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. 

2019 Saint Paul Winter Carnival Buttons Unveiled

The 2019 Saint Paul Winter Carnival buttons were unveiled December 1, 2018, at Stacked Deck Brewing Co. in Saint Paul.

Minnesota-based artist John Kocon created the series of four buttons depicting the fabled treasure hunt for the medallion, ice skaters gliding around the rink outside of the Landmark Center, King Boreas and Vulcanus Rex racing each other on sleds, and the Royal Family posing with the Vulcans.

Every button purchase includes a registration form to enter the 2019 Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt with the opportunity to win up to $10,000. In order to win the full $10,000, treasure hunters must find and turn in the medallion, register the 2019 Saint Paul Winter Carnival button, and clip and save the daily clues in the Pioneer Press.

Other prizes include $1,000 cash; tickets to the Minnesota Wild, St. Paul Saints, and Science Museum of Minnesota; a Vulcan fire truck ride for 20; a chance to feed the giraffes at Como Zoo; and so much more!

Button sales remain the largest annual fundraiser for the Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation, which proudly produces the Saint Paul Winter Carnival and Cinco de Mayo Festival- West Saint Paul. Single buttons are for sale for $5, while the 4-button value pack retails for $19. Purchase your 2019 Saint Paul Winter Carnival buttons in our online store OR at participating metro Cub foods and Speedway locations.

Royally Flushed Casino Night Recap

On November 16th, The St. Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation hosted their inaugural Casino Night fundraiser. This new event took place at Midpointe Event Center in St. Paul where guests were able to enjoy a modern venue packed to the brim with casino games, silent auction items, and tasty food.

Cards weren’t the only thing guests were betting on. Throughout the night they were able to bid on nearly 50 silent auction items donated by various local businesses and organizations such as the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, the St. Paul Hotel, Saint Paul Saints Baseball Club, plus many more.  Mug pong, bean bag toss, and an hourly raffle prize offered members plenty of chances to win Winter Carnival gear as well. 

Raffle Grand Prizes

  • $250 Cash Prize
  • $250 Gift Card – R.F. Moeller 
  • Bed and Breakfast Package – St. Paul Hotel

There was no shortage of food or drink options at the event as vendors lined Midpointe’s Majestic Hall with samples of craft brews, mac n’ cheese, lobster and artichoke dip, etc. The crowd favorite seemed to be the award winning apple crunch with caramel over vanilla ice cream from Aesop’s Table. Check out the full list of Royally Flushed Casino Night vendors below!

  • Portillos
  • Boca Chica
  • HyVee
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes
  • Kowalski’s
  • Castle Danger Brewing
  • Burning Brothers Brewing 
  • Summit Brewing Co.
  • Sociable Cider Werks
  • Third Street Brewhouse
  • Aesop’s Table
  • Cherokee Tavern 

Royally Flushed guests went home with heavy pockets, and the same thing goes for our friends at Emma Norton’s – a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization actively combating poverty – who took home multiple bags of winter clothing donated by casino guests. 


The evening was a great success for the Winter Carnival, and a wonderful opportunity for Carnival friends and community members to connect with one another. The St. Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation would like to give a big thanks to the Klondike Kate’s for their lively performances, Carnival members, volunteers, vendors, and everyone else who helped make Royally Flushed Casino Night a great event!


Meet the 2019 Queen of Snows Candidates!

We are incredibly excited to announce the 15 candidates for Aurora, the 2019 Saint Paul Winter Carnival’s Queen of Snows. These women come from diverse backgrounds and exemplify a life filled with volunteerism and service to their greater community. On January 25, 2019, one of these candidates will be crowned Aurora, Queen of Snows, with four other women serving as the North, East, West, and South Wind Princesses. 

These members of the Royal Family serve as goodwill and public relations’ ambassadors for their sponsors, the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, and the City of Saint Paul throughout 2019 as they spread the magic and spirit of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival to all. 


A Day of Empowerment

On October 10, 2018, the Saint Paul Festival & Heritage Foundation welcomed dozens of women from across Minnesota to North Garden Theater in Saint Paul for a whirlwind day of thought-provoking sessions and networking.

The inaugural Empowering Women event kicked off with some great stories and insights from Archelle Georgiou about taking risks in your career and pivoting to find passion for your role.

The morning also featured speakers Kris Taylor and Krystle Igbo-Ogbonna. Kris powered up the audience by sharing some life lessons from her extensive career with Ecolab and corporations throughout the Twin Cities, and Krystle, 2015 Queen of the Snows, addressed the importance of following a career that aligns with your values.

