The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is set to host its 19th annual Ice Fest on January 14-15, 2023. For two days, guests can enjoy a weekend of winter activities in addition to exploring all the animals and exhibits the River Museum offers.

A weekend full of activities is scheduled for guests of all ages. Visitors will have the opportunity to try cross country skiing and snowshoeing, go sledding down the mounds of snow on the campus, and even enjoy s’mores and hot chocolate. Guests 21 years and older, warm adult beverages will be available. Wine tastings will also be taking place.

Guests can come inside to warm up and visit our exhibits and animals. A Life in the Wild, Thomas D. Mangelsen’s photography exhibit, will be on display in the Mississippi River Center, and the Smithsonian film, “Epic Yellowstone: Fire and Ice” will be shown in the Journey Theater. Kids crafts and activities will be available indoors.

Outdoor demonstrations are weather permitting and may include ice fishing demonstrations, ice skating, snow carving, snow shoeing and cross country skiing.

All activities are included with general admission or membership. Food and drinks are available at additional costs. Guests are reminded to dress for indoor and outdoor activity and youth are encouraged to wear snow gear due to the number of snow-related outdoor activities.

2023’s Ice Fest will run from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days.

Special thanks to Dupaco Community Credit Union for sponsoring this year’s event.