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Frozen Assets Festival

Frozen Assets Week

Begins on January 28, 5:00 pm

Ends on February 5, 2:00 pm

The Edgewater

Join Clean Lakes Alliance and The Edgewater for a week full of fun during Frozen Assets, Saturday, January 28th through Sunday, February 5th at The Edgewater. Each year, this FUNraiser, FRIENDraiser, and FUNDraiser highlights the year-round value of our lakes, while raising money to protect our waters through lake improvement projects, educational programming, and our volunteer water quality monitoring program. There are many ways to support the lakes throughout the week, with nine days of unique experiences sure to connect you with our number one community asset—the lakes. 

If you can’t attend an event, donate through Venmo or find a cause on cleanlakesalliance.org that speaks to your personal interests – whether it be volunteering or supporting initiatives in agriculture, shoreline health, and so much more.

Saturday 1/28, 5-9 p.m.
Chill out with us on the Grand Plaza and Ice Rink for Night ICE 2023, an outdoor party featuring Milwaukee Bucks official DJ and Producer, DJ Shawna, live in the booth overlooking Lake Mendota from 7-9 p.m. Her talent has been heard as the NCAA Women’s Final Four Official DJ, the NBA All-Star Game, and the 2020 Official DJ for the Ryder Cup. She’s also opened for major acts such as Lizzo, Ani DiFranco, Shaq (AKA DJ Diesel), and Jonas Blue to name a few.

You won’t want to miss the sights and sounds of Night ICE, kicking off the festival week. Events kick off with opening DJ’s at 5 p.m.  Warm up with a hot drink or cool down with a spin around the rink…you’re sure to have a “nICE” night!

If you’d rather start out your night inside, support the lakes and reserve tickets for dinner at The Statehouse, which will feature a three-course prix-fixe menu (menu below). Tickets are $150 with 50% of all ticket sales going to Clean Lakes Alliance.

1st Course
Organic kale & roasted apple salad, pomegranate, spiced pecans, cider vinaigrette
Or
Tomato basil bisque, miniature Wisconsin cheddar grilled cheese

Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs

2nd Course
Petite cut prime rib au jus, truffled mashed potato, brussels sprouts
Or
Butternut squash ravioli, braised Swiss chard, parmesan broth, grated SarVecchio

Cambria Katherine’s Vineyard Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley, California or Ravel & Stitch Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Coast, California

3rd Course
Warm chocolate cake, hazelnut gelato, dark chocolate sauce, hazelnut praline

Winter Warmer Cocktail

Sunday 1/29
It’s time for a Sunday Funday! Enjoy brunch from The Statehouse or join the watch party for NFL Championship games in the Boathouse.

Monday 1/30
Live Sculpting from Art Below Zero, starting at 3 p.m.

Head over to the Grand Plaza for the inaugural Ice Block delivery at 3pm — each sculpture will weigh more than 1,000 pounds! These massive slabs will be the home to live sculpture carvings for the week, showcasing ice carvers from Art Below Zero. 

Frozen Skate at the Ice Rink, 5-7 p.m.
Do you want to build a snowman? Join us for a “Frozen” Skate at The Edgewater, with special guests Elsa and Anna and a few of their friends! Stop in the Icehouse for some “Frozen” treats including snow cones (adult versions too!) and more. Warm up with sip of hot cocoa and munch on our Snowman snack mix.

Women in Water & Sustainability in the Grand Ballroom 4-6 p.m.
Join Clean Lakes Alliance and TEMPO Madison to learn from women leading water and sustainability efforts in Wisconsin. This Clean Lakes 101 event will feature a panel discussion with Jane Elder, former Executive Director of the Wisconsin Academy; Dana Hatch, Research Manager at Virent; and Laura Hicklin, Director of the Dane County Land & Water Resources Department. Women in Water & Sustainability will be emceed by WKOW’s Meteorologist Alexis Clemons. Registration is FREE – all registered attendees will receive a complimentary beverage and parking at The Edgewater. 

Tuesday 1/31
Live Sculpting from Art Below Zero, starting at 4 p.m.

Tropical Tuesday, 5-9 p.m.
Our Tropical Tuesday skate will have you on island time! Grab a lei and feel the cool Lake Mendota breeze as you jam to Jimmy Buffet around the rink.

Warm up with our Lakeside Luau with the Downtowners in The Boathouse with some of our summer favorites including The Boathouse Margarita and the Mendota Colada. 

