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Petoskey Winter Carnival

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February 11, 2016 @ 6:00 pm
February 14, 2016 @ 3:00 pm
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Downtown Petoskey
216 Park Ave
Petoskey, MI 49770 United States


Kate Manthei
kate AT petoskeydowntown.com

By the late 1920s Petoskey was known as Michigan’s Winter Sports Capital and the Winter Sports Park was at the center of activities. A 400 square foot ice rink was created where recreational skating took place along with speed skating, broomball, hockey and figure skating. The quarter mile toboggan slide delighted both children and their parents. Overseeing the facilities and activities was the Winter Sports Club and in 1928 it began the long tradition of selecting a winter queen and over time, the thrones where the crownings took place, grew from modest to major works of beautiful public ice art designed and constructed by local artist Stanley Kellogg. Winter carnival parades and dances also were a part of the festivities. 

Downtown Petoskey has reinstated its partnership with the long-running Winter Carnival and will tap back into its roots with ice sculptures displayed on downtown sidewalks and in Pennsylvania Park! The Winter Carnival will celebrate its 88th year in 2016.

Thursday, February 11

Wine & Dine Progressive Dinner, 6 p.m.

The Courses:

  • American Spoon – starter
  • Petoskey Cheese – wine & cheese
  • Stafford’s Perry Hotel – soup & salad
  • Palette Bistro – entree
  • Simply Sweet by Jessica @ Monarch Garden & Floral – dessert

Tickets are $50 per person. Space is limited so reserve your tickets now by calling Kate at 231-348-0388.

Friday, February 12

Chocoholic Frolic, 3-7 p.m.

Tour the Downtown stores, and be treated to chocolate treats wherever you go! If you visit all the participating stores, you can enter into the drawing for the Chocoholic Gift Basket. To participate, simply pick up a Stamp Book at the Downtown Office or any participating store and start your chocolate tour!

Ghost Walk, 8 p.m.

You’ll be shivering for more than the winter temperatures by the time you finish this hour long tour of the haunted buildings in Downtown! Start the spooky tour inside at the Perry Hotel, and finish with a walking tour throughout Downtown. Tickets are $15 per person. Space is limited so reserve your tickets now by calling Kate at 231-348-0388.

Saturday, February 13


  • 5K/1K Fun Run
    • Registration starts at 8:30 a.m.
    • Run/Walk starts at 9 a.m.
    • Fee is $15
    • Start/Finish at Gazebo in Pennsylvania Park
  • Ice Carving in Pennsylvania Park, 1-4 p.m.
  • Winter Carnival Ice Bar Celebration with DJ Jimmy Hotkeys from KHQ, 1-4 p.m.

Winter Sports Park:

  • 5 Star-Kobe 2nd Annual Winter Carnival Classic
  • Bumpjumping Competition
  • Youth Sledding Competition
  • Figure Skating Performance
  • Cardboard Challenge
  • Curling Demo

Sunday, February 14

Kids Carnival Day! 12-3 p.m.

Join us for winter wonderland fun in Pennsylvania Park! Snowshoes for kids, snow art, a snowman building contest, and more! Downtown stores will be hosting inside activities for kids of all ages. Stay tuned for details.

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