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Silver Skate Festival is a 10-day, family-oriented festival running Feb. 9-19 in Edmonton's scenic river valley. Rooted in Dutch winter traditions, the festival combines sport (especially skating), arts and culture, and recreation. Celebrating its 28th anniversary in 2018, the Silver Skate Festival is the longest running winter festival in Edmonton. Over the years, it has grown in leaps and bounds, from a small skating event to a large-scale, winter extravaganza. Each year, the festival transforms Hawrelak Park into a winter wonderland with fun for the entire family. Here, you'll discover breathtaking snow sculptures, winter sports, and horse-drawn sleighs carrying families through the park. Sit in a Cree Winter Camp and cook bannock over an open fire. Compete in the winter triathlon or speed skating events. Take in live music and theatrical performances with your friends and loved ones.
Edmonton’s Ice Castle will be built in Hawrelak Park and is expected to be open to the public late December 2017, through March 2018, weather permitting. This winter wonderland is crafted by hand, using only icicles and water, and resembles organic formations found in nature, like those of frozen waterfalls, glaciers or ice caves. Guests are invited to not only view the beauty of the structure but also to squeeze, squish and crawl through parts of the stunning Narnia-like display.
The Pride Parade and Festival is an annual cultural event representing Calgary's diversity. Held at Shaw Millennium Park, the festival features an entertainment stage with live performances and music, food, beer gardens and a Kid Zone.