4th Annual Ice Festival at Central Park on February 14

4th Annual Ice Festival at Central Park on February 14

This Valentine’s Day, celebrate your love of Central Park at the Fourth Annual. Witness ice-carving artists from Okamoto Studio  use electric chain saws, chisels, and picks to transform more than 3,000 pounds of ice into a glistening replica of the Park’s most romantic statue  ― Romeo and Juliet by Milton Hebald (1966).

As night falls, revel among colorful lights as the Mall becomes a 1980s-themed silent disco with live DJs, all as part of Central Park Conservancy’s 35th Anniversary celebration.


3:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Live ice carving by  Okamoto Studio

3:00 pm: InstaMeet, a creative photo challenge; visit Central Park’s official Instagram account, @centralparknyc, for details

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Silent Disco with three DJ’s simultaneously spinning 80’s, Top 40, and your favorite NYC artists into headphones powered by: Quiet Events


Central Park Conservancy Trivia

80’s-themed photo booth fun

Mini-cupcakes provided by Sprinkles at 5:00 pm (limited availability)

Bites, treats, and other food truck fare for purchase by Milk TruckWaffles and Dinges, and  Uncle Gussy’s

Dazzling lights in a romantic Central Park setting

What is a Silent Disco?   It’s a dance party with headphones; you choose the music. Starting at 5:00 pm, two live DJs take the stage at the same time, playing 80’s, Top 40, and your favorite NYC artists. You choose the channel with your favorite music genre and dance the night away. The glowing, color-coded headsets show which music other partygoers are listening to, so you can dance along with your friends.

What to Wear  Baby, it’s cold outside! Dress warmly; the event is entirely outdoors. Otherwise, dress to celebrate  Central Park Conservancy’s 35th Anniversary ― styles from the 1980’s and today are welcome!

RSVP and More Info  Open to all ages. Free. RSVP via Eventbrite is strongly recommended but not required. Onsite registration is also available. No bag/coat check available. Quiet Events requires an ID or credit card to check out a pair of headphones. ID will be given back when headphones are returned.  In the unlikely event that you lose the headphones you checked out, Quiet Events will charge a $35 replacement fee on-site.

Central Park Conservancy, a private, not-for-profit organization, was formed in 1980 by a group of concerned citizens determined to improve Central Park. Today, we manage Central Park under a contract with the City of New York. Over its 160-year history, the Park has experienced several cycles of restoration and decline. The era of decline in the 1960s and 1970s led to Central Park Conservancy’s formation. Central Park Conservancy is uniquely qualified to prevent future declines and ensure the Park’s care for current and future generations.

Thanks to the generosity of many individuals, corporations, foundations, and the City of New York, Central Park Conservancy has invested nearly $700 million to date into the Park, making it a model for urban parks worldwide. We provide 75% of Central Park’s $57 million annual operating budget, and are responsible for all aspects of Park maintenance, as well as capital improvements and restorations.

With 40 million visits each year to its 843 acres, Central Park is the most frequently visited urban park in the United States. To manage the Park, Conservancy crews aerate and seed lawns; rake leaves; prune and fertilize trees; plant shrubs and flowers; maintain ballfields and playgrounds; remove graffiti; conserve monuments, bridges, and buildings; and care for water bodies and woodlands, by controlling erosion, maintaining the drainage system, and protecting over 150 acres of lakes and streams from pollution, siltation, and algae. The Conservancy is committed to help strengthen urban parks and the communities that surround them by expanding our work outside Central Park to develop support for stewardship and respect for urban parks.