Nominate an Outstanding Volunteer for the 30th Annual Sal & Francesca LoBaido Service Award

The Sal & Francesca LoBaido Volunteer Service Award is presented to individuals who have shown long-term commitment and dedication to the Saint Paul Winter Carnival.   Their volunteerism and achievements have truly contributed to the ongoing success of the Carnival, and they have set an example for others to follow. They have not only given of themselves to the Winter Carnival, but have also made an impact through their volunteerism in their own communities.

Nominate someone exceptional today! Nominations must be received by July 10, 2019 to

Hosted by the Star of Boreas

Sal & Francesca LoBaido Volunteer Service Award

We’re Hiring!

Event Coordinator
The Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation (SPFHF), a non-profit membership organization and proud producer of Saint Paul Winter Carnival and Cinco de Mayo – West Side Saint Paul, is seeking a full-time Event Coordinator to coordinate the many special projects associated with large events. Event Coordinators are responsible for production of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, Cinco de Mayo – West Side Saint Paul, and a host of annual fundraising events from vendor contracting to logistics and on-site management.

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Membership & Event Intern Position
The Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation is a non-profit membership organization that organizes two major events: Saint Paul Winter Carnival and Cinco de Mayo West Side Saint Paul.  They also organize several smaller events throughout the year including a golf tournament, the annual Spirits of Carnival fundraiser and the annual meeting.  This position is an integral part of the Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation office. The Intern position is an at-will position.

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Letter from Board Chair – Jennifer Tamburo


Its that magical time in Minnesota where we can be washed out by rain, can see a snowflake in May or a heat wave! I hope you are all enjoying the change of season and looking forward to a great Minnesota summer!

Often times I am asked how can I help, what can I do? And my answer is always the same, “become a foundation member!”

Becoming a member of the Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation and renewing each year is the greatest thing you can do to support the foundation that is the proud producer of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival and Cinco de Mayo West Saint Paul.  

Our organization depends on membership and fundraising dollars to continue to bring the events, energy, and excitement to our community.

Together, through the foundation, we support something that connects our community’s history and future together.  As our community continues to change, we work hard together to evolve and make sure our legacy events reflect this. 

The Winter Carnival will continue to be a special way to share and create history and protect our legacy.  Events like Cinco de Mayo bring our unique expertise to other parts of the community to help them create their own experience.  It is your support and connection to the foundation that makes it possible for all of this to continue.

You and all of our members are also the heart and soul of our organization.  Our volunteer board of directors works tirelessly throughout the year to represent the you, the organization, and why we all know how important it is to celebrate our community. Please consider renewing today or making a gift to the foundation to continue to help support our mission.

I want to thank you and all our members for your support during my last two year as board chair. It has been an amazing journey and we have accomplished so much! We were on the world’s stage during the Super Bowl by making sure our royal winter capital city shined so brightly in ice and snow as only we know how to do best! We continued to have successful Cinco de Mayo 1-day celebrations. We started new events like the Empowering Women and brought back the popular Casino Night and this past year we explored a new park to host Winter Carnival.

I know first-hand that this doesn’t happen without our amazing and dedicated Board of Directors. I want to say a big Thank YOU to all of our board of directors for your time and dedication to our mission. It has been a great honor to work and serve in this way with each of you over the past 2 years as chair.

As many of you have heard me share, my love for the Winter Carnival started as a kid growing up on the East Side of Saint Paul. My parents instilled in me a passion for volunteerism and the rest is history!  

It has been a great honor to serve as the board chair and play a part in how our foundation helps to support the great City of Saint Paul by celebrating the uniqueness our city has to offer and bringing other communities from around Minnesota and the United States to celebrate in old Saint Paul. As my term comes to end, I want to give a heartfelt Thank you for entrusting me to lead this amazing organization.

Jennifer Tamburo
SPFHF Board Chair
June 2017 – May 2019  

2019 Cinco de Mayo Parade Registration!


​​Join us Saturday, May 4th, 2019 for the Cinco de  Mayo – West Side Saint Paul Parade! Exciting, vibrant, lively, and festive are just a few of the ways that people have described this one of a kind extravaganza!

