This weekend is Edmonton’s 13th annual Deep Freeze Festival. Hosted on Alberta Avenue, enjoy workshops, live music, local art, food and more!

From Saturday, January 11 to Sunday, January 12, embrace the northern climate by enjoying artistic panache and authentic cultural and heritage winter games and fun.

This year, Saturday will be Ukrainian Cultural Day and Sunday will be Francophone Cultural Day, with Indigenous performances all weekend long. Several festival stages will feature special world music performances on Saturday.

Slide down the Giant Ice Slides.

Take part in the street hockey tournament.

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Just a couple of hours playing street hockey.

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Check out Pipon Village and enjoy fresh bannock and jam, try snowshoeing, learn a traditional craft, check out the artisans, explore a Métis Trapper’s tent and an Inuit Tupik, and enjoy some amazing musicians, dancers and drummers in the Big Bear Yurt.

Even watch a blacksmith at work! Come interact with local Blacksmith Tim Moreland in his mobile forge while he works the hot iron on his anvil, creating the metal tools and the hardware that were vital to the homesteader and pioneer in the early days of our province. Tim has a passion for tradition and history and he will try to answer all of your questions about blacksmithing and local history.

And of course – maple syrup taffy in the snow! What’s more Canadian than that!

Admission to the festival is by donation with all proceeds going to benefit Arts on the Ave so that they can continue to bring this free, family focused and community winter festival to Edmonton each year.

Get more info about Deep Freeze Festival here.