The afternoon kicked off with 2018 Prime Minister Christine Quandt sharing how being a part of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival Royal Family has helped her grow as an individual and shaped her positive outlook.

Shannan Paul captivated the audience with her humorous approach to diversity and highlighted the value of looking past stereotypes to find connections.

To close the day’s program, Dr. Solveig Brown shared some valuable techniques to truly create a work-life balance and to navigate the stresses of life.

Throughout the day, networking was the number one theme and attendees left feeling encouraged and empowered after making new connections and hearing powerful stories from speakers and each other.

Thank you to all of our attendees for joining us, and to our sponsors for making this event possible!


2019 Winter Carnival moving to Kellogg Mall Park

‘Coolest Celebration on Earth™’ To Move Festivities
for One Year from Rice Park to Kellogg Mall Park

The 133rd Saint Paul Winter Carnival is moving blocks – and not just those made of ice. The Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation announced Thursday that many signature events and attractions for the 2019 Saint Paul Winter Carnival will move to Kellogg Mall Park (62 Kellogg Blvd. E, St. Paul, Minn.). This temporary move accommodates the ongoing work to renovate Rice Park. The Carnival will return to Rice Park in 2020. The Winter Carnival will be held Jan. 24 – Feb. 3, 2019.
Located just a few blocks from Rice Park, Kellogg Mall Park is situated along the Mississippi River on Kellogg Avenue between Robert and Wabasha Streets. The decision to move temporarily to the new location was made after it was clear renovation work in Rice Park would not allow events to be held there until the spring of 2019.
“For more than a century, the Winter Carnival has maintained an amazing annual tradition in Saint Paul,” said Jennifer Tamburo, Board Chair of the Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation. “This year, we’ll have a new, temporary home that will bring our celebration closer to the Mississippi River. It is a chance to look at new and exciting ways to stage and plan the events and attractions that visitors to Saint Paul expect from the Coolest Celebration on Earth.”
“Not only is Saint Paul fortunate to be home to the Winter Carnival, we are also lucky to have so many great parks that can accommodate the events, ice carvings and other attractions,” said Saint Paul City Council Member Rebecca Noecker who represents downtown Saint Paul. “It will give us a different way to experience Carnival and I am looking forward to seeing the amazing ice carvings next to our downtown riverfront. Each year the Carnival continues to entertain and I am confident this will continue in 2019.”
The Saint Paul Winter Carnival have worked closely with the Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Department to research and confirm the new location.
“Saint Paul Parks and Recreation and the Saint Paul Winter Carnival have had a long-standing partnership surrounding the annual winter tradition in Rice Park,” said Mike Hahm, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Director. “Due to preplanned construction, Rice Park is unavailable this season, but we are confident that Kellogg Mall Park will serve as an equally great option for this year’s festivities. We look forward to continuing the tradition back at Rice Park in 2020.”

Festivities such as the Ice Carving Competition, the Winter Carnival Music Series, the Ice Bar, and other attractions will now be held on Kellogg Mall Park. Kellogg Mall Park features two fountains, an arbor, and beautiful views of the Mighty Mississippi, Harriet Island, and Raspberry Island. It is historically significant as the location of the chapel that gave the city its name and is considered the “birthplace” of Saint Paul.

2018: A Year of Wonder


The 2018 Saint Paul Festival & Heritage Foundation welcomed dozens of members and supporters to Hotel 360 on August 1 for the Annual Meeting, a presentation of the year’s big events – the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, Cinco de Mayo – West Side Saint Paul, Spirits of Carnival fundraiser, and more!

The Annual Report included highlights from the Winter Carnival, including the Ice Palace, Olympic Committee’s Team USA WinterFest, and welcoming Super Bowl fans from across the country! We also recorded an incredible attendance of 600,000+ guests, 2 million+ reach on social media, and 3.9 Billion media impressions!

Cinco de Mayo – West Side Saint Paul was another successful event, featuring brand new attractions like Lucha Libre Live in the Sports Zone and 3 stages of entertainment. The event welcomed over 65,000 attendees and reached more than 220,000 people on social media!

Spirits of Carnival was a wonderful spring fundraiser, welcoming more than 225 guests to Holman Field for an evening of entertainment, tastings from local food and drink vendors, socializing with Foundation supporters, and bidding on 100+ live and silent auction items!

The Annual Meeting was spent connecting with friends and learning about past events and upcoming fundraisers and events hosted by the Foundation.

For details about this year’s successful events, download and view the below report.

Download the Annual Report

Behind the Scenes at TCL

In July, members and supporters of the Saint Paul Festival & Heritage Foundation joined us at Hubbard Broadcasting in Saint Paul, the home of WCCO, Twin Cities Live, KS95 and more great Twin Cities stations, for a live broadcast of Twin Cities Live and a special tour behind the scenes of this broadcast giant.

