Belfast is getting ready for a cool weekend embracing the winter season with ice sculpture creations, fine food, and a great community.

Hot off the heels of being named 'Maine's Hottest Town for 2021', this coastal community is turning the temperature down by hosting its 2nd Annual Ice Festival, a weekend of fun events with the highlight being the ice sculpture contest.

Belfast Ice Festival 2022

All weekend long, you can check out the ice sculptures throughout town.

Here's a Google Map that the Town of Belfast has up on the Belfast Ice Festival webpage that shows where all the sculptures will be in Downtown:

Here's a rundown of the weekend's special events scheduled daily to celebrate Belfast and winter:

Belfast Ice Festival for Friday, February 25

Friday evening's kick-off of the Belfast Ice Festival is the two-hour 'Tastes of Belfast' event. This event requires tickets and features the many foods made in Belfast by local eateries. The event starts at 6 PM and will be taking place under the Ice Tent on 47 Main Street, sampling appetizers featuring Penobscot McCrum products and Ducktrap River of Maine. You'll also get to have a few drinks and take in some live entertainment.

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Belfast Ice Festival for Saturday, February 26

10 AM: Live Carving Demonstration – Salmon – Main and High Street

11 AM – 3 PM: State of Maine Ice Carving Championships* (Pre-registration Required).

11 AM – 2 PM: Popcorn and Hot Chocolate at the Belfast Chamber Office

Noon – 3 PM: Horse and Carriage Rides – Belfast Chamber Office

1 PM – 3 PM: Birdhouse making in front of the Chamber of Commerce (14 Main Street)

3 PM: Live Carving Demonstration – Owl – Mall on High Street

3 PM: The Colonial Theatre will be the backdrop of free viewing of the family-friendly movie Ice Age with limited capacity available. Masking will be required and doors open at 2:30, first-come-first-in situation.

5:30 PM – 8:30 PM: Take an evening show on the Magical Luminary Trail on the Belfast Rail Trail. Enjoy free cookies and hot chocolate at the footbridge. At 6 PM, a guided tour will leave the footbridge and wear some proper footwear, such as ice grips, snowshoes, or cross-country skis if the conditions allow!

Belfast Ice Festival for Sunday, February 27

This day is all about the kiddos! From 10 AM – 3 PM, there is a full schedule of children’s activities in the Park on Main Street.

Want to volunteer? Sign up at the OurTownBelfast.org's Ice Festival webpage:

For ongoing discussion and to share this event with friends and family, follow the event on Facebook.

Here's a look at the first year of the Ice Festival event in Belfast last year that saw more rain than snow.

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