In addition to kite-flying, there will be ice sculptures and free hot chocolate, coffee and snacks in the lakefront Veterans Park.
This Brainerd Lakes lake-resort village celebrates with dogsled rides, free horse-drawn trolley rides, an ice slide, snow golf, fireworks and, of course, ice fishing.
This Mississippi River town features live-eagle and nature programs at Clinton Community College and free bus service to Lock & Dam 13 in Fulton, Ill.
In this new race, mushers travel to the Gunflint Trail, then Grand Marais, then back to Grand Portage.
At the Quad Cities Expo Center, there's an environmental fair, with flying demonstrations by eagles, hawks and owls from the World Bird Sanctuary in St. Louis and many other events. Admission.
This Mississippi River town offers ice-fishing Olympics for kids, smoosh racing, a medallion hunt, snow golfing and an ice bar.
A gathering of antique sleighs and drivers in 19th-century costumes at Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center.
This is the day adults as well as children can try snowshoeing and cross-country skiing for free. Check the website for sponsor stores and resorts near you.
This Finnish fest includes a 10K Taste N Tour with four food stations showcasing Yooper cuisine, kids' races, a Finnish reggae concert Saturday and 21K and 42K races through historic mining areas, scenic bluffs and along the Montreal River.
Visit the Kickapoo Valley Reserve for horse-drawn wagon rides, guided snowshoe and ice-cave hikes, winter games and a sled-dog race.
In the evening, there's a candlelight ski or hike at nearby Wildcat Mountain State Park.
In the "Ice Box of the Nation'' on the Canadian border, there will be turkey bowling, snow sculptures, a night snowshoe hike in Voyageurs National Park and the famous Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard Run.
There's a snow-sculpting competition, sleigh rides, a poker run and outhouse races.
This town along the Wisconsin River, next to a hydroelectric plant, offers guided bus tours, birds of prey programs and a radio-tracking demonstration.
This festival in the southwest tip of the state, named for a turn-of-the-century ice-harvesting business, features more than 150 ice sculptures and a competition.
The fest in this Milwaukee suburb includes Friday-night fireworks, ice sculptures, wagon rides, a dog weight pull and tobogganing on the lighted run in Lowell Park.
Monument Square is the new location of Wisconsin's state snow-sculpting competition. There's ice-carving, too. Changed from Jan. 11-13.
This Lake Michigan village between Petoskey and Charlevoix holds competitions sanctioned by the National Ice Carving Association and a chili challenge.
A celebration of Wisconsin's greatest products at Alliant Energy Center, with plenty to sample. Tickets sell out, so buy early.
There's live-eagle presentations, Native American activities, demonstrations and viewing on the river.
See ice sculptures in Rice Park (go early if it's warm), the Grande Day parade at 2 p.m. Jan. 26 and the Torchlight Parade at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 2, followed by fireworks, the overthrow of King Boreas and the Vulcan Victory Dance.
Red Bull is returning with the extreme sport of ice cross downhill, or high-speed skating on a downhill course from the Cathedral of St. Paul. Admission to the Crash Zone is free Friday, $10 on Saturday.
In this Lake Michigan town, there's a human sled race, cardboard sled race, luau and snow-angel contest.
There'll be a snow-sculpting tournament, snow painting and an interactive snowboard experience at Gateway Park, just west of the entrance to Navy Pier.
This resort area in northwest Iowa will offer broomball, softball and flag football on ice, indoor golf, a Freeze Yer Fanny Bike Ride, ugliest snowsuit contest, a chili cookoff and fireworks at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
Go on a wine walk or scavenger hunt or compete in ham-throwing, log-sawing, the Amana Freezer Run/Walk, snowshoeing or for the best beard. There will be ice sculptures, storytelling and schnitzel-sampling, too.
This Chisago Lakes festival on North Center Lake includes hot-air balloon launches, dog-sled and, helicopter rides, a medallion hunt, a kiddie parade at noon Saturday and a snowmobile torchlight parade at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
Ride down a decorated hill at Powderhorn Park in your own wacky sled, which you can make at home or at free workshops at Powderhorn Park Community Center. There's also live music and hot chocolate.
There will be eagle viewing and family activities at Starved Rock State Park Visitors Center, Starved Rock Lodge and, across the river, the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center. Trolleys connect the three venues.
Just west of Appleton, this lakes area offers ice sculptures, ice bowling, a snowman-building contest, a beer tent and cross-country skiing.