The Cinco de Mayo – West Side Saint Paul Parade is the single highest attended event of Cinco de Mayo – West Side Saint Paul!  Thousands come and experience this family-friendly event, which features floats from local community organizations, event sponsors, and authentic Mexican dancers and performers.   

Registration deadline is April 17th, so make sure you fill out your application today!

Cinco de Mayo Parade Registration 


Seeking ’19-’20 Board Member Nominations

The Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation annually seeks new candidates to fill vacated Board Positions. We are currently looking for candidates who have been supporters of the SPFHF as past and current members, volunteers, community partners, sponsors or past uniform group legend characters. 

The attached document is designed to provide you with information regarding Board obligations, Committee assignments, and application requirements. Please note that submitting information does not guarantee Board placement. 

19-20 Board Member Nomination Process and Expectations

Submit your information by May 10th to Deb Schaber at or SPFHF, 429 Landmark Center, 75 West 5th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102. For questions regarding the role, please contact Amy Mauzy, Vice-Chair 612-812-4439 or Incomplete nomination materials submitted will not be considered.

2019 Button Prize Drawing WINNERS!

Each year Winter Carnival guests and the Saint Paul community are able to purchase buttons to support the The Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation. Once purchased, buttons can be registered online in order to be entered in a drawing for great prizes donated by SPFHF and other local businesses. Listed below are the lucky 2019 Button Prize Winners! 

2019 Winners

  • Melonie Hindahl, Grand Prize: $1,000 Cash
  • Alex Dascalos, Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Marjorie McNeely Conservatory and Feed the Giraffes at Como Zoo
  • Lorene Gilliksen, Ice Palace Artwork ($1,000 value)
  • Sue Mitchell, Vulcan Fire Truck Ride for 20
  • Michael Kowarsch, Tickets to the St. Paul Saints
  • Cindy Schreiber, Tickets to the Science Museum of Minnesota
  • Jessica Clayson, One Year Membership to the St. Paul Athletic Club
  • Erin Lorentz, $100 Amazon Gift Card
  • Luke Severson, $100 L.L. Bean Gift Card
  • Jessica Bales, Winter Carnival Apparel
  • Helen Hagberg, Winter Carnival Apparel
  • Steve Graybill, Winter Carnival Apparel
  • Kathy Yanez, Happy Gnome Gift Card

Thank you to all who participated in this exciting Winter Carnival tradition!

Celebrating Families at the Saint Paul Winter Carnival

The Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation produces a number of family-friendly events throughout Winter Carnival including Kids’ Day, Frozen Family Fun Night, and Family Day. All offered free activities and performances for the St. Paul community to enjoy, and also gave families a chance to visit the historic Landmark Center! Thank you to the vendors, and volunteers who supported the Foundation during these events. 


Kids’ Day, presented by ECOLAB

Kids’ Day, hosted by the YMCA, brought in loads of fun exercises and educational materials for families. The two biggest hits of the event were the bouncy house and gaga pit! However, those weren’t the only activities keeping kids moving  as the YMCA provided a full line up of aerobic exercises performed on stage including Latin Hip-Hop. There were various DIY crafting tables around Landmark for guests to explore their creative side like a melting snowman slime project by Kidcreate Studio. Other featured vendors are listed below. 





Frozen Family Fun Night, presented by Storm Creek

A polar vortex might have swept through Minnesota, but that didn’t stop Elsa and Anna from the hit Disney movie Frozen from joining us at Frozen Family Fun Night! The snow queen and her sister took pictures, hung out with guests, and even performed Let It Go live! Also featured on stage was the Winter Wonder Magic Show by Brian Richards, and floor performances by Iceformance. Other activities included DIY crafting stations, and the Scouts inflatable archery sets. 