We learned about the unique operations of the different studios, got a glimpse of the green screens for your favorite news backdrops, and caught Moon & Stacy live on-air! The tour was a great way to cap-off a fun event after joining the set of Twin Cities Live.


Become a member & join us for more exclusive events this Fall!

Next Event: Behind the Scenes Tour: TRIA Rink

Building Community

One Ice Block at a Time

The Nakivale Rotaract Club, the first of its kind, is a small group of young refugees that have resettled in the Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda and have come together to help incoming refugees access crucial services and resources, and to find solace after enduring their traumatic journey to the camp. The Rotaract Club was founded after winning a competition lead by the Ugandan prime minister and organized by the American Refugee Committee (ARC), employer of 2018 Queen of Snows, Jilla Nadimi, that challenged young residents of the settlement to develop business plans and propose innovative ideas that could improve the lives of residents.

Facing the largest refugee crisis since World War II, more than 65 million people around the world have been displaced from their homes over the last decade; a situation that will place many of them in refugee settlements for the next 17 years of their lives.

To combat this often-traumatic experience and growing crisis, the 2018 Saint Paul Winter Carnival Royal Family has teamed up with the ARC to support the continued development of the Nakivale Rotaract Club and projects to build a sense of community and sustainability within the refugee settlement.

2018 Queen of Snows Jilla Nadimi accepts a $3,500 check from Roseville Rotary Club President and SPFHF Board member Julie Wearn on behalf of American Refugee Committee (ARC) for the Nakivale Refugee Camp in Uganda.

In conjunction with this work, the Royal Family has designed a new fundraising initiative to further their mission across international borders, called the “Ice Block Promise.” This initiative has allocated funding for 30 additional $500 projects in the settlement, funding life-changing ideas from acting members of the Nakivale Rotaract Club through the ARC’s Changemakers 365 program. Past projects have included cots and mattresses – a soft place to rest – for refugees who’ve just completed their journey to a refugee camp. They have taken the form of art supplies for kids who need a safe place to wait while their siblings and parents receive therapy for malnutrition. They have looked like a fresh coat of paint for refugee camp buildings, brightening everyone’s day. The Ice Block Promise aims to raise the necessary funds by January 2019, the end of the 2018 Royal Family’s reign. “Through this international collaboration, these projects will reach beyond borders to leave a positive, lasting, and direct change on the world we share,” says Nadimi.

The Royal Family is committed to building community one ice block at a time across Minnesota, the United States, and the world at-large. With the support of local organizations like the ARC Changemakers 365 campaign and the Roseville Rotary Club, the Royal Family is dedicated to making a difference around the world. Tying it all together, the joint-initiative will also work to support local projects in the Royal Family’s realm of Saint Paul.

The Ice Block Promise needs your support! Click here to aid effective, lasting projects locally and abroad.

Nominate an Outstanding Volunteer

The Sal & Francesca LoBaido Volunteer Service Award is presented annually to the individual, living or deceased, who best meets the spirits of commitment and volunteerism to the Saint Paul Winter Carnival that was displayed by Sal & Francesca LoBaido. Their volunteerism and achievements have truly contributed to the ongoing success of the Winter Carnival, and they have set an exemplary example for others to follow.

Nominations are now open for this prestigious award! The selection process is conducted by a committee representing a variety of Winter Carnival roles, offices, and volunteers. Using a defined set of judging criteria, including candidates who have shown enthusiastic commitment to the success of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival and their own local community, each nominee is considered and a vote is conducted.

If you know someone who deserves to be recognized for their contributions to the success of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, download the judging criteria and submit your nomination by Monday, July 23rd for consideration.


Spirits of Carnival Takes Flight

Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation wrapped up their biggest annual fundraiser, Spirits of Carnival, Wednesday, May 16th with over 300 guests and more than 30 vendors in participation. The night kicked off at 5 p.m. with food, beer and wine samples from the Twin Cities’ most sought-after restaurants. The annual event took place in Hangar 300 at the Saint Paul Flight Center, where guests were able to enjoy food and beverage samples while enjoying the fresh air and sunlight pouring in the hangar doors.

An attendee favorite, the auctions (both silent and live) drew in the biggest crowd, not only supporting the Foundation but getting to enjoy the generous donations from local organizations, which ranged from tickets to local theatre events to a weekend stay in a condominium in New York City. Big ticket items in the live auction included a Chef’s Dinner at the RiverCentre, $5000 worth of carpet from Hamernick’s Interior Solutions, and a Giraffe Feeding at Como Zoo! Every guest walked away a winner as tickets included a complimentary beer glass, courtesy of the Beer Dabbler, and a wine glass, courtesy of Roseville Visitors Association!

