2016 Event Schedule


*2016 BP World Ice Art Championships*

February 29 - March 27 - 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily


Ice Park offers the best in family entertainment!

Ice Alaska is in its 27th year hosting the finest annual ice art competitions and exhibitions in the Western World. The Fairbanks event, the BP World Ice Art Championships, has grown to a month long attraction involving over 70 teams from all over the world. The competitions, and the accompanying kids park, attract more than 100 ice artists and approximately 45,000 visitors from Alaska and all over the world.

We are excited to be in our 4th year at our new location. The new Ice Park has a larger, deeper pond - O'Grady Pond Too - that produces abundant world class ice.  The Single Block sculptures are nestled in a grove of trees and Multi-Block ice sculptures have a back drop of large trees with attractive sunscreens separating each piece. The center of the park provides ample open space for all the Kids Park activities which are highlighted by the big slides and an ice skating rink.

Map to Ice Park, Fairbanks, Alaska USA

Admission Prices to Ice Park.


Kids Park -- February 29 - March 27

The Kids Park is open on Monday, February 23; the first day the park opens, until the gates are closed for the final time on March 29.This magical Kids Park is like any children's playground, ONLY it is constructed entirely from ICE. There are slides and rides for all ages, challenging mazes, and life-sized sculptures of favorite animals, popular characters and toys to touch and climb on.




Single Block
Feb. 2- Mar. 2




Single Block Awards
Thursday,Mar. 03
at 8 p.m. 

The Single Block Classic World Ice Art Championships
Two sculpture competitions begin at 9 a.m. on Monday, February 29 and end 60 hours later on Wednesday, March 2 at 9 p.m. Teams are composed of one to two members.  Each team is given one block of ice measuring 5' x 8' x 3'. Once the ice block is positioned, the sculptors do not receive any assistance from heavy equipment to resposition the huge block. They can, however, get help moving the ice from other teams. Most work long hours, even around the clock, to complete their sculpture on time. The resulting pieces are spectacular, some over 25' tall.

The finished pieces are then judged under white lights on Wednesday night. The public flocks to see the finished pieces under colored lights beginning Thursday, March 03.



Mar. 05 - Mar. 10





Multi-Block Awards
Friday, Mar. 11

at 8 p.m.

The Multi-Block Classic World Ice Art Championships begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 05, and end at 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, or 132 hours later. Teams are composed of two to four sculptors that often work round the clock to complete their massive piece. Each team is given 10 blocks of ice. Each block measures approximately 4' x 6' x 3'. Artists receive the aid of heavy equipment and skilled operators to lift and position the ice.

The public is invited to watch the artists and to hold its breath as the sculpture pieces are lifted and stacked into place. The sculptures created sometimes attain heights of more than 25 feet. Thursday night, the sculptures are judged under white lights. An Awards Ceremony on Friday, March 11 at 8 p.m., honors the finished pieces and recognizes winning artists. Awards of cash prizes are given from 1st - 10th Place. Other awards include: Artists choice award, voted on by the artists; and Governors Award, voted on by the Ice Alaska Volunteers. A Peoples Choice Award is presented after the Ice Park closes and the thousands of votes are tallied in April.

The natural refrigeration and shade from the trees and sun screens maintain the sculptures through the end of March, but the prime viewing is as soon after they are completed on March 6th as possible. They, too, will be bathed in colored lights.



Amateur Open Exhibition
Mar. 01 -
Mar. 04

Awards Saturday, Mar. 05 at 8:00 p.m.


The Amateur Open Exhibition
is an opportunity for artists to try out some ideas on a block of ice without the stress of competition. Contestants can register and sculpt on a flexible schedule. Teams usually consist of one to two sculptors. Participants under 16 years of age must have parental permission and be accompanied by an adult while they are working.

The finished sculptures are illuminated with colored lights for the public to view. Amateur Open teams will be recognized Saturday evening, March 05 at 8:00 p.m.   

Youth Classic
Mar. 15 - Mar. 18

Saturday, Mar. 19 
at 8 p.m.

Youth Classic is for students enrolled up through age 18. Teams are provided one ice block, 3’ x 5 ’x 4’. The block weighs approximately 3,600 lbs. Once the ice block is placed, the sculpting team may not use motorized equipment to move the block. Experienced artists are on hand to answer questions and offer technical assistance allowed within the competition guidelines.

Awards consisting of gift certificates are given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

View the finished sculptures through March 27, 2016