Superheroes are the theme as Historic Cedarburg, just 20 minutes north of Milwaukee, celebrates the city’s 44th Annual Winter Festival.

     Held Saturday, Feb. 17, and Sunday, Feb. 18, festivities take place 8am-10pm Saturday and 8am-4pm Sunday.

     Visitors can hop aboard the tractor drawn hay wagon to view the spectacular ice carving contest entries along Washington Avenue. 300-pound blocks of ice are transformed into glistening pieces of superhero-inspired frozen art.

     Outdoor fun includes camel rides, egg hunts, sledding, ice skating or watching an old-fashioned dog pull.

     Saturday at 9am, catch the Kickball Tournament and the Cedarburg Lions IceBerg Open. On Sunday, a dodgeball tournament at the Community Center, W63 N641 Washington Ave., features team competition and a brat grill.

    Two chili contests heat up the scene Saturday at the Cedarburg Community Center, W63 N641 Washington Ave. During the Individual Chili Competition, audience members can win free raffle prizes. Those attending can buy a restaurant chili sampler platter and vote for their favorite entries (11am-4pm).

     The Grand Parade at 1pm Saturday includes themed bed racing teams as well as other fun participants. The parade heads down Washington Avenue to Riveredge Drive for the start of the Verlo's Costumed Bed Racing Competition at 1:30pm.

     Next are the Barrel Races on Ice at 2pm. After the barrel races, the pond opens to family skating or skate at the ice rink in Cedar Creek Park, at Mill Street and Portland Avenue.

     At the Cool Notes Musical Talent Competition Saturday from 1:30-5pm at the Cedarburg Cultural Center, vocalists

and instrumentalists compete for cash prizes and an appearance on the Wine & Harvest Festival main stage in September.

     Grown-up fun is on tap Saturday evening from 7-9pm at Cool Brew & Tunes, a beer and food tasting featuring live music. The event is at the Cedarburg Community Center and includes craft beers tasting, appetizers from local restaurants, a raffle and live music. (Participants are invited to dress as a favorite Superhero!)  Tickets are available online or at the door.

     Sunday morning, enjoy the Pancake Breakfast at the Community Center, 8-11:30am with local superheroes from the Fire and Police Departments. At 10:30am, the “under 7 set” ventures outdoors to hunt for treats. Also on Sunday, top dogs compete in the Dog Weight Pull Competition from 10am-4pm.

Throughout the weekend, merchants feature special sales, live music and family activities.

    The Shops of Cedar Creek Settlement feature live music on Saturday and Sunday, with Cedar Creek Winery offering complimentary sampling and the Settlement’s boutique shops welcoming browsers. On the way out enjoy a stop at the Anvil Pub & Grille’s outdoor bar and chili bar.

     Beautifully preserved 19th century architecture makes Cedarburg a popular destination. The entire downtown was named to the National Register of Historic Places in the mid-1980s. Stone buildings, picturesque churches and Victorian homes create a delightful spot for strolling, shopping and dining.

 BMO Harris Bank is the premier festival sponsor. For more information, phone (262) 377-9620 or visit cedarburgfestivals.org. Visit the website to register for the festival’s competitions. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

The fun continues with

the following events sponsored by Festivals of Cedarburg, Inc.,

 

Strawberry Festival

June 23-24

All about the “Art on the Avenue” arts and crafts shows, live music, great food and of course, everything strawberry.

 

Wine & Harvest Festival

Sept. 15-16

Highlights include a farmer’s market, “Art on the Avenue,” Cedar Creek Winery’s award-winning wines, Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off, Giant Pumpkin Regatta, grape stomping and more.

 

Oktoberfest

Oct. 13-14

Celebrates the heritage of Cedarburg’s founding fathers. Crowds gather for authentic German foods, bands, dancers and contests.