Social-ICE is always a highly anticipated wintertime tradition in Rochester, where a variety of Rochester bars set up outdoor ice bars with unique themes and signature drinks, all while a high-energy DJ provides nightly entertainment. Professionally carved, full-scale ice sculptures illuminated with vibrant hues also line the plaza, creating an amazing sight and great memories. What’s more, the Social-ICE FAM JAM is a family-friendly celebration during the afternoon, making it a great weekend for all residents and visitors to embrace the Minnesota winter together.

Here’s what you need to know to make the most of this can’t-miss weekend in Rochester, MN:

Social-Ice 2023

Quick Facts:

When: Friday, February 23 from 4-10pm and Saturday, February 24 from 1-10pm

Social-ICE Fam Jam is Saturday, February 24 from 1-4pm

Where: Peace Plaza in downtown Rochester, MN

Cost: Free to attend; food and beverages available for purchase

Participating Bars: Latitude 44, Chesters Kitchen and Bar, Victoria’s, Kathy’s Pub, Kahler Hospitality Group (CB3 Burgers and Brews, Lord Essex Tavern and Salute! Wine Bar and More), 507 (Pub)lic House and the Tap House on Historic Third

DJs: DJ Brettly, DJ SHIEK, DJ 4MATIK, DJ DIME and DJ Kessel


More tips to enjoy Social-ICE:

There is plenty of parking available downtown. Street parking and city ramps (excludes Mayo Clinic ramps) are free after 5 pm and on the weekends (no overnight parking). Parking under one hour on weekdays before 5pm in the city ramps is also free.

Bring your camera and be sure to take pictures with a variety of photo ops throughout Peace Plaza.

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Stay for the weekend at one of many hotels in Rochester. The Kahler Grand Hotel, located right next to the event, has a special Social-ICE rate for the weekend. Find more lodging options in Rochester here.

Go out for dinner beforehand at one of many walkable downtown restaurants, or go shopping at a variety of unique stores in downtown Rochester.

Dress for the weather. Social-ICE is an outdoor event, so be sure to dress in layers and remember your hat and gloves!

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Catch a break from the cold at the Historic Chateau Theatre, which will serve as a warming house during the entirety of the event. The Chateau Theatre is also located at Peace Plaza.

Bring the whole family to Social-ICE Fam Jam on Saturday, February 24 from 1-4pm for activities for all ages. Meet sled dogs, play mini golf, create art activities and more.

Social Ice Fam JamSocial-ICE FAM JAM | photo credit Alpha Digital courtesy Rochester Downtown Alliance