10th Annual
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. 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! 

Just a quick reminder, please observe all event safety requirements including the wearing of face masks and social distancing requirements in addition to any event specific ruless.  Due to COVID red designation some activities have been modified/cancelled. Stay SAFE and have FUN!

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2021 Media Sponsors:

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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.

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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!  Ice sculptures created by Ice Creations in Napolean, Ohio.

Winterval Beer Trail (NEW)

Our beer trail highlights 12 local breweries/cider companies and their seasonal beverages. Pick up a passport available 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.  

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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:

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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  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.

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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! 

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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

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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 quite hike in the woods. 

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Winterval at the Library
12 - 2 pm,  Free
ACPL, 900 Library Plaza

Live Ice Carving on the Plaza



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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. 


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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. 
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Photo highlights of previous Winterval's! Note, due to COVID-19 restrictions not all of the activities pictured below will be happening for Winterval 2021. 

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