February is a cold and snowy time in the Midwest, but those who are not afraid to spend some time outdoors can head to the historic town square in Medina for the annual gathering with beautiful ice sculptures. For over 25 years, Medina Ice Festival has been held every February in the small downtown of Medina, full of cozy little shops, pubs, bakeries, snack shops, and restaurants. The ice sculpture garden is set up on Public Square and in South Town District for everyone to enjoy. The festival runs from Friday through Monday, featuring over 120 sculptures on display.
One of the main highlights of the festival is the exciting speed carving contests, which usually take place near the County Courthouse on Broadway Street on Friday afternoon. After dark, beautiful sculptures are enhanced by color-changing LEDs. Also, Fire and Ice Tower is lit up with Fire Dancers at 7 pm. Plus, food and drink vendors keep everyone full, warm, and contented.
The town offers plenty of free parking for visitors, to be more precise—over 1000 parking spaces! Dogs are allowed on leashes. The four-day event is free to attend.