Winterval 2021
January 30, 2021

in Downtown Fort Wayne

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Celebrate winter with a visit to downtown Fort Wayne! The 10th 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, shop an outdoor market, check out scale model cars, and enjoy special events at the Botanical Conservatory, the Old Fort, 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 soon for additional details as Winterval 2021 draws closer!!

2021 Media Sponsors:

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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.
* Deadline January 12, 2021
* Prices start at $280

*Please check out the 2021 Frozen Fort Ice Art  information to learn more.  Questions?  Call Patti Davis, 427-6465.

Ice Carving

Watch professional carvers create ice sculptures before your eyes!

Winterval’s Warm Heart Market (NEW)

12:00-5:00 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church Parking Lot, Berry St.

Take a break from your Winterval activities and enjoy   an   afternoon   browsing   homemade and uniquely hand-crafted items at our first ever Market! Anyone interested in vending at this event, please contact Ted Sobol at Theodore.Sobol@ for an application.

Winterval Beer Trail (NEW)

Our beer trail highlights 14 local breweries and their seasonal beverages. Pick up a passport and visit all fourteen locations before Winterval on January 30. Turn in your passport at the Winter Cozy event to receive a prize package. Passports will be available at participating breweries and the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation main office (705 East State) beginning December 1.  

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Winter Carnival
A “Winterval” Event
Saturday, January 30, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

The Winter Carnival is a “must stop” in the Winterval line-up, celebrating the 10th anniversary with cupcakes, hot chocolate, snow crafts and activities the whole family will enjoy. Watch live ice carving, participate in various DIY class demos, play a round of miniature golf on an ice sculpted course and be sure to stop at the ever popular candy luge, a kid favorite. It’s all FREE!

Sponsors of Winter Carnival at the Community Center:

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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 ice sculpture being carved right before your eyes, 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.


Check out the: Botanical Conservatory 


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Winter Cozy

A “Winterval” Event
Saturday, January 30, 7:00-11:00 p.m.     
Park Foundation Pavilion, Promenade Park, 202 W. Superior Street  

Join us for Winter Cozy and immerse yourself in Hygge (“hoo-guh”), a calm comfortable time with people you love while enjoying good food, drinks, warm blankets and candlelight. Meet your friends and neighbors on the riverfront and enjoy the winter comforts of hot beverages and foods while you lounge about and chat in our comfortable indoor and outdoor seating. Enjoy the warm pavilion, watch your drinks cool in a custom ice luge, listen to live music, dance with your friends, and get a selfie in the photo booth. We will be expanding our space this year and warming the outside with plenty of firepits and heaters. You can dress to impress and for the weather so that you always remain cozy! Winter Cozy is a 21+ event. Cash bar and food available for purchase. For more details visit or contact Jen Brown at Jenifer.brown@ or 260-427-6135. Admission is $10 at the door.

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Trek the Trails this Winterval 

Saturday, January 30, 1:00 p.m.

Lawton Park, 1900 N. Clinton St.

Trek the Trails this Winterval

1:00 p.m.

Lawton Park, 1900 Clinton & Fourth St.

Warm up with a family-friendly, 6-mile bike ride along the Pufferbelly Trail. We’ll depart from the Lawton Park parking lot on the south side of 4th Street and ride to Franke Park and back. 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

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Winterval Hike & Bonfire Warm Up

Saturday, January 30, 9-10:30 am

Lindenwood Nature Preserve, 600 Lindenwood Avenue

Start your Winterval festivities at Lindenwood Nature Preserve. Enjoy a relaxing hike through the woods then warm up by the bonfire. The guided hike will depart the campfire circle located a short distance inside the park entrance, promptly at 9:00 a.m., but you are invited to come and enjoy the trails and bonfire on your own, as well. Trail of Reflection is wheelchair and stroller accessible for ½ mile from the trailhead to the pond. All ages are welcome.

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2020 Nouvelle Annee: A French Garrison 1760 
Saturday, January 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Old Fort, 1201 Spy Run Ave.

Join with French Soldiers, civilians and Native American Allies as they try to survive the turmoil of the French and Indian War raging at its peak in the eastern US. Watch the Barber Surgeon try to treat the sickness of a smallpox epidemic brought on by Native and French soldiers returning from the Siege of Fort William Henry against the English. Welcome the arrival of a new post commandant following the capture of the prior commander by the English, help the garrison hunt for food along the Three Rivers, and fall in to drill along with the soldiers of His Majesty’s Troupes de la Marine. An immersive day of living history awaits.

Free admission, donations accepted.

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

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Snow Bowl Rugby Game
Area rugby club competition

1 p.m., Free
Lawton Park, 1900 N. Clinton St.

Annual Snow Bowl Rugby Game featuring Fort Wayne Rugby Club and PFW Rugby Clubs. 
Check out: for additional information. 

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Winterval at the Library
10 am-5 pm,  Free
ACPL, 900 Library Plaza

Ice Carving on the Plaza, 12-2 pm
Simple Seasonal Crafts (Children's Services) 1-4 pm
Winterval Family Friendly Movie (12:30-2 pm) in the Theater



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Winterval at Science Central
10 a.m.-5 p.m., $8 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....


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Ice Skating at Headwaters Park
333 S Clinton Street

11 a.m.-10 p.m., Regular Admission
Headwaters Park, 333 South Clinton St. 
Public skating

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US Midwest Scale Model/Nationals
Freeze Frame Picture Car Show

Classic Cafe, 4830 Hillegas Road
9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Spectators: Free
Freeze Frame Picture Car & Truck Show: $10
Freeze Frame Model Car, Truck & Hobby Show: $5 


Photo highlights of previous Winterval's! 

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