Madison Winter Festival

February 1-2, 2020 / Elver Park

We are a community festival in Madison, Wisconsin celebrating and promoting outdoor sports, recreation, art and healthy lifestyles in the winter.

15 Nov 2019
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Festival Events and Activities

The 16th annual Madison Winter Festival, a family-friendly event, returns to Elver Park February 1st and 2nd.

MADISON, Wis. – Held each year since 2005, the festival features two days of outdoor activities for all ages and includes live music, candlelight skiing, snow and ice sculptures, sledding, ice skating, snowshoeing, fat biking, food vendors, and more. Keep warm with hot chocolate and s’mores to make it a truly magical weekend. Guaranteed man-made snow will ensure activities are held rain, snow or shine!

12 Nov 2019
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Let It Snow

As predicted, it starts snowing in Madison around 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 18. Forecasters are expecting between three and five inches overnight but Yuriy Gusev, co-founder of Madison’s Winter Festival, isn’t taking any chances.

Gusev says that when it comes to making snow for winter sports, humans have improved on Mother Nature. So two weeks before the winter festival, he’s out at Elver Park, monitoring the city’s snowmaking equipment as it sprays artificial snow onto a mound that, after 15 hours, is 5 feet tall, 50 feet long and 30 feet wide.

10 Nov 2019
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Madison Winter Festival Event History

The Madison Winter Festival is one of the oldest annual community events in the area celebrating and promoting outdoor sports, recreation, art and healthy lifestyles in the winter. The festival has served the greater Madison area community since 2005.

The festival began as the Capitol Square Sprints, with a focus on cross country ski racing around the snow-filled streets of the Capitol Square. In the winter of 2005, no one could have imagined the streets filled with 90+ dump truck loads of snow, smoothed like icing on a cake.