Weekend Planner: Ice Festival Fun and Beyond

What to do during this frosty, festive weekend, inside and out.

Whether you're all Plymouth Ice Festival all of the time, or you need to slip indoors for a spell to thaw a bit — it is, after all, going to be below freezing the first two days of the festival, and then warm up into the mid-30s on Sunday — you'll be looking for things to do. For a schedule of festival events, visit here.

Plenty of local bars and pubs will be open, where you can warm up, literally, by stepping inside and away from 30-degree temperatures, and figuratively, with a beer, cocktail or coffee drink, live music or a movie. Read on for ideas:

Deejay and drinks

336 Main
336 S. Main
336 Main will open early this weekend, at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, so festival-goers can dine and drink. They'll also have a deejay playing hits starting 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights, and those who drop in may find a delicious drink special or two to order.

A beer here

The Box Bar & Grill
777 W. Ann Arbor Trail
If you love beer, you'll love the Box, with hundreds of different bottles of beer and 40 on tap. Enjoy a tall cold one and enjoy the view since they're located right across from Kellogg Park.

A cool bar and a warm beer tent

E.G. Nick's Grill & Tavern
500 Forest Ave.
Nestled downtown, E.G. Nick's Grill & Tavern will have an ice bar set up in front, and a heated beer tent set up out back. They'll have live music both Friday and Saturday nights, and the Svedka Girls are rumored to be making a visit. And, of course, they'll have drink specials to warm you.

Hot Toddy Hop

555 Forest Ave.
Grape Expectations is holding a Hot Toddy Hop, starting at 7 p.m. Saturday. Newcomers and neighbors can enjoy a few adult beverages around town in honor of the Ice Festival.

Northern Skies album release party

Liberty Street Brewing Company
149 W. Liberty
Liberty Street Brewing Company is holding an album release party for Northern Skies, who'll be performing a free show Saturday night, starting at 9 p.m. It's for all ages. Stop in for live music and a craft beer (or root beer) after the festival.

Open, with Panache

Panache 447
447 Forest Ave.
Panache 447 is brand-spanking new to the Plymouth scene, open just over a week. They're open 11 a.m.-2 a.m., and the upper level will be open so guests can see what the club/restaurant is all about, and they'll have a deejay playing music, drink specials are planned, and there is no cover charge.

Chill at the Grill

Penn Bar & Grill
820 Penniman Ave.
The Penn will be open as usual. Stop in, warm up with a beer or cocktail, nibble on pizza or a burger, and enjoy some sports action on the telly.

Music and mocha

Plymouth Coffee Bean Company
884 Penniman Ave.
No beer here, but you can enjoy a great coffee drink, including their signature Ice Fest Mocha (their house mocha with almond syrup and chocolate sprinkles). Plymouth Coffee Bean will be open until midnight Friday and Saturday, and 11 p.m. on Sunday. Plus on Friday night they'll have live music with Some Velvet Eve and Blue Pontiac performing, starting around 8 p.m. There's usually some cool art on the walls, and if you're hungry, order something from their menu.

Live music and pub fare

Sean O'Callaghan's Pub
821 Penniman Ave.
Sean O'Callaghan's will be open all festival days. Stop in for live music Friday and Saturday nights. At 9:30 p.m. Friday Jeremy Sprague will perform, and Saturday night enjoy a show by Ted Lamont. Plus they have five Plasma TVs, pub fare and drinks to wet your whistle.

For movie buffs

Penn Theatre
760 Penniman
If you are looking for a movie break, consider the Penn Theatre, which will be showing J. Edgar, rated R and starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Showtimes are 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 4:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $3.

More events

OK, so you've seen the Ice Festival, but want something else to do. Fear not, there are options galore:

  • ImaginOcean, featuring puppetry, songs and more, comes to the , 7 p.m. Friday. $16 adults, $13 seniors and youth. 
  • International Festival, presented by the Canton Commission for Culture, Arts and Heritage, makes its way to the 11 a.m. Saturday. Enjoy song, dance and more from all around the world. Admission is $2 at the door.


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