For many, winter is but a fleeting few weeks before the climate shifts, the temperature rises, and everyone goes back to wearing shorts. But not here in Bayfield! We love winter, and thanks to our northern climate, we get to experience it as it was meant to be. We love winter so much, that every year we put on the Bayfield Winter Festival, WinterFest! Put away your ideas of the frozen north, this is an engaging weekend of games and activities that people of all ages enjoy. This year’s Bayfield Winter Festival will take place March 2-4, 2018, so it’s not too late to make plans for you and your family to join us!
Are you interested in more winter Bayfield activities such as the Bayfield Winter Festival? Are you looking for a cozy and relaxing place to stay during your visit? Then book a stay at the Pinehurst Inn. This luxury bed and breakfast has everything you could want or need, and it’s right here in Bayfield, WI. For more information, request a free copy of our Vacation Guide!
All About the Bayfield Winter Festival
History of Winterfest
Back in 2006, the local Recreation Center hosted the very first Bayfield Winter Festival (called Manypenny Madness at the time) as a fundraiser. This initial event consisted of games, sledding, and a Polar Plunge. Today, the event is much larger! There are activities that take place all over Bayfield, and visitors from all over Wisconsin and the country come to participate.
What to Do at Winterfest
When you arrive at Winterfest, there’s so many things to do and see, you may not know where to begin! Here are some of the awesome activities this annual festival has to offer.
Swing into Spring: Get your groove on with this fun dance party to welcome the new spring season. At Room 2 Groove, there’s Latin, Hip Hop, Rock, Soul, and more great musical genres to boogie down to!
Winter Royalty: A brand new tradition this year, the Winter Royalty honors four people who help encourage fitness and a healthy lifestyle. Only to the Bayfield and Ashwabay area can be nominated, and they’re crowned at the Swing into Spring dance party. Learn about the local residents here and support healthy lifestyles by attending yourself!
Polar Plunge: Brace yourself for this activity! The Polar Plunge is a tradition that locals look forward to every year. You can do a solo plunge or sign up with some friends to plunge as a team. (Most people like to dress up in costumes to add some amusing flair to the event!) Jump through a hole in the ice into the frigid waters of Lake Superior to be a part of this intrepid activity; you can even raise money for a local organization to receive some free prizes!
Other events that are happening throughout this weekend festival include live music, a skijoring race, and a fun kids-only night out. You can’t miss it!
Other Bayfield Winter Activities
There are a variety of other things to do in Bayfield in winter! Try dog sledding, going on a sleigh ride, or even exploring the ice caves of the Apostle Islands. Skiing and ice fishing are also popular hobbies here during the colder months.
Come Stay with Us at Pinehurst Inn!
While you’re in town for the Bayfield Winter Festival, make sure you stay in the best possible lodging! Pinehurst Inn is a beautiful, eco-elegant bed and breakfast right in the heart of Bayfield, WI. We offer luxurious rooms equipped with the finest, environmentally friendly amenities. You’re bound to love relaxing in our peaceful environment, so don’t delay and book today!
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