Jan 27-Feb 2, 2019

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 in the tundra of North Liberty, Iowa, for fun on the bleakest days of the year.

Sunday, January 27 – Wintry Warm UP
Friday, February 1 – Fire & Ice Friday
Friday, February 1 – Igloo Jam
Saturday, February 2 – Winter Games
Saturday, February 2 – Snuggie Crawl
All week – Affiliated Events

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Winter Games

Beat the Bitter’s Winter Games presented by Scheels is back on Saturday, February 2. Who will defend their championship title? We can’t wait to find out. Saturday’s Winter Games include the 5K-ish Obstacle Run, KICK Winter in the Snow BALL tournament, Freeze Your Bags Off, and broomball, curling and kickball tournaments.

Spectators are encouraged to cheer on participants. The community Burrrrito Breakfast is the perfect spot to grab a bite to eat and support your local Lions Club inside a heated tent between games.

Good Cheer

As always, we’ve reserved some of the fun just for adults.

Hundreds of residents and visitors will don the sleeved blankets made popular in the early 2000’s for the 3rd annual Snuggie Crawl presented by JCI Johnson County on Saturday night. 

And new this year….the Igloo Jam presented by UICCU. You won’t want to miss this winter concert in Penn Meadows Park on Friday night. 

Family Fun

This year we’re kicking off Beat the Bitter week with the Wintry Warm UP presented by Collins Community Credit Union on Sunday, Jan. 27. For this brand-new event, we’ll be launching awe-inspiring mega kites over Centennial Park’s frozen 40 acres. 

And Fire & Ice Friday presented by GEICO will return to  Penn Meadows Park on February 1. Join us for this free afternoon and evening of ice skating, horse-drawn carriage rides, a community bonfire, live performances and fireworks display.

Affiliated Events

Local businesses have joined the fun, too, and have prepared a full list of affiliated events to enjoy every day of the week. A mixture of free and registered activities for all ages are available, giving you no excuse to be on the couch.