The annual WinterFest, organized by the La Porte Park and Recreation Department, returns January 24-26, 2020, with many of the events enjoyed over the past years as well a couple new twists to bring a blast of winter fun to town.

Yoga at the Civic will host a FREE class on Friday, January 24, from 8-9 a.m. in the lower level of the Civic Auditorium (use the door at the end of the ramp on Plain Street).  Donations will graciously be accepted to support the La Porte Park and Recreation Department's Youth Scholarship Program.

The weekend events kick off with Ice Sculpture Demonstrations. The sculptors will be chiseling and picking from 2-5 p.m. Friday, January 24, in downtown La Porte's Plaza 618.  Sponsored by American Licorice Company, La Porte Seamless Gutters, and the City of La Porte.

After viewing the ice sculptures, join us at cozy Cummings Lodge from 6-7:30 p.m. for our Family Game Night!  Leave your electronics at home and  bring your dinner with your favorite game (monopoly, cards, sorry, etc), we will have a toasty fire going to warm you up!  Already have dinner?  We will be supplying popcorn and punch for a snack. 

For creative adults and children alike, Family Ceramics runs from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, January 25, on the lower level of the Civic Auditorium. Participants can paint seasonal gifts such as snowmen, Valentine’s Day boxes and figurines or think ahead with spring items such as Easter eggs. The cost is $6 which includes paints and brushes but not the bisque item for decorating. All children must have a parent or guardian present.
The “Snowball Softball” Adult Coed Tournament returns to Lions Field at 9 a.m. Saturday, January 25, and will be held come snow or more snow. The double-elimination tournament is limited to the first eight teams to register. NSA coed rules apply. Team awards for first, second and third place and individual awards for first place. The cost is $165 per team. The registration deadline will be Thursday, January 16, at 4 p.m. Turn in rosters & waiver forms to the Park Office (250 Pine Lake Avenue).  Snowball Softball Coed Tournament Flyer

Snowball Softball Rules

2020 WinterFest Snowball Softball Coed Tournament Bracket

Breakfast with the Birds, sponsored by the La Porte County Parks, will be held from 9:30-11 a.m. on Saturday, January 25, at Luhr County Park Nature Center (3178 S. 150 W. La Porte). Come and learn about our feathered friends and enjoy breakfast treats while watching our birds grab a bite at the bird-feeding station.  No pre-registration is require. This program is open to all ages but children must be accompanied by an adult.

Wheel Throwing Pottery Demonstration by local artist Alayna Bublitz will take place on Saturday, January 25, from noon-1 p.m. in Ceramics Room of the Civic Auditorium, 1001 Ridge Street (enter through the ramp on Plain Street). The art of wheel throwing is both a therapeutic and expressive way to create pottery. The event will include time for individuals to sit at a wheel and get their hands dirty. Maybe you will hear "Unchained Melody" playing in the background.

Community Snow Angel
event! How many people can we join in one place to make snow angels simultaneously? Let's find out! We will be meeting behind Cummings Lodge at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 25. Tell your neighbors! Bring a friend! Come one, come all! Bring back your childhood memory of playing in the snow!

Let's spread some LOVE!  Come and paint a fun piece of art during WinterFest! This NEW addition to WinterFest will be held on Sunday, January 26, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. inside toasty warm Cummings Lodge. Parties on the Gogh will supply all the needed supplies and step-by-step instructions from Kristi Chadderdon.  Participants need to be 12 years of age and older.  The fee for the class is $35.  Pre-registration is required and may be completed by contacting Kristi at or you may pay with cash or check at the Park Office, 250 Pine Lake Avenue.

Join us for your favorite summer activity, only indoors during winter!  Cornhole Tournament is back by popular demand on Sunday, January 26, with on-site registration and check-in from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium, 1001 Ridge Street.  Pool Play begins at 1 p.m. followed by a Single-Elimination Tournament.  Entry fee is $50 per team or $25 per player. Must be age 21 or older to play in tournament.  Cash or check is only accepted on-site or at the Park Office, 250 Pine Lake Avenue.  Cash Bar/Food available for purchase.  Online registration is available here Presented by American Legion Hamon Gray Post 83

Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides are offered for free from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, January 26, in Soldiers Memorial Park. After a trot through the park, hot chocolate will be available by the fireplace at Cummings Lodge. Sponsored by:
City of La Porte - Mayor's Fund

For more information on WinterFest, call 219-326-9600 weekdays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.  For up-to-the-minute information during WinterFest weekend, follow the La Porte Park and Recreation Department on FaceBook and Instagram.