The festival will feature dozens of ice sculptures spread throughout Easton’s historic district. The Discover Easton Signature Event will kick off with a Friday night Ice Block Party on February 14. The celebration will feature free live music and fire performances, outdoor ice skating, and the unveiling of the weekend’s ice sculptures with a free self-guided tour and light display. A grand ice carving demonstration, sponsored by Preston Automotive Group and Safehouse, LLC, is the featured ice attraction during the Ice Block Party Friday evening. Watch as 3,000 pounds of ice will be carved into a spectacular work of art by the team of carvers from Ice Lab.
The festivities continue all weekend with opportunities to tour the ice sculptures and see additional live carvings on Saturday. Events will include family fun events, outdoor ice skating, Stews & Brews, entertainment, seasonal sales and shopping, restaurant specials, and more. Make brunch reservations for Sunday and join us in Thompson Park for the Ice Breaker event as the ice sculptors end the festival weekend by smashing their ice sculptures! Plan your festival weekend by exploring the information below.
Enjoy a free self-guided tour of the beautifully designed ice sculptures in downtown Easton! Each sculpture is sponsored by a local business or organization and offer great photo opportunities. You’ll also meet some of the the designers and sponsors of the ice sculptures. Grab a festival map from the Academy Art Museum, Agave Arts & Juicing, the Ivy Cafe, Vintage Books, the Talbot County Visitor Center, or the Tidewater Inn so you’ll know exactly where to go and where to be during the Chesapeake Fire & Ice Festival!
The featured attraction of the Friday Night Ice Block Party is the on-site carving of incredibly detailed ice sculptures, presented by Preston Automotive Group and Safehouse LLC. You’ll have a chance to see the artists work their magic as the sculptures takes shape from huge blocks of ice! There will be live music, entertainment, and other fun events!
Come and enjoy the opportunity to skate outside in Easton during the festival! If you are worried about bringing your own skates, no need! Skates will be provided for anyone who wants to go on the rink so just bring yourself and your friends. Admission for skating is also completely free. The synthetic ice rink is sponsored by Bluepoint Hospitality.
Enjoy free outdoor music & entertainment during the festival weekend! Our list of talented performers includes:
Friday Night Performances:
Anna Burgess: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. (@ 31 North Harrison St)
Daphne Eckman: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. (@ 218 North Washington St)
Poppy Blue Eyes: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. (@ 11 North Washington St)
Honey Sol: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. (@ 11 North Washington St)
Jimmy Maguire: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. (@ 31 North Harrison St)
Restrung: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. (@ 11 North Washington St)
The Sagacious Traveler: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. (@ 31 North Harrison St)
Award-winning and crowd favorite Cascading Carlos will perform Friday night and Saturday! Carlos has fascinated and entertained children and adults alike for over two decades – don’t miss out on both of his performances! Friday will feature fire and Saturday will be a daytime show in Thompson Park – try your hand at juggling with his friendly interactive show. Click here to find out more about Carlos.
Talbot Humane also returns this year with their furry friends for their kissing booth! Meet some of the cutest, friendliest animals on the Eastern Shore Friday night and Saturday on Goldsborough Street. You can find these lovely creatures Friday from 5 p.m. to 7p.m and Saturday from 12 to 3p.m.