Fire & Ice Festival

Fire & Ice Festival

Considered by USA today as one of the best winter festivals out there, it’s something to really experience first hand. Held annually on the first weekend of February in Lava Hot Springs, it might be the most fun you can have in winter outside of a powder day. With so much to see and do, here are just a few highlights of this wondrous festival:

The Polar Float Parade

Fire & Ice Festival Polar Float Parade Lava Hot Springs IdahoFolks jump into the bone chilling Portneuf River on float tubes, dressed in the craziest costumes they can find! Expect to see costumes like the Easter Bunny to Santa Claus and the infamous band KISS floating down the Portneuf. Will we jump in with the rest? You never know.

Fire Performers & Torch Light Parade

Fire & Ice Festival Torch Light Parade Lava Hot Springs IdahoOn Saturday night, it’s all about the local daredevils skiing down the “L” mountains with lit torches. Then, it’s off to see fire performers from Lava Flow Fire entertain through dance, acrobatics and music as they manipulate flaming objects. Whoa!

Running of theFire & Ice Festival Running of the Bulls Lava Hot Springs Idaho Bulls

Finishing off the weekend of craziness is a foot race like none other we’ve heard of. Starting at Silver Grille restaurant, wearing only a pair of swim trunks and flip flops, they’ll race down Main Street all the way to the hot springs. This doesn’t sound too bad until you remember that it’s in the middle of winter!