The first weekend in March (Friday, March 2 – Sunday, March 4) offers a unique opportunity to reduce your cabin fever. Bayfield Winter Festival provides a series of activities organized for the benefit of the Bayfield Recreation Center and Mt. Ashwaybay Ski and Recreation Area. Whether a spectator or participant, all activities are designed to have fun and celebrate winter in Bayfield and the Apostle Islands.
Some highlights of the weekend:
- Candlelight Walk on the Brownstone Trail (Friday Evening)
Join the Bayfield Regional Conservancy at Big Water Cafe & Coffee Roasters at 6:30pm for hot drinks and treats. Around 7:00pm, the group will head over to the Brownstone Trail for a magical walk amongst hundreds of luminary’s set along the popular hiking trail.
- Bayfield’s First Friday
Downtown Bayfield stores are open late to welcome Winter Festival revelers with demonstrations, door prizes and sales. Take advantage of these special evening hours, 4:00pm – 7:00pm, at 16 business locations.
- Run on Water (Saturday)
Race to Madeline Island and back on the ice road. Choose your own course (it’s hard to get lost…). All non-motorized methods of transportation are allowed – run, walk, snowshoe, skate, ski, bike, skijor… Awards to the top three finishers in each category. Register at www.midwestevents.com or from 10:00am – 11:00am on Saturday. Race begins at 11:00am. If ice conditions do not permit, the event will be a “Run by the Water” on Bayfield’s Brownstone Trail, and maintain a distance of 4 miles.
- Mt. Ashwabay WinterBASH (Saturday Evening)
Finish the day in style at Mt. Ashwabay’s WinterBASH from 7:00pm – 11:00pm. This event will include a giant bonfire, South Shore Beer, food, tubing, horse drawn sleigh rides, and multiple bands including The Ringtones and Alpha City with sound by JD BASS inside a heated pole barn. $5 suggested donation/person at the gate. There will also be a cross-country luminary ski from 6:30pm-8:00pm. Ski amid the sparkle of hundreds of candles illuminating the darkened woods at Mt Ashwabay! Visit mtashwabay.org for ski hill information.
- New event! On Sunday you can test your endurance during Mt. Ashwabay’s WinterDASH starting at 1:30pm. This “ultimate winter 5-km run and obstacle course” will require no gear – just guts! Go to www.bayfieldwinterfestival.com to register.