Arts, Dining & Entertainment

Rutland Winterfest—FULL SCHEDULE—Feb. 16-25

UPDATE:

Changes to Winterfest Snow Carving Contest– Ice Sculpting and Chili Cook-Off

Due to the mild weather impacting the region, Rutland Winterfest organizers regret to announce a change to another Winterfest activity, the Snow Carving Competition scheduled for Feb. 17 at Main St. Park.  

However, longtime Winterfest Planner and Snow Carving Event Coordinator Russ Marsan has found a solution so that there can still be some beautiful winter artistry in Main St. Park on Feb. 17 during the Chili Cookoff (hosted by the Cairo Shriners) by securing some professional ice-sculptures to come create something spectacular in the park on Saturday.

Marsan shared that “In lieu of snow sculpting, there has been some last minute support there will be an Ice Carving Demo during the chili cook-off.”

Besides, the ice carving demo and the chili cook-off, Come Alive Outside and DJ Brett Myhre will have a teen chill-zone for kids ages 12-18 to come hang out with some surprise activities including some interaction with the magical winter creatures from the Waking Rutland experience that is a new addition to the Winterfest activities this year.  The ice-carving, chili cook-off and teen chill zone with DJ Brett will still take place at Main St. Park on Feb. 17 from Noon-2 p.m. 

Rutland WinterFest, a highlight of the winter season, is a vibrant festival offering a diverse range of activities for all ages, showcasing the spirit of community and the joy of winter.
For more information and registration details, visit comealiveoutside.com.
All events featured are FREE, unless otherwise noted with associated fees.

Friday, Feb. 16:

Love Letters to Town

  • Ongoing
  • Location: Pine Hill Park
  • Presented by: Come Alive Outside

Make Your Own Shield Workshop

  • Time: 4–6 p.m.
  • Location: The MINT Pop-Up Store
  • Presented by: The Mint

Black Light Nerf Battle Pizza Dance Party + Party with DJ Brett Myhre

  • Time: 6–8 p.m.
  • Location: Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum
  • Presented by: Come Alive Outside, Partners for Prevention, and the Green Mountain Approach

Saturday, Feb. 17:

Food Tour with Vermont Farmers Market

  • Drop-in: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Location: Vermont Farmers Market

Cancelled:
Snow Sculpting Competition

  • Time: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Location: Main Street Park
  • Presented by: Carpenter & Cost

Chili Cook-Off and *Ice Carving Demo*

  • Time: 12–2 p.m.
  • Location: Main Street Park
  • Presented by: Caro Shel

Teen Chill-Zone with DJ Brett Myhre

  • Time: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Location: Main Street Park
  • Presented by: Come Alive Outside

WinterFest Story Walk

  • Ongoing
  • Location: Phoenix Books
  • Presented by: Phoenix Books, Downtown Rutland Partnership

Owls of Vermont, presented with the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum

  • Time: 2–3 p.m.
  • Location: Phoenix Books
  • Presented by: Phoenix Books and the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum

Wintertastic Storytime & Bookmark Craft Day

  • Time: 2:30–4 p.m.
  • Location: Rutland Free Library
  • Presented by: Rutland County Parent-Child Center

Sunday, Feb. 18:

“A Single Candle Can Light Thousands” Workshop and Ceremony

  • Time: 1–3 p.m.
  • Location: Taconik Lounge at The HUB Co-Working Space
  • Cost: $30/couple or $20/individual (pre-reg. required)
  • Presented by: Come Alive Outside, The Paper Post

G.O.A.T. (Get Outside All Together) Hike at Pine Hill Park

  • Time: 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
  • Location: Pine Hill Park
  • (Ages 5–18 and their caregivers)
  • Presented by: Farm & Wilderness

Monday, Feb. 19:

Winter Survival Skills for Kids with Survivor Man Joel Flewelling

  • Time: 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • Location: Pine Hill Park
  •  (pre-reg required, ages 10+)
  • Presented by: Come Alive Outside

Teen Dining Club

  • Time: 5:30–7 p.m.
  • Location: Marble Valley Catering
  • (pre-reg required)
  • Presented by: Come Alive Outside and Marble Valley Catering

