Winona Winter Carnival



The Winona Winter Carnival is the hub of winter fun… Winona style!

Join the carnival’s collection of organizations coming together during one weekend– February 10-12, 2017— to host a variety of events and activities. The Winter Carnival has something for everyone to celebrate the wintertime beauty in our community! We are currently accepting events for the 2017 Winona Winter Carnival!

The tabs below are where you will find comprehensive information about all of our 2016 events. Currently, we are in the process of recruiting event partners and updating all of the 2017 information. Inactive links indicate out-of-date or currently missing information. We appreciate your patience as we work on updating all event information this fall.

Would you like to add your event to the 2017 Winona Winter Carnival? Contact the Park & Rec office at (507) 457-8258.


Cabin Fever Dash

2017 Cabin Fever Dash: Benefiting the Women in Business Vicki Decker Scholarship Program

Women In Business—Cabin Fever Scholarship Dash

Saturday, February 11, 2017
Start Time: 9 a.m.
5K (timed) or 1 Mile Fun Run (untimed)
Lake Park Lodge, Winona, MN

Proceeds support: Women In Business Vicki Decker Scholarship Program

Pre-Registration: $22 per person by February 1st to guarantee a T-shirt on Race Day 5K
$20 per person for groups of five or more (group forms in one envelope) 5K
$25 race day or after February 1st (not guaranteed a T-shirt) 5K
$10 1 Mile Fun Run Only – Pre-reg by Feb 1st, $13 Race Day registration

Pre-Race pickup: February 10, 2017 4p.m.-6p.m. at Live Well Winona – 619 Huff Street
Race Day registration and packet pick up:
8 a.m. at Lake Park Lodge – Foot of Main Street and Lake Street, Winona, MN

Course: East Lake Winona, out and back, flat and fast
5K Awards: 1st and 2nd place in each age division and overall winners
5K Age Groups: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
1 Mile Fun Run Awards: All participants receive a ribbon
All participants receive a long sleeved t-shirt (with pre-registration) and complimentary refreshments

We invite you to consider volunteering for the Cabin Fever Scholarship Dash being held Saturday, February 11, 2017. Please visit this link to see available positions.

The Cabin Fever Dash is excited to be part of the Winona Winter Carnival this year. Check out the events scheduled for the carnival.….

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There is always the potential for extreme or severe weather conditions during events. The Cabin Fever Scholarship Dash committee will do its best to make the experience as safe as possible. However, if there is severe weather, the race may be delayed, or if conditions persist, race officials reserve the right to shorten or cancel the race. Entry fees are non-refundable. Please tune in to local radio stations and check the Women In Business Facebook page before the race for any changes or cancellations. If you are already at the event, listen to the announcer about any weather changes that may occur.

Winona Farmers & Artisan Market

Winter Farmers Market

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Date: Saturday, February 11

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Location: East Recreation Center

Questions? Contact Alisa.

Kites Over Lake Winona Kite Festival – CANCELED

2017 Kites Over Lake Winona – CANCELED

Date: Saturday, February 11, 2017 CANCELED DUE TO OPEN WATER

Time: 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Location: East Lake Winona – outside of Lake Lodge Recreation Center


Questions? Contact Robert.

Winona Park & Recreation Goose Bump Jump-CANCELED

2017 Goose Bump Jump – CANCELED

Benefiting Winona Park & Recreation Scholarship Fund

The 2017 Goose Bump Jump is canceled due to open water near Lake Lodge caused by a tunnel project happening on Main Street, but don’t worry, there are still many fun Winter Carnival activities to attend!

The Goose Bump Jump is an annual fundraiser that benefits the Winona Park & Recreation Scholarship Fund. Scholarships help keep programs accessible to the entire community. We challenge you to jump in the icy waters of Lake Winona and raise funds for Park & Rec Scholarships! You can pre-register October 3-February 10 online, on the phone (507-457-8258), or in person (207 Lafyaette Street Suite 105). All proceeds benefit the Winona Park & Recreation Scholarship Fund.

Date: Sunday February, 12
Registration Time: 2:30 pm
Jump Time: 3:00 pm
Location: Lake Lodge
Raise additional funds for the Scholarship Fund by recruiting pledges!
Download a Pledge Form, or pick one up at the Park & Rec office!
Have questions? Check out this event’s FAQ.


 Interested in learning about alternate ways you can sponsor or support the Goose Bump Jump & the Scholarship Fund?

Contact Patrick at Park & Rec by email or phone: 507-457-8258.

Questions? Contact Patrick.

Saint Marys University Cardinal Plunge-CANCELED

2017 Saint Mary’s University Cardinal Plunge

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The 2017 CARDINAL PLUNGE is canceled due to open water near Lake Lodge caused by a tunnel project happening on Main Street, but don’t worry, there are still many fun Winter Carnival activities to attend!

Date: Sunday February, 12

Registration Time: 2:30 pm

Jump Time: 3:00 pm

Location: Lake Lodge

Questions? Contact Christine.

