Weekend Events & Activities in Edmonton
Friday, January 30 – Sunday, February 1, 2015
A digest of What’s On in Edmonton during this weekend, including free fun family activities, weekend events & activities for kids, live music, performing arts & theatre and sports.
Check road conditions, before you go- Here Weather Warnings – Here
Weekend Trip Ideas
Jasper in January at Jasper National Park – January 16th – February 1st, 2015.
Banff Snow Days is ON at Banff National Park from January 10 – February 8, 2015.
MEC Ice Climbing Festival (all ages, equipment provided, free event) in downtown Banff from Jan 30 – Feb 1, 2015.
I. Family Events & Activities
1. Ice On Whyte
Its a Treasure Chest filled with Fun at Ice on Whyte. Come outside to play, slide, run, skate, eat, check out the amazing ice carvings, watch an artist at work, take a L’il Chipper class, make a craft, listen to music, dance, sing karaoke and more. You will not run out of things to do at Ice on Whyte. Details
January 23, 2015 – February 1, 2015
End of Steel Park, Gateway Blvd (103 Street) and Tommy Banks Way, Edmonton
Adults : $6.00; Child ( 2 – 12 ) : $3.00
Tsunami: FlowRider Double, a sheet wave attraction that enables people to ride waves using either a bodyboard or a flowboard has opened at World Water Park, WEM.
Enjoy the artistic light sculptures, installations that lights up the park. Highlighting the
works of local artists and designers, illumiNITE seeks to animate and bring vibrancy to parks and public spaces that are often lost in the darkness and cold of downtown. Enjoy the entertainment and activities as well. Details
Thursday, January 29 – Saturday, January 31, 2015
Beaver Hills House Park, 10404 Jasper Avenue NW Edmonton
3. Green & Glow Winterfest
Part of 100th anniversary celebration U of A – We’re kicking off our yearlong celebration of our 100th anniversary with an incredible weekend of winter fun and wonder. See what happens when we bring together talented artists, wondrous exhibits, and amazing performers for a magical festival on campus. Details
Thursday, January 29 – Saturday, January 31, 2015
Light Up the Night: Friday, January 30, 2015 | 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Snow Day: Saturday, January 31, 2015 | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
U of A Main Campus, Edmonton
Free; Cool Science Lecture: $10.00
4. Winter Shake Up! Festival
When deep winter sets in, Edmonton will show the world we know how to party outside! Downtown Edmonton will be transformed for the 1st ever Winter Shake-Up! Festival and Market. Shop local at our city’s first outdoor winter market with over 40 vendors, Roast marshmallows at fire pits, Enjoy hot chocolate, mulled wine and other warm drinks in the family friendly beverage garden, Take in stunning indoor and outdoor live entertainment and displays by local talent, Ride a snow slide
Create your own winter art, Enjoy MANY MORE incredible activities Details
Friday, January 30, 2015 | 12:00 PM – 08:00 PM
Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton
There are other fun activities open to public throughout the week as part of the conference for $15.00. See here
5. Cupid in the PARK
Dog Sled rides, skating, face painting and glitter/sparkle tattoos for children, Featured Frozen Characters – including Anna, Sven & Olaf, as well as some Valentines shopping for everyone!! Details
Saturday, January 31, 2015 | 10:30 AM – 05:00 PM
Log Cabin, 50 Spruce Avenue, Sherwood Park
6. Sip & Slide Sundays
Every Sunday in February, pack up your sleds, crazy carpets and snow saucers, hit toboggan hills with the family, and warm up those little red noses with a FREE hot drink from the City of Edmonton and Global TV Edmonton. Details
Sunday, February 1, 2015 | 01:00 PM – 05:00 PM
Rundle ACT Park, 2903 – 113 Avenue, Edmonton; Jackie Parker Park, 4540 50 Street NW, Edmonton; Gallagher Park, 97 Avenue and 92 Street, Edmonton.
7. Swing ‘n’ Skate
Swing ‘n’ Skate features live swing, jazz and big band music in the City Room at Edmonton City Hall. Local hep-cats, the Sugar Swing Dance Club, will help put the boogie-woogie in your step along with local acts pumping out the jazzy beats. If you’d rather be outdoors, the music will be broadcast directly outside for the enjoyment of ice skaters on City Hall Plaza. Details
Sundays, until February 22, 2015 | 01:00 PM – 04:00 PM
Edmonton City Hall & Plaza
8. Other Family Activities
Kids’ Nature Nook: Monday, Thursday @ 10:30am, Sunday @ 1pm
Animal Encounters & Feedings: Monday and Thursday @ 11:15am Saturday @ 1pm, Sunday @11am
Trail-Ventures : Saturday @ 11am and 2:15pm
Snowshoe Trail Ventures : Sunday @2:15pm
Edmonton Valley Zoo – Visit Edmonton Zoo this Week.