Wednesday 2/1
Frozen Assets Discussion: Connecting Downtown to the Lake Monona Waterfront
Downtown Madison Inc, 8 – 9 a.m.
Downtown Madison Inc. starts the day discussing the redevelopment of the John Nolen waterfront. Register HERE

Frozen Assets 5K Run/Walk Packet Pick-up, 3-7 p.m.
Beat the rush on race day and pick up your packet early on 5th floor of The Edgewater (immediately off entrance from parking garage).   

Live Sculpting from Art Below Zero, starting at 4 p.m.

Youth Hockey Skate, 5-9 p.m.
Wear your youth hockey jersey and skate for free as we celebrate National Girls & Women in Sports Day. Don’t miss the opportunity to skate with UW Badger Women’s Hockey team alumni! Head over to The Boathouse to watch the UW Badger Women’s Basketball team take on Ohio State.

Thursday 2/2
Live Sculpting from Art Below Zero, starting at 4 p.m.

Frozen Night Out, 4-7 p.m.
You’ll have s’more fun at our Frozen Night Out, sponsored by the Greater Madison Area Chamber of Commerce. Warm up around the firepit with a hot toddy or get creative at the s’mores station. 

Purchase a $10 ticket, or 3 for $20 to play indoor games and win prizes. Outdoors a $10 ticket will give you a guess as to how many pennies are frozen in a block of ice. Closest guess wins the pennies! Ticket proceeds benefit Clean Lakes Alliance.

Frozen Assets Pond Hockey, 4-8 p.m.
NEW! Join us for the first annual Frozen Assets Pond Hockey on rinks built right on frozen Lake Mendota! Come early for a stop at The Boathouse for a brew from the beer garden and then gather round the rinks. Teams will play through 8 p.m., with the finals on Friday, 2/3.

Friday 2/3
Friday Night Brewgrass Concert, 6-8 p.m.

Surprise! We’ve planned a pop-up Winter Friday Night Brewgrass concert. Summer concert goers wear their favorite flannel and get ready for Friday Fish Fry from the Icehouse at 5 p.m., music at 6 p.m. – and don’t forget your favorite brews on tap.

Kites on Mendota – Night Fly, Dusk
For the first time, large show kites will dot the sky over Lake Mendota at night! These LED-lit kites will fly high in the air for a unique nighttime display

Ice Sculpture Display Lighting, 6 p.m.
After a week of work, we’ll have the sculptures finished and ready to light for the night!

Clean Lakes Pond Hockey, 5–8 p.m.
The winners of Thursday night’s games will square off for the championship

Saturday 2/4 
Frozen Assets 5K Run/Walk Packet Pickup, 8 – 9:30 a.m.

Beat the rush on race day and pick up your packet early on 5th floor of The Edgewater (immediately off entrance from parking garage).   

Frozen Assets Festival & 5K Run/Walk, 10 a.m. 
The Frozen Assets 5K Run/Walk is the ONLY event of its kind in North America that takes place entirely on a frozen lake! Take a break from the hilly pavement and bring your stride to the ice. In this 5K event, participants will run or walk across the ice on iconic Lake Mendota while enjoying beautiful views of downtown Madison and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Campus. 

Frozen Assets Festival, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 
Experience walking out on a frozen lake and enjoying the views of kites flying and skydivers landing on the lake! Check out the legendary 39-foot, 1948, wooden ice racing boat, the “Mary B.” Enjoy family-friendly activities on the ice and Grand Plaza: speed & figure skating demonstrations, free skating and skate rental at the rink, Bucky Badger appearance, snowshoeing, and pond hockey with or without skates. Learn about the science of ice and frozen lakes at our science stations led by UW Discovery Center, UW Sea Grant, and UW Center for Limnology.

Inside, stop by The Boathouse for a breakfast sammie and coffee while you cheer on your runner (bloody marys too!), or sit in The Statehouse for brunch. Find free hot chocolate where food is served.

Inside the Grand Ballroom check out Mad Science demonstrations featuring Spin, Pop, Boom and Fire & Ice, as well as a showing of Sacred Planet. Learn about how to support the Madison area lakes.

Don’t miss free face painting and glitter art as well!

Kites on Mendota – Night Fly, dusk
The lit LED kites will take to the air for a second night in a row. 

Sunday, 2/5
Kites on Mendota, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The show in the air continues for a third and final day high above The Edgewater on Lake Mendota.