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Loveland Fire & Ice Festival nation’s largest Valentine’s Day festival

More fire, ice, entertainment and heart featured at 2018 event, Feb. 9-11

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At its core, the nation’s largest Valentine’s Day Festival, the Loveland Fire & Ice Festival, Feb. 9-11, brings fire, ice, entertainment and fun to families and couples looking to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Loveland, Colorado, the nation’s Sweetheart City. In its fourth year, the festival has grown to reach more than 40,000 attendees and is adding more fire and elevating its community partnerships to appeal to attendees from across the state, nation and world. The festival is back for its fourth year Feb. 9-11, 2018 in downtown Loveland.

New in 2018, festival organizer Blazen Illuminations has launched a Fire Sculpture People’s Choice Competition and a partnership with Heart Safe Community as new festival attractions to complement its successful lineup. The Fire Sculpture competition brings together community artists to create their own fire masterpieces to be displayed throughout the festival. Festival attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite during People’s Choice voting. In celebration of February as American Heart Month, the Loveland Fire & Ice Festival has partnered with Northern Colorado’s Heart Safe Community to bring the “Heart Safe Community” designation to downtown Loveland by working to place automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in public gathering spots. This designation, sponsored by the American Heart Association, is a community-wide effort to educate citizens on the dangers of Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

loveland-fire-and-ice-festival-5“Now in its fourth year, the Loveland Fire & Ice Festival has grown to be a ‘must attend’ Valentine’s Day celebration. Our team thrives on providing positive, engaging guest experiences and we are excited about the new ways that the festival continues to grow and evolve. Our guests can look forward to enjoying some of their favorite experiences while exploring our exciting new attractions – celebrating artists and community,” said Nate Webb, owner of Blazen Illuminations, event organizer for the festival.

Follow your heart this Valentine’s Day to embrace the passion of the season through the arts of live entertainment, sculpting, culinary, brewing and more at the Loveland Fire and Ice Festival. In addition to the new attractions announced, additional exciting event highlights include:

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  • Live, free music and performances throughout the event

  • Explosive nightly fireworks show with music and lights

  • Ice sculpting performances and People’s Choice Award: Come watch and meet nationally renowned ice sculptors carve ice masterpieces. Once complete, vote for your favorite and see the pieces lit up with colorful, festive lights.

  • Brewing and Distilling Arts – featuring local brewers and distillers such as Crow Hop, Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, Verboten Brewing, Big Thompson Brewery and more. Tickets go on sale in December.

  • The Family Fair – a mini carnival with rides, face painting and games.

  • The Marketplace – a place to experience artisan businesses and shop local

  • A Food Truck Food Court – a place to refuel and recharge with a unique variety food options

  • Our Heroes Vehicle Showcase featuring a collection of vintage firetrucks and first responder vehicles

  • Romantic carriage rides

loveland-fire-and-ice-festival-41Loveland’s Fire & Ice Festival was inspired by Disneyland’s Main Street USA light and fireworks show as well as Montréal En Lumière and is unlike any other Valentine’s Day event you will experience. Presented by Visit Loveland and Blazen Illuminations, LLC, this event is free and open to the public.

Pre-Sale tokens are now available for the 2018 Brewing and Distilling Arts Event at the Loveland Fire and Ice Festival. This year, the event will offer samples as well as full size pours from participating breweries, wineries and distilleries. Brewing and Distilling Arts is a part of the three-night and two-day weekend festival in downtown Loveland, Feb. 9-11.

Brewing & Distilling Arts Event

  • Dates and Times: Friday, Feb. 9, 5 – 9 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 10, noon – 9 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 11, noon – 5 p.m. Token sales will end one hour prior to close each day and “Last Call” will be at the designated time listed for each day.

  • Token Sales:  Tokens can be purchased as a “Half Tour” of 5 tokens for $15 or a “Full Tour” of 10 tokens for $30. Full pours cost three tokens and tastings cost one token.

  • Sizes – Beer sizes are 16 ounces for full pour and 4 ounces for a tasting. Wines and Sangria sizes are 4 ounces for full pour and 2 ounces for a tasting. Full size servings of spirits will be served as a 4-ounce cocktail and tastings will be 0.5 ounce.

  • How to Buy: Buy online and skip the long lines at the event. Get your “Age Verified” wristband and pick up your tokens at the “Will Call” booth located in the Food Truck Food Court, just in front of the Brewing & Distilling Arts tent.

Enjoy the featured flavors and crafts of our local breweries and distilleries. With a wide range of flavors from award-winning, hand crafted beers, sangria and spirits you’re sure to find a new favorite.

To-date, participants include Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, Big Thompson Brewery, Decadent Saint Winery, Crow Hop Brewing Company, Verboten Brewing, Horse & Dragon and Spring 44 with more to come.

Live Music:

Friday (February 9, 2018)

5:00pm – 6:00pm
The Jurassicasters, featuring Dave Beegle

7:15pm – 7:30pm
Lighthouse Dance Studio

7:45pm – 8:00pm
Spectra Circus Entertainment

8:00pm – 8:55pm
Madalynn & the Perennial Sound

Saturday (February 10, 2018)

11:00am – 11:45am
Jeremy Landis Band

12:30pm – 1:15pm
The Monday Night Band

3:00pm – 4:00pm
Papa Juke

5:15pm – 6:15pm
Seen and Unseen

6:15pm -6:30pm
Lighthouse Dance Studio

8:00pm – 8:55pm
The Taylor Scott Band

Sunday (February 11, 2018)

11:00am – 12:00pm
Cowboys Dead

1:30pm – 2:30pm
The Blues Dogs

3:00pm – 4:00pm
Ponder the Albatross

6:00pm – 6:55pm
After The Fire

Photos and videos courtesy of Aronn Williamson, Ken Tasi, R. Haro, Simply Awesome Photography, Joshua Hardin (Colorado Life Magazine), Sugar Mill Photography, Derek Kendall, Chelsea Dodge and Danny Dodge.

 

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