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Enjoy a Snow Day in Downtown Grand Rapids


It’s time to get out and take advantage of Michigan’s cold climate and have some fun while doing it!

Ice sculptures, Human Hungry Hungry Hippos, and a giant ice bar are just a few exciting things taking place in downtown Grand Rapids in the days to come. Snow Days, a five-day winter festival sponsored by Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. and partners, kicks off on Feb. 10.

Snow Days comprises three distinct free- and low-cost events that each feature a wide variety of activities for both families and adults:


Valent-ICE, organized around Valentine’s Day, celebrates love and winter in Downtown. Among other activities the event features:

– 50+ unique sculptures that turn Downtown GR into a gallery of ice art. The sculptures total 17 tons of ice and include a life-sized Muhammad Ali, a space shuttle and a 5,000 lb sculpture determined by community voting which runs January 18-25.

– Walking and running tours

– Live ice-carving events

– Games and special libations served at the Downtown Market’s special Ice Bar.

Rail Jam

Rail Jam is a ski and snowboard competition takes place on Feb. 11 at noon in Ah-Nab-Awen Park. Snowboarders and skiers will compete for $1,000 in the free competition by AGA Nation. Visitors can also enjoy live ice-carving demonstrations, sledding and games. Don’t forget to visit the warming tent and food trucks at this event.

Humane Hungry Hungry Hippos

On Sunday, Feb. 12, the classic board game comes to life with the The Human Hungry Hungry Hippos tournament. This game features real people munching marbles on the ice at Rosa Parks Circle in the spirit of the classic tabletop game. The game is currently sold out, but you will want to get there before noon to get a good spot to watch the fun.

Ice Skating

On Monday, Rosa Parks Circle will host free ice skating from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. While admission is also buy one, get one free on Valentine’s Day.

Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. organizes Snow Days in partnership with community partners, local businesses and sponsors, including Ice Brigade, AGA Nation, AHC+ Hospitality, Craig’s Cruisers, the Grand Rapids Public Museum, WOOD TV 8 and the City of Grand Rapids.

Plan your trip today!

Written by The Rapid

The Rapid (Interurban Transit Partnership) is the authority that provides a variety of public transportation services for the Grand Rapids metro area and beyond. It is organized and operates under Michigan Public Act 196 of 1986.