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.
Ice Carving Displays
One of Winter Carnival’s signature events, the ever-sparkly ice displays, are free and open to the public and are on display all 10 days of carnival in 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. 2016 Update: The multi-block and individual carving contests will be from Saturday January 30th 7 p.m. through Monday February 1 at 7 p.m. They will be on display the remainder of carnival. Come and watch!
Summit Ice Bar
The Ice Bar will return to refresh Carnival goers. Celebrate winter with Summit Brewing Company and Cannon River Winery. Cannon River Winery will be pouring King Boreas white wine and Vulcan’s Revenge red. Be sure to raise a glass to Summit as we pour a variety of Summit brews! Beer is $5 per glass, wine is $7 per glass. See below for Ice Bar hours.
Parades are a favorite of every festival and the Saint Paul Winter Carnival has three to keep you entertained. Visit all three of these great parades!
Moon Glow Pedestrian Parade
January 28, 2016 @ 6:00 pm; come early and enjoy hot chocolate and other treats (free!)
The Moon Glow Pedestrian Parade will officially kick off the first day of Carnival, beginning at 6 p.m. in downtown Saint Paul. Hot chocolate and other treats available at 5:30 p.m. The public is welcome to join festival organizers and ambassadors, along with neighbors, local business leaders and dignitaries on a cool winter walk from the Saint Paul Chamber of Commerce offices to Rice Park. Walkers, most with luminaries in hand to light the way, will be accompanied by hot air balloons which will help keep everyone warm!
King Boreas Grande Day Parade Sponsored by MetroPCS
Saturday, Jan 30, 2016 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
During the Grande Day Parade on the first Saturday of Winter Carnival, our newly crowned King Boreas will lead his Royal Family and their legions of friends. Come out and welcome them and enjoy the dozens of marching bands, floats and other festive folks as they wind down West Seventh Street beginning at the Smith High Bridge and ending at Rice Park.
Vulcan Victory Torchlight Parade
Saturday, Feb 6, 2016 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Vulcanus Rex will use his wily ways to light up the streets of downtown Saint Paul for the Vulcan Victory Torchlight Parade. The evening parade route starts at 5th and Wacouta, travels westbound down 5th Street to Washington Avenue to 4th Street and ends at Saint Peter Street in Rice Park. After the parade, follow Vulcanus and his Krewe to the steps of the Saint Paul Library across from Rice Park for the ever-dramatic Overthrow of Boreas. The production will be followed by a fantastic fireworks show.
Join us for an annual tradition like none other—the 7th Annual Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival. With craft beer from 120+ breweries, live music, gourmet food from local food trucks, and a flurry of winter activities, Minnesota’s biggest outdoor beer festival is an experience not to be missed. Held in partnership with Saint Paul Winter Carnival, the festival is a true celebration of winter in Minnesota.
Join us for the 2016 Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival celebration on February 6th from 3:30-7:30 pm at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.