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

(Formerly known as Art in the Park Snow Sculpting Event)

Every year, Dubuque holds the Winter Arts Snow Sculpting Festival in Dubuque’s downtown Washington Park. This free, family-friendly event is brought to you by the Dubuque Museum of Art, in partnership with the City of Dubuque's Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs and Winterfun, Inc. Each year, sculpting usually takes place Wednesday through noon on Saturday, with teams working day and night to turn blocks of 288 cubic feet of snow into masterful works of art. The winning team will have the opportunity to represent the state at the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition in Lake Geneva, WI.

Family Event and Community Snow Sculpting

This year's event was from February 10-13, 2021 in Dubuque’s downtown Washington Park at 700 Locust St. The festival typically includes a free, family-friendly gathering, hands-on activities, and food trucks in the park on Saturday. To best ensure the health and safety of our community amidst ongoing COVID-19 concerns, this year's Winter Arts activities shifted to instead include: 

  • Interviews with sculpting teams throughout the week via Facebook
  • Suggesting snow-sculpting inspired activities that families can do at home
  • Encouraging drive-by or socially distanced on foot viewing of completed sculptures
  • Online voting for People's Choice award

Check out the 2021 recap video to see the sculptors in action and to find out who won!

The annual Winter Arts Snow Sculpting Competition event is supported through in-kind contributions from Sundown Mountain, Spahn & Rose Lumber Company, JaMar Pattern, Inc., and McCoy Trucking, and is a sanctioned WinterFun, Inc. contest. It is produced through a partnership between the Dubuque Museum for the Arts and the City of Dubuque with financial support from Barton Wealth Management, LLC. KWWL is the event's official media sponsor.

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