About

Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation

The Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation is a non-profit membership organization that produces Minnesota’s Iciest and  Spiciest festivals – Saint Paul Winter Carnival and Cinco de Mayo West Side Saint Paul.  We rely on sponsors, fundraisers, donations, charitable gaming and our members to support our year-round activities.

Our Mission

To foster a sense of community, pride, belonging and connectedness by celebrating Saint Paul’s unique history and emerging heritage through fun and educational experiences.

250,000 visitors a year

The Saint Paul Winter Carnival attracts over 250,000 visitors a year and has an approximately $2 – $3 million dollar economic impact to the city of St. Paul and the State of Minnesota.

135th Winter Carnival 

The Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation’s 135th Saint Paul Winter Carnival will run for 11 days, all day on weekends and evenings during the week, from Thursday, Jan. 28 through Sunday Feb. 7, 2021. The festival will attract 250,000 + people from Saint Paul and beyond to celebrate winter in Minnesota. Rice Park and Landmark Center, located in the heart of downtown Saint Paul, will be venues for the parades, the ice carving competition, and family-friendly artistic and educational activities. Rice Park will be the culmination point for popular parades: Winter Carnival’s King Boreas Grand Day Parade (Jan. 30) and Vulcan Victory Torchlight Parade (Feb. 6).

The ice craving competition is a Winter Carnival signature event. People flock to Rice Park to watch 20-30 artists create dazzling ice sculptures. The beautiful art pieces are further showcased at night with colorful lights. The festival has expanded each year to provide new programming that reflects changing demographics of the community. Landmark Center features free entertainment activities from diverse cultures: music and dance by local artists, hands-on crafts, and food and merchandise booths from around the world.