The 2020 Individual Block Ice Carving Competition, Artisan Division presented by Minnesota Lottery, starts on January 26 at 9 AM.
Each artisan team will be given 6 suspenseful hours and a couple blocks of ice to bring their frozen masterpieces to life. The Individual Block Ice Carving Competition is guided by a strict set of rules, requiring artists to utilize their best creative thinking and remain incredibly attentive to every detail. Judging immediately follows the completion of the contest.
Be sure to check out the live carvings and the completed designs, which will be on display in Rice Park for the duration of Winter Carnival!
Are you a master at putting puzzles together? Then this is an event for you! Grab your friends or come with your family for a dueling puzzle competition.
Prizes will be awarded to the first 3 teams in each category to complete their 500 piece puzzle in the 2 hour time slot.
The puzzle in question is manufactured by the company behind PuzzleTwist® branded jigsaw puzzles and will be a special keepsake! The competition will be split into three divisions – 4 people per team:
Adult Bracket 1 – all players must be over the age of 18
Adult Bracket 2 – all players must be over the age of 18
Family Bracket – At least one participant must be under the age of 18.
Registration will open October 1
Check-in & onsite registration opens at 8 a.m. Onsite registration is available as space allows.
*REVISED* Schedule of Events
8:00 Check in Adult 1
8:30 Adult 1 Begins
10:30 Adult 1 Ends
10:15 Check in Adult 2
10:45 Adult 2 Begins
12:45 Adult 2 ends
12:30 Check in
1:00 Family Begins
3:00 Family Ends
**The same Puzzle will be used for both competitions**
The 2020 Multi-Block Ice Carving Competition starts Thursday, January 23 and ends Saturday, January 25.
Each team will be given 48 suspenseful hours and several blocks of ice to bring their frozen masterpieces to life. The Multi-Block Ice Carving Competition is guided by a strict set of rules, requiring artists to utilize their best creative thinking and remain incredibly attentive to all details. Judging immediately follows the completion of the contest.
Be sure to check out the live ice carving and the completed designs, which will be on display in Rice Park for the duration of Winter Carnival!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year: the 134th Saint Paul Winter Carnival, the “Coolest Celebration on Earth” since 1886. The Winter Carnival continues to bring family-friendly events and community pride to Saint Paul and the Twin Cities metro area.
- Most events are FREE and open to the public.
- Events primarily take place in downtown Saint Paul, in and around the Landmark Center, as well as at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.
- Enjoy live entertainment, walk through the ice sculpture garden, watch the ice carvers create frozen masterpieces, visit vendor booths, and more!
- Enjoy hot mulled wine, beer, and other beverages at the Ice Bars.
Please join us at our Cinco De Mayo-West Side Saint Paul Festival on Saturday, May 4th.
Cinco de Mayo – West Side Saint Paul celebrates the West Side community’s Mexican heritage and the traditional annual celebration of Mexico over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Join us on Cesar Chavez street in Saint Paul for a day filled with cultural entertainment, delicious food, live music, excitement and exploring all the West Side has to offer!
Visit www.cincodemayosaintpaul.com for more information.
If dogs are our best friends, then Minnesota craft beer comes in at a very close second in our book. Grab your favorite four-legged pooches and your human friends too for the inaugural Hops & Hounds event at the 2019 Saint Paul Winter Carnival. Bundle up and head on over to Kellogg Mall Park on February 3, 2019, for beer, door prizes, contests, treats, games, adoptable pups, and more!
The St. Paul Police Department’s Therapy Dog, Sargent Fuzz will be roaming around the park as well! He has been a friendly addition to community events for years, and is looking forward to meeting all of our Winter Carnival guests!
If you’re an animal shelter or vendor looking to get involved with this event please fill out the attached form and return to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 10th for consideration.
Hops & Hounds Vendor Application
Don’t care to drive? Visit Metro Transit to plan your trip, get maps, schedules and fare information. Metro Transit is providing FREE rides to the 2019 Saint Paul Winter Carnival and Vulcan Snow Park on February 3. Just click on the icon below, fill out the form, and submit to download your FREE Metro Transit Ride Pass.
Hundreds of orchid plants owned by the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, as well as individual and commercial orchid growers, will transform the Conservatory into a tropical wonderland where instead of King Boreas, orchids rule. Besides witnessing the beautiful plants and displays, vendors will be offering plants and other wares.
Now in its 45th year, the Winter Carnival Orchid Show has become the premier winter event for orchid lovers throughout the Midwest, attended by nearly 5,000 orchid enthusiasts. Perhaps in response to those long cold winters, Minnesotans are avid plants-men and women and welcome the chance to see and purchase something out of the ordinary.
The Orchid Society of Minnesota and the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory work together to exhibit the largest display of privately owned orchids in the region. The Winter Carnival Orchid Show is an American Orchid Society (AOS) judged event. Orchid judges from throughout the Midwest travel to Saint Paul to bestow awards and points.
The Winter Carnival Orchid Show will be held on January 26 and 27 at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory in Saint Paul from 10 AM to 4 PM. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 3-12 ($1 off admission for Como Friends Members or for visitors with Winter Carnival button).
Please join us at the AZ Gallery as we celebrate winter, the vibrancy of Saint Paul, and the Saint Paul Winter Carnival with Fire & Ice, the third annual Winter Carnival Art Show. Local artists are tasked with creating masterpieces depicting the powerful forces of winter battling the hopeful promises of spring.
Featuring over 100 works of art from Minnesota-based artists, Fire & Ice runs from January 10 through February 17, 2019. A reception will be held on Friday, February 1, 2019 from 5 PM-9 PM.
Gallery hours are Thursday and Friday from 5 PM-8 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 9 AM to 3 PM.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year: the 133rd Saint Paul Winter Carnival, the “Coolest Celebration on Earth” since 1886. The Winter Carnival continues to bring family-friendly events and community pride to Saint Paul and the Twin Cities metro area.
- Most events are FREE and open to the public.
- Events primarily take place in downtown Saint Paul, in and around Kellogg Mall Park and the Landmark Center, as well as at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.
- Enjoy live entertainment in Kellogg Mall Park, watch ice carvers compete to create the best masterpiece, visit vendor booths, and more!
- Enjoy hot mulled wine, beer, and other beverages at the ice bar in Kellogg Mall Park.