January 27 – February 2, 2019

Forget hibernating and embrace winter with the passion of a Norseman. 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, January 27 through February 2, 2019, for fun on the bleakest days of the year.

Kick off Beat the Bitter week at Wintry Warm UP on Sunday, January 27, in Centennial Park. Details on this new, free family-friendly event for Beat the Bitter will be announced in December.

Local businesses have joined the fun 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 absolutely no excuse to be on the couch.

On Friday, February 1, Penn Meadows Park will transform into Fire & Ice Friday‘s free afternoon and evening of ice skating, horse-drawn carriage rides, a community bonfire, and live performances. After the annual fireworks display caps the family fun, get ready for a concert like no other! The Igloo Jam presented by UICCU debuts this year in a heated tent in the center of Penn Meadows Park. Tickets to this concert will sell fast do don’t freeze when registration opens in November!

Beat the Bitter’s Winter Games is back on Sunday, February 2. Who will defend their championship title? We can’t wait to find out. Saturday’s Winter Games includes the 5K-ish Obstacle Run, KICK winter in the snow BALL tournament, and broomball and kickball tournaments. Spectators are welcome too. The Breakfast Brrrito fundraiser is the perfect spot to grab a bite to eat, support your local Lions Club, and post inside a heated tent in between games.

And lastly, hundreds of residents and visitors will don the sleeved blankets made popular in the early 2000’s for the Snuggie Crawl presented by JCI Johnson County on Saturday night. You won’t want to miss the night designed for a comfy night on the town with friends and neighbors.

Whoa. What a week. See ya then.