Ice Sculptures, Fire & Ice Dinner Dance Highlight Weekend in Sturgeon Bay

Carve out some time to visit Sturgeon Bay Feb. 12 and 13 for the 11th annual Sturgeon Bay Fire and Ice weekend.

Snow and ice carvers will sculpt masterpieces throughout downtown Sturgeon Bay Friday and Saturday, competing for cash prizes and the recognition of the People’s Choice award (ice carving only). Revelers will dine and dance the night away at the sold out, black-tie-optional Fire & Ice Dinner Dance and silent auction at Stone Harbor Resort Saturday night.

National championship snow sculptors are scheduled to carve nine 4’x8’ snow blocks, putting their artistic skills to the test to outdo each other’s creativity. Three 3’x5’ snow blocks will be available for free in Martin Park (207 S. Third Ave) for anyone wishing to try their own carving skills.

Sculptor carving a block of ice during Sturgeon Bay's Fire and Ice Festival. Submitted.

Sculptor carving a block of ice during Sturgeon Bay’s Fire and Ice Festival. Submitted.

Sturgeon Bay businesses are sponsoring 16 ice blocks for carving. Volunteers with a flair for the creative (and willingness to brave the cold) will chip and smooth away at 300 pound blocks of crystal clear ice, between 9 am and 2 pm. They compete for both the People’s Choice award, and cash prizes for first, second and third place in beginner, intermediate and advanced categories, as evaluated by a panel of experienced ice carving judges. Judges will make their determinations at 2 pm and the award ceremony will take place at the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center office (36 S. Third Ave.) at 2:30 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend the ceremony.

Tour Sturgeon Bay on Saturday and watch the carvers via free trolley rides from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm. Make sure to stop by The Lodge at Leathem Smith Friday (5 – 9 pm) and Saturday (9 am – 3 pm) for “Another Slice of Fire and Ice Wedding Expo” and a performance by Lee Birchfield on Friday at 9 pm.

The annually sold-out dinner dance at Stone Harbor Resort begins at 6 pm with cocktails and the silent auction of packages and individual items donated by Sturgeon Bay businesses. Pink Houses, an 11-piece show band, will entertain guests from 8:30 pm until midnight.

For more information, call 920.743.6246, email [email protected], or visit



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