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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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…

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…

Snorkeling with DiVentures


January 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
North Liberty Aquatics Center

Dreaming of the Beach? Come take a Snorkeling Class with DiVentures at the North Liberty Aquatic Center. Snorkeling is quickly becoming one of the largest water sports in resort areas. It is an easy activity for the whole family and…

Reds Beer Dinner

Beer Dinner

January 29 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Reds Alehouse

Join Reds Alehouse on Monday, January 29th for an evening full of good food and drink to beat away the winter blues! Chef Abe and team will prepare a 6-course meal carefully paired with some of their favorite brews to…

Yelp at Tin Roost

Yelp’s Night In at Tin Roost

January 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Tin Roost

Cold weather got you down? Yelp is here to help you ‘Beat the Bitter’ with a party that’s designed to get us all out of the house for a night to eat, drink, and socialize at Tin Roost! During this…

Beat the Bitter with Dinos

Beat the Bitter with Dinos

January 31 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
North Liberty Community Library

Join the North Liberty Community Library for a special dino storytime followed by a prehistoric themed activity with Playologists from the Iowa Children's Museum. Registration required via Eventbrite at

Cafe Muse

Coffee Tasting

February 1 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Café Muse

Enjoy a curated coffee experience at Café Muse. Come explore a selection of single origin roasts from two of the most acclaimed roasters, Intelligentsia and Madcap. This event will feature demonstration and in-depth explanation of the pour-over process, countries of…

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…

Fireworks Viewing Party

Fireworks Viewing on the Patio

February 2 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Reds 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…

Obstacle Run

5K-ish Obstacle Run

February 3 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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…

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…

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 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…

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…

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 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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