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The Bayfield Winter Festival is an annual wild weekend of winter fun, taking place March 1 – 3, 2019. To celebrate the end of winter (almost), the town and nearby places like Mt. Ashwabay put on a variety of fun and crazy activities. Whether you plunge into the frozen lake, chow down fish livers, tear up the obstacle course, go fat tire biking, do the Poker Run, or just come for the party, we’re sure you’ll enjoy the celebration of the end of the joyous winter season.
On behalf of the residents of Bayfield and surrounding communities, the Bayfield Winter Festival team invites you to join the shenanigans! A schedule is below.
Check out the Polar Plunge, which is always fun to watch. Hey, watch it from a previous year here:
Bayfield is a beautiful town in any season, not just during the Bayfield Winter Festival. Highway 13 brings you there, just a few miles north of Washburn and from U.S. 2 near Ashland.
Bayfield Winter Festival Address:
140 Broad Street
Bayfield, WI 54814
Schedule for Bayfield Winter Festival
Friday, March 1st
9:30am-8pm Lifts and Chalet 0pen at Mt Ashwabay
4-7pm Open Swim at the Bayfield Rec Center
4-9pm First Friday Wine Bar at Wild Rice Retreat – Open to the public with small plates and wine and beer available for purchase. Live music by Mark Phillips 5:30-8:30.
5:30-6:30pm Happy Hour Yoga at Wild Rice Retreat – Donation-based class with Instructor Darcy Schwerin.
6-11:30pm 9th Annual Freeze Your Glass Off Party at The Creamery with Doane Beer – The Official Bayfield Winter Festival Kick Off! Complimentary Chili from 6pm till it’s gone. Bingo from 7-8pm (limit 50 participants). Live Music by Hoff Stevens 8:30-11:30pm.
6:30pm Candlelight Walk on the Brownstone Trail at Wild Rice Retreat with Landmark Conservancy (formerly Bayfield Regional Conservancy) – Candlelit luminaries will guide walkers along Bayfield’s beloved community trail. The walk begins and ends at Wild Rice Retreat, with parking and bathrooms available there. Approximately 1 mile round-trip. Cocoa and cookies will be provided at the end of the walk, while participants enjoy the fireplace on the deck.
Saturday, March 2
9:30am-8pm Lifts and Chalet open at Mt Ashwabay
10am-1pm US Coast Guard Station Bayfield Open House – Tour the station and meet the crew. Station Bayfield is at the corner of Wilson Ave and S First St.
10am-5pm Poker Run in Downtown Bayfield hosted by Participating Bayfield Retail Shops and The Creamery – Visit participating retailers to pick up cards. Best three hands win!
10am-2pm Fat Tire Bike Mini Tours at Bayfield Lakeside Pavilion with North Coast Cycling Association – Try winter fat tire biking on the big lake. No experience necessary! $15 for bike rental, helmet, and guided 45 minute bike ride right on Lake Superior. Rides leave every hour on the hour from 10am-2pm. If lake conditions are unsafe, the rides will be relocated.
10-4pm Open Swim at the Bayfield Rec Center
Beginning at 12pm – Pier Plaza – Get your warm food and beverages inside at the Pier restaurant and outside on their deck while enjoying the polar plunge and other activities! They’ll have items that’ll heat you up and cheer you on!
12-1pm Polar Plunge Sign In at the Bayfield Lakeside Pavilion – All plungers must sign in, turn in pledges, and sign/turn in waivers. Those not registered by 1pm will not be permitted to plunge. Minimum total pledges of $50/plunger.
1pm Penguin Egg Hunt in Memorial Park
1:30pm-2pm United States Coast Guard Ice Rescue Demo in front of the Bayfield Lakeside Pavilion
2pm-3pm Polar Plunge in front of the Bayfield Lakeside Pavilion – Take the plunge or come to watch! (You can register the day of at the Bayfield Lakeside Pavilion from 12-1pm! Minimum of $50 in pledges per plunger. ALL plungers must register in advance and sign a waiver. Plungers under 18 years of age must have their waiver signed by a parent or guardian. Please plan accordingly, there are no exceptions. Registration forms and waivers are available in advance at the Bayfield Rec Center.)
3-8pm Youth Downhill Ski Night at Mt Ashwabay – $10 for lift ticket and free rentals for youth under 18.
4-8pm Candlelight Ski/Bike/Snowshoe at Howl Adventure Center – Bring your own gear or demo Howl’s gear from 4-6. Onsite trails lit by ice luminaries (but bring your headlamp, too!). Warm up by the campfire afterwards and enjoy a beer in the future Adventure Club Taproom!
7pm Swing into Spring Party at Mt Ashwabay – Live music by Noble at 7pm. Lifts until 8. Bar will stay open during music.
4-6pm Open Kayaking at the Bayfield Rec Center – All ability and experience levels welcome!
5pm-6:30pm Poker Run Hand Turn In and Winners at The Creamery – Turn in your cards from 5pm-6pm, winners announced at 6:15pm. Top three hands win!
Sunday, March 3
7am-12pm 5th Annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser at Legendary Waters Resort & Casino – Support the Red Cliff Volunteer Fire Department! All you can eat for just $7. Kids under 3 eat free!
11am 2nd Annual Sap Run Skijoring Race at Mt Ashwabay – 3k and 5k 1-dog skijoring races. $25 entry fee. All skill levels welcome. For more information or to register email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 715-779-3227.
11am-4:30pm Lifts and Chalet open at Mt Ashwabay
1-5pm Drop In Broomball at Wineries on Betzold Road – Celebrate Winter Festival with a game -or more!- of broomball! Get a team together or just drop in and play. Not interested in playing? Cheer on the players from the warming hut. Stop inside the Wineries for hot soup and grilled cheese, South Shore Brewery beers, Bayfield Winery & Seven Ponds Winery wines -try it hot and mulled! – as well as coffee, hot cocoa, and more.
1-4pm Open Swim at the Bayfield Rec Center
4-6pm Log Rolling and Water Polo at the Bayfield Rec Center – All ability and experience levels welcome!