Meltdown Winter Ice Festival

Events

The Richmond Meltdown is coming! Check back closer to time to see the complete line up of events to keep you entertained!

Pre-Meltdown Activities

Lots of events are planned for the Meltdown – Check out the following events that will happen before the big weekend! Click on blue links for more information about the event or sponsor!

  • Contests
    We have a great line-up of fun contests! Compete in the Coloring Contest to win a free RAM Child’s Art Class sponsored by Richmond Art Museum! Have fun in the snow, enter the Build a Snowman Contest. Take part in our Meltdown Spirit Contest. Be sure to check out the rules, all contests end before the Meltdown arrives! However, we do have two contests that go into the Meltdown weekend: the Scavenger Hunt, and the Photography Contest! Who will win the contests this year?.
  • Meet an Ice Carver
    Watch an ice carver in action! See how chunks of ice are beautifully hand-crafted into an artistic ice sculpture! Even get their autographs! It’s happening on January 24 outside the Bard Room at Morrisson-Reeves Library.
  • Sponsor Reception
    Invite-Only. We’re giving a special thanks to the sponsors of the Meltdown. Without the fiscal support, this event would not be possible. We hope sponsors will be able to attend. Invitation to follow.
  • Ice Carving in the Work Zone
    Be sure to check out the Work Zone before the weekend! Watch the carvers turn chunks of ice into flawless creations!
  • Foundation Fun Zone
    The carvers are going to create an Interactive Ice Park – just for fun! Interactive pieces include a ice pong table, a slide, a throne, and more!

Friday, January 27 Events

Worried about getting cold? Warm up at these Warming Stations between 4 – 7 pm:. Free activities provided.

  • Ice Carving in the Work Zone
    Be sure to check out the Work Zone before the weekend! Watch the carvers turn chunks of ice into flawless creations!
  • Foundation Fun Zone
    The carvers are going to create an Interactive Ice Park – just for fun!  Interactive pieces include a ice pong table, a slide, a throne, and more!
  • Paint and Take Souvenirs       10am – 7pm
    Paint your own souvenir and take it home with you offered by Paint the Towne! Only one souvenir per child.  Available on a “First come, First Serve Basis.
  • Food Vendors in the Jack Elstro Plaza    5pm – 9pm
    On the nights of the Ice Fights, Meltdown vendors will be set up! You’ll be able to find  warm drinks and food for purchase!
  • Frosty Mug Pub Crawl   5:30pm – 7pm
    The Pub Crawl will kick off at New Boswell Brewery (410 North 10th Street) and travel to other bars and restaurants in the area and will end at the ICE FIGHTS at 7:30pm.
  • Main Event: ICE FIGHTS    7:30pm
    The Ice Fights will be located in the Jack Elstro Plaza.

 

Saturday, January 28 Events

Worried about getting cold? Warm up at these Warming Stations between 12 – 6 pm:

  • Ice Carving in the Work Zone
    Be sure to check out the Work Zone before the weekend! Watch the carvers turn chunks of ice into flawless creations!
  • Foundation Fun Zone
    The carvers are going to create an Interactive Ice Park – just for fun!  Interactive pieces include a ice pong table, a slide, a throne, and more!
  • Frozen Fairy Trail   10am – 4pm 
    The event starts at the Old National Road Welcome Center, 5701 National Road East where children will create a fairy craft, participate in games, and enjoy refreshments.  Then pick up your Frozen Fairy Trail flyer noting the location of ten additional stops offering free fairy craft workshops, games, special surprises and snacks.  Call 765-935-8687 for more info and visitrichmond.org
  • Paint and Take Souvenirs       10am – 7pm
    Paint your own souvenir and take it home with you offered by Paint the Towne! Only one souvenir per child.  Available on a “First come, First Serve Basis.”
  • Veach’s Family Game Day          10am – 5pm
    Get warmed up and play some favorite classic games with your family at this free event sponsored by Veach’s Toy Station.  Explore Indiana’s #1 Toy Store!
  • Award Winners Announced Main Stage at Jack Elstro Plaza    7pm
    Award winners announced for the Treasure Hunt, Coloring Contest, Snowman Contest and Spirit of Meltdown Contest
  • Food Vendors in the Jack Elstro Plaza     5pm – 9pm                                                          On the nights of the Ice Fights, Meltdown vendors will be set up! You’ll be able to find  warm drinks and food for purchase!
  • Main Event: ICE FIGHTS  7:30 pm 
  • Art Show Opening Reception   9pm – 11pm  
    New Boswell Brewery will be the venue for an art show featuring a range of different contemporary painting styles.  Ann Kim, Benny Kenworthy, Joe Swanson, Joe Thompson, Mark Van Buskirk, and Ron Deane are the exhibiting artists, and Etch from Dayton, Ohio will be DJing.