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Valent-ICE Festival This Weekend


Valent-ICE is an annual festival celebrating winter and love in Downtown Grand Rapids. This FREE EVENT is organized around Valentine’s Day, the festival features live ice carving, a walking tour of whimsical ice art, ice skating and other snowy season fun.

February 12:
– Unveiling of 50+ Ice sculptures Downtown (12-7pm)
– Bubbles on ICE Happy Hour at the Downtown Market’s ice lounge (4-7pm), free 80s’ Trivia at 5:30pm hosted by Thom Hunt
– 80’s on ICE themed ice skating at Rosa Parks Circle, free 80’s trivia at 7pm and 8pm hosted by Lauren Smith ‘Shmitty’ from 104.5 SNX, photobooth, hot chocolate and a chance to win prizes. (7-9 PM)
-Vote for your favorite and enter to win Downtown Business prizes. Codes will be listed on event signage.

February 13:
– Live carving of the Voters’ Choice 6,000 lb public ice sculpture. Kids activities provided by LaughFestGrand Rapids Children’s MuseumGrand Rapids Public MuseumJohn Ball ZooThe Home Depot, and Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities. There will also be appearances from Disney’s Frozen characters and other local GR mascots, free hot chocolate, and free ice skating at Rosa Parks Circle(12-3 PM).
– Love Potions to Melt the ICE at the Downtown Market’s ice lounge (2-7pm)

February 14: 
– ICE Cold Brewskies with a Whiskey Warmer at the Downtown Market’s ice lounge.
– Free professional photography for Valentine’s Day sweethearts, families and others at Rosa Parks Circle (6-8pm)

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Chuck Gallagher

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