Media Kit

We welcome any publicity you would like to offer the Ely Winter Festival. If you have questions or need an interview, please either send us an email or call our Media contact, Lynn, at 218-365-7007.

As materials are produced, we will post them here.

Thank you in advance for your kind consideration.

  • Press release (please scroll down to beneath the pics)
  • New logo (as above) – zip file

Click on the small image below to download a zip hi res jpg of that photo.  Please use the copyright indicated for the images below.  Please visit our gallery page or our facebook page and help yourself to any images that are there.  If you need larger res versions, please contact us.

Ely Winter Festival, Lady and Bull, Terri Schocke, photographer

Ely Winter Festival SNOW scupture, Terri Schocke, photographer

Ely Winter Festival Snow People Sculpture, Terri Schocke, photographer

2007 Ely Winter Festival Headquarters Front Porch Coffee and Tea Co.


Contact: Lynn Evenson, Ely Winter Festival Vice Chair
Direct: 218/365-7007

Ely Winter Festival Announced

We love winter, and you will, too. Ely hosts the biggest, best winter party in northern Minnesota, and you are invited to come join the fun!

The annual Ely Winter Festival is guaranteed to shine some welcome light into the dark days of winter. It starts right after Ground Hog Day – Thursday, February 4, to be exact – and runs through Valentine’s Day.

Will it be cold? We hope so: the folks who are the International Snow Sculpting Symposium like it cold because their sculptures last longer and look better. The ice fishing, snowshoeing, moonlight cross-country skiing, broomball, ice skating, dog sledding, hockey and Kubb tournament all go more smoothly, too. Our winter camping people always feel cheated if the temps are too warm, by which they mean above zero.

But we have indoor fun, too. The First Second Annual Beard Fest is going on, and at least a couple of venues have live music and/or dancing scheduled. Our new Folk School will teach you to contradance or assemble the weaving on snowshoes. You can attend a talent show, buy cool stuff at the craft fair, go to the spaghetti feed, or check out the Snow Carvers’ Jam.

One outdoor thing you must do is savor the Ely ArtWalk, which always happens during the Festival. Ely’s merchants turn their storefronts over to more than 100 mostly-local artists who, last year, displayed more than 400 pieces of their work. The town becomes a giant outdoor art gallery and market, giving new meaning to the term “window-shopping.” Paintings, photographs, fabric art, metalwork, pottery, sculpture; you name it, you’ll find it here. And unlike the snow sculptures, you can buy most of these and take them home.

We started planning the 2016 Festival last April, and we’re not through yet. New events are still being added. Keep an eye on our Facebook page, or our website: for all the latest updates.

As to accommodations: last year, the whole town was full for both weekends. So book your rooms now. Our restaurants are all geared up to take good care of you. We even have a couple that weren’t around for last year’s festival. They’re getting rave reviews from the hardest clientele of all: the locals.

So make plans to join the party! You’ll stay warm and make new friends. How cool is that??

Ely Winter Festival: Nobody Does Winter Better!

The Ely Winter Festival and Ely ArtWalk are funded in part by grants from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council (thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund), the Donald G. Gardner Humanities Trust, the Ely Chamber of Commerce, local merchants, organizations and individuals. Thanks to the City of Ely for it support and contribution to this event.


The Ely Winter Festival and Ely ArtWalk are nonprofit, volunteer-driven events that celebrate life and culture in the north. Much more information is available at and