Nearly everything in the family-friendly Winterfest is free. Here is the tentative schedule based on last year's festival. Please check back for updated details:
All day - INDOOR SIDEWALK SALES at many downtown merchants.
All day - SNOW SCULPTURE CONTEST - Sunset Park, west end of Water Street. Call 231-459-4007 to register. Snow Sculpture info and rules.
All day - Great sledding, ice skating and cross-country skiing at Avalanche Preserve Recreation Area, end of Wilson Street. Warming house has restrooms and free loaner skates and sleds.9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Boyne City Farmers Market features Winterfest Frozen Features - Market Chili to taste and take home, along with other produce, meats and baked goods. In the Red Barn next to the Boyne District Library on S. Park Street.
12 and 1:30 p.m. - Fat Bike the North races on the groomed trails at The Hill Nature Preserve on West Clute Road. Beginner Class race at noon, Sport and Expert Classes race from 1:30 to 3:30. After Party at Boyne City Lanes starts at 5 p.m. Facebook page.
1 to 3 p.m. - KIDS' GAMES at Old City park, including Frozen Fish Toss, Frozen Turkey Bowling. Complimentary hot chocolate and doughnuts from Glen's Market. Old City Park, corner of Park and River Streets.
1 to 3 p.m. - HORSE-DRAWN SLEIGH RIDES at Old City Park, $1 per person.
3 p.m. - CHILI COOK-OFF - Bring one gallon of chili in a crock pot to Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors, 231 Water St. Tasting starts at 3 p.m. Prizes for Judges Choice and People's Choice. Call Libby at 231-582-6554 to register. In 2014, 13 restaurants entered: Barrel Back, BCHS Culinary, Boyne Mountain, Boyne River Inn, Cafe Sante, Frog Hollow, Lake Street Market, Morel's Bistro (2 entries), Parkside Grill & Treats, Porter Creek Fish House, Red Mesa Grill, Thick N'Juicy. Winner gets a traveling trophy, pictured at right.
4 to 7 p.m. - WINE TASTING - Stop by the Wine Emporium, 123 Water Street, for a complimentary taste of three seasonal offerings, conversation and snacks.
5 p.m. - SNOW SCULPTURE CONTEST winners announced in Sunset Park. Rules and information.
5 to 6 p.m. - STAR GAZING with Bryan Shumaker of the Northern Michigan Astronomy Club (cloud cover permitting), in Sunset Park.
8 p.m. - LIVE MUSIC at Cafe Sante, One Water Street.
Downtown merchants offered Winterfest shopping specials at the 2014 festival: (check back for 2015 specials)