The winter festival in this Finnish town on the Keweenaw Peninsula features wife-carrying, kicksled races, a polar bear dive and an 11 a.m. parade.
See some of the nation's best jumpers compete in this northwest Chicago suburb.
This north-central town, known for the Wisconsin Concrete Park, offers snowmobile, ATV and lawn mower races; a tug of war and barrel toss; a candlelight ski/snowshoe/walk to an island; and a snowmobile parade followed by fireworks.
There will be live-eagle programs at Central College in Pella and spotting scopes for viewing eagles at the dam on Lake Red Rock, Iowa's largest.
Dancers, musicians, storytellers and puppeteers representing traditions from around the world converge on the Overture Center for the Arts on State Street for this free festival. There's also food and a global bazaar.
Watch artists shape snow into whimsical shapes or go on a helicopter ride.
The Surf Ballroom marks the 54th anniversary of the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly with concerts, luncheons, dance lessons and crash-site tours. Tickets go on sale Nov. 7.
The 1993 movie "Groundhog Day'' was filmed in this town an hour northwest of Chicago, and it celebrates with storytelling, a bachelor auction and tours of movie sites, including the 1889 Opera House, where Bill Murray jumped from the belfry. At 7:07 a.m. Saturday, Woodstock Willie will look for his shadow.
This southern Minnesota city offers a sleigh rides, ice fishing, a candelight ski Feb. 8 and a big outdoor ice bar downtown.
In this Brainerd Lakes area, there's a snowman-building contest, ice car races, an antique snowmobile rally and helicopter rides.
At the top of a hill that's the equivalent of a 41-story skyscraper, watch jumpers fly by at 55 mph. It no longer attracts many international skiers, but it's still fun to watch because the jump is built onto the side of a coulee, and spectators can climb it and watch from the top.
There's an International Snow Sculpting Symposium, arts and crafts fair, Mukluk Ball and dog-sled rides.
Ice-climbing demos, slide shows and clinics for beginners at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
Watch four races over two days and get in some skiing and snowshoeing on the side.
This Door County village lets loose with events that include bed racing, a toilet-seat throw, a bike toss and a snowshoe dance contest. There are also free trolley rides, ice carving, fireworks and a parade Saturday.
Time to pack on the calories: More than 250 restaurants offer three-course prix-fixe menus for $22 at lunch and $33-$44 at dinner.
There's an ice-carving competition in this Lake Michigan town, plus wagon rides, a chili cook-off and skating and curling lessons.
Enjoy guided snowshoe hikes and cross-country ski tours, sleigh rides, snow sculptures and snowmobile runs from the Lutsen-Tofte area to the Gunflint Trail.
This darling town east of Madison holds a fish toss, snowball-eating contest, dad-sled race, chili cook-off and Iceberg Open golf tournament. There's ice carving and ice wine, too.
For recreational skiers, the highlight of this big cross-country ski festival is the Saturday-night Luminary Loppet, with glowing ice pillars and "ruins.'' There's a tent party with music afterward.
On Saturday, there are also ski games and races for children, a snow-sculpture contest and bicycle and skijoring races.
On Sunday, there's a 10k tour, a 25k classical race and a 33k freestyle race, all in Wirth Park.
This snow fest at Michigan Tech University includes a human dog-sled race, snow volleyball and a tug of war and ends with a torchlight parade and fireworks at Mont Ripley ski hill.
The festival in this northwest Iowa town features an extreme bike ride, obstacle course and snow-sculpture contest.
The festival in this north-central Iowa town features snowmobile rides, ice races, snow kickball and a treasure mountain for kids.
On Feb. 9, there's a vintage snowmobile race and fishing derby, and on Feb. 16, a vintage snowmobile rally, youth fishing derby, plunge party, ice motorcycle stunts and fireworks.
Watch the pros carve sculptures in this Lake Michigan town. There's also entertainment, a scavenger hunt and magic and crafts for kids.
This Upper Peninsula town on the Wisconsin border is where the international jumpers go; it's a stop on the Continental Cup circuit.
There's a parade of mythical Germanic characters, a hunt for billy-goat heads on the Schell Brewery grounds and beyond and a big party afterward with beer, live music and a bonfire.
It's fun just to wander (or drive) around Leech Lake during this goofy event. Be sure to have some 'pout nuggets, which are as tasty as the fish is ugly.
