Bundle up, the Deep Freeze Festival is back again for another year this weekend (Jan 11th & 12th) and there is tons of stuff for the whole family!
Family Fun At The Deep Freeze Festival
The theme for this year’s Deep Freeze Festival is Under the Frozen Sea and there are many free activities happening which unite Ukrainian, Franco-Albertan, Franco-African, First Nations, Chinese, Latin American, and Acadian/East Coast communities to taste, share and experience the Olde New Year.
Activities for this year’s festival are outside along the ave but there will also be four indoor venues, a giant igloo, and a yurt for you to enjoy activities inside too!
- Ice Slides – There is a slide for everyone to experience! You can find the giant ice slide on 118 Avenue at 92 Street and the kid-friendly ice slide in Tom Fool’s Ice & Snow Kingdom
- Live music & dancing – The weekend will include music, dance, song, from Ukrainian (Saturday), Francophone Canadian (Sunday), and Indigenous (all weekend) cultures.
- Roving Entertainment – Keep your eyes open for National Stiltwalkers of Canada, The Trollsons & The Walrus, Jasper National Park, Elk Island National Park, AWN Caribou Patrol, Odins Ravens Vikings, Emily Elf, The Ice & Snow Princesses, Cabane a sucre, Jack Axe Knife-Throwing, Forge & Farrier – Blacksmith, Voyageurs Photo-Op, Matrushka Dolls Photo-Op, Giant Blue Whale Lantern, Carousel Street Installation, Girl Clown Performers, Baba Yaga Rovers, Alberta Avenue Mummers, Edmonton Brigade
- World cuisine – Delicious food and drinks will be around the whole festival which includes cuisines from around the world and a few concessions too! Check out the full list of what’s on the menu, here.
- Wagon rides (temperature dependent)
- Ice games – Family winter outdoor fun: Frozen x’s and o’s, bean bag toss, and take your Deep Freeze selfie at the Giant Ice Throne.
- Artisan Market – Shop for original and local items from local artisans at Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts and Pipon Village (see the map above on where to find them). You can also find painting, mixed media, fabric, photography and sculptures to view at Nina Haggerty as well.
There are many more activities taking place over the weekend than mentioned above. For more details on when specific activities are available, and also to see the full schedule for the whole weekend you can visit www.deepfreezefest.ca