Winterlochen Returns with Outdoor Festivities, Fun Run, Concert & More

Annual Interlochen Center for the Arts Winter Festival (Winterlochen) features outdoor activities and an indoor concert by the Grammy-nominated musical duo, Trout Fishing in America.

Interlochen Center for the Arts’ annual celebration of all things winter, Winterlochen, returns on Saturday, February 17 with a wide variety of free events and performances for winter lovers of all ages. A highly-anticipated event that is hugely popular with local families, the 2018 Winterlochen festival begins at 8 a.m. with a breakfast buffet at the village of Interlochen’s own Hofbrau Steak House & American Grille, and continues on the Interlochen campus at 9:15 a.m. with a two-mile fun run. All other activities take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., with the Grammy-nominated folk, rock and children’s musical duo Trout Fishing in America taking the stage in Corson Auditorium at 1 p.m.

Each year, Winterlochen features free artistic and academic events that take place around the Interlochen campus, both in- and out-of-doors. For 2018, returning favorites such as snow painting, human snow bowling and s’mores are joined by new events like a snow volleyball tournament and the two-mile fun run.

Winterlochen offers something for everyone, as activities for adults and children include face painting, creative writing and orchestra conducting along with science activities, comparative art demonstrations and presentations on offerings for Interlochen Arts Camp. Interlochen Arts Academy students and faculty get in on the fun with musical demonstrations, hands-on percussion and visual arts events, and age-appropriate dance and acting workshops.

Several food vendors from the Interlochen and Traverse City area will also be on hand, offering a wide-ranging menu of great food. Participating on-campus vendors include TC Latino, Bud’s, Cicero’s Pizza, Moomers Homemade Ice Cream, Izzy’s Dogs and more. (Food costs are determined by the individual vendor.)

The popular musical duo, Trout Fishing in America, will be the featured performers for this year’s Winterlochen, with a songwriting workshop at The Writing House at 10 a.m. and then performing a family-friendly concert in Corson Auditorium from 1–2 p.m.

All Winterlochen activities, including Trout Fishing in America, are free events. Food purchased at the Hofbrau and on-site is an additional cost. For more information visit or contact the Interlochen Box Office at 231.276.7800.

—Press release provided by Interlochen Center for the Arts

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