Video Game Tournament

  • Time: 6–8 p.m.
  • Location: Boys and Girls Club
  •  (pre-reg required)
  • Presented by: Come Alive Outside, Boys and Girls Club, Partners for Prevention, and Green Mountain Approach

Tuesday, Feb. 20:

PJs at the Paramount

  • Time: 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
  • Location: Paramount Theatre
  • Presented by: Heritage Family Credit Union

Wintertastic Storytime and Bookmark Craft Day

  • Time: 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • Location: Rutland Free Library
  • Presented by: Rutland County Parent Child Center

Teen Rock Climbing

  • Time: 2–3 p.m.
  • Location: Green Mountain Climbing
  •  (pre-reg required)
  • Presented by: Come Alive Outside

CANCELLED:
WinterFest Center Street Night Sledding

  • Time: 5:3–8 p.m.
  • Location: Center Street
  • Presented by: Carlo Construction, Caxalia Market, Rutland Recreation, Rutland Public Works

Color Away Your Winter Blues

  • Time: 2–4 p.m.
  • Location: Rutland County Pride Center
  • (snacks provided)
  • Presented by: Rutland County Pride

Wednesday, Feb. 21:

The Great Bigfoot Chase

  • Time: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • Location: Rutland Free Library
  • (pre-reg suggested)
  • Presented by: Partners for Prevention and Rutland Free Library

Wonderfeet Wednesday

  • Time: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • Location: Wonderfeet Kids Museum
  • Presented by: Best and Buddies Ornament

Teen Dining Club

  • Time: 5:30–7 p.m.
  • Location: Marble Valley Catering
  • (pre-reg required)
  • Presented by: Come Alive Outside and Marble Valley Catering

Thursday, Feb. 22:

LGBTQ+ Friends and Allies Camp Cooking

  • Time: 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • Location: Center Street Marketplace Park
  • Presented by: Farm & Wilderness and Come Alive Outside

Human Foosball

  • Kids Open Play: 1–2 p.m.
  • Teen Tournament: 2:30–5 p.m.
  • Adult Tourna.m.ent: 5:30–8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Center Street Marketplace
  • Cost: Free for kids, teens, and spectators. $50 to register for an adult team (Teen teams must also register but there is no charge).
  • Presented by: Come Alive Outside and Carpenter & Costie

Friday, Feb. 23:

Teen Bigfoot Painting at the Chaffee Art Center

  • Time: 1:30–4 p.m.
  • Location: Chaffee Art Center (pre-reg required, includes snacks)
  • Presented by: Chaffee Art Center

Bigfoot Painting at the Chaffee Art Center (Adults)

  • Time: 5:30–7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Chaffee Art Center
  • Cost: $50 per person (pre-registration required)
  • Presented by: Chaffee Art Center

Mindful Body Inclusive Snowshoe

  • Time: 3–5 p.m.
  • Location: Aitken State Park
  •  (pre-reg required)
  • Presented by: Rutland County Pride Center, Come Alive Outside, and Thicket Adventure

Free Skate with Bigfoot

  • Time: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Giorgetti Arena
  • Free
  • Presented by: Partners for Prevention, Come Alive Outside, and Green Mountains Approach

Fierce Friday Presents: Winterfest Drag Show

  • Time: 8–11 p.m.
  • Location: Rutland Elks Lodge
  • Cost: $5 (tickets required)
  • Presented by: Rutland County Pride

Saturday, Feb. 24:

Food Tour with Vermont Farmers Market

  • Drop-in: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Location: Vermont Farmers Market Prepared Food Vendors

Sand Little Ones Winter Dance

  • Time: 4–6 p.m.
  • Location: One Church Rutland
  • Cost: $15 per pair (one adult, one child)
  • Presented by: One Church Rutland and Wonderfeet Kids Museum

Real Rutland Feud

  • Time: 7–9 p.m.
  • Location: Paramount Theatre
  • Cost:  $30-35 + fees. 
  • Presented by: Chamber & Economic Development of the Rutland Region (CFORR)

Sunday, Feb. 25:

Making Your Magical Self

  • Time: 1–4 p.m.
  • Location: Depot Park
  • Presented by: Come Alive Outside

 

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