A Weekend of Frosty Fun

St. Joseph Mich., is renowned as a four-season water wonderland with Lake Michigan and nearby rivers and inland lakes. But this time of year the city’s focus turns to frozen water during the 2022 Ice Fest presented by Silver Beach Pizza, February 4-6. Ice competitions, a SnowBiz Scavenger Hunt and Ice Interactives are just some of the reasons to bring family and friends to this frosty, fun-filled weekend.
Amy Zapal, executive director at St. Joseph Today, summed it up, “If you need a cure for the winter blues, this is it!” She added that local hotels turn it into a great mid-winter getaway for families with children or a romantic pre-Valentine weekend for couples.
The winter festivities start Friday with the Professional Individual Carving Competition, presented by Caffe Tosi, along Pleasant St. from 5:00p-8:00p. Watch as carvers magically turn frozen blocks of ice into works of art. As the ice carving competition wraps up that evening, attendees will enjoy the glimmer and glow of the Fire & Ice Tower, presented by Tru by Hilton, at 7:30p on the corner of State and Pleasant Streets.
Visitors can also participate in the SnowBiz Scavenger Hunt, presented by Berrien Community Foundation, all weekend long. Stop in the St. Joseph Today Welcome Center, 301 State St., to pick up a map and start your search! Completing the hunt puts participants in the running for a $25 St. Joseph Today gift certificate good at participating St. Joseph Today member locations.
The fun continues Saturday with Professional Team Carving Competition along State St. from 7:30a-4:00p. Watch as teams of two transform eight blocks of ice into frosty creations.
Attendees will also enjoy Ice Interactives on Saturday from 11:00a-4:00p. Featuring fan favorites the Frozen Fish Toss presented by The Livery, Ice Tic-Tac-Toe presented by SWMI Brew Tours, Ice Bowling presented by Honor Credit Union and the Magical Ice Thone presented by NOBO. Additional Saturday fun includes the Magic Tour with magician John Dudley. Magic Tour stops include: 1:00p Downtown St. Joseph (Corner of State & Pleasant Streets), 2:00p Curious Kids’ Museum, 4:00p Shadowland on Silver Beach.
This year’s event and interactive sponsors include: Silver Beach Pizza, Beaudoin Electrical Construction, Berrien Community Foundation, Cook Nuclear, Caffe Tosi, Holt Bosse, Honor Credit Union, The Boulevard Inn & Bistro, Schultz Roofing, Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber, Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council, NOBO, SWMI Brew Tours, The Livery, Tru by Hilton and Mid-West Family Broadcasting.  This year’s block sponsors include: Abonmarche, Beaudoin Electric, Berrien Community Foundation, Biggby Coffee | Zoup!, Caffe Tosi, Cook Nuclear, Dad's Farm & Cafe, DK Boutique, Forté Coffee, Fusion Center for Dance, G&M Variety, Holt Bosse, Honor Credit Union, Jimmy John's, Mark III, Michigan Pizza Hut, Mid-West Family Broadcasting, Olive Cart, Peat's Cider Social, Pier 1000,, Silver Beach Pizza, Silver Harbor Brewing, South Bend International Airport, Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber, Southwest Michigan Tourist Council, Spectrum Health Lakeland, St. Joe Community Tap Room, St. Joe Wine Shoppe, Storage of America, The Boulevard Inn & Bistro, The Cheese Lady, Tom & Judy Gawlik, Wanderlust Outfitters, White Pine Winery, Wild Ginger Flowers & Gifts.
For a complete weekend schedule visitstjoetoday.com/icefest.
Catch these upcoming winter and spring events:
March Mannequins: Friday, March 11 (7:00p-8:30p)
Antiques on the Bluff: May 1, June 5, July 3, Aug. 7, Sept. 4, Oct. 2 (10:00a-5:00p)
St. Joe Farmers Market: Saturdays, May 28-October 8 (9:00a-2:00p)
Lake Bluff Artisan Fair: June 4, July 16, August 20, September 3 (10:00a-5:00p)
St. Joe Today is a 501(c)(3) membership-based organization dedicated to producing fantastic events and promoting local businesses in St. Joseph, Michigan and its surrounding communities. For more information about upcoming events and details call St. Joe Today at (269) 985 1111 or visit stjoetoday.com.