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Ice Skating

Ice Skating

January 27 - February 1

Take advantage of the Penn Meadows Park 100-foot by 100-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 is open to all ages for free public skating from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily during the season (December-March) as long as weather conditions are agreeable. The rink lights will be on from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily. Enter using the southeast corner gate…

We Run Scavenger Hunt

One-Mile Treadmill Run/Walk/Crawl

January 27 - February 2

Join in the Beat the Bitter fun and get active. To compete, runners/walkers/crawlers just need clean shoes, to jump up on the We Run treadmill during the festival and complete one mile. Names will go into a daily drawing for a cool We Run prize. One grand prize winner at the end of the week will be drawn for a free pair of shoes! All winners will be announced on the We Run Facebook page. Stop by during regular hours,…

Wintry Warm UP

January 27 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

We’re taking winter fun to the sky with awe-inspiring mega kites to kick off the fourth year of Beat the Bitter! Join us in Centennial Park, 1565 St. Andrews Drive, for an afternoon of free family fun from 12 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. Great American Kites & Events will launch some two dozen giant character kites—including the world’s largest windsock, towering up to three stories high and stretching 200 feet long—above the park’s frozen 40 acres for…

Board Games

Games of the Norse

January 27 @ 12:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Come play Norse-inspired games Champions of Midgard, Raiders of the North Sea, Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries or Isle of Sky, and join a local community of gamers. These and hundreds of other games are available to play for free from Geek City's demo library. Or bring in your favorite game and show it to others.

Freezin’ for a Reason Polar Plunge

January 27 @ 2:00 pm

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. 27, at 2 p.m. The plunge will take place during the Wintry Warm UP festivities. Organized by the North Liberty Police Department, the Freezin’ for a Reason Polar Jump will raise funds to provide support and training for the NLPD's K-9, Falco. Falco will also be onsite during the polar jump for a…

Sip & Ceramics: Snowflake Platter

January 27 @ 3:00 pm

Make a beautiful ceramic snowflake platter while enjoying hot chocolate, spirits and light refreshments. Tickets, including drinks, materials and instruction, are $35.  Register

Pizza making with Gennaro

January 27 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

An event for the entire family! Neapolitan pizza chef Gennaro Rusciano will teach youngsters (5 years and older) the process of making the perfect pizza while the accompanying adult relaxes with a beverage (wine, beer or soda) and appetizers.  After the children make the dough, put on the toppings and cook the pizza, they will serve the adults, dig in to the custom pizzas and enjoy a delicious dessert together. Space is limited and registration is required. The cost for…

Live Music by Cole Thomas

January 27 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Enjoy your Sunday afternoon listening to the talented Cole Thomas! Celebrate Beat the Bitter week at Cafe Muse. Open to public.

Talk Tech & Sip Joe

January 28 @ 10:00 am

Join us for a special social and technology help hour. We’ll kick off this week of Beat the Bitter with staff on hand to help you navigate or set up your devices: e-readers, tablets, smart phones, etc. There will be extra breakfast goodies and coffee.

Reds Luau

January 28 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join Reds Alehouse for an Luau including food and drink to beat away the winter blues.  Chef Abe is putting together a delicious buffet style menu featuring a whole roasted hog and traditional Hawaiian dishes. Combine the mouthwatering food with perfectly paired tropical inspirited beer and cocktails for a fantastic trip, without ever having to leave North Liberty.  Your $35 ticket will include buffet, a specialty punch cocktail, two beer pairing, games and activities. Attendees will also have access to have…

Community Connections through Conversation

January 28 @ 6:30 pm

Join NLPD Officer Scott Sammons and librarian Erin Silva to discuss safety in our community. Kids will have their own session on safety with a police officer and an opportunity to meet Falco the police service dog, if he’s not called away to duty.

Coffee Talk

January 29 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Come in and chat with our baristas. Talk espresso, milk steaming, pour over, tea, weather... anything goes. Celebrate Beat the Bitter week at Cafe Muse.

Skate-in Movie: Mighty Ducks

January 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

FilmScene brings their theater out onto our ice with the family-friendly classic, Mighty Ducks. Bring your skates (or a chair and a blanket) for this free skate-in movie. If they do this in Minnesota, we can do it here. Quack quack quack!

Fearless Pickleball Fun

January 29 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Adults are invited to learn how to play one of the fastest growing sports in the world: pickleball, a mini version of tennis played on a smaller court with a wiffle-type ball and a paddle. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. There are indoor and outdoor opportunities to play throughout the year, making it great for active adults 55 and older.…

Winter Storytime with the Iowa Children’s Museum

January 30 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Come Beat the Bitter at the North Liberty Community Library with our Winter-themed Storytime! The Iowa Children’s Museum will join us for this special winter storytime; our regularly scheduled storytime will be followed by a special activity provided by the ICM Playologists.

