Snow Days bring free fun to downtown Grand Rapids

Images from the 2016 Valent-ICE event in downtown Grand Rapids.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Weather conditions are taking a bite out of a free five-day winter festival in downtown Grand Rapids.

An organizer of Snow Days says Saturday’s Rail Jam has been postponed because of a lack of snow. Organizers hope to reschedule the AGA Nation competition for Feb. 25, but it will all depend on the weather.

Snow Days will officially kick off at Friday with the start of  Valent-ICE. More than 50 ice sculptures will begin popping up all over the city Thursday, ahead of the family-friendly weekend festival.Video and Film

All activities will begin and end at Rosa Parks Circle, where WOOD TV8 will be broadcasting eightWest, Maranda and the 7 on 8 live on Friday.

At noon on Friday, the Ice Brigade’s Randy Finch will carve a 5,000 pound chunk of ice into a sculpture previously picked by the public. The 2017 collegiate championship team will also show off their skills live on Friday.


Sunday, a classic board game comes to life with the Human Hungry Hungry Hippos Tournament at Rosa Parks Circle. While the competition is sold out, visitors are encouraged to watch it all unfold at Rosa Parks Circle, beginning at noon. Food trucks and mascots will be there, along with additional activities.

Monday, Rosa Parks Circle will host free ice skating from 11 a.m. to  2 p.m. Admission is also buy one, get one free on Valentine’s Day.

24 Hour News 8 is a proud sponsor of this year’s Snow Days, in partnership with Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc.


Snow Days event schedule and map