16 Winter Sport Festivals in January 2017

It’s cold outside, but that just makes being active outside more exciting. Here is a list of winter festivals to get you outdoors & get your blood pumping this January.

1. Back to Hack Winter Festival

Hackensack, Minnesota, USA

Back to Hack Winter Festival

Celebrates winter with activities like Frostbite Your Fanny 5K race, family fishing contest, penguin plunge, snow sculpting contest, community bonfire & fireworks.

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2. Arctic Fever Winter Fest

Shorewood, Minnesota, USA

Arctic Fever Winter Fest

Events include dog sled rides, raptor show, geocaching, horse & sleigh rides, human bowling on ice, snow sculpting, Fat Tire bike race on Lake Minnetonka & more.

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3. Ouray Ice Festival

Ridgway, Colorado, USA

Ouray Ice Festival

For 3 days Ouray becomes an ice climbing mecca when novice & pro climbers travel from round the globe to celebrate the sport of ice climbing.

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4. SnoFlinga: Montana’s Winter Festival

Butte, Montana, USA

SnoFlinga: Montana’s Winter Festival

Featuring a variety of fitness activities including a 3k, 5k, ice skating, fat tire bike races & more.

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5. Blowing Rock Winterfest

Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA

Blowing Rock Winterfest

Come out to enjoy the fun of winter. Featuring the Polar Plunge in Chetola Lake, Chilly Chili Cook-Off, WinterFeast, WinterPaws Dog Show, Winter Fashion Show, ice carving, concerts & more.

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6. WinterFest XV

Rochester, Minnesota, USA

WinterFest XV

WinterFest promotes winter activities for all ages, while raising awareness & funds for local nonprofits.

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7. Snöfestivalen

Kiruna, Sweden


Take part in the culture of Kiruna & enjoy everything from snow-sculptures to painting exhibitions to playgrounds designed in snow.

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8. Winter X Games Aspen

Aspen, Colorado, USA

Winter X Games Aspen

An annual competition of great winter sport athletes from around the globe. Featuring day & night events including skiing, snowboarding & snowmobiling.

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9. Quebec Winter Carnival

Ville de Québec, Québec City, Canada

Quebec Winter Carnival

Featuring snow bath, ice canoe race, night parades, snow slides, giant foosball, snow sculptures, shows, sleigh rides & skating.

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10. Niobrara River Polar Bear Festival

Ainsworth, Nebraska, USA

Niobrara River Polar Bear Festival

The festival kicks-off at Meadville Store on Friday with karaoke. The plunge itself takes place in the Niobrara River in Meadville Park at 14:00. With live music into the evening. Spectators are welcome.

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11. WinterFest

Lincroft, New Jersey, USA


Celebrate the fun of winter with ice skating, wagon rides, cross-country skiing & more during this family-friendly event. Admission, parking & most activities are free.

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12. MEC Ice Climbing Festival

Banff, Alberta, Canada

MEC Ice Climbing Festival

The festival hub is a 40 foot ice wall on Banff Ave. Also featuring a tradeshow, free ice climbing trials, waterfall ice clinics, informational clinics, the CASA silent auction & speaker evening & a climbing competition.

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Plan to be in or near the Southern Hemisphere (or hope to be) during winter months? Here are some warm weather festivals to check out.

13. Festival of Sails

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Festival of Sails

The largest yearly keel boat regatta in the Southern Hemisphere. A day of ocean racing & excitement with ten divisions, including multihull & cruising with spinnaker.

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14. The Dinagyang Festival

Iloilo City, Philippines

The Dinagyang Festival

A religious & cultural festival in the Philippines. The event is divided into three attractions: Ati Tribe Competition, Kasadyahan Cultural Competition & the Miss Iloilo Dinagyang.

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15. 56th Port Lincoln Tunarama Festival

Port Lincoln, South Australia

56th Port Lincoln Tunarama Festival

A family friendly festival featuring a street parade, entertainment from local performers & unique competitions from tuna tossing & watermelon eating to prawn peeling & keg rolling.

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16. 49th Tapati Rapa Nui Festival

Easter Island, Chile

49th Tapati Rapa Nui Festival

Celebration the election of the queen of Tapati. Two candidates are presented, supported by their families, friends & visitors. Each group forms an alliance, facing each other through a series of competitions, evoking ancient rivalries between clans who ruled the island.

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Know of another sport festival in January? Let us know about it so we can add it to our next list.


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