Winter Fete

Winter Fete 2020

Join Bloomington Parks and Recreation along with area sponsors and embrace the season during the 16th Annual Winter Fete celebration. This year, Winter Fete activities and special discounts will take place throughout the City from Saturday, January 18, through Sunday, January 26.  New this year is the first annual Winter Fete Medallion Hunt! 

Be sure to check out the annual International Ski Jumping Competition, the Pond-Dakota Winter History Festival, and many other great activities and events during the Fete.

All Winter Fete activities are free unless otherwise noted, and fun for the whole family!

In case of inclement weather, call our weather line at 952-563-8878 for up to date cancellation information. 

See below for the exciting events and activities that Winter Fete 2020 has to offer.  

Events and Activities

Winter Fete Medallion Hunt 2020

Welcome to the 2020 Winter Fete Medallion Hunt brought to you by Bloomington Parks and Recreation!

The hunt starts on Saturday, January 18 and the medallion will be hidden at or near one of Bloomington's 13 ice rinks. This won’t be easy, so put on your thinking caps. Clues will be provided each day until the last day of Winter Fete or until the medallion is found, whichever comes first. 

Prizes Awarded to Medallion Finder

For whoever finds the medallion, we have a wonderful Parks and Recreation prize package that includes (but is not limited to) four daily passes to the Bloomington Family Aquatic Center pool, and one daily pass to Bush Lake Beach. 

Here are some details and ground rules to help you on your quest. 

  • The medallion will not be hidden in things, under things, or above things. So please don’t destroy any park property and leave your metal detectors and ladders at home.
  • The medallion hunt will offer daily clues via email, the City's Facebook page, and the Winter Fete web page
  • The medallion looks like this and it must be turned in to the Parks and Recreation offices at Bloomington Civic Plaza, including the note inside of it for verification.

For more Information call 952-563-8676 or email  

Saturday, January 18

Indoor Curling and Movie Night at Creekside

Creekside Community Center
9801 Penn Avenue South
5:30 - 7:45 p.m.

Experience a unique and fun way to curl...indoors! Then enjoy watching Toy Story 4. Snacks will be provided.

Kids are welcome to come in pajamas and bring a blanket to watch the movie.  

Curling starts at 5:30 p.m.  Movie starts at 6 p.m.

Sunday, January 19

Ice Fishing and Snowshoeing at Bush Lake

Bush Lake Beach
9140 E Bush Lake Road
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.  

Come to Bush Lake Beach to try your hand at ice fishing and learn about the tools of the trade.  From 11 am-2 pm DNR fishing experts will be on hand to provide equipment and instruction for all who want to try ice fishing.  Join Parks and Recreation on guided snowshoe walks at Bush Lake and the surrounding park.  Snowshoes provided or bring your own.    Sponsored by the City of Bloomington, Bush Lake chapter of Izaak Walton League, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.   Free refreshments will be available for participants. 

For more information call Parks and Recreation at 952-563-8877

International Ski Jumping Competition

Bush Lake Ski Jump
8401 East Bush Lake Road
4 - 10 p.m.

International Nordic Ski Jumping hits the Twin Cities scene Sunday, January 19, 2020 under the stadium lights at the Bush Lake Ski Jumps in Bloomington. Elite athletes from Europe, Canada and all across the USA will be taking to the skies in head-to-head competition. Many former and future Olympians will be there perfecting their form in the local leg of the Midwestern 5 Hills Tour - part of the U.S. Cup Series. Skiers will be soaring up to 300 feet for trophies and cash prizes. Gates open at 4 p.m., tournament begins at 5 p.m. General admission is $10 for anyone over 12 years of age - FREE for kids 12 and under! 

For more details, including tickets, visit:

Saturday, January 25

Ice Harvest Festival

Richardson Nature Center
8737 East Bush lake Road
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Sponsored by Three Rivers Park District, come discover life in Minnesota before electric refrigerators, when hardy ice harvesters sawed massive ice blocks out of frozen lakes and ponds to keep food chilled during warmer months. Meet ice harvesting historian Tim Graf and other costumed interpreters. Cut blocks of ice out of the pond with an old-fashioned ice saw, pull an antique ice plow, weigh blocks of ice, and try other ice-harvesting tools. Children 17 and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult.  

Learn More at 

Sunday, January 26

Pond Dakota Winter History Festival

Pond Dakota Mission Park
401 East 104th Street
12 - 4 p.m.

The annual Pond Dakota Winter History Festival will take place on Sunday, January 26, 2020.  The festival goes from noon to 4 p.m. and will feature a variety of activities for the whole family.  Outside enjoy the traditional Native American game of Snow Snakes, and take a guided snowshoe walk in the Minnesota River Valley. Snowshoes provided or you can bring your own. Inside the Pond House enjoy traditional fiddle music by Gary Schulte. Join Gary as he talks about the history of the fiddle as an early frontier instrument, and its use and importance to some Native American groups. Play a fun game of Animal Track Bingo, with prizes for winners. Warm up by the fire in the 1856 Gideon and Agnes Pond House, and learn some of the history of the Oak Grove Mission and Pond family.  Free refreshments included, and the event is free.  

Limited parking is available in the Pond Dakota Mission Park parking lot.  Additional free parking is available at the Kelly Playfield lot.  For more information call 952-563-8877

Special Deals and Discounts

Bloomington Ice Garden Free Skate Rental

Bloomington Ice Garden
3600 West 98th Street
Sunday, January 19
2 - 3:30 p.m.

The reduced rate is Adults $2.00, Children $1.00 and free skate rental.  For more information call the Ice Garden at 952-563-8841. 

BIG Open Skating

Discounted Cross Country Ski Rentals

Hyland Lake Park is offering 2-for-1 Cross Country Ski rentals on January 18-19 and January 25-26; and 3-for-1 Cross Country Ski rentals weekdays January 20-24; 9am- 1pm.

Please show coupon to receive discount.
Winter Fete 2020 XC Skiing Coupon

More info on skiing at Hyland Lake Park can be found here:

Free Hot Chocolate at Two Outdoor Rinks!

Skate the great outdoor rinks in Bloomington and enjoy free hot chocolate every day of Winter Fete at the Westwood and Running Park warming houses!

Hot Cocoa

Warm Up at The Works

Need to warm up after all your outdoor adventures? Stop by The Works Museum for some hands-on fun. Mention Bloomington Winter Fete and receive half price admission for your whole family! Valid 1/18 - 1/26.

The Works Museum is an engineering museum for kids and their grown ups. In our experience gallery, families explore at their own pace. Kids can build and race K’Nex cars down a ramp, dodge sensors in the sensor maze, test out our giant kaleidoscope, and of course, see our incredible K’Nex Ball Machine.

Museum Hours:
Monday, Thursday, Friday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Extended hours 1/20: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

952-888-4262 | | @theworksmuseum

Winter Fete is Presented by the City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department

Memories of Winter Fete

  • winter fete logo
  • Winter Fete bike race
  • Winter Fete curling
  • Winter Fete Curling 2
  • Winter Fete dog sled
  • Winter Fete skating
  • Winter Fete bike race 2
  • Horse Drawn Sleigh 3
  • Winter Fete Sledding
  • Winter Fete Logging Camp
  • Winter Fete parlor music
  • Winter Fete Hockey
  • Winter Fete Teepee Fidling
  • Ski Jumping
  • ice harvest
  • Snowshoe photo