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IceFest 2017

Ready for frozen family fun? Despite the warmer than normal winter temperatures, ice is forecasted this weekend in Butler County! Take an ice-inspired excursion to Hamilton’s amazing IceFest on January 20-21.

We’ll cover what you need to know to make the most out of IceFest, including the festival’s schedule of events and event map.

This year’s theme To Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before pays tribute to the explorer in all of us. Over 160 frozen works of art will be displayed throughout the weekend in downtown Hamilton.

 IceFest Hamilton 2017


Fire and Ice

Free for the first time! Two elements that don’t often work together, will create masterpieces at this Friday night feature presentation.


Photo: City of Sculpture


Ice with a Side of Ambiance

Once the sun goes down stroll downtown to see ice and bright lights during the Technicolor Ice Walk, located near the Courthouse.

Technicolor IceWalk Icefest

Photo: City of Sculpture


Penguin Meet and Greet

Head to Miami University Hamilton downtown on Saturday afternoon from 12PM-2PM to meet one of the Newport Aquarium’s African Penguins. He’ll be dressed to impress and ready to take photos with you.

Penguins at IceFest

Photo: Newport Aquarium


Indoor Snowball Fight

Visit the Lane Libraries Community Technology Center to join in on an epic snowball fight, Minecraft style. Create and throw virtual snowballs while dodging incoming snowy attacks on Saturday from 10AM-2PM.


All Weekend Long

Calling all pro and amateur photographers. Snap your IceFest experience and submit your photos for the Photo Contest.

Psssttt….We’re excited for you to discover this year’s BCVB sculpture! When you find it take a pic and use #GetToTheBC

IceFest 2017 Rocketship


End your Weekend on a High Note

Watch the pros at work as some take live requests and carve with serious speed. Blocks of ice turn into sculptures in a matter of minutes during the Speed Carving Demonstration at 3PM on Saturday.

 Speed Carving at IceFest Hamilton

Photo: City of Sculpture


This is just the tip of the iceberg! Be sure to check out the IceFest Schedule and Event Map for further details and activities.


IceFest 2017 Information

IceFest Schedule

IceFest Map

Warm Weather Plan

With a mixture of art, family-friendly activities, local eats and photo ops we’d definitely put IceFest on your weekend agenda.

IceFest Hamilton 2017

Photo: City of Sculpture


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