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Social-ICE returns February 24-25 with ice, bars, and DJs

Release Date: January 26, 2023

Media Contact: Katie Adelman
Rochester Downtown Alliance
Office: 507-216-9886



Social-ICE returns February 24-25 with ice, bars, and DJs

ROCHESTER, Minn.—In less than one month, Social-ICE, downtown Rochester’s iconic ice festival, returns in its true form with ice, themed bars, and DJs February 24-25, 2023.

After being adapted because of COVID-19 in recent years, Social-ICE will once again include ice sculptures, themed bars and cocktails, DJ entertainment, and other winter activities, which are the same features as when it was last hosted in 2020. In 2021, the event was adapted to a passive, walk-through experience with ice sculptures and a downtown restaurant meal promotion. In 2022, Social-ICE was adapted to a light-based event that consisted of themed bars and DJs.

“We are thrilled to be kicking off the 2023 event season with the return of Rochester’s favorite winter event Social-ICE and FAM JAM in its Ice format!,” said Kanika Couchene, Rochester Downtown Alliance director of events and strategic partnerships. “So, bundle up and embrace all the winter has to offer. While out, make sure to explore downtown and support the businesses and restaurants.”

This year, a total of six veteran and newcomer bars/restaurants are uniting under one overall theme of decades for Social-ICE, with each focusing and incorporating iconic elements from their chosen era. Participating downtown restaurants include:

The free family day of the event, Social-ICE FAM JAM, will be from 1 to 4 p.m. on February 25 and presented by Mayo Clinic. Activities during Social-ICE FAM JAM include a outdoor games, s’mores from Kraus-Anderson, and more family-friendly fun.

Hours for Social-ICE are from 4 to 10 p.m. each day February 24-25.

Visit the Social-ICE and FAM JAM event web pages and follow Downtown Rochester, MN on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as more event details are announced.

About the Rochester Downtown Alliance
The Rochester Downtown Alliance is a nonprofit corporation comprised of a broad range of people representing property owners, business leaders, the city and others with a direct stake in enhanced business and economic development conditions in the downtown district. We work together to build a vibrant downtown community. We believe a strong core positively impacts the greater city of Rochester. Through a series of special events, activities, and initiatives, we create energy, excitement, and a unique character to Downtown Rochester, Minnesota.