Bundle up for some frosty fun at one of these wonderful Edmonton Winter Festivals!
Edmonton is Festival City, which we love. It’s also undeniably a winter city, which some may find a little less endearing. Luckily the two come together for some fantastic frosty fun at these wonderful Edmonton Winter Festivals!
Kids on Track Winter Carnival
Join Kids on Track for a Winter Carnival! Have fun skating and snowshoeing, make bannock over the bonfire, try kicksledding, carnival games & chili! Everything is FREE of charge! Just come and have a wonderful, winter time!
When: Saturday February 25, 2017
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Where: West Jasper-Sherwood community League
Address: 9620 – 152 Street
Deep Freeze Byzantine Winter Festival
Celebrate the Orthodox New Year with a festival that embraces Edmonton’s winter climate. The Deep Freeze Byzantine Winter Festival is two days of family fun, complete with winter activities from a wide array of cultural traditions. Enjoy a street hockey festival, an ice kingdom including an ice carving competition, an art show, snowshoeing, horse and wagon rides, a Round Dance, music and entertainment, and much, much more. Visit the festival website for a full schedule and a list of participating venues.
When: January 14 and 15, 2017
Time: 12pm-6 pm (mostly, check the website for specifics)
Where: Various venues along 118 Ave, Edmonton AB
Southeast Winter Fun Festival
This one is an indoor/outdoor fest that is fun whatever the weather! Inside the Kenilworth Community Hall you’ll find crafts, entertainment, story-time, a special area just for preschoolers, and a free silly photo booth. Outside the fun continues with sleight rides, cross-country skiing, skating (check out the new Family Ice Trail!) snow-shoeing, teen hockey, and a chance to try out kick-sledding!
When: January 14, 2017
Time: 11 am-3 pm
Where: Kenilworth Community League, 7104-87th Avenue
The Multicultural Heritage Centre in Stony Plain is the site of an annual winter carnival celebrating local culture and winter! Join in for the free family fun, including ice scuptures, snow-shoeing, crafts, demonstrations, maple syrup candy and more!
When: January 21, 2017
Time: 11 am-3 pm
Where: Stony Plain Multicultural Heritage Centre
Address: 5411 51 Street, Stony Plain
South West Ski Fest
Did you know there are over 10 kms or cross-country ski trails in the Blackmud Creek area? Get a sneak peek at the fun there is to be had at the South West Ski Fest! The River Valley Program Team will be there with skis to lend, and there will be some snowshoes to try as well! Get warmed up by the fire or inside the hall with some hot chocolate and chili!
When: January 28, 2017
Time: 11:30 am-3:30 pm
Where: Yellowbird Community League
Address: 10710-19 Ave NW
Ice on Whyte Festival
Whyte Avenue and area will be turned into a winter wonderland for the annual Ice on Whyte Festival. The festival is a huge celebration of winter, with music, dance, crafts, food, and other entertainment. Of course, the major attraction is the ice carving, including an international ice carving competition. Don’t miss out on all of the family activities, including a kids’ play area, family skating, and much more. We had an amazing Ice on Whyte staycation last year! Check with the Ice on Whyte website for a full schedule of events. Tickets are available online or at the gate, adults: $7, kids 2-12: $4, under 2: free, or get a family pass for $20.
When: January 26-29 and February 2-5, 2017
Time: Thursdays and Fridays: 2 pm-10 pm; Saturdays and Sundays: 10 am-10 pm
Where: End of Steel Park: Gateway Blvd (103 Street) and Tommy Banks Way, Edmonton AB
Take an adventure with the flying canoe! This unique winter event is a celebration of francophone culture and outdoor winter fun. Illuminated trails through the ravine will bring the legend of the Flying Canoe to life! Enjoy storytelling, bannock making, drumming and a sleigh ride! At La Cite francophone have fun with a snow slide, live music, hot chocolate and children’s activities.
When: February 3 and 4, 2017
Time: 6 pm-10 pm (until midnight at La Cite francophone)
Where: Mill Creek Ravine, and La Cite francophone (8627 Rue Marie-Anne Gaboury (91st St.)
Silver Skate Festival
The Silver Skate Festival is Edmonton’s longest-running outdoor winter festival! Celebrate your love of the outdoors with free sliding, snow sculpting, sleigh rides, entertainment, figure skating demos, and much, much more. Don’t miss the free fun in the Family Fun Zone, the impressive fire sculptures or the fantastical tales along the Folk Trail. This year’s sporting and recreation events will include the Edmonton Winter Triathlon, long blade skate races and the Kortebaan, a traditional Dutch long blade sprint race. The jewel of the festival for 2017 is the ethereal Ice Castles, you won’t want to miss!
When: February 10-20, 2017
Where: Hawrelak Park
Address: 9930 Groat Road, Edmonton AB
Shake Up Festival
The City of Edmonton is shaking up the Family Day Long Weekend with some free all ages fun! Get downtown to enjoy bannock-making, sleigh-rides, hot chocolate, ax throwing (sorry kiddos, this ones just for the bigger folks!) and lots more! There will be food trucks on hand if the munchies strike, plus try your and at the latest prairie sensation…crokicurl! (that’s crokinole and curling aand it is a blast!)
When: Saturday February 18, 2017
Time: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: The Armature
Address: 96 St, between 103 and Jasper Ave)
Uptown Folk Club Winterfest 2017
Warm up with a weekend of great music for the whole family! This winterfest feature musical performances from across Canada and the US! The event is held in an all ages venue, so bring your kids and your gran! Tickets available at YEGLIVE online or Mhyre’s Music. Friday 20.00, Saturday 30.00 or both days 40.00, Children 1-3 free, 4-12 half price!
When: Feb 17 and 18, 2017
Time: Friday: 6 pm-11 pm; Saturday: 1 pm-11 pm
Where: Norwood Legion
Address: 11150-82 Street