February is a busy time of year in Edmonton! If you're looking for something to do in the middle of winter, here's a list of events happening locally, from a showcase of women artists to the return of Winefest.
Afro Latin Festival YEG
Date: February 1, 2020
Address: The Starlite Room, 10030 102 St NW
The Afro Latin Festival YEG is the biggest get-together from La Connexional, and this year it's back—bigger and better than ever! This “Winter Cancellation” festival creates a tropical celebration of what makes African, Caribbean, and Latino cultures so unique and diverse, featuring dancing, arts, education, and much more. The afrobeats and Latin horns of the live local and international talent will take you to a place far away from the harsh midwinter night. Get together with the vibrant community of La Connexional for an incredible, energetic night.
Silver Skate Festival 30th Anniversary
Dates: February 7-17, 2020
Address: Hawrelak Park, 9330 Groat Rd NW
This year marks the 30th year that the Silver Skate Festival has brought family fun to winters in Edmonton. The free-to-attend festival offers a winter wonderland full of sports, activities, arts and crafts workshops, and more. Its humble beginnings were as an ice skating festival, and 30 years later, skating still plays a big part in the fun, but attractions such as horse-drawn carriages, live music and theatre performances, the Heritage Village, and more have made it grow into a wonderful and educational extravaganza. Come join Edmonton in the winter fun!
Dates: February 14 & 15, 2020
Winefest Edmonton is back for another year of good eating and, of course, good drinking. Wines from all over the world are available for the sampling, and the purchase of one ticket will grant you all-inclusive sampling privileges of both the wine and the hors d'oeuvres offered alongside. Exciting door prizes will also be available for guests to win. Just like in previous years, the proceeds of this year's Winefest will go to several charities, including Edmonton's Food Bank. This event will surely be a night to remember!
Dates: Feb 27-Mar 8, 2020
Address: Various locations
Since 2012, the Skirtsafire Festival has been celebrating the artistic and theatrical talents of the women of Alberta and Canada. The festival was created to address the under-representation of female artists, and it aims to empower women artists of all ethnicities, abilities, identities, and walks of life. Over 100 passionate artists come together across several venues to display their exhibits and performances for all to enjoy.
The variety of art mediums displayed at SkirtsAfire is as diverse as the artists themselves: theatre, spoken word, comedy, design, dance, and so much more. With so much to see, there's something here that will appeal to anyone ready to be moved and experience something new.
Edmonton in February will be an exciting, fun-filled time. Pick an event that fits into your schedule, and take part in what the city has to offer!
By Justin Havre