It’s that time of year again; the annual Winterval festival is just around the corner.

Saturday, January 26th the Botanical Conservatory will offer $1 off admission to their “Mighty Jungle Adventure” 10 am – 3 pm. There will also be indoor snowmaking at 11am and 1 pm, a bagel bird feeder craft, cookies and hot chocolate.

Arrive early for the 2:00 p.m. ice carving. If you can guess what the sculpture will be, you may win a prize!

The Winter Carnival returns to the Community Center 1 – 4 pm. This free event includes horse-drawn wagon rides, indoor curling, ice fishing, snow crafts, pinewood derby (bring your car) and an ice carving at 3 pm.


Here is the rest of the Winterval schedule:

  • 10 am – 5 pm, Science Central, Warm up with half-price admission and enjoy great hands-on activities, including making ice cream using liquid nitrogen or making glacial gak!


  • 10 am – 5 pm, The Old Fort, Free Admission, Relive winter life on the frontier in the early 1700s with French military, civilians and local Native Americans. Bake sale in the modern building.


  • 11 am – 2 pm, ACPL, Free Admission, Ice Carving at 11 am & Frozen Bubbles 12pm – 2pm on the ACPLPlaza.  Kids’ crafts in Children’s Services all day.



  • 11 am – 10 pm, Headwaters Park Ice Rink, Regular Admission, Public skating with figure skating exhibitions at 1:15, 2:15, 3:15 and 4:15.


  • 12 – 5 pm, History Center, Half Price Admission, Enjoy a collection of more than 26,000 artifacts, photographs and documents representing the history of Fort Wayne and Allen County.


  • 1 – 3 pm, Lawton Park, Polar Bear Rugby Game, Free Admission, FW Rugby Club vs. IPFW.


  • 4 – 8 pm, Arts United Center, Watch ice carving on the plaza from 4 – 6 pm, then preview IPFW and FW Youtheatre’s “Oliver” at 5:30. The Fringe Festival Teaser begins at 6, followed by a Salsa Loca dance party at7:30.


  • 4 – 6 pm, Arts United Plaza, Ice carvings