Mid-Winter Fest

What is Mid-Winter Fest?

Apple Valley's Mid-Winter Fest is a winter celebration that brings together our community to enjoy food, fun and activities for all ages. This annual festival began in 1978 and has been an Apple Valley tradition ever since.We invite you to join us for this special community celebration.

Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022
All Day (10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.)
Johnny Cake Ridge Park-West

Event Information

This year's 2022 celebration is a one-day event that will take place in a new location: Johnny Cake Ridge Park-West, located at 14255 Johnny Cake Ridge Road. We are also excited to offer a variety of new activities for everyone to enjoy. This event is weather-dependent. Remember to dress warm!


Parking will be available in the Apple Valley Family Aquatic Center Parking Lot, Upper Parking Lot along Johnny Cake Ridge Park-West, and Parking Lots in Johnny Cake Ridge Park-East.

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Event Schedule

10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Mid-Winter Fest Hockey Jamboree
A Mite level hockey tournament run by and scheduled for Eastview Hockey Association and Firehawks Hockey.
Eastview Hockey Association & Firehawks Hockey
10 a.m.–Noon
An opportunity to try snowshoeing. Dakota County Parks staff will be on-site to provide snowshoes and snowshoeing tips.
Dakota County Parks
11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Bag Toss Tournament
Single elimination tournaments, starting on the hour, every hour from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Register here.
Apple Valley Parks & Rec Department
MorningEvening (Exact times TBD)
Food Trucks
Take a break and enjoy lunch or dinner available for purchase from a variety of food vendors. 
List of food truck vendors coming soon.
1–3 p.m.
Horse-Drawn Wagon Ride
A team of horses will be pulling a hay wagon in Johnny Cake Ridge Park.

Apple Valley Parks & Rec Department
1–4 p.m.

Frozen Kite Flying
Who says you can’t fly a kite in the winter? Bring a kite or try one of ours!
Apple Valley Parks & Rec Department
1–4 p.m.

3-Hole Disc Golf
A 3-hole disc golf course will be laid out in the park.  Bring your own discs or use ours.
Apple Valley Parks & Rec Department
1–5 p.m.

Meet the Apple Valley Police and Fire Departments
The Apple Valley Police Department and Apple Valley Fire Department will be on-site with emergency vehicles and will be able to answer your public safety questions.
Apple Valley Police Department and Apple Valley Fire Department
1–5 p.m.
Snowman-Building Contest
Get your friends and family outside to build a snowman. Snowmen will be judged and the winning creation will be awarded a gift certificate to a local business. This activity is weather-dependent.
Apple Valley Parks & Rec Department
2–5 p.m.
Garden Cart Train Rides
Young children are invited to take a ride on a unique train created just for Mid-Winter Fest. The cart train will be pulled by the Apple Valley Police Department’s UTV.
Apple Valley Parks & Rec Department and Apple Valley Police Department
3:304:30 p.m.
Skate with Klondike
Skate with Klondike the Polar Bear, the official mascot of Mid-Winter Fest!
Apple Valley Parks & Rec Department
3:304:30 p.m.
Recycling Bin Races
Kids do the riding and parents do the pushing. It’s like a shopping cart on ice!
Apple Valley Parks & Rec Department
Afternoon Evening
(Exact times TBD)
Hot Chocolate and Cider
Stop by the Hot Chocolate & Cider Trailer and buy a hot treat that will be sure to warm you up! Bottled water will also be available.
Rotary Club of Apple Valley
(Exact times TBD)
Beer & Wine
Adults 21 and over are welcome to purchase a beer or wine prior to and during the Riverside Hitmen concert.
Rascal's Bar & Grill
57 p.m.
Live Music by The Riverside Hitmen
From Michael Jackson to Bruno Mars, Aretha Franklin to Lizzo, The Riverside Hitmen play all your favorite hits spanning the decades.Apple Valley Arts Foundation
7 p.m.
Fireworks ShowMid-Winter Fest will conclude with a spectacular fireworks show by RES PRO.Apple Valley Parks & Rec Department

Scavenger Hunts

Participate in fun scavenger hunts and earn prizes.

Pre-Fest Scavenger Hunt Participate now!

Get a headstart on the Mid-Winter Fest fun by participating in this scavenger hunt leading up to the event. Explore locations throughout Apple Valley to complete the Scavenger Hunt Task List

The winner of the Pre-Fest Scavenger Hunt will be announced at the beginning of Mid-Winter Fest and presented with a prize pack consisting of gift certificates from local businesses. Pre-registration is not required. Sponsored by the Apple Valley Police & Fire Departments.

Medallion Hunt Feb. 5 starting at 9 a.m.

A medallion will be hidden in one of Apple Valley’s 51 parks. Clues will be posted on the Apple Valley Parks & Recreation Facebook page beginning at 9 a.m. and will continue every hour until the medallion is found. The person who finds the medallion will be awarded a $250 prize.

Pre-registration for the Medallion Hunt is required by 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5, to be eligible for the $250 prize. Once the medallion is confirmed to be found by a registered participant, an announcement will be posted on the Apple Valley Parks & Recreation Facebook page. The winner will be announced on stage, prior to the Riverside Hitmen concert. Register for the Medallion Hunt here.


Help support Mid-Winter Fest by becoming a sponsor. For inquiries, please email Bill Bird at bill.bird@applevalleymn.gov


Restrooms in the Johnny Cake Activity Center will be available and there will also be portable restrooms available.


For questions, please email Bill Bird at bill.bird@applevalleymn.gov

Thank you to our sponsors:

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