Rice Park

Saint Paul’s beautiful and historic Rice Park acts as center stage for the Saint Paul Winter Carnival. Check out the variety of events and activities to be hosted in Rice Park this year.  These are all free and open to the public unless indicated otherwise.

People’s Ice Palace

This incredible 70-foot tall structure will shine over Rice Park for all 17 days of Carnival activities! Admission is free for all visitors. 

Ice Sculpture Garden

One of Winter Carnival’s signature events, the ever-sparkly ice sculpture garden will take over Rice Park during regular park hours.  The beautiful masterpieces are created by area artists using an array of tools including knives, chainsaws and other tools.  See the artists at work (and competing for prizes and bragging rights) the first Thursday through Sunday of Carnival.

The displays are well-lit at night and are a great time to be downtown Saint Paul to take in other activities. Endless photo opportunities are available during the competition, as well as with the completed creations. The creations are removed when Saint Paul Winter Carnival ends – so be sure to stop by to see them while you can! Want to be a contestant in our Ice Carving competitions? Click here for more information.

Not Your Father’s Music Series

Enjoy live music from the Not Your Father’s Winter Carnival Music Series on the Spire Credit Union Stage in Rice Park for 15 days of Winter Carnival! Grab a glass of Barefoot wine, hot mulled wine or a cold beer at one of the ice bars and enjoy the performances. Check out the full lineup below!

Parades

All three Winter Carnival parades — the Moon Glow Pedestrian (Thursday, January 25), Grand Day (Saturday, January 27) and Torchlight (Saturday, February 10)— end in Rice Park. Plus, join us for the post Torchlight Parade “Overthrow of Boreas” at the steps of the James J. Hill Library for a spectacular part of the Winter Carnival tradition!

Ice Bars

The Ice Bars will return to refresh Carnival-goers throughout the daily activities. Try a glass of wine from Barefoot Winery or HOT spiced mulled…Yum! Also available to wet your whistle are Pabst, Not Your Father’s Root Beer, Old Style & more! 

Kids’ Day

Saturday, January 27

Hosted by Saint Paul YMCA, Kids’ Day is filled with fun and interactive activities for kids of all ages! Blow frozen bubbles in Rice Park, watch the Grand Day Parade, participate in the Puzzle Contest and enjoy live kid-friendly entertainment in Landmark Center.

Frozen Family Fun Night

Tuesday, January 30

Bring the kids to Rice Park on on Tuesday, January 30 for Frozen Family Fun Night! Grab a bite to eat from one of our visiting food trucks, explore the ice carvings, dance and sing along with live performers, and ice skate at the Wells Fargo WinterSkate. There will also be a special appearance from the newly crowned Saint Paul Winter Carnival Royalty and the Saint Paul Mounted Police! Don’t forget to share your photos with #wintercarnival!

Disco Night

Wednesday, January 31

Break out your best disco attire and join us for live entertainment and a wild time as we boogie in Rice Park! Can you dig it?

MN Made Market

Thursday, February 1 – Sunday, February 4

Presented by Lake + Co: Discover locally-made products and unique services from Minnesota’s thriving business community at the MN Made Market in Rice Park. If you have a local business and would like to showcase your products in front of thousands of visitors, fill out our vendor application here

Family Day

Saturday, February 3

Saint Paul Family Day, presented by TROLLS: THE BEAT GOES ON!, is the perfect day to bring your family down to the Winter Carnival! Enjoy live entertainment, including excitement from the ice carving competition, and family-friendly activities throughout Rice Park and Landmark Center. Plus, discover local products at the MN Made Market and meet Olympic gold medalists at the Olympic Team USA’s Winterfest.

Ladies’ Day

Sunday, February 4

It’s ladies day out at the Winter Carnival! Join us for a day of shopping, fashion shows, Designer Purse Bingo, live fitness classes and more at Landmark Center!

Cinco de Mayo Night

Thursday, February 8

Minnesota’s icy-ist celebration meets Minnesota’s spiciest celebration (Cinco de Mayo – West Side Saint Paul) on Thursday, February 8 as Cinco de Mayo takes over Rice Park. Come enjoy live traditional entertainment, your favorite foods from Saint Paul’s West Side, a jalapeno eating contest and more!

 

Hours of Operation

See below for times when the ice palace, music and the ice bar are open. Visit our calendar for additional details on these events.

February 1, 2018

Rice Park Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Ice Palace Hours: 4:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Ice Bar Hours: 4:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Prince Tribute Night

5 p.m. – Paisley Park DJ

8 p.m. – Chase and Ovation

 

February 2, 2018

Rice Park Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Ice Palace Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Ice Bar Hours: 4:00 – 10:30 p.m.

5:30 p.m. – Bryce Hegge

6:45 p.m. – Rhino Shrine

8 p.m. – Tabah

February 3, 2018

Family Day – 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Rice Park Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Ice Palace Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Ice Bar Hours: 12:00 – 10:30 p.m.

12 p.m. – Afoutayi

1 p.m. – Ben Rogue and Ed Colemand

2:30 p.m. – Rockin’ Rusty’s Jamboree

3:45 p.m. – The Fairlanes

5 p.m. – My Famous Friends

8 p.m. – G.B. Leighton

February 4, 2018

Ladies’ Day – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Rice Park Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Ice Palace Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Ice Bar Hours: 12:00 -3:30 p.m.

 

11 a.m. – Marice Jacob Trio

1 p.m. – Don King Band

February 5, 2018

  Closed

February 6, 2018

 

  Closed

February 7, 2018

Rice Park Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Ice Palace Hours: 4:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Ice Bar Hours: 4:00 – 8:30 p.m.

K102 Coolest Country Night

5 p.m. – Poppa Bear Norton

7 p.m. – Church of Cash

February 8, 2018

Cinco de Mayo Night

Rice Park Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Ice Palace Hours: 4:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Ice Bar Hours: 4:00 – 8:30 p.m.

5 p.m. – Rice and Beans

7 p.m. – Chico Chavez

 

February 9, 2018

Rice Park Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Ice Palace Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Ice Bar Hours: 4:00 – 10:30 p.m.

6 p.m. – Todd Hurst

8:45 p.m. – High Octane

February 10, 2018

Rice Park Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Ice Palace Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Ice Bar Hours: 12:00 – 10:30 p.m.

12 p.m. – Keane Sense of Rhythm

12:30 p.m. – Dans Askina Turkish Dance Ensemble

1 p.m. -Siama’s Congo

2 p.m. – Tres Mundos

3 p.m. – The Maroons

4 p.m. – Dirty Shorts Brass Band

8:15 p.m. – The4onthefloor

 

 

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