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 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.

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!

Wood Carver

Wood Carving

February 2 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Penn Meadows Park

Watch master carver Clink Henik of Carve R Way turn a block of wood into the Beat the Bitter logo.

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…

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.

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