By the late 1920s Petoskey was known as Michigan's Winter Sports Capital and the Winter Sports Park was at the center of activities. A 400 square foot ice rink was created where recreational skating took place along with speed skating, broomball, hockey and figure skating. The quarter mile toboggan slide delighted both children and their parents. Overseeing the facilities and activities was the Winter Sports Club and in 1928 it began the long tradition of selecting a winter queen and over time, the thrones where the crownings took place, grew from modest to major works of beautiful public ice art designed and constructed by local artist Stanley Kellogg. Winter carnival parades and dances also were a part of the festivities.
Downtown Petoskey has reinstated its partnership with the long-running Winter Carnival and will tap back into its roots with ice sculptures displayed on downtown sidewalks and in Pennsylvania Park! The Winter Carnival will celebrate its 89th year in 2017.
Thursday, February 16
Wine & Dine Progressive Dinner, 6 p.m.
American Spoon - starter
Petoskey Cheese - cheese
Pour Public House - soup & salad
Palette Bistro - entree
Simply Sweet by Jessica - dessert
Tickets are $50 per person. Space is limited so reserve your tickets now by clicking below or calling Andi at 231-348-0388.
Friday, February 17
Chocoholic Frolic, 3-7 p.m.
Tour the downtown stores, and be treated to chocolate treats wherever you go! If you visit all of the participating stores, you can enter into the drawing for the Chocoholic Gift Basket. To participate, simply pick up a Stamp Book at the Downtown Office or at any participating store and start your chocolate tour!
Cool to Duel, 6-10 p.m.
Ghost Walk, 8 p.m.
You'll be shivering from more than the winter temperatures by the time you finish this hour long tour of the haunted establishments in Downtown! Start the spooky tour inside at the Perry Hotel, and finish with a walking tour throughout Downtown. tickets are $15 per person. Space is limited so reserve your tickets now by clicking below or calling Andi at 231-348-0388.
Saturday, February 18
- 5K/1K Fun Run
- Registration starts at 8:30 a.m.
- Run/Walk starts at 9 a.m.
- Fee is $15
- Start/Finish at Gazebo in Pennsylvania Park
- Click here for full race route
- Broomball in Pennsylvania Park at 12 p.m. at Gazebo in Pennsylvania Park
- Ice Carving in Pennsylvania Park 1-4 p.m.
- Winter Carnival Ice Bar Celebration 1-5 p.m.
Sunday, February 19
Kids Carnival Day! 12-3 p.m.
Join us for winter wonderland fun in Pennsylvania Park! Snowshoes for kids, snow art, a snowman building contest and more! Downtown Stores will be hosting inside activities for kids of all ages. Stay tuned for more details!
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