The evening was a great success for the Saint Paul Festival & Heritage Foundation and a wonderful opportunity for guests to meet and re-connect with Carnival friends and community members from throughout Saint Paul.

We want to thank everyone who attended, donated and participated in this year’s event, making it a fantastic evening!








2018 Vulcan Snow Park Snow Sculpting Competition Winners

During the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, the Minnesota State Fairgrounds hosted the Saint Paul Vulcan Krewe for continuous family-friendly activities and fun, including the fan-favorite snow sculptures! This year’s sculptors crafted their monumental designs over the first two weekends of Carnival for display throughout the festivities.

The competition categories included: the Exhibition Sculpture, Minnesota State Snow Sculpting Competition and the Amateur Snow Sculpting Competition.

The Exhibition Sculpture consisted of a team of professional snow artists who, in the week leading up to the opening of the Vulcan Snow Park, created an enormous and spectacular snow sculpture for the focal point of the grounds. The Minnesota State Snow Sculpting Competition and the Amateur Snow Sculpting contestants created smaller snow structures during a timed competition.

The Minnesota State Snow Sculpting Competition consisted of three person teams, who had most of opening weekend to create a beautiful snow sculptures out of an 8’ x 8’ x 8’ block of compacted snow.

Minnesota State Snow Sculpting Competition Winners 

1st Place

 “Ascension” by House of Thune

2nd Place 

 “Keurig 0.2” by Royal and Supreme Order of Snow and Sand Sculptors and Shovelers

 3rd Place and People’s Choice

“EGGLOO” by The Shadow Men

Dozens of additional designs were on display for judging and photo opportunities.

Amateur Snow Sculpting Competition Winners

1st Place

“Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut” by Snow Wranglers

2nd Place

“Minnesota Inventions” by Team Minnesnowta

3rd Place

“The Puzzler” by Team Ruthenbeck

Honorable Mention

“The Dragon Born” by Wingin’ It


Along with these snow sculptures, the Vulcan Snow Park also included snow sculptures created by students from the Metro Deaf School.

There were plenty of magnificent snow sculptures to view and fun activities to partake in during the Saint Paul Winter Carnival at the Vulcan Snow Park! Don’t miss this fun feature next year!








2018 Ice Carving Competition

The 2018 Saint Paul Winter Carnival has officially come to an end. However, looking back on all the family-friendly activities, live entertainment and delicious food, the 17 days were more than a success! One of the most sought out features of the Winter Carnival each year are the beautiful ice carvings on display in Rice Park for all to enjoy. These beautiful sculptures are the result of two different carving competitions: the Multi-Block Ice Carving Competition and the Individual Block Ice Carving Competition.

The two events were held on different days in order to give the sculptors ample amount of space to complete their creations. The Multi-Block Ice Carving Competition was held on the first day of the Carnival through the first weekend. Each team or contestant was given 48 hours and 20 blocks of ice, sized approximately 40” x 20” x 10” to complete their designs in time to be judged. The finished carvings couldn’t be any more than 12’ above the ground and no wider than 12’ by 10’.

Multi-Block Winners

1st Place: Les Voyageurs
Carved by: John Cooper, John Njoes, John Matis and Tim Moore

2nd Place: Palace Protector
Carved by: Greg Schmotzer

Congratulations to all of our carvers for providing beautiful sculpture to decorate Rice Park!

The Individual Ice Block Carving Competition took place on Saturday, February 3rd starting at 9 a.m. The individual competition was divided into two divisions, Professional and Artisan.

Each team or artisan received 1 ½ – 2, 10” x 20” x 40” blocks of ice to turn into their own dazzling display of skilled artwork. Just like the Multi-Block Competition, the Individual Block Competition was timed, providing the artisans with 6 hours to have their creations completed in time for judging.

Individual-Block Winners


1st Place: Winter Hummer
Carved by: John Raak and Tom Roloff

2nd Place: Ancient Magic
Carved by: Paul Hughes and Kennedy Hughes

3rd Place: Phoenix Rising
Carved by: Randy Raak


1st Place: Boy’s Best Friend
Carved by: Jim Zupfer and Nate Stromberg

And many other spectacular designs decorated the Winter Carnival!


All of the ice carvings were available to view during the 2018 Saint Paul Winter Carnival in Rice Park. With each passing Winter Carnival, the ice sculptures become more and more magnificent. Thank you to all the sculptors and artisans for sharing your talents with Saint Paul – we’re looking forward to next year!