Forget hibernating and embrace winter with the passion of Norsemen. North Liberty’s Beat the Bitter is back with a week full of activities to get you out of the house for some outdoor winter games and good cheer. Join us on the tundra of North Liberty January 28 through February 3, 2018, for fun on the bleakest days of the year. Some events do require registration, snag your spot here.

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Ice Skating

Ice Skating

December 11 - March 31
Penn Meadows Park

Take advantage of the Penn Meadows Park 100-foot by 115-foot outdoor ice rink installed on top of the tennis courts! Bring your own skates or borrow skates from the Recreation Center. RINK HOURS The rink will be open to all ages…

Nearly Impossible Photo Scavenger Hunt

Nearly Impossible Photo Scavenger Hunt

January 28 - February 3
North Liberty, IA

Explore areas of North Liberty you know and some you aren't familiar with by taking on the challenge of our Nearly Impossible Photo Scavenger Hunt! Beginning on Sunday, Jan. 28, we'll release at least 5 items on our scavenger list…

World Marathon

World Marathon Tracking

January 28 - February 5
On Facebook

The 2018 World Marathon Challenge is an amazing logistical and physical challenge to run 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days. And North Liberty resident Deb Carneol is looking forward to the enormous feat. Yes, you read that correctly.…

Polar Plunge

Freezin’ for a Reason Polar Plunge

January 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Centennial Park

Kick-off Beat the Bitter with the coldest and most challenging feat of the week, a polar jump into Centennial Park Pond (on St. Andrews Drive) on Sunday, Jan. 28, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Organized by the North Liberty Police…

Board Games

Norse (and other) Board Games

January 28 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Geek City Games and Comics

Come in and play Norse-inspired games such as Champions of Midgard, Raiders of the North Sea, Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries, Isle of Sky, or any of the other 100+ free-to-play board games from Geek City's demo library, or bring…

Big Picture Studio

Creative Spirits – a Winter Sip & Paint!

January 28 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Big Picture Gallery & Studio

Get together with friends and neighbors and paint away your winter blues! We will be painting a beautiful snowy scene while enjoying hot chocolate or hot cider with optional spirits - Spiced Rum for cider and Irish Cream and Kahlua…

Social Hour

Cozy Social Hour

January 29 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
North Liberty Community Library

Adults are invited to meet at the library for an hour of socializing including coffee, cocoa, and a special treat! Questions? Please contact the North Liberty Community Library at 319-626-5701.

Wii Tournament

Wii Winter Sports Tournament

January 30 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
North Liberty Community Library

Designed for K-3rd graders, come out to the library for a Wii Winter Sports Tournament. Questions? Please contact the North Liberty Community Library at 319-626-5701.

Improv Class

Teen Improvisation

January 30 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
North Liberty Community Library

Teens are invited to the library for a warming session of improvisation. Bring your sense of humor! Questions? Please contact the North Liberty Community Library at 319-626-5701.

Book Club

Book Club

January 30 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
North Liberty Community Library

Gather at the library for a chilling Last Tuesday of the Month Book Club discussion of The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin. Additional copies will available for checkout in the library by January 1. Questions? Please contact the North Liberty Community…

Stitching Around

Stitching Around

January 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
North Liberty Community Library

Beat the Bitter and take up a new hobby by joining the library for Stitching Around. Interested in knitting or crochet? This group meets each Tuesday at 7 p.m. and is open to all experience levels. Questions? Please contact the…

We Run Scavenger Hunt

We Run Scavenger Hunt

January 31 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
We Run

Enjoy a fun and exciting evening as the We Run staff challenges you to a run or walk in the We Run Scavenger Hunt. Team up with your friends to find various landmarks in the North Liberty community. You will…

Wii Tournament

Wii Winter Sports Tournament

February 1 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
North Liberty Community Library

4th-6th graders are invited to the library for a Wii Winter Sports Tournament. Questions? Please contact the North Liberty Community Library at 319-626-5701.

Girls Night Out

Ladies Night

February 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Real Deals on Home Decor – North Liberty

It's Ladies Night at Real Deals in North Liberty! Enjoy complimentary delicious chocolate martinis while you browse the shop and enjoy 15% off your favorite item & new decor. C'mon in and pick up your FREE gift with a $50…

Snow Volleyball

Snow Volleyball

February 1 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
J&A Tap

Let's be honest, no one likes sand between their toes. Trade sand for snow and signup for J&A Tap's snow volleyball tournament! The MadHatter tournament will take place at J&A Tap on Thursday, Feb. 1, and is open to all…

Bubble Painting

Bubble Painting

February 2 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 pm
North Liberty Community Library

Keep your tots (birth to pre k) poppin’ and join the North Liberty Community Library for Bubble Painting at Crafting Fridays! Crafting Fridays is a library program that takes place the first Friday of each month during regularly scheduled storytime. This activity…

Ice Carving

Ice Carving

February 2 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park

It's February. It's cold. That means ice, but instead of dreading it, lets make something out of it. Watch master carver Ron Dillavou create several ice sculptures before your eyes!

