January 17 - January 19: The U.S. Pond Hockey Championships The 2012 outdoor hockey tournament returns to Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis. Hundreds of teams formed from NHL legends, high school greats, and neighborhood stars compete for the Golden Shovel.
January 18: Tet Festival - Vietnamese New Year The Vietnamese Community of Minnesota's community New Year celebration for the Year of the Dragon at Kennedy High School in Bloomington. Admission is free, the event is open to the public.
January 18: Lake Harriet Kite Festival bring your kite to fly on frozen Lake Harriet, learn to ice fish, roast marshmallows, or just watch hundreds of kites flying at this free festival.
January 18-26 Bloomington Winter Fete Lots of winter fun in Bloomington's parks, including a broomball tournament, sleigh rides, and family activities like snow painting and sledding.
January 20: Martin Luther King Day On this holiday, several organizations have celebrations, community events, breakfasts, performances and more, to celebrate and remember the lift and work of Dr. King. Here's a list of Martin Luther King Day events in Minneapolis and St. Paul.