Meltdown Winter Ice Festival


The coolest festival around is back the last week of January! 



The best ice festival in the Midwest is BACK in 2021, but this time, it’s on WHEELS!  No big gatherings this year, so you BLOCKHEADS will have to save your FIRE & ICE energy for 2022’s Big Reveal and Meltdown Throwdown.  But just because we can’t gather doesn’t mean our ice masters are staying home!  All of your favorites will be back creating beautiful, one-of-a-kind works of art and turning Richmond into an outdoor art gallery of ICE!  So get in your car, grab your camera, and head to Richmond for this amazing MOTOR MELTDOWN! 

Carvers arrive
and begin creating their sculptures in Elstro Plaza. Come visit the plaza later in the week and see the 50-60 ice sculptures. 

Motor Meltdown
drive-thru  will take place Friday-Sunday January 29-31, 2021. Stay tuned as we will post a map and a special Spotify playlist to listen to during your drive!

Snowflakes on Main – Experience the magic of snowflakes on Main Street! Large snowflakes will be placed along Main St. with positive, uplifting quotes. Participants will collect code words from each snowflake to form a secret message. Turn in passport at Welcome Center for prize.

Meltdown Munchines – Food Trucks will be scattered throughout Richmond’s downtown and depot
area all weekend. 

Movies at the Meltdown 
– Join us for a drive-in screening of Abominable at 7 PM at the Elder Beerman parking lot. Three teens work to get a Yeti back to his family, while outsmarting an evil zoologist to wants the Yeti for his own needs. Movie is family-friendly and appropriate for all ages. 

Movies at the Meltdown – Join us for a drive-in screening of Arctic Dogs at 7 PM at the Elder Beerman parking lot. Watch as an arctic fox who works in a mailroom dreams of becoming something bigger! Movie is family-friendly and appropriate for all ages.


Wouldn’t seeing some footage from past Meltdowns be nICE? Check out these cool Meltdown activities from the past!