Fire & Ice Festival Goes on With or Without Snow

The Fire & Ice Festival in Rochester is on for January 18-20, no matter what the weather, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced today during a news conference. The Fire & Ice Committee, Oakland County Parks & Recreation, City of Rochester, and Downtown Rochester will bring in a zip line and other warmer weather activities if temperatures remain above freezing. Mainstay activities such as fireworks, ice sculptures, dog sled rides, the Big, Bright Light Show, … [Read more...]

Fire & Ice Festival Adjusts to Weather

Ziplining will replace tube sledding at this year’s Fire & Ice Festival in Rochester because the weather has not cooperated in the construction of the sledding hill. Festival goers will still be able to enjoy all their other favorite Fire & Ice activities including fireworks; the Big, Bright Light Show; TasteFest, The Brooksie Way Chill at the Mills, ice carving, dogsled rides, ice skating (bring your own skates), snowshoeing, cross country skiing, carriage rides, and more. The Fire … [Read more...]

Fire & Ice Festival January 19-21

The Fire & Ice Festival will fire up the weekend of January 19-21 with winter-driven, family-friendly activities, food trucks, TasteFest, ice sculptures, and the Big, Bright Light Show in the evenings. Admission and events are free. The Fire & Ice Festival will be held on: Friday, January 19 from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Saturday, January 20 from 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Sunday, January 21 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Admission and events are free of charge. For more … [Read more...]

Hot and Cool People attend the Fire & Ice Festival

Ice Artists Prep for Nationals at Fire & Ice Festival The Ninth Annual Rochester Fire & Ice Festival will host its first college ice carving contest on Saturday, January 23 in downtown Rochester during the festival weekend, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced today. Students from six colleges and culinary arts programs will carve beautiful sculptures out of blocks of ice with the hopes of grabbing top honors. The Rochester Fire & Ice Festival ice carving … [Read more...]

2nd Annual Brooksie Way ‘Chill at the Mills’ 5k Race Registration Opens Online

Online registration is now open for the second annual Brooksie Way 'Chill at the Mills' 5k race, set for Jan. 25 in downtown Rochester. Runners and walkers can register online at www.TheBrooksieWay.com or download a race application and mail it in. Those who register by Jan. 15, 2015 will receive a long sleeve cotton T-shirt. Race finishers will also receive a winter wear item with the Brooksie Way logo. About 500 people signed up for the inaugural race. “We had a wonderful turnout for our … [Read more...]

Cold Weather Safety

The Fire & Ice Festival is here! There are a huge variety of activities to do so make sure you're ready to hang out all weekend. The temperatures will be plenty cold to keep those ice sculptures looking beautiful but you will need to take a few extra cold-weather precautions, especially for young children. 1. Eat smart. Staying healthy begins with a healthy diet that nurtures a healthy immune system. Read this if you need some great ideas. 2. Stay hydrated. It's easy to get dehydrated … [Read more...]

Fire & Ice heats up with a new logo and contest

The sixth annual Fire & Ice Festival kicks off the last weekend of January in downtown Rochester with a new mascot, a new logo, a concert and a host of free winter activities that celebrate winter in Oakland County. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said the event, which is set for Friday, January 25 through Sunday, January 27, continues to be among the premier winter events in Michigan. Activities include dog sled rides, a tube sledding hill, ice skating, snow shoeing, … [Read more...]

Fire & Ice tries again

Though the weather is expected to be above freezing, the Fire & Ice festival will try again this weekend to bring outdoor winter fun to downtown Rochester. The festival was rescheduled from its original January dates due to the unusually warm and snow-free winter. It will happen this weekend, Friday, February 24, from 6- 9 p.m. and Saturday, February 25, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free. Some winter sports activities have been eliminated from the schedule. Fireworks are … [Read more...]