Family Day, presented by ECOLAB

This family-friendly event had an emphasis on celebrating the diversity of Saint Paul’s community! The Tour of Nations proved to be ever so popular among Family Day guests. This activity featured six stations, each with a country and cultural activity. Countries included in the Tour of Nations were Ireland, Egypt, South Korea, India, Mexico and France. Once guests completed the activity at each station they were given a stamp and entered in a drawing for a grand prize! The performances on Family Day also highlighted various cultures. On stage that day was Rince na Chroi, Keane Sense of Rhythm, Chung Gong, Michael D’ Fernandez, Anjel “The Little Hurricane”, Ballet Co. Laboratory, Master Kims World Class Tae Kwon Do. Thank you to the vendors who participated in this event as well!



Winter Carnival Puzzle Contest Results

The 2019 Winter Carnival Puzzle Contest was definitely one to remember! We even opened up a second Adult Division due to the record breaking amount of puzzlers wanting to get in on the action. Thank you to our friends at PuzzleTwist for helping make this such a great event, and also to all the volunteers who lent a helping hand on the day of!

Over 150 teams of 4 people each competed in this years Winter Carnival Jigsaw Puzzle Contests – Talk about some tough competition! 

The contests included two different 500 piece PuzzleTwist jigsaw puzzles, Winter City and Winter Snow Jam.  


Congratulations to all the teams that participated.  Following are the winners from their respective puzzle divisions.

1st Place Adult Division completing the Winter City Puzzle:  Team Nevertheless, We Persist – finished in 35 minutes and 23 seconds

1st Place Adult 2 Division completing the Winter Snow Jam Puzzle: Justices of the Pieces – finished in 36 minutes and 19 seconds

1st Place Family Division completing the Winter Snow Jam Puzzle: #gettingjiggywithit – finished in 38 minutes and 45 seconds

Want to see how you’d stack up against our 2019 winners? Both puzzles are available for purchase on the Winter Carnival online store!

2019 Ice Carving Competition Winners Announced

Just like that, it’s the end of the 2019 Saint Paul Winter Carnival Ice Carving Competitions. Each Multi-Block ice carving team brought their frozen masterpieces to life in 48 suspenseful hours, while all Individual Block carving teams created sensational sculptures in under 6 hours. All ice carvings will be on display in Kellogg Mall Park until February 3, 2019. Here’s a list of the winners.

Multi-Block Ice Carving Winners

1st Place: Aquaman Riding a Seahorse

Carved By: Chris Swarbrick & Austin Greenleaf

2nd Place: Three Cold Mice and the Hot Cocoa Machine

Carved By: Terence Reis, Rob Graham, Grody Graham, and Aaron Reis

3rd Place: Pixie Haven

Carved By: Paul Hughes, Deneena Hughes, Shannon Erkenbrack, and John Klug

Individual Block Ice Carving- Professional Winner

1st Place: Headed South

Carved By: Trevor Pearson

Individual Block Ice Carving- Artisan Winner

1st Place: Polar Proposal

Carved By: Jim Zupfer and Nate Stromberg

Metro Transit Free Ride Pass

Metro Transit is providing FREE rides to the 2019 Saint Paul Winter Carnival events and Vulcan Snow Park on January 26, January 27, February 2, and February 3.

Enjoy some time at Kellogg Mall Park—then catch a free bus ride to the Vulcan Snow Park for more Winter Carnival fun!

Kellogg Park – *Bus Stops – Kellogg Blvd & Minnesota St,  5th St & Wabasha St / Cedar StCentral Station

Snow Park *Bus route 3 stops along Como Ave at the south end of the Fairgrounds; the A Line (limited stop rapid transit) stops at Snelling and Como Avenue.*

* Google map of Fairgrounds with bus stops » 

* Plan your trip with the Metro Transit Trip Planner » 

Just click on the icon for the day you want, fill out the form, and submit to download your FREE Metro Transit Ride Pass. 

Winter Carnival Drinks

Kellogg Mall Park will have a plethora of tasty drinks guaranteed to warm you up during your Saint Paul Winter Carnival visit!

The Winter Carnival Ice Bars will feature our signature Winter Carnival mulled wine and various craft breweries such as Stella Artois Cidre, Michelob Golden light, Goose Island IPA, Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Series and Bud Light.

Swing by Baileys Warming House to get your hand on some specialty cocktails made just for Winter Carnival! Available drinks are listed below. 

