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Frostival, an annual celebration to show that cold is cool, returns to the metro area

New events include the Stonewall Sports winter kickball tournament, hearth and frost block party at Broadway Square and the Frostival sauna week.

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Cardboard sled races will return to this year's Frostival celebration.
Contributed / F-M Convention and Visitors Bureau / T+C Hanson
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FARGO — Frostival will return to the metro for its six-week winter celebration from Saturday, Jan. 14 to Saturday, Feb. 25.

This will be the eighth year of the festival, established in 2016 to combat the notion that the Fargo-Moorhead area is a frigid tundra in the winter months.

Many events will return, such as the Frozen Fortress events at Viking Ship Park with a Snow Sculpture Competition, Snowga and chili feed in Moorhead the last weekend in January.

In Fargo, the cardboard sled races will return, as well as the Frozen Business Showdown and Coffee and Cocoa Crawl.

West Fargo will continue to provide entertainment for the kids at the Bouncin' Bash, the indoor volleyball tournament, and senior luncheon.

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Check out our Frostival highlights and plan your next month accordingly:

Jan. 16

Bouncin' Bash: Enjoy the day off from school and bring the kids to the Rustad Recreation Center in West Fargo for a day of indoor fun and inflatable games. All participants must be accompanied by an adult. The event, which is running from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is recommended for those ages 13 and under. Admission is $8 per person at the door.

Jan. 20

Careers & Beers Taproom Beach Party: Enjoy games, snacks, prizes and free beers while tokens last at this beach-themed party from 4 to 8 p.m. Jan. 20 at Swing Barrel Brewing in Moorhead.

Jan. 20 - 21 and Jan. 27 - 28

Brr-illiant 10-minute plays: The FMCT will host a 10-minute Play Festival at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead. The cost is $10 per person.

Jan. 21

Cardboard Sled Races: Bring your own cardboard sled from home and race down the Mickelson Sledding Hill in Fargo. Registration for this free event starts at 11 a.m., followed by the race at 11:30.

Chili Cook-off: Break out your best recipe and bring your pot of chili to the Moorhead American Legion. Registration will be held from noon to 2 p.m., with judging to begin at 2 p.m. The public chili feed begins at 6 p.m. Rick Adams will take the stage at 6 p.m. followed by karaoke at 7 p.m.

Jan. 22

Movie on Ice: Bundle up for free skating and a family-friendly movie at The Lights Ice Rink in West Fargo.

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Jan. 27

Frozen Business Showdown: Assemble a team of co-workers for a series of competitive events to promote physical fitness and friendly competition in the business
community. The cost is $150 per team.

Beyond the Wonderland: Attendees will participate in an ice fort building competition and snowball fight followed by a dance at the REC, 2900 5th St. S. in Moorhead. Admission is free, and pizza and drinks will be for sale.

Jan. 28

Stars of PBS: The Minnesota State University Moorhead Planetarium and Prairie Public will sponsor a fun day for the whole family at the planetarium. The full-dome show, "One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure," will play in the planetarium every 45 minutes starting at 9:45 a.m. throughout the day. In the Center for Business (across the street from the planetarium) Prairie Public and the MSUM Planetarium will host tons of activities, including a scavenger hunt. Additionally, families can come meet the day’s STAR of PBS, a character from one of their favorite PBS shows who will be making a special appearance for the event.

Fun at Frozen Fortress: Embrace the cool of winter with a day of outdoor activities and events at Viking Ship Park in Moorhead, including the Moorhead Business Association's Snow Sculpture Contest, free cross-country ski and snowshoe rentals, outdoor games, a hot chocolate station, a marshmallow roast and much more frosty fun. Register for an Interpretive Snowshoe Hike hosted by River Keepers and participate in activities including a scavenger hunt, Snowga, Dance Attack, and a meditation circle for free. Catch a children's show sneak peek from FMCT in the Hjemkomst Center. This free event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Jan. 29

Hearth and frost block party: Enjoy local music, live art, Frostival-themed snacks and drinks, and a van expo at Broadway Square in Fargo.

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Enjoy a candelight trail walk through Moorhead's Viking Ship Park as part of the eighth annual Frostival celebration.
Contributed / F-M Convention and Visitors Bureau

Jan. 31

Candlelight Trail Walk: Take a scenic stroll around Viking Ship Park with a trip through Mary's Tunnel! Learn about constellations from local astronomy groups and hear caroling from FMCT around a fire. Play outdoor games, enjoy s'mores, hot dogs and hot chocolate, and take advantage of free cross-country ski and snowshoe rentals.

Feb. 3 to 5

Freezing for a Good Reason: The FM Legion Riders, a veteran motorcycle organization, along with local celebrities, will be sleeping outside in the dead of winter for 44 hours. A silent auction will be held all weekend long. Other events scheduled at the Moorhead American Legion include:

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  • Friday: Flag raising and National Anthem at 4 p.m., Goden Drive presentation at 5 p.m., and Front Fenders will perform from 7:30-10:30 pm.
  • Saturday: Beginning Saturday, a silent auction will be held. Doughnuts with apple cider and coffee will be served from 8 to 11 a.m. Afterwards, soup cook-off registration takes place from 10 to 11 a.m. with judging to follow from 11 a.m. to noon. A public soup feed from will take place from noon to 2 p.m. After you've had you fill, take part in a cornhole tournament from 2 to 5 p.m., a veterans and Honor Flight presentation at 5 p.m. and karaoke from 7 to 11 p.m.
  • Sunday: The Legion Riders breakfast will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The silent auction will conclude at 11:30 a.m. and ice cube bingo starts at 3 p.m. The Sons of the American Legion will be flipping burgers all afternoon.
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The Stonewall Sports Winter Kickball Tournament will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 4 at M.B. Johnson Park in Moorhead.
Contributed / F-M Convention and Visitors Bureau

Feb. 4

Stonewall Sports winter kickball tournament: Bundle up for a day out on the field at M.B Johnson Park in Moorhead. A warming shelter, hot chocolate and treats will be provided. The cost is $10 per person. Registration is open until Jan. 23. The tournament will be a remix format, meaning all competitors will be randomly placed on teams.

Anyone can participate, and competition is healthy, but the most important exercise is to have fun, said Candi Wills, Stonewall’s national sports director.

Feb. 11 to 19

Frostival sauna week: Experience the benefits of thermal bathing at sauna week, hosted by Folkways and Icehouse Cross Fit in Fargo. Sweat with your crew or get to know members of the community. Each session can host up to six people. Children are welcome. The cost is $20 per person.

Feb. 25

Coffee & Cocoa Crawl: Enjoy offee and cocoa samples from local businesses in downtown Fargo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 and include a mug made by a local artist.

Coffee & Cocoa Crawl After Party: Join the Nordic Culture Clubs for a Coffee and Cocoa Crawl after party at the Sons of Norway Olav Ballroom. Enjoy Blueberry Almond Cake and Swedish Coffee donated by Stabo Scandinavian Imports. Other activities include a Frostival photo booth and Nordic music.

The Sons of Norway Kringen Lodge opened its doors two 250 community members for their Traditional Norsk Christmas Event Saturday, Dec. 3.

Visit frostival.com to view a full schedule of events.

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