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Ice Fest

Event Details

January 15, 2022 — January 16, 2022
Location: National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
350 East 3rd Street
Dubuque, Iowa/52001
Contact Name: Wendy Scardino
Email: wscardino@rivermuseum.com
Website: https://www.rivermuseum.com/events/event/2281236/date/2022-01-15

Event Description

Outside, guests can try snow shoeing, ice fishing in the port (ice dependent), cross country skiing, catch an ice harvesting demonstration, or watch the River Museum’s snow carving team in action. A special Blizzard Bar will be set up in our plaza area with hot chocolate, smores’ kits, and spiked hot chocolate for those 21+. Blacksmiths will host demonstrations throughout the day, and a figure skating show will take place from 11-noon on Saturday.

Inside, Ice Fest attendees will have access to all exhibits within all three of the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium’s buildings, including the 9,000 square foot River of Innovation Gallery and the new Do No Harm mini-exhibit. Kids activities and science demonstrations will dominate the second level of the Mississippi River Center.

Creature features, a themed scavenger hunt, a polar bear film in the Journey Theater, and vintage winter films on ice harvesting and skiing round out the indoor Ice Fest experience.

Youth are encouraged to wear snow gear due to the number of snow-related outdoor activities, including sledding. Masks are not required but are highly encouraged while inside the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium.