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2nd Annual FriluftFest

FriluftFest 2023 Warroad

The Riverbend Skate Path will host the second annual FriluftFest on Sunday, February 19th, from 12 to 6 pm as a fundraiser for the Riverbend Skate Path Maintenance Fund. This event is based on the Nordic concept of Friluftsliv, which translates literally as “open air living” and means “to embrace the outdoors, in all weather.” Activity stations that play on Scandinavian words and concepts will be set up at various locations along the path.

O Lake of the Woods Brewing Company | UTEPILS [Oo-ta-pils], Norwegian, “To drink beer outside” 

Take part in the Norwegian tradition of drinking a beer outside and enjoy complimentary root beer and popcorn all day, served from the concessions hut on the ice. Riverbend Skate Path merch will also be available for purchase. $15 growlers are available for purchase inside the Brewery.

O Doc’s Harbor Inn | SISU [see-soo], Finnish, “perseverance, determination, strength, will” 

Skate with Elsa and Olaf of Arendelle from 12-1 pm at this event co-sponsored by ECFE, Skater Tots, and Sisters & Sparkles. Then it’s time to get competitive with Boot Bash, a youth boot hockey tournament sponsored by TruNorth Realty at 1 pm. Sign up your team on our website!
Cocoa and marshmallows available for roasting throughout the day. Hot dog lunch will be offered by F.R.E.D. Robotics from 12-2 pm. Enjoy free snowshoe rentals from 12-2 pm and skates, XC skis, and kicksled rentals are available.

O Lake of the Woods Run Club | Fun Run

Meet at the Brewery docks at 12 pm and enjoy a fun run for all ages on the Path. End with a warm cup of cocoa at Doc’s River Rink.

O Lake of the Woods Coffee Company | FIKA [fee-ka], Swedish, “coffee and cake with friends” 

Skate over to the docks at Lake of the Woods Coffee Company to practice Fika and warm up with hot coffee, traditional nonalcoholic glögg, and Scandinavian goodies for a free will offering. 

Donations of Scandinavian goods (or any baked goods one wishes to donate) are welcome with all proceeds going to the Riverbend Skate Path Maintenance Fund.

O Doug’s Supermarket | SMÖRGÅSBORD [smor-gahs-bord], Swedish, “buffet”

Doug’s Supermarket will be preparing a delicious feast at Lake of the Woods Brewing Company from 4-6 pm.

Menu: Parmesan crusted walleye with rice pilaf and vegetable – $14.99. Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes, and vegetable – $12.99. Sauerkraut and Kielbasa meal – $12.99. Pretzel bites with beer cheese – $7.99. Mini Cinnabons and Rosettes – $5.99 (Menu is subject to change)

O Northern Toboggan | MORO I SNØEN [moro ee snawn], Norwegian, “Fun in the snow”  

Available 1-4 pm. Take a toboggan ride behind a snowmobile or try out NTC Toboggans by the docks at Lake of the Woods Brewery. Better yet, make a pair of your own snowshoes with Folk School Warroad the morning of the event! 

O Landin’s Landing | HYGGE [hoo-ga], Danish, “comfort and coziness” 

If you need to rest throughout the day, stop by Landin’s Landing and take a load off! The owners of this Warroad River property have created a beautiful, cozy space for you to relax and recharge!

To close out the night, pick up a battery-operated candle from huts at Doc’s Harbor Inn and Lake of the Woods Brewery and enjoy a candlelight skate at 5:30 pm.

This event is co-sponsored by Warroad Community Partners and local businesses and organizations and serves as a fundraiser for the Riverbend Skate Path Maintenance Fund. Except where noted, activities offered are free of charge with free-will donations gladly accepted. Should the ice conditions deem the skate path unsafe, event will be held outside Lake of the Woods Brewery. For the most up-to-date information on this event, visit