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Frozen Dead Guy Days, Colorado, USA

March 17 - March 19

$25 – $30
Festivals in March

Come March, Nederland in Colorado hosts one of the quirkiest festivals in the US, if not the world. Frozen Dead Guy Days features frozen festivities with dozens of live bands and such offbeat icy escapades as polar plunging in fancy dress costume and ice turkey bowling.

Bredo Morstol and the Origins of Frozen Dead Guy Days

Frozen Dead Guy Days promises to be something of an ice-cool spectacle. Almost certainly unique in their origins, the frosty festivities pay homage to the suspendedly animated Bredo Morstol, who resides in a shed on dry ice above the town. Morstol’s after-life and times, or rather the very fact of his continuing cryogenically prolonged existence, is the basis for this frost fest. His story weaves together psychics, a journey from Norway to California and Colorado, deportation, eviction, local by-law infringements, new legal precedents – the “grandfather clause”, and a 30-year-so-far wait for medical science to provide successful reanimation.

The Frozen Dead Guys Parade, c. Andrew Wyatt
A Hot Hearse, c. Andrew Wyatt

Throngs of the adventurous, the curious, or the just plain macabre regularly turn up to enjoy the atmosphere, live music, local crafts, festive food and drink, and to remember the man who, albeit unwittingly, started all this deep-frozen daftness, Grandpa Bredo.

Frozen Dead Guy Days Schedule

Kicking off with Grandpa’s Blue Ball, featuring three live bands and the coronation of the Ice Queen & Grandpa Costume Contest winners, highlights include: live music showcases in three giant heated tents, – ReAnimate Yourself, Not Yet Dead in Ned, Bacon, Bourbon & Brews as well as the Tweener Stage; screenings of Grandpa’s Still in the Tuff Shed – a documentary detailing the full history of Bredo Morstol and his after-death adventures; a Frozen Dead Guy lookalike competition and costumed polar plunging for those brave or barking mad enough to go for a dip at this time of year in Colorado – which usually means breaking the ice first.

As if that weren’t enough, the discerning ice-lover can also enjoy the slow-mo parade of hearses, coffin racing, frozen t-shirt contests, icy turkey bowling, frozen salmon tossing, human foosball – something akin to giant table football –, brain freeze contests, frozen fix-a-flat competitions, ice and snow sculpting, frozen dead poet slam, the Newly Dead Game, a silent disco, and work by many local artists and crafters, as well as a range of festival-appropriate food and beverage options.

The Frozen Dead Guy Days
Come wind, rain or snow …, c. Andrew Wyatt

If you think that there’s nothing new under the sun, be a little bolder, take a step into the Colorado unknown and check out what’s under the ice. Head over to Ned, as locals affectionately call their town, and embrace the cold, the crazy and the downright weird. Celebrate the end of winter, the coming of spring and above all, the not-quite-dead-yet infamy of Grandpa Bredo Morstol, in what his grandson, Trygve Bauge, the man responsible for starting this bizarre snowball rolling, calls Cryonics’ first Mardi Gras.

Frozen Dead Guy Days Rainbow c. Andrew Wyatt
Rainbow c. Andrew Wyatt

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When is Frozen Dead Guy Days 2023

March 17-19, 2023. A full schedule of events can be found here.

Where is Frozen Dead Guy Days

Guercio Park Town Square parking lot, and 1st Street in Nederland, Colorado, USA. Coordinates: 39°57′42″N 105°30′39″W


Cost $30 on the door or $25 if purchased in advance.

The Frozen Dead Guy Days, c. Andrew Wyatt
There’s nothing frozen about the live music, c. Andrew Wyatt

Accommodation in Colorado

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Frozen Dead Guys not your scene, try the Great American Beer Festival in Denver instead.

More information on Frozen Dead Guy Days

For further details, click here. Cover photo, c. Emma Pion-Berlin. Article dedicated to Laura J Snook.


March 17
March 19
$25 – $30
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Guercio Park Town Square parking lot, and 1st Street
Nederland,COUnited States+ Google Map
Let the adventure begin.