Arts on the Ave is proud to present the 12th annual Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival featuring Winter Tales.

Join us Saturday, January 12th & Sunday, January 13th, 2019 and embrace the cold 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.

Do not miss this amazing weekend!

Arts on the Ave est fière de vous présenter la 12e édition du Festival Deep Freeze, un festival hivernal byzantin, dont le thème cette année est Contes d’hivers.

Soyez des nôtres les samedi et dimanche 12 et 13 janvier 2019 et venez respirez l’air de notre climat nordique et profiter d’une grande diversité artistique, de jeux d’hiver culturels et patrimoniaux tout en vous amusant.

Cette année, le samedi célèbrera la journée culturelle ukrainienne tandis que le dimanche sera consacré à la journée culturelle francophone ; vous pourrez aussi apprécier des performances autochtones durant toute la fin de semaine. Plusieurs des scènes du festival seront agrémentées de performances de diverses musiques du monde.

Ne ratez pas cette fin de semaine sensationnelle !

2019 Festival Information


Festival Hours

Saturday: Noon - 10 pm (General)

Sunday: Noon - 6 pm (All venues)

*A detailed list of venue closures is available on our FAQ page!


On the Menu

We’ll have a wide selection of delicious food available at all our venues! Check out what will be available on on our menu at the festival!



Fireworks will happen on Saturday, January 12th from 6 - 6:20 pm. Check out our FAQ page to learn which are the best spots to watch the fireworks!

Be part of the festival!


We are still looking for volunteers! Come join our incredible team — we have positions available for many skills & interests. Plus, you get a sweet festival toque and other great volunteer perks!

Support the Festival!

Wanting to contribute and to continue to support this wonderful winter festival? You can donate at the festival or online. Whether it’s one-time or monthly, your generosity is sincerely appreciated!

A Message from Mayor Don Iveson


A Message from Brian Mason, M.L.A.


Welcome to Deep Freeze, 2019!

It gives me great pleasure to bring greetings to you today on behalf of Premier Rachel Notley and the Government of Alberta, and to welcome you to the 12th Annual Deep Freeze/Byzantine Festival.

This is a special Deep Freeze Festival for me.

As your MLA for the past 19 years, I’ve had the honor of attending this Festival pretty well every year. Sadly, this will also be the last time I’ll be able to bring greetings to it as your MLA, as I will soon be retiring.

I’ve watched this Festival grow over the years, from an event that was scratched out around Christy Morin’s kitchen table to the amazing Festival it has become now.

From those humble beginnings, this Festival has grown into one of Edmonton’s biggest and best FREE Family events. Tens of thousands of people enjoy this festival every year. Hundreds of artists bring an amazing variety of music, dance, visual arts, story-telling, face-painting, food, and other cultural elements to it.

Most importantly, the Deep Freeze Festival has also become an opportunity for us to get out and meet each other around the stages and galleries, at Pipon Village or the Ice Kingdom or any of the other venues hosting activities this weekend.

It has fostered not only the arts, but also the community and the people that supports and welcomes the arts. It has become a powerful vehicle for positive social change.

We see that happening when we look around this area. We hear about it when we listen to the stories of our neighbours. And we add to that when we take part in a wonderful event like this.

Thank you, Deep Freeze Festival, for bringing us all together, a little closer to one another. And thank you for making us all a little better because of that.

I wish the very best for this Festival now and in years to come. I wish the very best to all of you too --- the organizers, the hundreds of volunteers, the artists and performers, and everyone coming out to enjoy “The Ave” this weekend.



Brian Mason, M.L.A.

Edmonton Highlands-Norwood