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A Message from the Board

The Ely Winter Festival very much appreciates the support of the community, the visitors to Ely, and most especially the amazing artists who fill our park with gigantic pieces of art. You may have heard that on the first night of the International Snow Sculpting Symposium, most of our sculptures were vandalized with spray paint, […]

Ice Rink

Once again, we have a lovely ice rink in Whiteside Park, sponsored by Ely Flower & Seed (they fix all the damage to the lawn).

2020 Ely Winter Festival pin

2020 Pin Design!

The pin for the 2020 Ely Winter Festival, designed by artist and snow carver Nancy Scheibe, is on sale now on the website and will be in stores around Ely in November.  It pictures a moose, a bear and a wolf, three of our most famous wildlife up here in the north.  Of course, you won’t […]

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Ely Winter Festival Awarded $11K in MN State Arts Board Grant

The Minnesota State Arts Board has awarded a Minnesota Festival Support grant, totaling $11,125, to support the Ely Winter Festival. At its July meeting, the Arts Board approved 285 grants through its Arts Learning, Operating Support, and Minnesota Festival Support grant programs. These are the first of four rounds of grants the board will award […]

snow labyrinth

NEW: Tranquility Snow Labyrinth

A meditation labyrinth is a spiral walking path. Typically created outdoors, it can be made out of grasses, stone, or herbs among other natural things. The Ely Winter Festival Snow Labyrinth created by Tranquility Wellness Center owner, Jaime Brennan, and volunteers, as you might guess, this time of year is made out of snow. It […]

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Event Application

Event Application Is your organization interested in sponsoring an event during the Ely Winter Festival? In order to prevent duplicate types of events from occurring on the same dates and times, so that people have the opportunity to attend as many events as they would like, and to prevent errors in our brochure, on our [...]

Apply to be a Snow Carver

Amateur or Professional, there’s a spot for you.  Are you a sculptor?  Even if snow is not your medium, you are invited to join the “professional” sculptors that make the Ely Winter Festival Snow Sculpting Symposium so magnificent.  We are expanding our Snowcarving Symposium and you are invited to apply for a spot!  If you […]

What Does It Take to Put on a Festival?

Do you love the Ely Winter Festival?  Do you have skills in any of the areas listed below that you would like to contribute?  The Festival needs your brain power and a few of your hours! As the saying goes, “many hands make light work.”  Please contact us if you are interested in playing.  We’re a […]

Kubb tournament

What the heck is KUBB?

Dave Wigdahl, our local Kubb guru, describes it as Swedish lawn-bowling that has been modified for play on snow. It’s also sometimes called Viking chess, presumably without the bloodshed and horned helmets. There is quite a lot of tossing about of various carved pieces of wood that represent a king and other chess-like characters in […]