In addition to comedy concerts and films, there will be a laser light show, hot-chocolate contest and, on Front Street, a Ferris wheel, rink with free skate use, sledding hill and an arena for snowblower races, Monster Dog Pull and the Slip 'N' Fall Olympics.
Ice and snow sculptors create pieces around town.
See Capitol Square turn into a sports venue, with cross-country skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing plus music, family games and ice and snow sculptures.
Ski or snowshoe across Lake Superior's Chequamegon Bay on a 10-kilometer route lined by ice luminaries. If you're not too fast, fireworks will fill the sky as you're approaching Washburn; a bonfire, chili feed and blues music follow.
In its 39th year, this festival just north of Milwaukee features bed and barrel races, snow golf, an ice-carving contest, a dog weight pull competition, an arts show. The grand parade is at 1 p.m. Saturday.
In this Brainerd Lakes village, festivities include a medallion hunt, snow sculptures, wood-splitting and a parade at noon Saturday.
The fest at Fort William Historical Park includes a snow maze, sleigh and dog-sled rides and contests in snow-sculpting, log-sawing, snowman-making and pond hockey.
This town in north-central Iowa draws kiters from eight states for its festival, the largest in the Midwest, and stunt fliers will perform routines choreographed to music.
There's always good eagle-viewing in this Mississippi River town, and during the festival, there will be an ice-fishing contest, polar plunge and minnow races.
Birding experts give programs and lead field trips. At the Wisconsin Travel Information Center, just off the bridge into town, volunteers man spotting scopes.
This Madison-area brewery celebrates with the Running of the Blondes 1K race, Kirby's Famous Fish Throw, music, costumes and, of course, beer. Tickets sell out, so buy early.
The Snow Days festival in this town in east-central Wisconsin includes a hunt for colored ice cubes, dog sledding and a chili cook-off.
In this town just east of Grand Haven, there's a parade of decorated outhouses at 11 a.m., followed by races and a decorated toilet seat contest and auction.
This southeast Minnesota town offers owl prowls, hooting contests, pellet dissection, live-owl programs and children's activities.
The Lake Superior festival features the Run on Water to Madeline Island, a candlelight walk, party and candlelight ski at Mount Ashwabay, a winter run and obstacle course and a penguin-egg hunt for kids.
There's a lot to see: a fur-trade encampment, powwow, dog weight pull, lumberjack show and chainsaw-carving contest, plus snowshoe races and sleigh rides.
Lakewoods Resorts hosts this benefit on Lake Namekagon, which includes snowmobile speed runs, ice bowling and a frozen weenie polar plunge.
This traditional powwow with drumming, singing and food is the winter version of Indian Summer Festival. At Wisconsin State Fair Park. Grand entries are 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.
This event begins with a "sourdough start'' -- mushers wait inside sleeping bags for a shotgun blast, then race to put on boots and hook up teams for a fun run. Everyone wears pink, including the dogs, and a party follows. There are also human sled-dog races, sky lanterns and skijoring.
Hot-air balloonists give rides for charity, weather permitting, and athletes compete in the Braveheart Midwest Snowshoe Racing Championships. There's a balloon glow in the evening. Hosted by Lakewoods Resort.
A free tour of Duluth's excellent cross-country trails for skiers of ages and abilities, hosted by the Duluth XC Ski Club. A potluck follows.
Watch the start of the marathon to the Gunflint Trail and the mid-distance race to Tofte. Postponed from Jan. 27.
This trade show, at the Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport Hotel, is devoted to Great Lakes maritime history and scuba diving. The exhibit hall is free and open to the public.
The National Eagle Center holds live-bird programs and nature presentations weekends in March, when bald eagles migrate northward along the Mississippi.
The season-long lights festival begins with music, tree-lighting and hot chocolate in Red Arrow Park, then moves across the river to Pere Marquette Park for a family fashion show, variety show, fireworks and free tours on the Jingle Bus.
An indoor festival with skating, rides, a slide, rock walls, snowball throw, sports activities and a giant snow globe at Frontier Airlines Center downtown.
Help build carp snow sculptures and a giant arts-and-crafts carp, take a whack at a carp pinata, go on a hot-air balloon ride and ski or hike by torchlight in LaRiviere Park. The festival culminates with a laser and pyrotechnics show and the Droppin' of the Carp, a large, frozen Mississippi River rough fish, on New Year's Eve.
For the big Cheese Drop in this eastern Wisconsin town, an 80-pound lighted wedge of cheese is dropped 100 feet at midnight.