6th Annual Frost Fest in Brookings | Celebrate the season and embrace the chill as numerous winter activities are sprinkled throughout the Brookings community for the 6th Annual Frost Fest. The Brookings Convention & Visitors Bureau, along with local attractions, businesses, and organizations are planning four full days of winter activities for the 6th Annual Frost Fest. This year’s event will take place Thursday through Sunday, February 13-16, 2020 at various indoor and outdoor locations throughout the Brookings community. Many of the events are offered at no or low cost. Frost Fest is held annually on the third weekend in February and is made possible by the following partners: Brookings Arts Council, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Brookings Farmers Market, Children’s Museum of South Dakota, McCrory Gardens, Brookings Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department, Prairie Striders Running Club, Downtown Brookings, Brookings Cinema 8 Movie Theatre, Midwest Maidens Roller Derby, Brookings County Outdoor Adventure Center, Swiftel Center, Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Plains, Tee’d Off Golf Simulators, and the Brookings Convention & Visitors Bureau. Learn more at https://visitbrookingssd.com/events/6th-annual-frost-fest.
February 15th Frost Fest Activities Include:
Plein Air Paint In // 9 AM – 11 AM // Plein air painting is all about leaving the four walls of your studio behind and experiencing painting and drawing in raw form. Facilitated by the Brookings Arts Council, get inspired sitting next to a crackling fire in Larson Nature Center while gazing at the serene setting of Dakota Nature Park. Artists are encouraged to bring their own supplies. Works completed by the artist will be hung in the City of Brookings Government building following the event for the public to view. (Free)Ice Fishing Derby at Dakota Nature Park | 9 – 11 AM
Ice Fishing Derby // 9 AM – 11 AM // Bring your family and your best fisherman to participate in the ice fishing derby at Dakota Nature Park. Stop into the Larson Nature Center to register for prizes, pick up a fishing pole (if needed) and head out to the ponds where bait will be provided. As weather permits, explore the park on snowshoes, which are available for free. The cross-country trails will be groomed, so feel free to bring your ski’s. Dress accordingly for snow, ice and slush. (Free)
Winter Farmers Market // 10 AM – 2 PM // Relive your summer Farmers Market days at the Winter Farmers Market at the South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum. Enjoy a variety of local producers and crafters from the Brookings Farmers Market and Ag Museum. (Free)
Winter Extravaganza // 10 AM – 6 PM // Enjoy a summer-inspired inflatable bonanza for all ages at the Swiftel Center. The Winter Extravaganza is a collaborative event where proceeds made will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Plains. Bring your friends for laser tag, sumo wrestling, a rock-climbing wall and all the interactive inflatables of your childhood dreams. This event is for the entire family. (Admission rates apply to those participating)
Finding Frosty // 10 AM – 3 PM // Build an unconventional snowman in Downtown Brookings! Participants must find all the pieces needed to create Frosty by browsing through the various stores in downtown. Once you’ve collected all pieces, you’ll be entered into a prize drawing. Find the Frosty map and participating businesses at downtownbrookings.com.
Frostbite Frolic // 11 AM – 1 PM // Hosted by Prairie Striders, Frostbite Frolic is a non-timed, social run around the trails of Innovation Village. Get a jumpstart on your running season and stretch those legs with as many laps as you can handle! A potluck begins at 12 PM with the 2019 awards presentation to follow. (Free)
Chili Feed // 11 AM – 1 PM // Warm up with hot chili and all the fixings at Bethel Baptist Church, plus a helping of cornbread for a free will donation to the Midwest Maidens Roller Derby. This crew knows how to create a twist on a traditional cold weather classic. Take a lunch break and help support the women of the local roller derby. (Free will donation)
Horses and Hot Chocolate // 1 – 4 PM // Take a trolley ride through (around?) the gardens and get your camera ready for a snow-covered paradise! Bring your sweetheart and get cozy while enjoying a true draft horse trolley ride. And be sure to warm up with a cup of hot chocolate, on tap!
Family Day Date // 3 – 5 PM // Explore your South Dakota side with a free open house at the Brookings County Outdoor Adventure Center ranges! Bring your little VIP and family to experience the archery and firearms range. All supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own bow or firearm. This is a great opportunity to explore the Outdoor Adventure Center and get comfortable with our great South Dakota pastime. (Free)
Café Coteau Persian Night // 5:30 – 8:30 PM // Enjoy an evening of fine dining and explore flavorful Persian cuisine at Café Coteau located at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota. Seating is limited and sells out quickly! Get your reservation today by calling 605-692-6700, ext. 1. (Reservation Required)