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Winterval 2017

Saturday, January 28 in Downtown Fort Wayne

Celebrate winter with a visit to downtown Fort Wayne! The 6th Annual Winterval 

promises a full day of indoor and outdoor winter fun for all ages. Watch ice carvers 
create wonders from a solid block of ice, catch a rugby game, enjoy special events at 
the Botanical Conservatory, the Allen County Public Library or Science Central. Go for 
a carriage ride at the Community Center or ice skating at Headwaters Park. 

Winterval is sponsored by the Downtown Improvement District, the Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation 
Department and MAJIC 95.1.

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Ice Carving 

LIVE ICE CARVINGS—Watch ice sculptors create their masterpieces. Times TBA.

Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza (12-2 pm)

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

PRESCULPTED ICE CARVINGS—Stop by these sites at your convenience that day to see completed ice carvings:

  • Hoppy Gnome, 203 E. Berry St.
  • Riverfront Fort Wayne, 916 S. Calhoun St.
  • Visit Fort Wayne, 927 S. Harrison St.
  • Saint Francis Performing Arts Center, 431 W. Berry
  • Freimann Square, 200 E. Main St. 


If you are interested in being a sponsor of an ice carving in 2017 please call Patti Davis, 260.427.6465.   We appreciate your support!

2017 Ice Carving Sponsors:

LLV Home Care



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A new Facebook page was created just for Winterval!! Check it out!


NEW THIS YEAR: Penguin Hunt

The Winterval penguin will be hanging out downtown in the days prior to Winterval. Go to each morning for clues to its location for the day. Find the penguin, take a selfie and send it to the WintervalFW Facebook page ( to be entered into the daily prize drawing. During the Winterval event, a Grand Prize winner will be selected from those who participated. 

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Winter Carnival
A “Winterval” Event
Saturday, January 28, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Beat the winter blahs by bringing the whole family out for snow crafts and activities, ice carving demonstrations and yummy treats to warm you inside and out. If there’s no snow, the fun will move indoors. It’s all FREE! 

Fort Wayne Youtheater Presents
“Dr. Seuss on the Loose”
2 p.m., Free 
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

The Winter Carnival is sponsored by: the Community Center Foundation.

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2017 Winterval at the Conservatory

Saturday, January 28, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Botanical Conservatory 

Join the Conservatory and our Winterval partners in celebrating the season of ice and snow. At the gardens, you can make a winter bird feeder, learn about the different winter survival strategies of animals, watch an ice sculpture take shape before your eyes, and have fun exploring our “Mary Poppins” garden exhibit. Other activities will be held around town at the Community Center, the Old Fort, Science Central, the Art Museum and other locations. Don’t forget about the Fort Wayne Rugby Club’s annual Snow Bowl match at Lawton Park at 1 pm. Winterval is sponsored by the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department and the Downtown Improvement District. Regular Conservatory admission applies.

Winter Cozy
Friday, January 27, 8:00-10:00 p.m.
Historic Wells Street Bridge, N. Wells St.
Warm up at this cool winter celebration! This new Winterval event will feature a heated tent, bonfires, live music and beverages designed to warm you up! Tickets are $10. Space is limited. Ages 21+. Sponsored by ALT 99.5 FM. 


Nouvelle Annee: A French Garrison 1757
Saturday, January 28, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Experience a winter with the French of Fort Miamis.  Re-enactors from “Les Habitants et Marines du Post ed Miamis” will spend the weekend living in the Fort and recreating actual events which occurred in and around what is now Fort Wayne in the year 1757. They do so by examining letters written by the French commanders of what was then known as Fort Miamis and then attempt to recreate those events.  Mail call, military drills, scouting, cooking and sewing are some of the activities that will be re-enacted.

For additional information on Upcoming Events, visit our website at:


Snow Bowl Rugby Game
Area rugby club competition
1 p.m., Free
Lawton Park, 1900 N. Clinton St.


Winterval at the Library
2-4 pm, Free
ACPL, 900 Library Plaza

Winterval at Science Central
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Science Central, 1950 N. Clinton St.


Ice Skating at Headwaters Park
11 a.m.-10 p.m., Regular Admission
Headwaters Park, 333 South Clinton St.

Freeze Frame Picture Car & Truck Show
8 a.m.-12 p.m., $10 Entry, Spectators Free
First Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Wayne St. 


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