Kidz Hip Hop Heat

January 30 @ 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm

Drop it like its hot with some fresh new dance moves to beat this winter's cold. At All The Way Up Studio, Iowa's first and only hip hop and breakdance studio, you will learn how to stay warm in a fun, funky way featuring classic and new party hits. Beginners are welcome! Join us for a night full of chilling surprises and dance the frost away. We can't wait to vibe out with you and the North Liberty community! This event is…

Cork & Canvas Winter Scenes

January 30 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for adult art painting with a work called Fire & Ice, at Cafe Muse with Cork N Canvas. No experience necessary, just a thirst for creativity and the passion for a good time. Class lasts two to three hours. All supplies (16" × 20" canvas, paints, brushes and apron) are provided. and drink available at additional cost, please no outside food or beverage. Classes are for adults 18 and older. +, please only one painter per ticket. Register

777: 7 Marathons in 7 Days on 7 Continents

January 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

In 2018, Debra Carneol of North Liberty ran a marathon in Antarctica. Then, over the next six days, she ran six more, each on a different continent. She'll talk about her journey and overcoming the hurdles, preparing and then running 183.4 miles in a week. The presentation will be followed by a Q and A. Drinks and appetizers will be available, courtesy of our hosts at Keystone Place at Forevergreen.

Hip Hop Heat

January 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Drop it like its hot with some fresh new dance moves to beat this winter's cold. At All The Way Up Studio, Iowa's first and only hip hop and breakdance studio, you will learn how to stay warm in a fun, funky way featuring classic and new party hits. Beginners are welcome! Join us for a night full of chilling surprises and dance the frost away. We can't wait to vibe out with you and the North Liberty community! This event is…

A Winter Comedy Roast at Roost

January 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

It's about to get toasty in here...Tin Roost is hosting our very first comedy night. Brace yourself as comedian Carl Giannetto brings the heat with some jokes and good old fashioned roasting.  Carl Giannetto is a comedian and a person. He started doing stand-up comedy at age 14 during the intermission of his eighth-grade school play. However, he’s come a long way since then, like for instance, he’s older than that now. Carl was the first person to perform at Jokers Club in…


January 31 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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 is a perfect introduction to a whole new environment of the underwater world. You will learn proper fit and use of the snorkeling system and the fundamentals of snorkeling from a certified instructor so you can be more comfortable and…

First Friday Coffee Connections

February 1 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am

An hour of energetic networking before you head off for the daily grind. All are welcome. First Friday Coffee Connections is hosted in North Liberty by the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce the first Friday of each month. On Feb. 1, the event will be held at the office of Christa Payne - Country Financial at 655 Liberty Way, Ste 6. Join the Facebook event.

Polar Bear Painting

February 1 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Join us for a special winter crafting, come Beat the Bitter by painting Polar Bears with bubble wrap.

Angkor Wat Travelogue

February 1 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Head to the steamy jungles of Cambodia for a reprieve from the Iowa cold. After the Senior Dining meal, resident adventurer Jeff Milton will give a presentation on his travels to the temples of Angkor Wat. This event is part of Senior Dining, a weekly lunch open to residents of North Liberty and surrounding area aged 55 and over. Register between Monday, Jan. 28 and noon on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, by calling the recreation department at (319) 626-5716. Cost…

Fire & Ice Friday

February 1 @ 3:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Fire & Ice Friday presented by GEICO is free family night at Beat the Bitter and it’s all about the fire and the ice. Take the kids straight to Penn Meadows Park after school for horse-drawn carriage rides, ice carving, fire performances, ice skating, and more starting at 3 p.m. New for 2019, a large heated tent will provide little hands and feet the chance to warm up while taking part in crafts and activities. Bundle up and bring along…

Fireworks Viewing Party

Toasty Trivia & Fireworks

February 1 @ 6:30 pm

Get in on the fun! We’ll be hosting a night of trivia around Reds Alehouse's outdoor fire pit and torches before the fireworks. Tickets for prime seating, a specialty drink and trivia are $5 each. After the fireworks, take your ticket inside and warm up where your Toasty Trivia ticket will get you 50 percent off your entrée. Registration required and must be 21 or older with a valid photo ID to attend. Additional food and beverage purchases are at…

Igloo Jam

February 1 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

On February 1, the best bar in town will be in Penn Meadows Park. New to Beat the Bitter, the Igloo Jam presented by UICCU is a concert experience like no other. After the family fun of Fire & Ice’s annual fireworks display, the 40′ x 80′ heated tent will transform into a winter concert venue for 21+ only. You won’t want to miss this high energy evening with Pop ROCKS! The Minnesota-based party band plays today’s hottest top 40…

