Ice Harvest Festival

posted on Sunday, January 1, 2023

The Cedar Falls Historical Society is bringing history alive at its Ice Harvest Festival on Saturday, February 4, 2023 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Big Woods Lake on the north shore. The event honors the ice-harvesting industry in Cedar Falls.

See ice-harvesting and ice-carving demonstrations by Amish families at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come out and enjoy STEM activities and outdoor fun, photo ops, ice fishing and blacksmith presentations, and more. This is a FREE event with food and beverages available for purchase. *Back up date: February 11, 2023.

Ice Harvest Schedule
Please note: following video is from 2022. The 2023 event is Saturday, Feb. 4th.

Did you know? In January 2022, the Ice House Museum celebrated its 100th year! It is the ONLY museum in the U.S. that tells the story of ice harvesting. In October 1921, the old wooden ice house burned down and the Cedar Falls community came together to rebuild the clay brick building that still stands today. It opened in January 1921. It stored six to eight thousand tons of ice each year—cut right from the frozen Cedar River. *Note the Ice House Museum is open May through mid-October, Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4 p.m.

Visit https://www.cfhistory.org/who-we-are#IceHouseMuseum for more information.

Ice House

If you need more ideas of Things to Do and Places to Eat & Drink while you’re in Cedar Falls, contact the Cedar Falls Visitor Center at 319-268-4266 or stop in and see us at 6510 Hudson Road. Find events taking place this winter on our online calendar at CedarValley365.com

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