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Ely Winter Festival

Festival Event

Our two flagship events, the Snow Sculpting Symposium and Ely Art Walk will look different this year due to the pandemic. We will be creating a virtual experience over the ten-day festival for our artist's and community's safety. This will allow our community and out of town friends an opportunity to safely enjoy the events from home. Here is what you can expect.
Daily Snow Sculpting Symposium progress videos
A Snow Sculpting Symposium walk-through when the sculptures are completed
Daily Ely Art Walk videos featuring different artists each day
For real-time updates on this virtual experience, 'like' and 'follow' our Facebook page ( OR visit our website ( for more details.

Wander Whiteside Park as teams of professional sculptors turn 8-ft and 12-ft blocks of snow into works of art! Observe, ask questions, peak at their sketches and models. Keep warm by the fire. The park is lit by hundreds of ice candles every night. It is truly magical. Whiteside Park is in the heart of Ely, MN on Sheridan Street.


Ages Festival is Appropriate For

All ages


  • Family-Friendly
  • Pet-Friendly