Burrrrito Breakfast

February 2 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

At its core, Beat the Bitter is about bringing folks together on the bleakest days of the year. What better way to do that than a community breakfast! The North Liberty Lions Club will be serving up breakfast burrrritos from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Saturday, February 2, in Penn Meadows Park. Don’t worry, you won’t have to freeze to take part. The event will take place under a large heated tent. $6 at the door will get you…

Freeze Your Bags Off

February 2 @ 9:00 am

Join us in Penn Meadows Tundra on Feb. 2 at 9 a.m. for a Freeze Your Bags Off cornhole tournament! Let’s see if you can beat the weather and the competition!  We will be using a double elimination tournament style format incorporating all regular American Cornhold League (ACL) rules (view the rules here). Entry is only $30/team and the first place team will take home Beat the Bitter champion medals.  Beer will be available for purchase during the event.  Register…

5K-ish Obstacle Run

February 2 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

The 5K-ish Obstacle Run presented by Scheels is a fun run with obstacles! Runners will complete the course around the tundra of Penn Meadows Park, executing nearly a dozen obstacle challenges on loops one and three and only running on the second loop. This run isn’t officially timed, but it does promise to be a good time. All participants will earn a medal at the finish line.  New this year, stick around after the run for a cold beverage under…

Curling Tournament

February 2 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

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 by signing up a team of 4 to compete to be the champion of the rink! The game is played wearing warm footwear, not skates, and Cedar Rapids Curling provides all equipment. Be sure to join us for this unique…

Broomball Tournament

February 2 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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 two time slots and everyone signs up individually. Please only register for one slot. This is the perfect activity if you are looking to meet new people, because you don’t need a team to sign up. If you do have a…

KICK Winter in the SnowBALL

February 2 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Put together a team of nine to twelve players and register for the KICK Winter in the SnowBALL tournament taking place on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 in Penn Meadows Park. Must be 18 years or older to participate. Registration is $100 per team. Tournaments consists of round-robin play, with the best record in each pool advancing to championship play. Each player on the winning team earn a Beat the Bitter KICK Winter in the Snow BALL champion medal. To determine the…

Fat Tire Bikes

February 2 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Our friends at Sugar Bottom Bikes, will lead a 20-mile group ride starting at Sugar Bottom Bikes, through North Liberty (and Coralville's Woodpecker Single Track). All bikes are welcome, but the route does have some off-road single track, dirt road, paved trails and streets, and fat-tires are recommended. Upon return to the shop, stick around for free drinks and snacks. Participation is free, no pre-registration required.

Cookie & Cocoa Party

February 2 @ 1:30 pm

Forget tea and join us for our Cookie & Cocoa Party. Vanilla Beans and Daydreams is providing delicious cookies for kids to decorate, there will be stories, hot cocoa and no winter party is complete without a fluffy snowball fight. Registration required and limited. Register via Eventbrite.

Ice Skating

Ice Skating

February 2 @ 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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 the Recreation Center for free.  RINK HOURS On Saturday, Feb. 2, Beat the Bitter is hosting a Curling Tournament and Broomball Tournament on Penn Meadows Ice Rink. This will effect open skate hours. Instead of the seasonal 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. hours, open skating will only be available from 2 p.m.…

Chili Supper

Chili Supper

February 2 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The annual Chili Supper — a nearly 40-year tradition — is North Liberty Boy Scout Troop 216's primary fundraiser for the year, with funds going to provide scouts with experiences that they will learn from and look back on throughout their life. The supper includes all the homemade meat or veggie chili you care to eat, toppings, bread, drinks, and homemade desserts, featuring Dutch oven cobblers fixed on site. Tickets are only $5, with children under 5 free, and will…

Daddy/Daughter Prom

February 2 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Dads, it's time to dust off your dancing shoes and boogie on down with your daughter at the Daddy Daughter Prom hosted by Debut Dance. Join us Saturday, Feb. 2 at Garner Elementary. The festivities kick off at 5:30 p.m. with dinner, followed by an evening of fun and, of course, dancing! Prom tickets may be purchased online at debutdancestudio.com for $21.90 per person, including fees. Questions? Contact Debut Dance Studio at 319-626-3390. Register              …

Murder Mystery

February 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The star actor, Austin Jane, has been murdered in the library! The prime suspects are his fellow actors, but who could it be? Join fellow teens for food, hot chocolate, and fun and see if you can solve the mystery for yourself.

Snuggie Bar Crawl

Snuggie Crawl

February 2 @ 7:00 pm - 12:00 am

ATTENTION TICKET HOLDERS: Snuggie pickup is Jan. 23 & 24 at the North Liberty Community Library. Details have been emailed to the ticket purchaser.  Back by popular demand (seriously, this event sold out in four days last year), JCI Johnson County and Beat the Bitter are teaming up with North Liberty bars and restaurants to make your comfy, night-out-on-the-town dream a reality! North Liberty is going to be crawling with 350 snugglers wearing the-as-seen-on-TV hit of the 2000s, and it’s…

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