Embrace Winter in Amana

Saturday, January 27, 2024

Winterfest is the perfect way to get out of the house in late January and embrace the season with a variety of outdoor and indoor activities. Watch our Facebook page closer to the event for more information. A brochure will be available to guide you to all the specials happening during Winterfest, but here are a few key events and activities to plan on:

5K Run/Walk: 10am (registration 8:30-9:30am)

The day begins with the Amana Freezer 5k Run/Walk from Amana to East Amana.  This race takes off no matter what the weather beginning in front of the Carding Studio at Hotel Millwright. Both expert runners and those of us who move a little slower take part.  This fun run is organized by the Amana Colonies Trails.

Registration for the 2024 Freezer 5K

Wine & Beer Walk: 10am – 10pm

The annual Winterfest Wine Walk is a great experience!  Purchase a collectible Winterfest Wineglass and recieve a Wine & Beer Walk Passport for free!  Your Passport will help you travel around to various establishments and enjoy free samples!  Once you have completed your Passport you can turn it in at any of the participating locations to be entered into a $50 Drawing!

Specials at Local Businesses: Various Times

Many of the shops have special events, demonstrations, or product specials, all are open for you to browse and shop!  See details for these in the current year brochure.

Winterfest at the Market Barn: Noon – 4pm

Enjoy the afternoon at the Winterfest Games at the Market Barn, located in the heart of Amana at the intersection of 220th Trail and 47th Ave. Each year our two Winterfest classics, The Great Amana Ham Put and the Wreath Toss are sponsored by the Amana Meat Shop. Enter the annual Best Beard Competition held at 3pm! Watch our local chainsaw artist from Colony Carvers carving live during the games and events.

Open Fire Chili from the Amana Volunteer Fire Department will be available at Noon at the Market Barn while supplies last.

Market Barn events are subject to both weather conditions and other emergency events. Please keep an eye out for updates and call the Visitors Center at 319.622.7622 with any questions. In most cases, Winterfest will not be cancelled but will be adjusted to combat any unpleasant or dangerous weather. Updates are made on Facebook.

Planning ahead? In early 2025, Winterfest will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2025!


Click the image to download a 8.5 x 11 inch brochure.

Please Check the Year/Date!
Current Year Brochure will be available about 1 month before event,
Last Year’s Brochure available for reference.
Events may change from year to year!

2024 Poster

Purchase collectible event posters at the Amana Colonies Visitor’s Center!

Brochures + Forms

2024 Winterfest Brochure

This Year’s Event


Thank you to our 2023 sponsors!

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