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.

All events subject to change pending weather.

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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…

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…

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…

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.

Photo Booth

Photo Booth

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

Capture the fun of Fire & Ice Friday with a photo at the GEICO photo booth. A special guest will also be available for a meet-and-greet!

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…

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…

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.

Photo Booth

Photo Booth

February 3 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Penn Meadows Park

Get a picture before or after you take on the challenge of the 5K-ish Obstacle Run and our other winter activities at the GEICO photo booth. A special guest will also be around for a meet-and-greet!

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…

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.  

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…

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…

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…

Snuggie 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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