As winter lasts what seems like an eternity, Mainers are finding as many ways as possible to have fun in the cold and enjoy all that this long season has to offer. One such event is the Belfast Ice Festival which takes place in Belfast city centre.
There are a ton of events taking place for this chilly weekend, including Maine’s first-ever Ice Carving Championship.
The fun is set to begin on Friday with stunning ice sculptures on display throughout Belfast city center as well as ice bars and restaurant specials. At 6 p.m., Tastes of Belfast begins, which celebrates all of Belfast’s local food, plus drinks and live entertainment.
In addition to ice sculptures and bars throughout the city, you’ll also find the first live carving demonstration of the day, followed by the Official Maine State Ice Carving Championships from 11-3. afternoon, take a horse and carriage ride to the Belfast Chamber of Commerce where you can also craft a birdhouse. At 3 p.m. for children at the Colonial Theater is a free screening of the film Ice Age. Stroll the Belfast Rail Trail in the evening for the Magical Luminary Trail and enjoy complimentary cookies and hot chocolate at the Food Bridge.
The fun ends on Sunday with activities for children aged 10-3 and crafts at Belfast Fiberarts from 10-2.
This event is fun for the whole family as we slowly but surely move into spring. For the full schedule of events and tickets for Taste of Belfast, click here.
Family-friendly day trips from Portland, Maine your kids will love
Looking for something fun to do with the family, but want to stretch your legs outside of Maine for the day or the weekend? Here’s a list of fun places for you and your family that could easily be packed into a long day or a quick weekend getaway. Everything on this list is less than x hours from Portland.
For reference, when putting Portland, Maine on Google Maps, it places the street view guy at Portland City Hall. Departure time is 8:00 am on a Saturday in June to account for traffic.
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