Muttart Conservatory – Feature Pyramid Shows - Details
Year of the Sheep: January 10 to March 1, 2015
Come celebrate the New Year at the Muttart Conservatory and experience the essence of Asian culture. Visitors can enjoy first hand the vibrant colours, sounds and aromas of the Lunar New Year with the diverse plant material and authentic props featured in this show. The show will include a sheep sculpture made of iron, an oriental-style bridge, paper lanterns, a Buddha statue and much more.
Register for upcoming Fort Edmonton Park Family Events: Snow shoeing through time on Feb 6 & Valentine’s Day party on Feb 7.
9. Royal Alberta Museum Activities
There are countless public programs aimed at children, so if you’re looking for something to do with your children during weekdays & weekends , the Museum is the perfect destination! From Story Time Club, to Animal Buddies, the Museum has great activities for kids.
Go for Solar observing at U of A Astronomical Observatory on Thursday, Jan 29, 2015 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. In the evening, join for the public lecture at 07:00 PM and view the variety of star clusters, planets, nebulae, galaxies, as well as the Moon when it is visible through the telescopes (till 08:00 PM). Free event.
10. Telus World of Science
Imax theatre : show times
January: The Science of Water – Details
Each Saturday & Sunday throughout January | 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM @ ESSO Skywalk
What floats and what sinks? You may be surprised! Learn about buoyancy with hands-on experiments in our water tanks. Construct a boat out of everyday objects then test it out to see how sea worthy it is, learn why you should always drink Diet Coke on boat trips, and discover the magic of convection currents.
Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology – Exhibition on now at the museum. – Details
11. Family Movies
Have fun with the whole family and watch a movie for $2.99 on Saturday mornings at 11am. See link for shows and participating theatres. Details
An American Tail on Jan 31
Big Miracle on Feb 7
The Muppet Movie on Feb 14
The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything: A Veggietales Movie on Feb 21
The Land Before Time on Feb 28
Reel Family Cinema at Metro Cinema: Details
Saturdays | 02:00 PM, Free for kids under 12.
Chicken Run (2000) on Jan 31
Happy Feet on Feb 7
The Princess Bride on Feb 14
The Lego Movie on Feb 21 – @ 1:00 PM
Fantastic Mr. Fox on Feb 28
12. Free activities at the local library
Edmonton Public library offers plenty of free drop in activities to choose from for all ages including toddler story times. Plan ahead to attend some of the free activities in the following weekends : Details and link for registration.
Strathcona County Library – Here
Spruce Grove Public Library – Here
St. Albert Public Library – Here
13. Drop – in Programs
Edmonton Recreation : There is always something you can do as family with the advantage of not having to plan early or register. Check these links below.
a. Public Skating (free of charge) – When & Where
b. Drop – in Swim – When & Where
c. Drop-in Fitness Programs : When & Where
St Albert – Servus Place – Drop in Schedule
Starthcona County – Drop in Programs
Activities by Edmonton Recreation
There are many affordable, high-quality inclusive programs, camps and activities throughout the year for all ages and abilities including Toddler time, puppet show, story time and more! Spend time exploring the river valley, trying a new sport, discovering your creative side and experiencing the outdoors. – See the link for details and register.
II. Adult/ Youth Events
1. Live Music
See Live Music in Edmonton for more details.
Totus Tuus @ St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral
Roy Assaf Trio @ Yardbird Suite
Architek Percussion @ Muttart Hall
Kyle Brenders Quartet @ Yardbird Suite
Day Tripper – The Beatles Experience @ Horizon Stage Performing Arts Centre & Shell Theatre
Marcus Roberts Trio @ Festival Place
Rosanne Cash @ Winspear Centre
Baroque Strings @ Robertson Wesley United Church
Get tickets for Soundwave at World Water Park, WEM featuring Dada Life, Borgore and Ookay on March 7 – Tickets
2. Performing Arts
Events this weekend include
Circle Mirror Transformation @ Varscona Theatre
The Magic Flute (opera) @ Northern Jubilee Auditorium
Mary’s Veil – The Musical @ Arden Theatre
By Request (Dinner Cabaret) @ Oliveto Trattoria
Playing with Fire: The Theo Fleury Story @ Maclab Theatre
Venus in Fur @ Shoctor Theatre
Canoe Theatre Festival @ Old Strathcona
How the other Half Loves @ Kinsmen Club of St Albert
The 11 O’Clock Number @ Varscona Theatre,10329 83 Ave, Edmonton
See Performing Arts in January article for more details.
III. Sports & Related Events
1. Edmonton Rush
vs. New England Black Wolves
Friday, January 30, 2015 | 07:30 PM
Rexall Place, Edmonton
University of Alberta – Golden Bears & Pandas Home Games - Schedule
2. WWE Live
Road to WrestleMania.
