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Dubuque's 2024 Winter Arts Snow Sculpting Festival Canceled

Feb. 12, 2024, Update: Spring temperatures have arrived early in Dubuque this year and Dubuque's 2024 Winter Arts Snow Sculpting Festival has been canceled due to the warmer than normal temperatures.


The event was originally scheduled for Feb. 7-11 and was postponed to Feb. 15-18 in hopes the weather would change, but organizers with the Dubuque Museum of Art and City of Dubuque Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs have decided to cancel this year's snow sculpting competition and all associated events and activities.

The public is still invited to enjoy the museum's opening weekend of "Picturing America’s Pastime: A Snapshot of the Photograph Collection at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum" and the K-8 Student Exhibition, which showcases student work from every neighborhood in our community as curated by high school art students. 

About Winter Arts Snow Sculpting Festival - The State of Iowa's Official Snow Sculpting Competition

Every year, Dubuque celebrates the Winter Arts Snow Sculpting Festival in its downtown Washington Park. This free, family-friendly event is produced by the Dubuque Museum of Art in partnership with the City of Dubuque's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. Typically the 2nd full weekend in February, teams of professional, amateur, and collegiate artists sculpt Thursday through noon on Sunday transform 288 cubic feet of snow into masterful works of art. 

A winning team is chosen and offered the opportunity to represent the state of Iowa at the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition in Lake Geneva, WI the following year. A People's Choice selection is also chosen through online and in-person voting from noon to 4 p.m. following the call for 'tools down' on the Sunday of the festival weekend.

Community Snow Sculpting and Family Activities

The Winter Arts Snow Sculpting Festival offers a free, family-friendly gathering with hands-on activities, food and beverage vendors, and People's Choice voting in Washington Park and inside the Dubuque Museum of Art from noon to 4 p.m. on the Sunday of the festival week. Activities include a community snow sculpting area with preformed blocks of snow and tools provided for anyone to try their hand at snow sculpting.

The Winter Arts Snow Sculpting Festival and Competition is a sanctioned WinterFun, Inc. contest. The festival Is produced through a partnership between the Dubuque Museum of Art and the City of Dubuque and supported in part by Sundown Mountain Resort, Truck Country/Kemp Trucking, Conlon Construction, Selco Inc, KWWL, Black Hills Energy, Forget-Me-Not Landscaping, Weber Concrete, HyVee, Key City Creative Center, Jimmy John's, Papa John's, and Wicked River Event Production.

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