020, that is January 25th.

You can come and sign your waivers, slap on your helmet, and head down the hill on your Art Sled. Or you can participate with others in the Art Sled community at the Workshops they are holding at Bedlam Design Center.

You don’t want to miss this event. It’s sure to be a blast! Learn more about it here.

Powderhorn Park

Is this Pac-Man?

Former disclaimer on the website:

“The Art Sled Rally will not be canceled, postponed, or moved to a different date in any circumstance. The Rally will proceed as planned. Weather conditions will inform the nature of the sledding, as always. Thanks!”

Up until last year, the event had never been cancelled or postponed. As you will recall, 2019 hit some record lows the last week of January, so things had to change for safety reasons. However, the spirit of this disclaimer is still alive. Winter weather is an integral part of this event.


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