Icestravaganza brings ice sculptures, family fun to downtown Davenport


Icestravaganza is back in Downtown Davenport this Saturday.

It’s put together by the Downtown Davenport Partnership, which focuses on the strategic growth and beautification of Downtown Davenport. Icestravaganza’s goal is to show off the area as a cool place in more ways than one and help attract people and businesses to the region.

Icestravaganza is a family-friendly, free event. It’s now in its seventh year. Artists will begin preparing and carving ice on Wednesday and by event start time on Saturday, many of the sculptures will really start coming to life.

From 11-4 p.m., visitors can come down and catch live demonstrations of the ice sculptors working their magic and take photos next to the finished products. This year’s theme, the Great American Road-Trip, will inspire professional ice sculptors to carve iconic American symbols from ice.

This year, there will be 24,000 pounds of ice and four sculptors from the region who transform the Freight House with 10+ sculptures.

They’ve also expanded, now working with the Davenport Public Library to provide games, crafts, cookie decorating, balloon animals and story time. There will be a Western-themed nerf-gun shooting range, and the Quad City Storm will have a hockey slap shot. Fans also will have the chance to meet Radar, the team’s mascot and King Olaf will be around too for kids to meet.

This year, there’s also an after party for adults at Front Street Brewery. The after party will include drinks served from a western saloon made of ice. Tickets are $10 in advance.

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