February might be a short month, but there's no shortage of things going on in Edmonton. Winter festivals are in full swing, so check out what we've got on tap:
Flying Canoë Volant
Canoeing in the winter is tough. There’s constantly ice in your way, and the obvious threat of hypothermia. Fortunately, the Flying Canoe Festival has resolved that problem with, well, flying. Take part in the French-Canadian and First-Nations legend told by various lost canoeists along a beautifully lit trail in the river valley. Of course you can also check out the outdoor DJ, snow slide and ice bar as well.
Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour
Grab your jersey, make sure your hockey hair is on point and head to The Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour in Churchill Square. Join fellow hockey fanatics for a flurry of family-friendly activities, and don't miss your chance to see Ron MacLean and Tara Slone broadcast live from the Sportsnet mobile studio!
The Great Canadian Fitfest
Don't let your New Year's resolution end in January. Keep up the good work and learn about all the latest health and fitness trends at Fitfest. The Edmonton Expo Centre will be filled with everything from fun trials and group classes to health products and expert speakers. Check out the American ninja-warrior style obstacle course, performances by aerial circus performers, free massages, a parkour playground and more!
Silver Skate Festival
How about a little fire and ice to go with your February? Silver Skate Festival is serving up a healthy dose of both with an event list that would make the Winter Olympics jealous! Want snow sculptures? Got ‘em. Fire sculptures? Yep. Winter triathlon? Sure. Skating races, snowshoe races, curling, snow luge, broomball, hockey…should I keep going? The list goes on with other highlights including Heritage Village and Folk Trails. You’ll have to check it out to see the winter spirit truly coming together!
And stroll over to the Ice Castles to explore a two acre winter wonderland in Hawrelak Park.
Feel that? There’s a new wind blowing into town this winter. Chinook Series showcases some of the most acclaimed contemporary art taking place across Alberta, the nation, and worldwide. By bringing together dynamic, daring, and cutting edge artists, Chinook offers the best in theatre, dance, and performance art!
Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival
What’s a loppet? Hmm, that’s a good question, let me turn it over to our resident Viking blogger, Yngvild. A loppet is a long endurance race (typically cross country skiing), such as the Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival this February. The “Birkie” is a great family-oriented event that takes place at Cooking Lake near Elk Island National Park. Terrific, thanks Yngvild!
Garth Brooks with Trisha Yearwood
Garth Brooks is playing a show in Edmonton this February? Stop. This is too good to be true. Wait. He’s playing nine shows in Edmonton? NINE SHOWS!? Breathe. Dust off your cowboy boots, and just breathe. This country music legend is coming back to Edmonton for the first time in 21 years, and you can see him with Trisha Yearwood at Rogers Place. Get your tickets and make all your country-music dreams come true.
Valentine’s Day seems to sneak up every single year doesn’t it? Forgot to make plans again? Of course you did, the doghouse is like a second home to you. But this year is different. You're going to dinner with your sweety (or even solo, who needs love anyway?) at one of Edmonton's amazing local restaurants like Corso 32, RGE RD, Bar Clementine and Bar Bricco.
Music Legends are Heading to Edmonton
February kicks off with concerts galore! Don't miss your favourite artists when they roll into town. The Arkells, USS with Said the Whale and Repartee, and Billy Talent are all playing The Shaw Conference Centre this month. Sam Roberts Band takes the stage at the Winspear Centre, while Matthew Good is making a stop at the River Cree Resort and Casino.