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
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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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7:30 am

Winter Wolf Photographic Session

February 3 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
International Wolf Center, 1396 Highway 169
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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$20
wolves at wolf center

Join the International Wolf Center staff for a continental breakfast and a relaxing morning photographing the ambassador wolves at the auditorium windows. Winter is an active time for the Exhibit Pack and this program catches the early morning excitement of the pack. 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. February 3rd, 2018 Prior registration is required $20 […]

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8:00 am

Ice Fishing Tournament

February 3 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Shagawa Lake, Sandy Point
Ely, MN 55731 United States
$5.00
ice fishing

Vermilion College Law Enforcement Club sponsors a fishing contest on Shagawa Lake.

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9:00 am

Wolf Center Open

February 3 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00am 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
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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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Ely Folk School class: Sewing with Beaver Hides

February 3 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Ely Folk School, 209 E. Sheridan St.
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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$165
Bert Hyde in handmade Beaver Hat

with Bert Hyde Choice of Project Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Tuition: $80 Materials: $85 Ely folks know there is no bad weather, only bad clothing. Beaver hats, mittens, and gaiters are just the answer for those deep wind chills, to which Bert can attest. You will learn how to measure, cut […]

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Ely Folk School Class: Sour Cream Strudel

February 3 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Ely Folk School, 209 E. Sheridan St.
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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$45
sour cream strudel

Sour Cream Strudel February 3, 2018 9:00 AM- 1:00 PM Tuition:$40 Materials: $5 This is a sweet, creamy, and very rich version of apple strudel.  You will learn how to mix and knead the basic strudel dough.  Then you will stretch the dough and fill it with an old Slovene recipe using, sour and sweet […]

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10:00 am

Vermilion Community College Open House

February 3 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Vermilion Community College, 1900 East Camp Street
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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Free
Vermilion Community College in Ely, MN

Reserve your spot to tour Vermilion, have lunch and be entertained.

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Fat Tire Bike Demos & Ride

February 3 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Whiteside Park, 700 E Sheridan St
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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Free

Leaves Whiteside Park at 10 a.m. for a leisurely ride around the Trezona Trail and out to Winton, with a possible stop at the Annual Winton Roadhouse ice bar.  All levels welcome, no registration required. Demo from 10-4. Please bring your own bike. This event is so popular, all rentals have been reserved. Thank you to: Spokengear […]

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Dorothy Molter Museum Tours

February 3 @ 10:00 am - February 4 @ 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00am, repeating until February 3, 2018

The Dorothy Molter Museum, 2002 East Sheridan Street
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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$4.50 – $6.50

Take a step back in time and imagine living off the grid in the middle of the wilderness during a tour of the original cabins of Dorothy Molter, the last non-indigenous resident of the BWCAW. Admission includes access to historic cabins, knowledgeable staff and warm drinks!  Both weekends of the Festival 10am-5pm. $6.50 adults $4.50 youth 6-17 $6.00 […]

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Jim Rock’s Native American Star Stories and Planetarium

February 3 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Vermilion Community College, 1900 East Camp Street
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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Free

Jim Rock spins Native American star stories in his portable planetarium at the VCC Gymnasium

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11:00 am

Dorothy Molter “Whirlwind”

February 3 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Dorothy Molter Museum, 2002 East Sheridan Street
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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Free
Dorothy Molter Whirlwind

Bundle up for our annual outdoor winter extravaganza! Enjoy hot cocoa and coffee as you visit interpretive and activity stations related to winter ecology and survival presented by Wilderness & Parks Management students at Vermilion Community College then, warm up by the campfire! More information at www.rootbeerlady.com or call 365-4451. This event is FREE! Great […]

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Basic Herbal Preparations

February 3 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tranquility Wellness Center, 244 West Sheridan Street
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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$10

You can mix herbs in many different forms: oils, salves, liniments, elixirs, oxymels, tinctures, syrups, infusions, decoctions and more. What does all of this mean and how do you make each of them? Master herbalist Jaime Brennan will discuss each one, its components, and demonstrate with a few samples.

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12:00 pm

Fish Fry

February 3 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Veterans’ on the Lake Resort, 161 Fernberg Road
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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$6 – $10

Veterans on the Lake sponsors their annual fish feast at their resort. Adults $10 ($1 off with EWF button), 4-12 $6, under 4 Free. Cole slaw, baked beans, roll, potatoes and beverage are included. 161 Fernberg Road, just a few miles east of Ely (toward Winton).  veteransonthelakeresort.com

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Ely Folk School class: Beginning Rug Hooking

February 3 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Ely Folk School, 209 E. Sheridan St.
Ely, MN 55731 United States
$85
rug hooking square

Dating back to the 19th century rug hooking has been a popular way to create beautiful rugs using wool strips. This updated version uses a punch method with the same results as traditional hooking. Students will make a small project while learning to use the Oxford rug punch tool, which will be supplied for use […]

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1:00 pm

ArtWalk Meet & Greet

February 3 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Art Corner, 301 W Sheridan St
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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Free

Come join the festivities to celebrate the Ely ArtWalk artists. Meet and greet many of the participating artists as you sip a free cup of coffee or cocoa and enjoy a complimentary cookie. Art activities for the children will be available, so bring the whole family!

