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Festival Fun in Regina

Regina celebrates winter during KŌNA-FEST, the city’s winter festival. KONA is pronounced “koona” and is one of the Cree words for snow.

Presented by SaskEnergy, KŌNA-FEST begins Tuesday, February 12 and runs for 17 days. It celebrates music, arts, sports and culture, featuring live concerts, original dance performances, snow and ice sculpture displays, cross country ski races, and outdoor fun for the whole family.

Here are just a few of the fun events that make up KŌNA-FEST:

Ice Sculpture- Downtown Ice and Fire Carnival (February 17, Victoria Park). Features include snow sculptures and sculpture demonstrations, dance procession, kid crafts, toffee pull, shinny, live music, lantern procession, fire dancers and more.

- I Love Regina Family Fun Day (February 18, Wascana Centre Skating Rink). Meet festival mascots Tansi and Ravi, enjoy hot chocolate, skating and prize draws.

- Regina Pats vs. Moose Jaw Warriors (February 18, Brandt Centre). Western Hockey League rivals square off at 6:00 p.m. on Family Day.

- COWROCKS Festival (February 24, The Exchange). Local musicians create seven brand new bands who perform acoustically inclined music around this years theme, “Away From North America”. All ages are welcome.

- The 13th Annual Mid-Winter Blues Festival (March 1-3, various venues). The 2008 version of this great blues festival features Guitar Shorty, Garrett Mason, Blue Dawn, Paul Reddick & The Sidemen, Rory Block, Paul Kype & Texas Flood, Soul Traveler , Nigel Mack, The Blue VooDoo, South Thunderbird and Robert Hoek. Visit Regina Delta Blues Association for more information.

JibFest- SaskTel JibFest (March 2-3, Wascana Centre). Top snowboarders from across Canada compete for over $10,000 in cash and prizes. JibFest includes beer gardens, pro freestyle snocross shows, outdoor concert and three-story high video screen. For more information visit SaskTel JibFest.

- Western Canadian SnoCross Championships (March 3-4, Douglas Park). This must-see, thrilling snowmobile spectator event features competitors from Western Canada, Ontario and the US battling at high speeds for prize money. The excitement starts at 11:00 each day.

For more information and details about other events and activities, visit KŌNA-FEST