Meltdown Winter Ice Festival


The coolest festival around is back in town on January 25th – 27th at the Jack Elstro Plaza, near the Downtown Richmond and Depot District areas! Here are a few highlights!


Meet a carver at 3:30pm at Morrisson-Reeves Library. Come meet the most talented ice carvers in the world as they begin their week of ice challenges!



Chili for Charity at 5:30pm at Morrisson-Reeves Library. Warm up before a COOL weekend with chili for a cause! Community organizations will pull out their best recipes for this friendly competition supporting the good work of our community’s nonprofits!

Public carving at the Leland Legacy at 3:30pm. Want to watch the carvers at work but feeling a bit chilly? Warm up INDOORS at the Leland Legacy while you watch the carvers create a beautiful sculpture right outside the window.



Interactive Play Zone open at Jack Elstro Plaza from Friday until Sunday. Play games MADE OF ICE, take photos with the sculptures, and take in the magical creations made by world-class carvers.

The Ice Fights kicks off with the “Big Reveal” on Friday at 7:30pm at the Jack Elstro Plaza. Watch as ice flies and world class carvers work together to create massive melting artwork before a hyped-up crowd!



Hayes Hikes and Chocolate from 10am-4pm at Hayes Arboretum. Warm up after exploring nature with free hot chocolate in the nature center! Driving tour, hiking trails and nature center are all open and ready to explore!

Cool Concerts will be held all Saturday afternoon around town!
     3:00pm Gypsy Schindler at the Wayne County Historical Museum
     3:45pm Charles Ramsey at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
     4:30pm Megan Ebersole at Black Dog Printing
     5:15pm Joe Augustin at Table Top Adventures

The Meltdown Throwdown is on Saturday Night at the Jack Elstro Plaza at 7:30pm. The battle is ON! Will Team Fire or Team Ice prevail? Watch the ice fly as world class carvers IMAGINE and DELIVER on amazing ice sculptures in a battle where YOU decide who wins!

And lots going on that whole week from pub craws, to coloring contest, Lego competitions, warming stations, live concerts and so much more!

Check out this video to see the cool Meltdown activities from the past!