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Snowshoe to Listening Point

February 3 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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One event on February 4, 2018 at 1:00pm

One event on February 9, 2018 at 1:00pm

Free

About one mile round trip, enjoy a leisurely 2-2 1/2 hour tour.  Limited to 10 participants, registration required, snowshoes available.  Hot beverage & cookies served in Sig’s historic cabin.  Your guide: Patsy Mogush Contact the Listening Point Foundation: Call 218-365-8889 or email info@listeningpointfoundation.org (subject: Snowshoe Hike). Admission is FREE with your Winter Festival pin ~ donations gladly […]

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1:30 pm

Ely Folk School Class: Intro to Pisanki

February 3 @ 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Ely Folk School, 209 E. Sheridan St.
Ely, MN 55731 United States
$55

The ancient art form of pisanki, “writing” a design on an egg, is inspired by nature and is steeped in tradition. You will learn the old method: a wooden handled metal funnel filled with beeswax is melted under a candle flame. The melted wax is your pencil and the egg is the canvas. John will […]

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2:00 pm

Blend Your Own Herbal Tea

February 3 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tranquility Wellness Center, 244 West Sheridan Street
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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$20

This is a great opportunity to take all the parts you like from different blends and create your own unique blend made by you. $20 includes herbs for test batches, Final Tea Blend price varies, depends on herbs used and quantity desired to take home.

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3:00 pm

Winton Roadhouse Ice Bar

February 3 @ 3:00 pm - February 10 @ 6:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 3:00pm, repeating until February 3, 2018

Winton Roadhouse, 222 Main St
Winton, MN 55796 United States
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Price of Drink

Wear your pin and get $1 off your first beverage during the Ice Bar Happy Hour 3 pm to 6 pm. Crazy bar built of ice right in front of the Roadhouse. Specialty Ice Bar drinks, shots and beers. Open every night of the Festival; specials go from Feb. 3rd through Saturday, Feb. 10th. You can drink […]

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4:00 pm

Snowshoe to Listening Point

February 3 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Free

About one mile round trip, enjoy a leisurely 2-2 1/2 hour tour.  Limited to 10 participants, registration required, snowshoes available.  Hot beverage & cookies served in Sig’s historic cabin.  Your guide: Peta Barrett Sunset / Moonrise - Bring a headlamp! Contact the Listening Point Foundation: Call 218-365-8889 or email info@listeningpointfoundation.org (subject: Snowshoe Hike). Admission is FREE with […]

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5:30 pm

Ski by Candlelight

February 3 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Hidden Valley Ski Area, Hidden Valley Rd
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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Free

Ely Nordic Ski Club hosts an evening of candle-lit skiing.  Tour the trails, warm up at a bonfire or in the chalet at Hidden Valley.  Chili available.  BYOB. Free with pin.

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5:45 pm

Amateur Snow Carving Awards Ceremony

February 3 @ 5:45 pm
Whiteside Park, 700 E Sheridan St
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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Free
Ely Winter Festival Amateur Snow Sculpting contest

Northern Lakes Arts Association (NLAA), the sponsor of the Amateur Snow Sculpting Contest, judges which of the amateur teams wins prizes in four categories.   FREE and fun for all ages! Held in Whiteside Park Saturday evening at 5:45.

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6:00 pm

Great Nordic Beard Fest Main Competition

February 3 @ 6:00 pm
BoatHouse Brewpub, 47 E Sheridan St
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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$30
Great Nordic Beardfest

$30 to enter competition (includes T shirt, Sticker, Lanyard, and Drink ticket).  Women can also enter. $5.00 for non-competitors.  Live music TBA. greatnordicbeardfest.com for details and to register.  

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7:00 pm

Wolf Center: What’s for Dinner?

February 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Saturday, repeating until February 3, 2018

International Wolf Center, 1396 Highway 169
Ely, MN 55731 United States
$3 – $7.50

Join us as we learn about wolf adaptations and the fascinating hunting and feeding behavior of wolves as you watch our Exhibit Pack dine on a variety of prey.

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Mike Lynch and The Stars

February 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North American Bear Center, 1926 Highway 169
Ely, 55731 United States
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Free

For over 40 years Mike has been teaching classes and putting on star parties through community education, nature centers, and other entities throughout Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. His goal is to help people make the stars their old friends. Powerpoint presentation followed by outdoor star viewing (dress warm). Mike's website is lynchandthestars.com.

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