OERC Snowshoe Snowdown

2017 OERC Snowshoe Snowdown 

Date: Saturday, February 11

Race Time: TBD

Registration (day of only): TBD

Concert: TBD

Registration fee: TBD

Location: Holzinger Lodge & Trail System (Blueffside Park)

Located in Bluffside Park, Holzinger lodge and the surrounding trails serve as the venue for this all-ages, family friendly event.

Parking is limited! Consider car pooling or parking off-site and making a short walk. Of course, please be extra aware of increased pedestrian traffic in the Holzinger Lodge parking lots and access roads.

For questions about parking you can contact Winona Park & Recreation at (507) 457-8258.
In collaboration with:

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Questions about Snowshoeing? Contact Katie at the OERC.

WAMB Snowbomb Fat Bike Race

Hey Skiers! Hey runners! Hey bikers! Hey hikers! Hey snowshoers! Hey WAMB-ers! Are you ready for the snow to fall? SO ARE WE, so we got together to plan the 4th annual WAMB Snow Bomb and we’re inviting YOU! Join us at Holzinger Lodge in Winona, MN for our 4th annual Snow Bomb Fat Bike Race on Feb. 11th, 2017.

The Snow Bomb is a criterium-style fat bike race hosted by Winona Area Mountain Bikers (WAMB). This event is for all ages, abilities, and bikes. Fat bikes are encouraged, as the race takes place on the Holzinger Trail System which is groomed for wide, fat bike tires.

This year (2017), we’ll be teaming up with Winona Winter Carnival and WSU OERC to offer our fat bike races at Holzinger Lodge, followed by the OERC Snowshoe Showdown. Bring your kids, bring your moms, bring the WHOLE FAMILY and come out this year for the absolute best way we can think of to spend a Saturday.

The race will consist of 2-hour (Endurance) or 1-hour (Sprint) Criterium-style race on the Holzinger trails. We’ll continue to HEAT up the Strava Heat Maps: the segment will be available on Strava: The 3.75 mile course consists of rolling terrain with a mix of groomed double-track and single-track. Approximately 200 feet of rolling ascent per lap – which also means 200 feet of ripping fast descending! There will be men’s and a women’s categories, with some great prizes for the top racers. There will also be a kids’ category (distance to be determined) for the younger riders.

Not a biker, thats OK! Come up to learn about how many groups are collaborating in the Winona Area to protect, enrich and grow our trail systems. We’ll continue to the tradition of our Chili Cook-Off. Bring your entry, or come out and enjoy a bowl and cast your vote for the best chili. WAMB t-shirts will be available for purchase during your online registration. Check out some cool WAMB gear available for sale at the race, or online during registration. We’ll have fat bikes to demo, and short guided rides between races with some of Winona’s premier bicyclists AND regular Joes (or Kate’s like yours truly).

Sound like a great time? IT IS!!! Proudly, this is our biggest, most fun fundraising event of the year, so SHARE THIS OUT and let’s make it the best event ever. Bring some cash to throw in the donation bucket, or help us expand professionally built-trails by purchasing ONE FOOT OF TRAIL for $5!

Register on ($25), or on race day ($35) beginning at 10AM; registration ends 30 minutes prior to the race start.

Saturday Feb. 11, 2017
9:00-10:30 AM – On-site registration
11:00am – LeMans-style start

23rd Annual Winona National Bank Chili Cook Off

23rd Annual Winona National Bank Chili Cookoff: Benefiting Ready Set School



MCA Art & Dance Workshops

2017 MCA Art & Dance Workshops

To register for either of the below programs, or to gather more information please visit or call (507) 453-5500.

“Frozen” Art & Dance Adventure Workshop

There will be miles of smiles as students dance and craft their way through a magical journey unleashing their imaginations in this workshop centered around the movie, “Frozen,” and perfectly timed to align with Winona’s Winter Carnival celebrations!

Date: Saturday, February 11

Time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Ages: Preschool (3-5 years) & K-2nd grade

Location: Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts – 1164 West 10th Street

Price: $19 (snack included)

Instructors: Brianna Haupt & Jennifer Taber-O’Neill


Icicles & Art Workshop

Get ready to be inspired by wintery icicles and fluffy white snow as we celebrate Winter through art activities. If the weather cooperates, we will pull on our snow pants and gloves and head outside to get creative in new ways. Don’t miss this “icy” adventure that is part of the Winona Winter Carnival!

Date: Saturday, February 11
Time: 12:30-2:00 pm
Ages: 3rd-5th grades
Location: Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts – 1164 West 10th Street
Fee: $15
Instructors: Brianna Haupt

Puzzle Competition

Puzzle Competition

Register your teams of one to four people, more details to follow.

Date: Sunday, February 12, 2017
Ages: 16+
Location: Holzinger Lodge
Fee: $30 per team
Time: 1:30-4:30 PM

Would you like to add your event to the 2017 Winona Winter Carnival? Contact the Park & Rec office at (507) 457-8258.