30th Annual Michigan Ice Fest Postponed


Dear Ice Fest Family,

It is with the deepest regret that the organizers of the festival have made the difficult decision to postpone our 30th celebration of the Michigan Ice Festival due to the fact of increasing cases of COVID-19 in the Upper Peninsula and greater Midwest. It is our goal to keep our participants, staff, supporters and local community safe during these difficult times and feel it only prudent to get together when we feel it is safe to do so.

Michigan Ice Fest turns 30 years old this year. That’s right, for 30 years the Midwest ice climbing family has been making the trek to Munising to climb spectacular ice formations above a frozen landscape that stretches to an unbroken horizon. We planned a huge party to celebrate our anniversary. It was going to be one for the ages. Then everything changed. The world was different. We can’t gather 1,000 climbers in the Mather Auditorium to hear our heroes tell tales of adventure and daring. We’re not allowed to head down to the bar to share our own adventures with the dozens of new friends we made during the day. After 29 years of feeling like things would never change, they did. But, after the shock wore off, we realized that the Michigan Ice Fest is more than just parties and slideshows. It’s about the people and the place, and those things haven’t changed at all. Our family is still our family, and the ice will still form. If we can’t all get together this year, it just means that we’ll
have twice as many stories to share when we can. So while everything may look different this year, and we might not be celebrating our 30th festival in the way we planned, remember the U.P. air is still fresh and crisp, the snow is still a dazzling white, and Munising will always be waiting for you. Somethings never change.

We have put together a 2021 COVID Program where you can find loads of information about the history of our event, AAC Membership drive, photo contest, virtual presentations, your Ice Fest coupon code and a whole lot more!  During this winter please remember our outdoor industry sponsors as well as the local Munising businesses who have supported our event for the last 29 years.

Our rescheduled 30th Anniversary date will be February 9-13th 2022.

Thank you,

Michigan Ice Fest Staff