February Events in Edmonton: Snowshoeing, Festivals & More! [2024]

Posted by EdmontonRealEstate .ca on Monday, January 29th, 2024 at 8:39am.

4 Must-See February Events in EdmontonFebruary 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 four events happening locally, from snowshoeing to music festivals.

Snowshoe & Stargaze

Two activities unique to Edmonton winters are celebrated in this February event, Snowshoe and Stargaze. Part of Elk Island National Park's Dark Sky Experiences, this unique event takes place on Saturday evenings throughout January and February. While the event is free, note that there's an admission cost to the park: adults pay $9, while seniors get a discount to $7.75 and children 17 years old and younger enter for free. 

The event starts with a short park interpreter-led snowshoe hike around Astotin Lake, then attendees gather around a campfire as the interpreter talks about different constellations and how to use them to navigate. The park is part of the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve, so the night sky is exceptionally dark and clear.

Snowshoes and red-light headlamps are included in the sign-up cost of the event. Participants should dress appropriately in warm layers with snow pants and boots—they'll be outside for around two hours.

  • February Dates: Saturdays 2/3, 2/10, and 2/17
  • Location: Elk Island National Park, 54401 Range Rd 203, Fort Saskatchewan, AB T8L 0V3

International Festival of Winter Cinema

Not only does the International Festival of Winter Cinema (IFWC) take place during winter, but the entire event centers around winter-themed films. Think of mountains, snow sports, winter weather, culture, and more. The IFWC is part of the Silver Skate Festival, one of the best Edmonton winter festivals, and holds the honour of being "the world's only free outdoor winter film festival."

Just like with the Silver Skate Festival, note the change of location for the IFWC. The events are taking place at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park, in light of renovations at Hawrelak Park. But what hasn't changed is what makes the film festival stand out. The event is free to attend, and the films are shown on a unique giant snow screen, which is exactly what it sounds like: a movie screen made from snow! There will be numerous fire pits, hot cocoa and coffee available for purchase, and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets.

  • Date: February 9–18, 2024
  • Location: Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park, 13221 Buena Vista Rd NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 2R7

Edmonton Oilers Hockey Games

One thing Edmonton is especially well-known for is supporting its hometown sports teams—especially the Oilers, the local NHL team. For those who may not know, hockey legend Wayne Gretzky played for the Oilers, leading the team to an impressive four Stanley Cups in the 1980s. Throughout February, there are six Oilers home games when fans have the opportunity to experience the action and excitement firsthand. These games include the Battle of Alberta (versus the Calgary Flames) and a matchup against the Boston Bruins, one of the top teams in the league.

Regardless of who the visiting team is, the atmosphere inside the Oilers' home arena, Rogers Place, is renowned for being loud and lively. Aside from watching the action on the ice, Rogers Place also has various concessions, merchandise, music, and other forms of entertainment throughout the game.

The cost of attending an Oilers game generally ranges from $50 to $200 per ticket. However, this varies depending on several factors, including the seating section, opponent, and day of the week.

  • Dates: 2/13, 2/21, 2/23, 2/24, 2/26, 2/28
  • Location: Rogers Place, ICE District, 10220 104 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 0H6

Edmonton Blues Society Winter Blues Festival

The non-profit Edmonton Blues Society (EBS), whose mission is "to be referred to as 'The heartbeat of a vibrant blues community'," hosts the annual Winter Blues Festival every February. Essentially a giant celebration of Edmonton's blues music scene, the festival features a wide range of local and international blues musicians and bands. In addition to several live performances, the Winter Blues Festival also features a humongous dance floor and food and drink vendors. This event is cash only, and there is no ATM available onsite. 

This year's Winter Blues Festival will be held at St. Basil's Cultural Centre on February 10, and tickets range from $45 (early bird special until February 3) to $50. Doors open at 12:30 p.m., and the fun runs from 1:30–11:30 p.m. Featured groups for the 2024 festival include the Charlie Jacobson Band, Ben Todd & The Toddlers, and several more.

  • Date: February 10, 2024
  • Location: St. Basil's Cultural Centre, 10819 71 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 0X8

Enjoy Edmonton This February

Edmonton in February is an exciting, fun-filled time. Some of Edmonton's most beloved and well-known events are held during winter when the city is blanketed in snow. Here, you'll never run out of things to do and see, even when it's freezing out. Pick an event that fits into your schedule, and take part in what Edmonton has to offer this month!

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