New month, new events in the city! And while we like heading out to events in and around Edmonton, sometimes they can be costly and things can add up quick. Fear not, there are things to do in Edmonton that are free or cheap. And here they are!

Flying Canoe Volant

One of the city’s most well known festivals is back to kick off at the end of January, and is on until February!

Enjoy some live entertainment, eat delicious food, and of course, make sure to check out the canoe races.

When: January 31st to February 3rd, 2024
Where:Mill Creek Ravine and La Cité francophone – 8627 Rue Marie-Anne-Gaboury (91 Street), Edmonton
Cost: Free to attend

2024 Groundhog Day – Capitol Theatre

Ready to re-live the day over and over? You can at the Capitol Theatre’s screening of Groundhog Day.

Don’t worry there will be a fully licensed concession to help you through the day.

When:  Friday, February 2nd, 2024
Where: Capitol Theatre – Fort Edmonton Park, 1920 Street
Cost: $15

Lunar New Year Extravaganza! Year of the Dragon

Celebrate Year of the Dragon at the West Edmonton Mall Ice Palace! You can expect over 50 booths, as well as live performances all weekend long.

When:  Saturday, February 3rd to Sunday, February 4th, 2024
Where: Ice Palace, 1174 – 8882 170 ST NW
Cost: $2

Year of the Dragon at Kingsway Mall

With  music and dance performances, artistic displays, a parade, workshops and mahjong (just to name a few), Kingsway Mall’s 2024 Lunar New Year celebration is not one to be missed. The best part? It’s free to attend!

When: Saturday, February 3rd, 2024
Where: 1 Kingsway NW, Edmonton, AB
Cost: Free

Winter City Weekends – Ice Grooves and Swing ‘n Skate

Bring your cool moves to City Hall Plaza Ice Grooves! Dance and skate with live DJs on Fridays from 6 to 9 PM.

Weekly programming changes so be sure to check the link above!

When: On now until February 23rd, 2024
Where: 1 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Cost: Free

Silver Skate Festival

Edmonton’s longest running winter festival! The Silver Skate Festival is a free 10-day family-oriented festival that combines culture, art, education, sport, and recreation. There’s sure to be something for everyone!

Check it out at a new location this year.

When: February 9th to 19th, 2024
Where: Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park, 13221 Buena Vista Rd NW
Cost: Free

Sweet Treats & Latte Festival

What is better than treats & lattes during the cold winter months? Good news! The Sweet Treats & Latte Festival is back for another year, with even more delicious desserts and drinks to enjoy. And you can win prizes!

When:February 10th to 25th, 2024,
Where: Various, to be announced
Cost: Free to participate

UIAA Ice Climbing World Championships and YEG Ice Fest

We love all the cold weather festivities! And this is another one.

The Alpine Club of Canada, Edmonton Section and OEG Sports & Entertainment are hosting the UIAA Ice Climbing World Championships and YEG Ice Fest this month, and it’s all being held in Edmonton’s ICE District at Fan Park.

Expect everything from food and entertainment to a family fun zone with a winter market and world-class athletes displaying their physical prowess.

When:February 16th to 19th, 2024
Where: Fan Park at ICE District
Cost $20+

Taste of Africa: Celebrating Black History in St. Albert

To celebrate Black History Month, Taste of Africa returns with a rich display of African Dance, Story Telling, Poetry, Arm chair travels, and lots more. The evening ends with a tasting of a variety of foods from different parts of Africa and the Caribbean.

When: Saturday, February 24th, 2024
Where: St. Albert Place, 5 St. Anne Street
Cost: $17.55

Winter Family Fun Day

The Winter Family Fun Day will be offering a free variety of indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family. Expect snow painting, snowshoeing, snow fort building, hot chocolate, snacks and so much more!

When: Saturday, February 24th, 2024
Where: Leefield Community League, 7910 36 Ave NW
Cost: Free

Full Moon Birkie

Ready to embark on a evening cross-country ski adventure? Check out the Full Moon Birkie and glide under the starry sky and propel yourself forward while enjoying an unique landscape of shadows created by the moon.

There will be warmed huts with hot chocolate and snacks at the start or midway.

When: Saturday, February 24, 2024
Where: Waskehegan Staging Area in Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area
Cost: $15 to register online


Here’s a pre-spring must-see festival. Skirtsafire features the work of women in the arts in Edmonton, and it combines a variety of art with live events like comedy shows, concerts, and workshops.

When: February 29th to March 10th, 2024
Where: Venues around Edmonton
Cost: Varies, including pay what you can