Celebrate love and winter at Valent-ICE

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) Valentine’s Day weekend will be full of fire and ice with the third annual Valent-ICE Festival. The three-day festival celebrates love and winter in downtown Grand Rapids, featuring more than 50 ice sculptures on display throughout the area.

Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. came up with the idea to help Grand Rapids become a four season city. They want people to be able to enjoy the downtown area during the winter as well as in warmer months. The festival is organized by Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. in partnership with the Ice Guru, the Downtown Market, and the City of Grand Rapids.

Some of the highlights include:

  • A 35 foot ice bar serving special libations at the Downtown Market
  • A seven foot tall Grand Budapest Hotel at MadCap Coffee
  • Wishing well filled with frozen pennies at the center of a guess-and-win contest sponsored by Springthrough
  • Musical instruments celebrating Van Andel Arena’s 20th anniversary

The ice sculptures are organized in a walking tour around downtown. Visitors can vote for their favorite sculptures by texting (616) 432-2790 to be entered to win a downtown prize package.

The festival also includes several free and low cost events for families and adults. See a full schedule of events below.Thursday, February 11

1-4 p.m. – Live carving of the Valent-ICE Lounge at the Downtown Market

4-7 p.m. – Live carving of the Grand Budapest Hotel at MadCap Coffee CompanyFriday, February 12

Noon – 7 p.m. – 50+ ice sculptures go on display throughout Downtown Grand Rapids

4-7 p.m. – Bubbles on ICE Happy Hour at the Downtown Market’s Valent-ICE Lounge

  • Learn about and sample sparkling wines
  • Play lightning rounds of 80s trivia
  • Michigan craft beer and wine also available

7-9 p.m. – 80s-themed ice skating at Rosa Parks Circle

  • $1 for kids (under 17), $2 for adults
  • AB spinning the tunes
  • 80’s trivia
  • Costume contest for the best dressed

Saturday, February 13

Noon-3 p.m. – Love at First Site in Rosa Parks Circle

  • Live sculpting of the 6,000 lb. Voters Choice public ice sculpture
  • Free ice skating for kids under 17
  • Children’s activities
  • Free hot chocolate and prize giveaways

2-7 p.m. – Love Potions to Melt the ICE at the Downtown Market’s Valent-ICE LoungeSunday, February 14

2-6 p.m. – ICE Cold Brewskies with a Whiskey Warmer at the Downtown Market’s Valent-ICE Lounge

  • Features the best winter ales paired with Whiskey Warmers
  • Wine also available

6-8 p.m. – Love on the Ice at Rosa Parks Circle

  • $1 for kids (under 17), $2 for adults
  • Free professional photography for the public

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