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Guide to Red Bull Crashed Ice in Edmonton

Gillian Thomson Edmonton
by Gillian Thomson

You've heard about it for months. You've watched as the track took shape over the past few weeks. You've been checking the weather forecast for days. The time is finally here for Red Bull Crashed Ice. Here's all the details you need to make the most of your Crashed Ice weekend.

Red Bull Crashed Ice Main Event

When?
Saturday, March 14 - Ice Cross Downhill World Championship Finals - 7:00-10:00pm
If you want even more Crashed Ice action, check out Friday's team event from 7:00-9:00pm (March 13)

What does it cost? How can I get tickets?
It's FREE! Just show up at the track. No tickets needed or admission gates to filter through. It will be very crowded, so get there early!

Where is the event?
The track starts on the south side of Jasper Avenue between Shaw Conference Centre and the Edmonton Welcome Centre. It will run downhill into the river valley with twists and turns around Shaw Conference Centre, over Grierson Hill and into Louise McKinney Park.

Where can I watch it?
The best place to view the race will be in Louise McKinney Park. It will be very crowded, so head down there early! None of the spectator areas capture the entire track, so there will be large screens showing the races live from every angle.

There will also be large screens to watch the live action in Churchill Square, near the top of the track on Jasper Avenue between 97 and 99 Street, and in the beer gardens in the Shaw Conference Centre. You'll still feel like you're part of the excitement even if you aren't super close to the track.

How do I get there?
It is recommended that you take public transportation since parking will be limited and some streets are closed. Jasper Avenue in front of Shaw Conference Centre, Grierson Hill, and 97 Street from Jasper Ave to 102 Ave will be closed for the event. There is no public parking at Shaw Conference Centre/Louise McKinney Park or Muttart Conservatory and limited in the surrounding area. Regular ETS and increased LRT schedules will be operating. Buses with routes on Jasper Avenue between 95A to 99 Street will be rerouted on Saturday. Access to viewing areas will be through the Shaw Conference Centre, but it will be very crowded, so it may be easier to use Grierson Hill or Louise McKinney Park stairs by 95A Street. From the south side of the river, pedestrians can access the viewing area via Louise McKinney Footbridge (but there is no spectating from the bridge).

For more information, check the City of Edmonton's Red Bull Crashed Ice page, read the official public service announcement, or check Red Bull's FAQs.

More than just the races!

There are so many things to take in this weekend. The whole city will be alive with Crashed Ice celebrations.

  • Farewell to Winter Patio Parties (Friday to Sunday) - patios around Edmonton will be opening up to remind you how fun it is to eat and drink on a patio!
  • The Fairmont Hotel MacDonald is a part of the Farewell to Winter Patio Party with their Fire and Ice party. They'll be serving Red Bull sorbet and broadcasting the live races on screens around their patio (tickets required).
  • Winter Warrior Challenge is held during the day on Saturday at The Ranch Golf Club. Cheer on hundreds of participants as they test their winter obstacle course skills.
  • Churchill Square will be bustling with activities all day including food trucks, warm drinks, and the Edmonton Flatstick Hockey Tournament.
  • Craft Beer Market will be serving two signature cocktails with Red Bull - the El Toro Loco and Sour Bourbon Bull.
  • There are special Red Bull themed parties at Hundred Bar & Kitchen (Friday & Saturday), Knoxville's Tavern (Thursday-Saturday), and Denizen Hall (Friday & Saturday with free Red Bull between 10-11pm).
  • Old Strathcona will be welcoming the warmer weather with sidewalk cafes and patios open at Black Dog Freehouse, Choklat, The Billiard Club, and The Next Act.

Eating & drinking during Red Bull Crashed Ice weekend

Wish you had a handy map with all the parties? Your wish is our command. Here's one for downtown and another for Old Strathcona.