City Events


Current & Upcoming Events:

Dec 1, 2020, to March 1, 2021 - Columbia Heights Inaugural Snow Sculpture Contest

In 1892, the Minneapolis Improvement Company Northeast held a naming contest with 2,281 names submitted. The name of Columbia Heights was chosen, and Olive Louise Thornbergh received a $150 prize in gold. This winter, the City of Columbia Heights is hosting a snow sculpture contest for its residents and businesses. 

Submission Process

Entries are limited to Columbia Heights residents and businesses only.
You can only submit one entry per division.
There will be an adult division and a youth division for entries.
The submission window is from Dec 1, 2020, to March 1, 2021.
Snow sculptures must be created during the submission window.
Please email a photo of your creation to Include your name, address, which division, and the title of your creation.

Judging Process

The City of Columbia Heights will post the photos of the creations in a Snow Sculpture Contest Facebook photo album. 
Judging takes place March 3-10 via Facebook.
The entry with the most “likes” will be tabbed the winner, followed by second-place, and third-place.


Adult Division
1st Place –$150 certificate to a Columbia Heights business
2nd Place –$100 certificate to a Columbia Heights business
3rd Place –$50 certificate to a Columbia Heights business

Youth Division (Under 18)
1st Place –$25 certificate to a Columbia Heights business
2nd Place –$25 certificate to a Columbia Heights business
3rd Place – $25 certificate to a Columbia Heights business

Jan 6 to March 6 - Columbia Heights Coloring Page Contest Sponsored by Northeast Bank

Make sure to grab a copy of the Jan 13 issue of the Northeaster which will have a copy of the coloring page inside.

The contest is open to Columbia Heights residents and students at Columbia Heights daycares and schools only. Entries are limited to one per person. Forward your completed picture to The City of Columbia Heights, Attn: Will Rottler 590 40th Ave NE, Columbia Heights, MN 55421. Entries must be delivered or postmarked by March 6, 2021.

A panel of judges from the Columbia Heights Centennial Committee will be judging the entries. One winner will be selected from each of the five age groups: four and under, five to eight, nine to 12, 13 to 17, and 18 and up. Each winner will receive a $30 gift card to a Columbia Heights business or restaurant.

All winners will be notified by email or phone prior to the formal announcement taking place on March 15, 2021. In addition, the Columbia Heights school or daycare with the most entries will be awarded a $500 check from Northeast Bank, our coloring contest sponsor. If the number of entries is tied, the award will be split equally.

Jan 30 - CH SnowBLAST | 3 to 6 pm | Huset Park East

Come one and all to the City’s newest annual winter celebration, SnowBLAST. This FREE family-friendly event will include a skating rink, music, outdoor activities, food, and drink options. Bring your own sled and send your family down the City Hall hill, then join us at Huset East to continue the fun! We will be working with Dave’s Sport Shop for specials on skate sharpening and skate rentals.

It is important to offer a safe environment for all patrons; we will encourage social distancing and the wearing of face coverings. Staff will be monitoring the number of attendees in the event area.

To help us monitor the maximum number of attendees, sign up for one of the following arrival times. Sign up only one member of your family. In the notes area, state how many people will be in your group.
3pm - Activity #: 1861-w21
4pm - Activity #: 1862-w21
5pm - Activity #: 1863-w21

Registrations will be taken thru Jan 29, 2021. Walkups will be welcome the day of as attendance numbers allow.

Register online at or call 763-706-3730 to sign up or make inquiries.

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City Events:

100th Anniversary

Citywide Garage Sales

City Services Expo

Coffee With a Cop

Community Picnic and Art & Craft Fair

Fire Department Open House

Holiday Train


National Night Out

Snow Sculpture Contest

Truck Or Treat