Ely Winter Festival Calendar of Events

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NLAA Amateur Snow Carving

January 29 - February 3
Whiteside Park, 700 E Sheridan St
Ely, MN 55731 United States
Various
Amateur carving 2011

Each year during the Ely Winter Festival, the Northern Lakes Arts Association (NLAA) sponsors an Amateur Snow Carving Contest. This year's contest will be held from January 29 - February 3 with judging on Saturday, February 3rd at 5:45 pm in Whiteside Park. Participants need to enter to reserve one of 20 4' x 4' snow […]

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Ely ArtWalk

February 1 - February 11
Free
Ely ArtWalk display

Walk around downtown Ely from February 1 - 11 and view the work of local artists and artisans in the store windows.

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International Snow Sculpting Symposium

February 1 - February 4
Whiteside Park, 700 E Sheridan St
Ely, MN 55731 United States

Professional sculptors from the area and around the world come to Ely to participate in a snow (not ice) sculpting symposium (not a competition). 8' and 12' blocks are carved into beautiful works of art in Whiteside Park.  The carvers begin carving on Thursday and wrap up by Sunday morning. The sculptures are glorious in […]

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10:00 am

Wolf Center Open

February 2 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Friday, repeating until February 9, 2018

An event every week that begins at 9:00am on Saturday, repeating until February 10, 2018

An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Sunday, repeating until February 11, 2018

International Wolf Center, 1396 Highway 169
Ely, MN 55731 United States
Various
wolves at wolf center

Special Hours during the Festival: Friday 10-5, Saturday 9- 5, Sunday 10-2.  Stop by and get $2.00 off admission with your Ely Winter Festival pin! Daily programs included with admission: 11 a.m. - Ambassadors to the Wild - Want to know more about our Exhibit Pack? Join this program to learn about each of our ambassador wolves, […]

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1:00 pm

Folk School Class: Walnut Potica

February 2 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Ely Folk School, 209 E. Sheridan St.
Ely, MN 55731 United States
$48

with Mary Louise Icenhour Friday, February 2, 2018  1:00 PM- 5:00 PM Tuition: $40, Materials: $8 Learn how to make the reknowned pastry associated with Ely’s Slovenian heritage. You’ll make the dough, learn how to roll it just right, then create and add the walnut filling, and bake to take home your own delicious potica. Enjoy learning from Mary […]

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Hands-on Herbal Facials

February 2 @ 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Tranquility Wellness Center, 244 West Sheridan Street
Ely, MN 55731 United States
$45
Facials in the park

$45 (save $5 with EWF pin) includes a cup of tea and an herbal treat. We are extending the hours of our First Friday with Friends event in celebration of the Ely Winter Festival! Come enjoy this relaxing, nourishing treatment and treat the skin on your face to something special. Help combat the effects of our cold and drying […]

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4:00 pm

Spaghetti Feed

February 2 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 231 E Camp St
Ely, MN 55731 United States
$5 – $9

Ely Community Resource presents their traditional Winter Festival Kick-Off Spaghetti Dinner in St. Anthony's Catholic Church fellowship hall with help from local chefs.  Proceeds support Ely youth programs.  Join the carvers and Ely neighbors for a great start to a great festival. Buy your tickets in advance from ECR Board members, at the ECR Office (Frandsen Bank Building), or […]

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6:00 pm

Third Annual Winter Festival Kickoff

February 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Whiteside Park, 700 E Sheridan St
Ely, MN 55731 United States
Free

Don't miss the third Annual Winter Festival Kickoff in Whiteside Park!  The Festival's torch glides into the park. We'll ignite the fire bowl and open the skating rink, officially starting the party.

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Great Nordic Beard Fest Throwdown

February 2 @ 6:00 pm
BoatHouse Brewpub, 47 E Sheridan St
Ely, MN 55731 United States
$5 – $10
Great Nordic Beardfest

The Beard Belt is up for grabs on Friday Night at the Boathouse Brewpub. Winner takes all in a single elimination tournament. The crowd will decide the winner of each heat. It costs $10.00 to compete in Belt Tournament, pay in person. If you're not coming to compete, free admission.    

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7:00 pm

Concert: Twins of Franklin

February 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ely Folk School, 209 E. Sheridan St.
Ely, MN 55731 United States
$10
Twins of Franklin

The Twins of Franklin are Laura Lou and Becky Shaheen, songwriters hailing from the Twin Cities that bring something different to every show. The pair dub themselves as "vocal chameleons," allowing themselves to float effortlessly through different genres. Tight harmonies, delightful ballads and zesty uptempo folk are just a few things to look forward to […]

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