Hot Chocolate – Baileys Hot Cocoa, Baileys Salted Caramel

Coffee – Baileys Coffee, Baileys Mint Kiss, Baileys Irish Coffee

Hot Cider – Hot Apple Toddy, Mulled Cider



NEW Events Coming to Carnival

The Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation is busy preparing for the coolest celebration on earth – the 2019 Saint Paul Winter Carnival! This year’s carnival brings new and old together as we look to carry on our Carnival traditions at our temporary home of Kellogg Mall Park. We have added several exciting events to the schedule that are sure to please the Saint Paul community. Check them out below!

NEW!! Baileys Winter Carnival Warming House offers guests a chance to escape the blistering cold while sipping on tasty craft brews and specialty Bailey’s cocktails. Winter Carnival merchandise and various activities will also be located in the Warming house. You can find the schedule of events here

Once you’ve warmed up in the heated tent be sure to check out the Winter Carnival Music Series on the Treasure Island Resort and Casino Entertainment Stage January 25th for Country Flannel Night with live entertainment provided by The Plott Hounds and Tim Sigler. The full Winter Carnival Music Series schedule can be found here.  

This year Winter Carnival is going to the dogs!! We’re inviting everyone’s favorite four legged animals to the park for various dog-inspired events including Hops and Hounds, Berner’s in the Park, and a meet and greet with Sgt. Fuzz from the St. Paul Police department!

Landmark Center will play host to classic Winter Carnival activities such as Family Day, Kids’ Day, and Frozen Family Fun Night. You’ll be able to enjoy family-friendly activities and performances at each of these events. 

We look forward to seeing you at Carnival!!

Baileys Warming House

The Saint Paul Winter Carnival might be the coolest celebration on earth, but even the proudest of carnival-goers will need a space to escape the cold! Join us in the brand new Baileys Warming House for some fun activities away from the chilly temperatures. We’ll be serving yummy craft brews sure to warm you up before returning to the elements of Kellogg Mall Park. 

Friday, January 25th 

Lunch with Rebecca Noecker and Joe Spencer @ 11am – 2pm

Baileys Treat Cart Tasting @ 5pm – 7pm

Saturday, January 26th

Saint Paul Board Game Club @ 11am – 2pm

Baileys Treat Cart Tasting @ 11am – 1pm, 3pm – 7pm

Sunday, January 27th

Rumriver Art Center Watercolor Crafting @ 11am – 12pm

Purse Bingo @ 1pm – 4pm

Friday, February 1st

Baileys Treat Cart Tasting @ 5pm – 7pm

Saturday, February 2nd

Baileys Treat Cart Tasting @ 11am – 1pm, 2pm – 6pm

Sunday, February 3rd

Hops & Hounds Event @ 11am – 3pm

Crafting with the Rumriver Art Center in Baileys Warming House!

Join us at Baileys Warming House from 11am-noon as Rumriver Art Center leads Winter Carnival guests through a mixed media art project! Participants will choose between designing a portrait of a person or pet catching snowflakes while using pencils, sharpies, and oil pastels with a covering of water color. 

This is a FREE project for all ages and experience levels! Catch a glimpse of the final product below!








The Rumriver Art Center is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization making a difference through art by being a welcoming and inspiring environment for artists of all ages to explore their creative potential through our classes, collaborations, and partnerships with like-minded individuals in the North Metro.

For more information on Rumriver Art Center click here

Securian Financial Winter Run Restaurant Discounts

Race day is right around the corner, and if you haven’t thought about your post race meal – don’t worry we’ve got you covered! Our friends at Urban Wok and Black Dog Cafe are offering special deals for Securian Financial Winter Run participants on January 26th. Check out the discounts below! 

Skip the line and curb your hunger right away by ordering online at Urban Wok.

You’ll receive 15% off your dine-in or take-out order using the promo code below.

promo code: WINTER15

This offer does not include delivery.

Black Dog Cafe is also serving up some great deals to racers!

Stop by their Lowertown location for $2 off tap beers throughout breakfast.

This offer is limited to one per runner, only on January 26th.