All Edmonton Festivals
Click on the month below to go directly to the specific month’s festivals. Festivals that straddle adjacent months are mentioned under the month which the festival begins.
Please verify all details from official websites.
For current weekend events, see This Weekend in Edmonton.
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Festivals in January
1. Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival
Deep Freeze Byzantine Winter Festival is a free family event that brings together Ukrainian, Franco-Albertan, Franco-African, Indigenous, and Acadian/East Coast communities to revel in the magic and beauty of winter. Come embrace our cold northern climate by melding artistic panache with authentic cultural and heritage winter games! Details
~ 2nd Weekend of January
118 AVE, 90 – 94 Street., Edmonton
Ice on Whyte
Every day is jam packet with outdoor winter activities. Come outside to play, slide, run, skate, eat, watch artists at work, create your own ice carving in the igloo at a L’il Chipper class, make a craft, listen to music, dance, sing karaoke and more. Taste some delicious food and hot beverages in the outdoor food court, stop by the Rusty Anchor Grog Stop for grown ups and much more! Details
Last weekend of January
Gateway Blvd (103 Street) and Tommy Banks Way, Edmonton
Rubaboo Arts Festival
Rubaboo is a multi‐disciplinary two week festival committed to redressing the erasure of culture and moving us in understanding and inclusion. Rubaboo showcases Aboriginal plays, music, dance, art, food, family events, artist workshops – and is the only festival of its kind in Alberta! Details
Last/First week of Jan/Feb
Multiple Venues, Edmonton
Flying Canoë Volant
In the spirit of a great winter city, the Flying Canoë Volant is a creative, interactive, cultural event, designed to celebrate local history and everything that is great about a long winter’s night. Inspired by the legend of The Flying Canoe and French Canadian, First Nations and Métis traditions, this event celebrates our beautiful Mill Creek Ravine and the newly-established French Quarter.
~ 1st Weekend February
Mill Creek Ravine, La Cité Francophone, Edmonton
2. Chinook Series
Three companies, three festivals, one series. Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre Canoe, Azimuth Theatre‘s Expanse and Fringe Theatre Adventures’ Edmonton Fringe come together to present you with the hottest two weeks of live performance you’ll experience this winter: the CHINOOK SERIES. Dynamic, daring and dangerous acts from across the street to across the country. Be part of the new wind that’s blowing into town. Join us, and get Chinook-ed! Details
ATB Financial Arts Barns, 10330 84 Avenue, Edmonton
3. WildFire Festival
The WildFire Festival is an improv festival for students from all across Alberta (and sometimes even the Territories). The 16-day festival is created by the marriage of three improv tournaments: The Canadian Improv Games, Rapid Fire Theatre’s own TheatreSports tournament: the Nosebowl and the WildFire Junior. Details
The Citadel Theatre – Ziedler Hall, 9828 101A Ave NW, Edmonton
Free & ticketed events
4. Sliver Skate Festival
Rooted in Dutch winter traditions, the festival combines sport (especially skating), arts and culture, and recreation. Silver Skate features a wide variety of free events and activities including horse drawn sleigh rides, orienteering, live music, winter sports, food trucks and a Heritage Village in celebration of Edmonton’s rich cultural heritage featuring pioneer and Aboriginal pieces.
~ 2nd & 3rd Weekend of February
William Hawrelak Park, 9930 Groat Road Northwest, Edmonton
5. Ski the Canadian Birkebeiner
The premier classic ski festival in Canada. A family-oriented, friendly cross-country ski loppet honouring the spirit of the Norwegian Birkebeiner legend. Details
~ 2nd Weekend of February
Cooking Lake – Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area, the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village and Elk Island National Park.
6. Uptown Folk Club Winterfest
A two day Music Festival featuring local and North America’s best Folk & Roots Performers.Details
~ Family Day Weekend
Norwood Legion, Edmonton
7. Winter Roots Roundup Festival
The festival focuses on knitting together the best of folk, roots and blues music through film, workshops and live performances. Details
Garneau and University area, Edmonton
1. SkirtsAFire HerArts Festival
SkirtsAFire creates a platform for women’s stories presented in theatre, music, dance, visual art, comedy and spoken word. Artists and audience come together to share in these powerful, moving, insightful and entertaining performances and exhibitions. Details
~ March 1st/2nd Weekends
Venues in and around 118th Ave, Edmonton
2. Downtown Dining Week
For ten days Downtown will become a foodie paradise as the amazing chefs in Downtown’s finest restaurants serve up sumptuous, multi-course meals at special prices. This is the perfect opportunity to try some of Downtown’s best eateries that maybe you haven’t experienced yet, and delight your taste buds with exclusive menus designed specifically for Dining Week. By Downtown Business Association.
~ Mid March
Edmonton Downtown Restaurants.
Two-course lunches for $18, three-course dinners for $28 or an Executive dinner for $45.
Discover the true meaning of St.Patrick’s Day with your family at this Irish festival on The Ave! The enchantment and fun of the Emerald Isle will turn your Mucchy March to brightest green. Details
~ around St Patricks Day (Last held in 2017)
Alberta Avenue Community League, Edmonton
Now Hear This
New Music Edmonton’s annual festival. Spanning three days with dozens of performances, Now Hear This showcases an incredible roster of local, national and international musicians, composers, dancers, visual and sound artists, and much more, alongside free lectures, panel talks and open participation events. Details
Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 10037 84th Ave, Edmonton
Western Canada Fashion Week
Western Canada Fashion Week (WCFW), which was established in 2005, has developed into a nationally-recognized fashion and design event and the second-largest Fashion Week in Canada. Join us for nine nights of different programming; with runway shows, design competitions and performers, there’s something for everyone! Details.
~ March & September
ATB Financial Arts Barns, 10330 – 84 Ave. Edmonton
Edmonton’s International Beerfest
Beerfest takes over 60,000 sq feet of space in Edmonton’s premier conference destination. With over 200 beers available for tasting, a whole new line-up of entertainment, and Edmonton’s most popular and best beer serving establishments represented; this year is shaping up to be a blast. Beer Festival.
March 22 to 23, 2019
Shaw Conference Centre, 9797 Jasper Ave NW, Edmonton
$19.00 & up