Edmonton isn’t termed “the festival city” for no reason. Even in the cold winter months, this city is energized and ready to host some truly awesome events.
Take a look at what’s coming up in the next few months!
Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival
118 Avenue NW & 91 Street
January 13 - 14, 2018
Deep Freeze is a winter event of epic proportions. Spanning over two days, the magic of winter is celebrated in the form of activities like curling, ice-skating, snow wagon rides, and more. The best part? This festival showcases cultural diversity coming together. You’ll get to experience Ukrainian, Franco-Albertan, Franco-African, First Nations, and South American games, food, and art all in one place!
Watch ice sculptors create masterpieces in front of your eyes, take a ride on a giant ice slide, or cheer on the log cutting competition. Authentic cultural heritage blends beautifully with our northern climate at this festival and you’ll want to be there.
Boardwalk Ice on Whyte Festival
Old Strathcona, End of Steel Park located at Gateway Blvd (103 Street) and Tommy Banks Way
January 25, 2018 - February 4, 2018
Whyte Avenue, a hub for arts and entertainment, shops, cafés, and restaurants, doesn’t let the cold slow down activity. In fact, it’s just going to pick up speed with the Boardwalk Ice on Whyte Festival. This week-long annual event (celebrating its 15th anniversary this year) glorifies our Canadian winters with a variety of activities, entertainment, and art.
Some of the activities happening at the festival include an ice carving competition, ice carving lessons, painting and crafts, an ice bar, and live blues music. But there’s so much more music, art, and food throughout Old Strathcona that we can’t list it all here – you’ll just have to attend Ice on Whyte!
Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival
Cooking Lake - Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area, The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, and Elk Island National Park
February 9 - 10, 2018
Cross-country skiing is a classic winter sport and The Canadian Birkebeiner is Canada’s largest cross-country ski event – taking place in Edmonton! We have the privileged opportunity to see more than 1,400 cross-country skiers use their body power to reach speeds of over 20 km/h.
A cross-country skier yourself? Join in, strap in, and you can ski the Birkie, too! There will be events for skiers at all levels of experience. Get active this winter; you’ll be glad you did when you feel the rush of crossing the finish line and hear the roaring cheers of onlookers.
Silver Skate Festival
Hawrelak Park, 9330 Groat Rd
February 9 - 19, 2018
Silver Skate Festival does feature skate races, but there’s so much more to it! Adventures to be had include viewing the snow Sculpture Garden, trying curling, listening to live music, riding a horse-drawn sleigh, and wandering down the Silver Skate Folk Trails.
This is Edmonton’s oldest winter festival (celebrating its 28th year) and the whole family can attend for free! Make sure you see Fire Sculpture, a breathtaking display of sculptures burning brilliantly against the dark winter sky – this is a winter extravaganza you’ll always remember.
SkirtsAfire HerArts Festival
Various venues along 118th Avenue
March 8 - 11, 2018
There’s so much to say about SkirtsAfire HerArts Festival – it’s a multidisciplinary arts festival that gives life to a variety of creative expressions by female artists, empowering both the artists and audiences. Pretty much any form of art – the spoken word, film, visual art, yoga, music, and more – can be experienced at this festival.
Whether you want to participate in a workshop, be a spectator of powerful performances, or browse through the Skirt Gallery of skirts made from upcycled materials, this festival is sure to have something to inspire you.
Not only do these events bring us fun activities, great food, and fantastic sights to see, they provide an opportunity to gather in good company. While the temperatures are likely to be low, there’s no doubt the excitement of these festivals will warm you right up!