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, catch a rugby game, check out model cars, and enjoy special events at the Botanical Conservatory, the Allen County Public Library, the Old Fort or Science Central. Go for a carriage ride at the Community Center or ice skating at Headwaters Park.   Check back in December for additional information!

is sponsored by the Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department and MAJIC 95.1.

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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!

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Winter Carnival
A “Winterval” Event
Saturday, January 30, 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, carriage rides, children's book swap & sale, 9-hole mini golf, Heartland Mushers,  ice carving demonstrations and yummy treats to warm you inside and out. 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 the Conservatory and our Winterval partners in celebrating winter. At the Conservatory, you can make a winter bird feeder, pot a plant, watch an ice sculpture take shape before your eyes, and have fun exploring our garden exhibit.  Regular Conservatory admission applies. For more information, call (260) 427-6440.

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Winter Cozy

A “Winterval” Event
Saturday, January 30, 6:00-10:00 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, enjoyed with 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 seating. Inside the warm pavilion, play games, 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’re keeping warm outside, too: enjoy our firepits, roast a s’more over open fire, play with interactive ice art, and take your turn at human sled dog racing (sleds and harnesses provided!). Winter Cozy is a 21+ event.

Admission is $10 at the door.

Sponsored by: MAJIC copy 2

For more details visit or contact Megan Butler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 260-427-6248.

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Winter Bike Ride

A “Winterval” Event

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

Lawton Park, 1900 N. Clinton St.

Warm up with a winter bike ride! City Greenways & Trails staff will lead the family friendly bike ride on our city’s growing trail system. Learn what parks connect and what you can see on the trails. The ride will be approximately 8 miles long. Cyclists will meet at Lawton Park in the parking lot by the Greenhouse. This is a free event and does not require registration. Helmets are recommended. This event is weather dependent.

Contact Amy at 427-6228 for questions.

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Lindenwood Nature Preserve Winter Hike

Saturday, January 30, 9 am

Lindenwood Nature Preserve, 600 Lindenwood Avenue

Contact Eden at 427-6008 for questions.

This is a free event.

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Dog Sled Demonstrations

Saturday, January 30, 1-4 pm

Headwaters Park

Heartland Mushers will be running dog sled demonstrations from 1-4pm with their teams of malamutes and huskies. This event is free to watch, and YES --  you can pet the dogs!

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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

Winterval at Science Central
10 a.m.-5 p.m., $8 admission
Science Central, 1950 N. Clinton St.

Enjoy family fun activities and ice cream made using liquid nitrogen (11 am-4 pm)


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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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