Join us in Alamosa as we warm up the San Luis Valley with a tropical-themed festival this year! Moana –themed Ice Sculptures, the Rio Frio 5k on Ice, and live music from renowned Hawaiian artist Ka’imi Hanano'eau highlight this year’s festival!
Below is a summary of the events packed for a fun family-friendly weekend.
Thursday, January 26 @ 7:00pm
Climbing Mount Everest (with an Earthquake Adventure) at Carson Auditorium in the SUB at ASU.
Join us for an exciting slide show by Darren Rogers, ASU and AHS alum that attempted to climb Mt. Everest in 2015 when an earthquake hit and stopped his attempt. He returned in 2016 to successfully summit. See the pictures, hear the stories and experience his adventure!
Friday, January 27 @ 6:00 – 10:00pm
Rio Frio Ice Fest Kickoff Party @ The Grove Theatre – 615 Main St.
Aloha everyone, ready to get into “island mode?” Join us for a frolic in the trade winds at the classic Grove Theatre in Downtown Alamosa for a party like no other!
Live music from renowned Hawaiian artist Ka’imi Hanano'eau will go from 6-8:30pm. There is no charge for admission and the little ones can work on their hula while you work on your escape.
Grab an “adult Hawaiian ice” to cool off. A full bar, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks will be available.
Rio Frio 5k on Participants may pick up their race packets here too.
For more information: Alamosa County Chamber of Commerce (719) 589-3681.
Saturday, January 28 @ 9:00am
3rd Annual Rio Frio 5K on Ice, Rio Grande behind City Hall (300 Hunt Ave)
It’s Back! One of America’s most unique 5k races kicks off at 9am on Saturday, January 28th. This spectacular 5k race is conducted entirely on the majestic frozen Rio Grande. Have you ever run on a frozen river? Don't worry a small layer of snow offers traction while you take in the majestic views of both the San Juans and Sangre de Cristos from the beautiful Rio Grande River Corridor and the San Luis Valley! No less than Runner's World Magazine named this race one of three "editor's picks" for running enthusiasts for 2015. Chip timing and unique “ice-themed” awards enhance this special race for runners of all abilities.
Saturday, January 28 @ 11:00am
Live Ice Sculpting/Main St Info tent opens, Main St.
Colorado Ice Sculptures LLC, Colorado's own award winning ice sculptors will be carving parodies of Disney’s Moana characters and features. If you've never seen the amazing process; you're in for a treat.
Bring the kids down for interactive family photo opportunities with the sculptures.
Saturday, January 28 @ 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Faux Snowman Building, Main St.
Take a walk down Main St. and see the creativity of Alamosa's business community in action. Snowmen made of Styrofoam, tires, and even kegs among other items have graced the sidewalks of historic Downtown Alamosa in year’s past; see what new creative snowmen will pepper the Downtown corridor this year.
Winners of the faux snowmen contest will be announced at 4pm at the information tent at San Juan and Main St.
Saturday, January 28 @ 2:00pm
Alamosa Kiwanis Club Fantasy Costume Contest and Character Meet and Greet – Nestle Toll House Café.
New this year; a college-age division!
Bring the kids and any fantasy costume for a lively good time at San Juan and Main St and the Nestle Toll House Cafe. There is no charge; just a parent signature on a liability release and prizes will be awarded to the top three contestants in the kids division. New this year, the Kiwanis club has partnered with Adams State University to offer a college age division with an awesome fully catered tailgate as the top prize!
Sign up 1:30 – 2pm at San Juan and Main St. The first 50 kids are also guaranteed a participation award.
After the contest, bring the kids into the Nestle Toll House Café to meet the one and only Maui and Moana; bring your camera! First 200 kids get a free cookie courtesy the Alamosa Kiwanis Club.
For more information, contact Andy Rice, Kiwanis Club President at (719) 587-2529.
Saturday, January 28 @ 2:30pm
Live Ice Sculpting
Colorado Ice Sculptures LLC, Colorado's own award winning ice sculptors will be carving parodies of your favorite Moana characters and features.
If you've never seen the amazing process; you're in for a treat. Bring the kids down for interactive family photo opportunities with the sculptures.
Saturday, January 28 @ 4:00 - 8:00pm
Grub n’ Pub, Downtown
Get your tickets early one of the weekends most popular events; the Grub n’ Pub! Enjoy diverse and tasty fare from five of Downtown Alamosa’s most popular restaurants. Tickets are good for a sample appetizer and a beverage at each of the participating restaurants.
For more information and to buy tickets in advance, contact the Alamosa Convention and Visitors Bureau at (719) 589-9386.
Sunday, January 29 @ 9:00am
Senior Center Breakfast, Cole Park
Fuel up for the Fremont Haunt or just come and support the Alamosa Senior Center! Feast on biscuits & gravy or pancakes, scrambled eggs, cinnamon rolls, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, juice and milk.
The cost will be $8 for adults and $4 for kids.
Sunday, January 29 @ 9:00am – 12:00pm
Snow Carving, Cole Park
Have you ever made a snowman? Of course! How about other things? Provided we can find or make the snow, try a hand at snow carving! We will have a sculpting facilitator on-hand to help. This event is weather dependent.
Sunday, January 29 @ 10:00am
Fremont Haunt Parade and Race, Alamosa Senior Center, Cole Park
The teams of seven will parade from Cole Park to the Rio Grande River to get ready for the Fremont Haunt Race as spectators cheer them on! Also period re-enactors will be on hand to set the mood and tell the story of John C. Fremont and his struggles to survive during the expedition. Then, the race to save the Fremont Party in on! Commemorate the history of Alamosa and the exploration of the American West with this unique race. Animals and explorers will traverse a short course on the Rio Grande to “save” the Fremont Party.
Sunday, January 29 @ 11:00am
Polar Plunge (NEW EVENT!) , Cole Park
Who’s ready to see some brave souls take the plunge! OK maybe the Rio Grande isn’t deep enough so we will trot out a horse trough sure to do the job right!