Leave hibernation to the bears. Winter for us is a time to enjoy hot lattes, chilly outdoors, snowy surroundings and tons of fun festivals. Yes, tons because Edmonton, dubbed ‘Canada’s Festival City’, has dropped its festival line-up for the winter. And it’s impressive as hell.

Over the past few years, the city has become a festival hub with a festival for just about every reason and every season. And they certainly haven’t disappointed with their winter line-up.

 

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There’s something for everyone— the foodie, the adventurer, the creative, the I-love-holiday-season-er.

There are also several fests for the art enthusiast and culture connoisseur. Consider Silver Skate Festival, Deep Freeze Festival, Flying Canoë Volant and Chiseled: Edmonton International Ice Carving Competition.

 

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Just FYI: SkirtsAfire is on our radar. The multidisciplinary arts festival featuring women promises oodles of fun through theatre, music, dance, comedy, visual art, spoken word, workshops, design and more.

And no, they haven’t forgotten the thrill-seekers and the outdoor junkies. The Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival is for you. Be a part of one of only three Birkebeiner Loppets in the world. Glide down slopes. And indulge in a three-day celebration of the winter’s oldest sport, classic cross-country skiing.

EDMONTON WINTER FESTIVAL LINE-UP

Chiseled: Edmonton International Ice Carving Competition

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When: January 24-27, 2023
Where: ICE District – 104 Avenue, Edmonton

Activate Arts Alberta (formerly Ice On Whyte)

 

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When: January 27 – 29, 2023
Where: McIntyre Park

Flying Canoë Volant

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When: February 1-4, 2023
Where: multiple locations

Silver Skate Festival

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When: February 10-20, 2023
Where: William Hawrelak Park – 9330 Groat Rd NW, Edmonton

Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival

 

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When: February 10-20, 2023
Where: Multiple locations

SkirtsAfire Festival

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When: March 2-12, 2023
Where: Multiple locations

Mosquers Film Festival

 

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When: March 2023 – Date TBA
Where: multiple locations

You can check out the full line-up of festivals along with other details on the Explore Edmonton website below. Here’s to a fun and exciting winter!

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