Silver Skate Festival

Feb 10-20, 2023 • Hawrelak Park

Edmonton's longest running winter festival!

Create Winter Experiences with Silver Skate Festival this February in Hawrelak Park

December 19, 2022

Public Service Announcement 
For Immediate Release

Edmonton – Grab your mittens and toques and get ready to create Winter Experiences with us! Silver Skate Festival, Edmonton’s longest running winter festival, returns to celebrate winter sport, recreation, arts and culture in William Hawrelak Park February 10 – 20, 2023.

“We’re really looking forward to bringing back a full slate of programming for our attendees in 2023. We’re really looking to go out with a bang before relocating to Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park for the next few years.”

Executive Producer Erin DiLoreto

Come and behold Hawrelak Park transformed into a mosaic of winter fun for the entire family! Glide effortlessly along the largest skating pond in the city, marvel at the artistic talent on display in the Waiward Snow Sculpture Symposium and Garden, be delighted by nomadic performers on the Imperial Oil Folk Trail, enjoy the spectacle of the Fire Sculptures and Burn, and sample food from some of Edmonton’s top culinary talent at Spirits on Ice. 

We’re continually adding to our events sections. Please monitor silverskate.ca for updates.

Click HERE for our media kit.


Welcome Josh Languedoc as Indigenous Coordinator

Josh Languedoc
Josh Languedoc.
Photo by Mat Simpson

Josh Languedoc is an Anishinaabe playwright, producer, performer, and teacher who has made a home in beautiful Treaty 6 Territory. Most recently, you will have seen Josh’s producing work at the Edmonton Fringe Festival as the curator of the all-Indigenous pêhonân Series. Committed to supporting the growth of Indigenous artists and communities, Josh has stepped into the Silver Skate Festival as the Indigenous Coordinator.

For his first year with the festival, Josh is building an Indigenous pavilion that will include installations, stories, and a Winter Walking Ceremony. The pavilion will be physically inspired by the directions of the Medicine Wheel. It will face the appropriate directions and be located in the familiar space near the cafe. On both Saturdays and Sundays it will feature interactive programming from 12-5pm. The night will end at 6:30pm with a Walking Ceremony hosted by Adam Erasmus. Festival-goers will follow Adam in a sacred walk around the park ending with an intention setting and tobacco offering.


Volunteer with Silver Skate in 2023

© Marc J Chalifoux Photography 2018

Come and Create Winter Experiences Onsite With Us!

We have a multitude of volunteer positions available for people of different ages, skill sets, and interests. Almost all the volunteer positions are outside, yay 🙂 Dress for success and we will take care if the rest!

Volunteer perks include:

  • A cozy warming tent
  • Hot food, beverages, and snacks
  • Silver Skate Swag

Click HERE to learn more at TimeCounts.


About the Silver Skate Festival

The Silver Skate Festival has been creating winter experiences in Edmonton’s Hawrelak Park for over 30 years! What began as a small annual skating event rooted in Dutch winter traditions has blossomed into an all-embracing celebration of winter sport, art, music, and recreation for the entire family.

Visit silverskate.ca for more information.

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Media Contact: 
Erin DiLoreto
Festival Producer
producer@silverskate.ca
Ph. 780.718.0486

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