Horse Carriage Rides

Horse drawn carriage rides

February 2 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park

Live out a fairy tale and enjoy a magical ride around the park in the comfort of an antique trolley. The carriage will load by the gazebo in the southwest corner of Penn Meadows Park. Rides are free and open to…

Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate

February 2 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park

It's cold. We get it, but we're prepared. Warm up with a complimentary cup of hot chocolate from our sponsor Adam Schechinger State Farm.

Ice Skating

Ice Skating

February 2 @ 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park

Take advantage of the Penn Meadows Park 100-foot by 115-foot outdoor ice rink installed on top of the tennis courts! Bring your own skates or check skates out from our Beat the Bitter volunteers at no cost at the entrance…

Kids Playground

Kids playground

February 2 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park

Let kids be kids on a winter and kid friendly playground in Penn Meadows Park. Simply a recreational opportunity for kids to use all their muscles in a fun way! Kids just want to play, so various activity points will…

Character Meet & Greet

Character Meet & Greet

February 2 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park

Make the kids' dreams come true and meet Chase from Paw Patrol and Bad Kitty from the Bad Kitty book series at Fire & Ice Friday in Penn Meadows Park.

Food trucks

Food Trucks

February 2 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park

No need to grab dinner before you head to Penn Meadows Park. There will be several food trucks on site.

Fire Baton

Fire Baton Performance

February 2 @ 4:30 pm - 4:45 pm
Penn Meadows Park

It wouldn't be Fire & Ice Friday without fire! Settle in for an amazing fire baton performance from the Ambition Baton Twirling and Dance team. Ambition is a group that prides themselves on hard work, building self-confidence, and number one goal of…

Iowa Birds of Prey

Iowa Birds of Prey

February 2 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Penn Meadows Park

Join the facilitators of the Iowa Raptor Project for a one hour live presentation in Penn Meadows Park. During this Iowa Birds of Prey program you'll have the opportunity to learn about these magnificent animals and even have the chance…

Community Bonfire

Community bonfire

February 2 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park

Escape the cold and gather around as a community. Join us for a special community bonfire. Come and go as you please throughout the evening. S'mores provided!

Learn to Curl

Learn to Curl

February 2 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park

This is the perfect opportunity for those who have never tried the sport of curling! Learn to curl from the Cedar Rapids Curling Club on the outdoor ice rink in Penn Meadows Park during Fire & Ice Friday on February…

Tug of War Kids

Tug of War (under 14 years)

February 2 @ 6:00 pm - 6:15 pm
Penn Meadows Park

Give the kids a chance to represent your side of town in an old fashioned tug-of-war take down. Residents west of Ranshaw Way will be on one side, residents who live on the east side will be on the other. So…

Fireworks Viewing Party

Fireworks Viewing on the Patio

February 2 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Red’s Alehouse

Freeze with your friends, warm up with a tasty beverage and enjoy the Beat the Bitter fireworks set to go off at 7 p.m. in Penn Meadows Park from the Reds Alehouse patio. Registration required and must be 21 or…

Tug of War Adult

Tug of War (14 years +)

February 2 @ 6:15 pm - 6:30 pm
Penn Meadows Park

Grab your friends and come defend your side of town in an old fashioned tug-of-war take down. Residents west of Ranshaw Way will be on one side, residents who live on the east side will be on the other. So come face the…

Fire Baton

Fire Baton Performance

February 2 @ 6:30 pm - 6:45 pm
Penn Meadows Park

It wouldn't be Fire & Ice Friday without fire! Settle in for an amazing fire baton performance from the Ambition Baton Twirling and Dance team. Ambition is a group that prides themselves on hard work, building self-confidence, and number one goal…

Fireworks

Fireworks

February 2 @ 7:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Penn Meadows Park

Celebrate all that winter has to offer with our 15 minute firework show! Fireworks will be set off from the center of the north ball diamonds.

Obstacle Run

5K-ish Obstacle Run

February 3 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park

The 5K-ish Obstacle Run is a fun run with over a dozen obstacles! Runners will complete the course around the tundra of Penn Meadows Park, executing the obstacle challenges on loops one and three and only running on the second loop.…

Curling Tournament

Curling Tournament

February 3 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Penn Meadows Park

Join Cedar Rapids Curling in Penn Meadows Park for a rare opportunity to compete in a curling bonspiel (tournament) on an outdoor rink! Here is your opportunity to embrace the fun of being on the ice and beat your winter blues…

Kids Playground

Kids Playground

February 3 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park

Let kids be kids on a winter and kid friendly playground in Penn Meadows Park. Simply a recreational opportunity for kids to use all their muscles in a fun way! Kids just want to play, so various activity points will…

