Icetravaganza 2020 in Davenport, IA: Clearly Creative

For years downtown Davenport has hosted Icestravaganza at the Freight House. The winter event promises unique chilly-weather art, creative brilliance and tons of fun!

“This was a great way to get outside in the middle of the winter. The kids enjoyed deciding which one was their favorite and we enjoyed the artistry. It was fun for all of us!” shares Amy Jones from Maquoketa, Iowa.

Giant ice sculpture dragon with arms around the Jones Family
The Jones family enjoying the sculptures.

What can we promise you at this event?

Ice Sculptures – definitely
This year the sculpture theme is Aliens and Area 51 – so get ready for space ships, extra–terrestrials, and other out-of-this-world  creations.

Live Carving Demonstrations – you’ll be amazed
24,000 lbs of ice! 5 professional carvers! Piles of creativity!

Kids’ Activities – lots of family fun
Games, crafts, story time and more will be available. Many are outside (so dress warmly) but some special activities will be offered indoors.

Outdoor Winter Festivities
The Farmer’s Market and local vendors (indoors) offer items for sale. Additionally, there will be jewelry and cash prizes!

Two ladies in costumes as Anna and Elsa from frozen posing with a little girl
In 2017 Anna & Elsa attended. Miss Avery from Rapids City was so happy to meet them.

When & Where

Saturday, January 18, 2020
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Freight House Farmers’ Market: 421 W River Drive, Davenport, IA

Icetravaganza After party graphic

Attend the Icetravaganza After-Party (21+)

An after-party located outside Front Street Brewery is from 6 – 8 p.m.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Craft beers and cocktails are offered from Mississippi River Distilling Company served from a 20-foot ice bar! Enjoy a live DJ and complimentary hors d’oeuvres in the glow of the amazingly lit up ice sculptures. Plus – there there will be a fire dance performance. Check this facebook event for more info and to get your tickets (limit 200 – so get them ASAP!)

Beverages, snacks, ice sculptures, fire dancing and the Mississippi River – only in Davenport, IA can you have this much fun!

Photo credit for top photo from January 2018 Icetravaganza. D’Lux Events coordinates the tent and equipment and will again this year. One of their staff members took this photo.

Icetravaganza is presented by Downtown Davenport, Iowa Partnership, a division of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce. Community sponsors also host the event.


About the author

Meghan Cooley Meghan Cooley moved to the Quad Cities from St. Charles, IL, as an Augustana College student over 20 years ago. She left briefly after graduation and then returned to work in admissions and then marketing at Augustana College for 18 years. She now works as a consultant for admissions marketing and social media. She also does copy editing and writes for the Quad City Moms Blog. Now a true Quad Cities transplant, Meghan lives in Rock Island with her husband, Luke (R.O.W.V.A. and Augustana grad and Modern Woodmen employee) and four boys. She loves living in the Quad Cities and finds it the perfect place to raise a family, plan a date night, and go on adventures.

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