January 29, 2022
in Downtown Fort Wayne
Note, although the 2021 Winterval is over....we are busy planning for Winterval 2022! Our plan is to offer our usual events and some new ones too! Check back in November to learn more about...WINTERVAL 2022!!
Celebrate winter with a visit to downtown Fort Wayne! The 11th annual Winterval promises a full day of indoor and outdoor winter fun for all ages. Take a winter hike at Lindenwood Nature Preserve and then skate at Headwaters Park. Show off your pooch's sense of fashion at Promenade Park. Watch ice carvers create wonders from a solid block of ice and enjoy special events at the Botanical Conservatory, or Science Central. Check out the live ice carving at 2 pm at the Community Center that you can watch from the safety of your car and then drive through the Ice Carving display. And much more! Check out all of the events listed below...and have FUN!
2021 Media Sponsors:
Polar Bear Search & Rescue
Finders, Keepers! Winterval polar bears will be hiding in various downtown locations!! If you find one, its yours to keep along with a special treat to enjoy.
Are you interested in sponsoring an Ice Carving?
Area businesses are invited to put themselves on ice by being a part of the Frozen Fort Ice Art exhibit.
*Professional carvers will transform the blocks of ice into beautiful works of art throughout the day.
*Your business can purchase ice carvings which display your business logo, an object that represents your business, or a theme of your choice.
*Each ice block is approximately 20” wide x 10” deep x 40” tall, but that’s only the minimum size the carvers work with. If you wish, the ice artists can put several blocks of ice together to form a much larger sculpture for your business.
* Prices start at $280
* Questions? Call Patti Davis, 427-6465.
Watch professional carvers create ice sculptures before your eyes! Ice sculptures created by Ice Creations in Napolean, Ohio.
Live Ice Carvings
Live ice carvings can be found at the following locations and will be outside & free!
10 am Botanical Conservatory (1100 S. Calhoun Street)
12 pm Allen County Public Library (900 Library Plaza)
2 pm Community Center (233 W. Main Street)
Pre-Sculpted Ice Carvings
Pre-sculpted ice carvings can be found at the following locations:
Lindenwood Nature Preserve, 600 Lindenwood Ave.
Science Central, 1950 N. Clinton
Headwaters Park, 333 S. Clinton St.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.
Promenade Park, 202 W. Superior St.
Our beer trail highlights 12 local breweries/cider companies and their seasonal beverages. Download a passport or pick one up at any Winterval event, travel to each of the listed breweries, try a featured beverage, collect a stamp and turn in your completed passport at the Community Center by March 5 or during "Parks & Recreation" Trivia at Hop River Brewing (purchase tickets this spring) on March 6 at 2 pm. Your passport will be entered into a prize drawing.
Drive-by Carve n' Craft
A “Winterval” Event
Saturday, January 30, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.
The Winter Carnival is a “must stop” in the Winterval line-up, celebrating the 10th anniversary. Watch live ice carving (2 pm) (safely from your car if you wish and then enjoy the drive thru display) and then take home a craft for later. It’s all FREE!
Sponsors of Drive-by Carve n' Craft at the Community Center:
Winterval at the Conservatory
A “Winterval” Event
Saturday, January 30, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.
Join us and our Winterval partners in celebrating the season of winter. Festivities at the Botanical Conservatory include an an activity for winter bird feeding and a surprise giveaway! In addition, explore our winter play garden, “The Tiki Bowl” and be sure to stop in at Conjure Coffee and the Conservatory Shop too. Regular admission applies: $5/adult, $3/child age 3-17; free for ages 2 and under.
Live ice carving 10 am (outside/free),
Check out the: Botanical Conservatory
Dog Sweater Day
Saturday, January 30, 3-5:00 p.m.
Promenade Park, 202 W. Superior
Show off your pooch's sense of fashion. Enter "Cutest Dog" contest for $1! Sign up the the Blue Tent for a time slot. Say "freeze" and snap a picture with Chase!
Trek the Trails this Winterval
Saturday, January 30, 1:00 p.m.
Lawton Park, 1900 N. Clinton St.
Warm up with a family-friendly, 8-mile bike ride on city trails. Helmets are recommended. This is a FREE event and does not require registration, however, it is weather dependent. Winterval event cancellations will be posted on the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Facebook page. Contact Amy at 427-6228 with any questions
Winter Hike at Lindenwood
Saturday, January 30, 9 am, Free
Lindenwood Nature Preserve, 600 Lindenwood Avenue
The forest may look like it's sleeping in winter, but it's still full of life! Bundle up and enjoy a quiet hike in the woods.
Winterval at the Library
12 - 2 pm, Free
ACPL, 900 Library Plaza
Live Ice Carving on the Plaza
Winterval at Science Central
10 a.m.-5 p.m., $9 admission
Science Central, 1950 N. Clinton St.
What's even colder than a January day? Liquid nitrogen!
At 320 degrees below zero, this liquid can make matter behave in some very strange ways. Join us to see what amazing things can happen as molecules s-l-o-w d--o--w--n....
Please check out how to purchase timed tickets and other COVID-19 requirements prior to visiting Science Central.
Ice Skating at Headwaters Park
333 S Clinton Street
11 a.m.-10 p.m., Regular Admission ($4/$6)
Headwaters Park, 333 South Clinton St.
Photo highlights of previous Winterval's!