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2017 Downtown Ithaca Ice Fest

Downtown Ithaca Ice Festival returns to the Ithaca Commons, December 7-9, 2017 

Ice Fest is an annual tradition in Downtown Ithaca! What holiday season would be complete without a celebration of cold weather and cold weather Ice Carving! Witness the nation’s finest ice carvers as they compete for $9,000 in prizes during 3 rounds of breathtaking competition in Downtown Ithaca. The festival features impressive display sculptures, fire demonstrations, the ever-popular Ice Bar: an outdoor bar made entirely of ice, serving beer, wine, and hot cocoa, and a tasty Chowder Cook-off. Ithaca Ice Festival ice carving competition is a National Ice Carving Association sanctioned event.

DAY 1 (Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017)5-9pm:
Ice Bar Opens for the weekend! Visit the opening day of the outdoor Ice Bar. Bring the whole family and enjoy the winter weather with a glass of beer, wine, or non-alcoholic cocoa while taking in fire fueled entertainment at this frosty extravaganza!

DAY 2 (Friday, Dec. 8, 2017) 5-9pm:
Speed Carving Competition: The opening competition of Ice Festival! From 5-9pm, Watch carvers test their speed and skill in this one-block, speed-carve, single elimination competition. Each participant will have approximately 20 minutes to create a complete sculpture so the competition will run the duration of the event. 

Ice Bar: will be open and serving delicious hot and cold beverages from 5-9pm!

Day 3 (Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017)
A full day of excitement for everyone!
Carve and Deliver Competition: 9am-12pm - Competing carvers must carve and deliver an ice sculpture to a downtown location in just three hours!

Ice Bar: Will be open 12-5pm for warm or frosty beverages all day!

Main Event: Two-Block Showpiece Challenge: 2-6pm. This final round is the ultimate test of these carver's abilities! Competitors will have just 4 hours to produce a dramatic and impressive sculpture using 2 large blocks of ice. Carvers will not only compete with each other for points, but also with the elements, rain, extreme cold, or unseasonal heat. In early December, one never knows what the weather will be, making the competition that much more exciting.

8th Annual Chowder Cook-Off: Happening on the Commons and surrounding streets including Aurora, Cayuga and Dewitt Mall from 12-5pm, Ice Festival goers can stay warm by sample over 20 different traditional, exotic, and gourmet chowders from local restaurants competing to be crowned our next Chowder Cup Champion! Sampling tickets are for sale in advance and on the day-of downtown.

- - - - - - - TICKET INFO FOR CHOWDER COOK- OFF - - - - - - - 
Tickets - 10 Tickets for $10 
Advance Sale Tickets will be available December 5 at Noon the Downtown Ithaca Visitor Center (CASH ONLY).

Advance Credit Card Sales - DIA Office Only - Inside Center Ithaca (171 East State Street) 

If you are purchasing for a large group please call the DIA office in advance 607-277-8679. 
Tickets will also be available the day of Chowder Cook-Off at the Ticket Booth on the Commons.
Will Call Pickup on the day of the event will be located in the Downtown Ithaca Visitor Center.

This program was made possible, in part, by a grant from the Tompkins County Tourism Program.

Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 9:00am to 5:00pm

Ithaca Commons
202 East State Street Ithaca, NY 14850

Event Type

Entertainment, Fairs & Festivals, Food & Drink, Art, Sports & Outdoors, Music

Age Range

All Ages






Event Contact

(607) 277-8679


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