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Date TBD in 2016!  Check back in December 2015 for details!!

Celebrate winter with a visit to downtown Fort Wayne! The 5th Annual Winterval promises a full day of indoor and outdoor winter fun for all ages. Watch ice carvers create wonders from a solid block 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. Check back on this page often for updates!

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

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NEW Event!

1st Annual Great Sled Race
2:00 p.m.

$15 Entry Fee / Spectators Free

Sled Race Rules & Information

Register NOW

The Great Sled Race is just like a dog sled race,except people pull the sled.


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Ice Carving 

Watch professional carvers create ice sculptures before your eyes! Visit for the most current list of ice carving locations.

11:00 a.m. Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

12:00 p.m. Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza

2:00 p.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Pre-sculpted Coney Island, 131 Main St.

Pre-sculpted Grand Wayne Center, 120 W. Jefferson Blvd.

Pre-sculpted Museum of Art, 311 E. Main St.

Pre-sculpted St. Francis Performing Arts Center, 431 W. Berry St.

Lutheran Life Villages In-Home Care

Pre-sculpted Parkview Physician’s Group ArtsLab, 300 E. Main St.

PNC Bank


If you are interested in being a sponsor of an ice carving in 2015 please call Chuck Reddinger, 260.427.6465.   We appreciate your support!

2015 Ice Carving Sponsors:

LLV Home Care


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Penguin Hunt

Locate the penguin at each Winterval site and enter its name on your official Penguin Hunt form. Submit your completed entry form at a Winterval location designated on the form to be entered into a prize drawing. Download the Entry form or pick one up at most Winterval locations.


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

Best Selfie Contest

Enter your best selfie on the WintervalFW Facebook page to win great prizes. We'll draw winners on February 3rd!

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Winter Carnival

Saturday, January 31, 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! 

B4K Girl-boy Mini  2 2Bricks for Kids will be at the Winter Carnival with mascots, activities and a chance to win a Bricks for Kids birthday party.


*Ice Carving * Free carriage rides * FW Youtheatre's "Dr. Seuss is on the Loose!" at 2 pm 

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Basche’s Martial Arts will be doing a demonstration at 2:45pm at the Winter Carnival.

he Winter Carnival is sponsored by: American Senior Communities and the Community Center Foundation.

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Winterval at the Conservatory

Saturday, January 31, 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 winter. At the gardens, you can make a winter bird feeder, watch an ice sculpture take shape before your eyes, and have fun exploring in our “Changing Tides” exhibit. Regular Conservatory admission applies. For more information, call (260) 427-6440. 


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10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.


* Bake Sale * Hot Cocoa & Coffee * Free.


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






snowbowlSnow Bowl Rugby Game
1 pm, Free
Lawton Park, 1900 N. Clinton Street

1st Annual Great Sled Race
2:00 p.m. $15 Entry Fee / Spectators Free
Sled Race Rules & Information
Register NOW

The Great Sled Race is just like a dog sled race,except people pull the sled.


History Center
Open Noon-5 pm 302 E. Berry Street
* Offering 1/2 price admission for Winterval!

*Bottle & Bottega Painting Fun-Raiser (6-8:30 pm, $35, pre-registration required) 






Allen County Public Library
1pm-4 pm,
Free Event "Winterval Warmup"
The Children's Services Department






sciencecentralScience Central
10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1950 N. Clinton Street

  • 1/2 price admission
  • Glacial Gak (a.k.a. “Slime”) * Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream
  • Meteorologists from NOAA will be doing Minutes with a Meteorologist presentations in the Lincoln Financial
  • Foundation Demo Theater and have a station where kids can talk with a real meteorologist.
  • Join Fight for a Fitter Fort for a flight of fitness up and down Science Central's famous flights of stairs!



Headwaters Ice Arena

11 am-10 pm

333 South Clinton Street
Public skating, "Frozen" Costume Contest.
Public Skating Exhibitions @ 1:15, 2:15, 3:15, 4:15  



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Parkview Physician's Group ArtsLab

11 am & 1 pm Auer Center for Arts & Culture 

$6 Admission Fee
300 East Main Street

FW Youtheatre's "All Stories Are Anansi's"


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1-4 pm
$1 admission, Free cookies
1-3pm- music by Secret Mezzanine
1-3pm- winter themed face painting by The Gypsy Face Painter
3-4pm- presentation by Sandy Dobbelaere, Art Teacher and competitive snow carver 

Picture Show 2015

"Freeze Frame" Picture Car & Trunk Show

12:00-2:30 pm
Pint & Slice, 816 Calhoun Street

Bring a photo of your car for judging, $10 Entry,
Spectators Free

Download the "Freeze Frame" flier



Dr  Seuss Tent

Fort Wayne Youtheater
2 pm Community Center, 233 W. Main Street
FW Youtheater's "Dr. Seuss is on the Loose!"

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