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12th Annual Ice Fest in Downtown Ithaca

Come to Downtown Ithaca to enjoy the annual Ice Fest, presented by Elmira Savings BankCity Centre Apartments, and Hilton Garden Inn Ithaca!

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

Witness the nation’s finest ice carvers as they compete for $9,000 in prizes during two 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. 6, 5:00-9:00pm]

Ice Bar & Silent Disco
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 from Bacchus Brewing Company, wine from Six Mile Creek Vineyard or cocoa and coffee from Waffle Frolic while watching fire-fueled entertainment at this frosty extravaganza from 5-9pm.
Also from 5-9 pm, get ready to warm up with a Silent Disco featuring DJ ha-MEEN - Ithaca, NY!

DAY 2 [Friday, Dec. 7,  5:00-9:00pm]

Speed Carving Competition & Ice Bar
Speed Carving Competition: The opening competition of Ice Festival! 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. Music by DJ Gourd. 
Ice Bar: will be open and serving delicious hot and cold beverages!

DAY 3 [Saturday, Dec. 8, 9:00am-5:00pm] A full day of excitement for everyone!

Two-Block Showpiece Challenge & 9th Annual Chowder Cook-Off 

This competition is the ultimate test of the ice carvers' abilities! Competitors will produce their most dramatic and impressive sculptures 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. Winners will be announced at 5 pm.

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

9th Annual Downtown Ithaca 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 sampling 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. For more information about Chowder Cook-off, visit

Habitat for Humanity's Annual Cookie Walk is also returning to Center Ithaca from 10am-2pm.  

Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 9:00am to 5:00pm

Downtown Ithaca
171 East State Street, Ithaca, 14850

Event Type

Entertainment, Festivals & Fairs, Food & Drink, Outdoor Recreation & Sports

Age Range

All Ages


$, Free



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