Mommy and Me Class

Mommy & Me Dance Class

February 3 @ 9:00 am - 9:30 am
Debut Dance Studio

Parents and little ones share their first dance experience together during this fun-filled 30 minute dance class. Be ready to hop, skip, jump and wiggle with your dancer! Perfect for ages 18 months to 2.5 years. Participation is free but…

Frozen & Friends Dance Class

Frozen & Friends Ballet Class

February 3 @ 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Debut Dance Studio

Dance along to your favorite songs from Disney's Frozen during this 30 minute ballet class. Perfect for ages 3-5 years! Participation is free but pre-registration required. Reserve your spot online here. Questions? Contact Debut Dance Studio at 319-626-3390.

Bags Tournament

Freeze Your Bags Off

February 3 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park

Organized by the North Liberty Recreation Center, join us in Penn Meadows Park Tundra on Feb. 3 at 10 a.m. for a Freeze Your Bags Off cornhole tournament! Let’s see if you can beat the weather and the competition! Register through the…

Snowmobile Rides

Snowmobile Rides

February 3 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park

Have you ever wanted to feel the wind in your face while riding a snowmobile? This year we're giving you that chance. Weather pending, join the Iowa Snowdrifters for supervised rides around the tundra of Penn Meadows Park. There is no…

Food trucks

Food Trucks

February 3 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park

Even the best athletes get hungry. We've got you, and your stomach, covered.  

Hip Hop Dance Class

Hip Hop Party Dance Class

February 3 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Debut Dance Studio

It may be cold outside, but these hip hop moves are HOT! This 30 minute introductory hip hop class is perfect for elementary students ages K-6. Participation is free but pre-registration required. Reserve your spot online here. Questions? Contact Debut Dance…

KICK Winter in the Snow BALL

KICK Winter in the Snow BALL

February 3 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park

Put together a team of nine to twelve players and register for the KICK Winter in the Snow BALL tournament taking place on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 in Penn Meadows Park Tundra. Must be 18 years or older to participate. Registration is…

ISU Insect Zoo

ISU Insect Zoo

February 3 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
North Liberty Community Library

Escape the cold inside the library for a warm program full of creepy crawly bugs sure to make you shiver. The Iowa State University Department of Entomology will talk about the insects while walking through the audience with live animals for everyone to see.…

Broomball

Broomball Tournament

February 3 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Penn Meadows Park

If you can swing a stick and hit a ball YOU can play Broomball! Snag one of the limited spots at the bottom of this page. Must be 16 years or older to participate. Registration is broken out into three…

Fat Tire Bike Rides

Fat Tire Bikes

February 3 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park

Our friends at Sugar Bottom Bikes will have a variety of fat tire bikes to ride through their course in Penn Meadows Park between 12-2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3. Riders ages 14 and up can borrow a bike, take…

Ice Skating

Ice Skating

February 3 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park

Take advantage of the Penn Meadows Park 100-foot by 115-foot outdoor ice rink installed on top of the tennis courts! Bring your own skates or check skates out from our Beat the Bitter volunteers at no cost at the entrance…

Fault in our Stars

Teen Movie

February 3 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
North Liberty Community Library

Teens are invited to ditch the cold and gather at the library to watch The Fault in Our Stars. Questions? Please contact the North Liberty Community Library at 319-626-5701.

Big Picture Studio

Creative Spirits – a Winter Sip & Paint!

February 3 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Big Picture Gallery & Studio

Get together with friends and neighbors and paint away your winter blues! We will be painting a beautiful snowy scene while enjoying hot chocolate or hot cider with optional spirits - Spiced Rum for cider and Irish Cream and Kahlua…

Chili Supper

Boy Scout Troop 216 Chili Supper

February 3 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
North Liberty Community Center

North Liberty Boy Scout Troop 216 is pleased to present their 37th annual Chili Supper, being held from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. on February 3rd. The Chili Supper is the troop's primary fundraiser for the year, with funds going to…

Daddy Daughter Prom

Daddy Daughter Prom

February 3 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Garner Elementary

Dads, create memories that your daughter will forever cherish! Join Debut Dancing Studio for dinner and dancing at Debut's Daddy Daughter Prom on Saturday, February 3rd, at Garner Elementary. Festivities kick off with a Grand March at 5:00 p.m.–moms, bring your…

Snuggie Bar Crawl

Snuggie Bar Crawl

February 3 @ 7:00 pm - 12:00 am
North Liberty, IA

Back by popular demand after a sell-out inaugural event in 2017, JCI Johnson County and Beat the Bitter have teamed up with BeerBurger, Rocky O'Brien's, J&A Tap, Reds Alehouse, Adelita's Mexican Grill, and Tin Roost to make your comfy, night-out-on-the-town dream a…

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