Saturday, January 31, 2015 | 07:30 PM
Rexall Place, Edmonton
3. Harness Racing
Friday, January 30, 2015 | 06:30 PM
Northlands Park, Edmonton
4. Red Bull Crashed Ice Qualifier
Saturday, January 31, 2015 | 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Leduc Recreation Centre, 4330 Black Gold Drive, Leduc
5. World Sledge Hockey Challenge 2015
Sunday, February 1, 2015 – Saturday, February 7, 2015
Leduc Recreation Centre, 4330 Black Gold Drive, Leduc
6. Cookie Marathon | Family
St. Albert Nordic Ski Club’s Make & Bake Cookie Marathon: Cookie Monsters young and old are invited to this potluck cookie event with three different loops to ski! Challenge Yourself: How many laps can you ski? Past through the “Cookie Station” for each lap you ski! Details
Sunday, February 01, 2015 | 2:00 PM- 3:00 PM
Kingswood Park, 395 Sir Winston Churchill Ave
Free members, $5.00 non members.
IV. Exhibitions & Other Events
1. Break Forth Canada 2015
Join thousands at the leading equipping and renewal conference in the nation. Powerful Inter-Generational Worship, Heart-Renewing Keynotes, Inspiring and Equipping Workshops, Break Forth Artist Competition and much, much more! Details
January 30 – February 1, 2015
Edmonton EXPO Centre
$107.00 & up
2. Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Experience the beauty, fragility, and array of life on our planet through the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Royal Alberta Museum.
November 28, 2014 – April 12, 2015 | 09:00 – 05:00 PM
Royal Alberta Museum
3. AGA Exhibitions
BMO World of Creativity: World of Boo | July 27–April 16, 2015
Colin Smith: Obscure Inversions | December 6–March 1, 2015
Suburbia: A Model Life (Photographs 1970s-80s) | December 6–March 1, 2015
View from a Window | December 6–March 1, 2015
4. U of A Museums Exhibitions
Discovering Dinosaurs | September 18, 2014 – January 31, 2015 @ Enterprise Square Galleries, 10230 Jasper Ave, Edmonton
Led by Dr. Philip Currie, Faculty of Science, the U of A is home to one of the world’s best dinosaur research programs and vertebrate paleontology collections. Discovering Dinosaurs reveals the fascinating story of Alberta’s Cretaceous dinosaurs, showcasing hundreds of never-before-seen specimens, new discoveries, and recent U of A research.
Lois Hole: The Queen of Hugs | October 23, 2014 – March 22, 2015 @ Human Ecology Building Gallery, Main Floor, 116 Street and 89 Avenue, University of Alberta, Edmonton
From the Clothing and Textiles Collection, Lois Hole: The Queen of Hugs is an exhibition dedicated to the life and legacy of Lois Hole (January 30, 1929 – January 6, 2005), a Canadian politician, academician, and entrepreneur. Well recognized for her roles as Lieutenant Governor of Alberta and Chancellor of the University of Alberta, she was also known and loved for her warm personality. Items of her clothing, jewellery, and photographs enrich visitors’ experiences and help to create a personal connection with the memory of the Queen of Hugs.
Future Station: 2015 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art | January 24 – May 3, 2015 @ Enterprise Square Galleries, 10230 Jasper Ave, Edmonton
Future Station is an examination of the creative practices at work with Alberta artists. The title is derived from an abandoned transit platform located under Edmonton’s civic centre. It is both a physical and allegorical place of transition and stasis: part urban mythology and part monument to the banality of dormant infrastructure.
Free / Donation
5. Multicultural Heritage Centre Exhibitions
@ Multicultural Heritage Centre , 5411 – 51 Street, Stony Plain
Scales, Fur and Feathers – Wildlife Carvings: Natural History Carving by Cheryl and Brian Hepperle: January 3 – February 11th, 2015
Fashion Reflections – This exhibit features examples of women’s clothing from the early 1900s – 1950. Details
Danbrook and Lancaster both work with memory and identity in their art practices. Memory based art-practice and the experience of memory is multi-sensual, enveloped in spatial ways of understanding our surroundings and the world around us. Memory engages us in an understanding of site, social and body memory and the role of place in memory. Details
January 9 – February 22, 2015
Gallery@501, #120, 501 Festival Avenue, Sherwood Park
V. Dinner Theatre/Music Events
1. Fort Edmonton Park - Events
Sunday Brunch – Gather your clan for Sunday Brunch at Johnson’s Cafe at the historic Hotel Selkirk in Fort Edmonton Park. Enjoy a scrumptious meal then take a stroll around the park.
2. The Hat - Events
3. River Cree Resort & Casino - Events
4. Jubilations Dinner Theatre - Events: The Game is Afoot! until Jan 31, 2015
5. The Red Piano - Events
6. Blues on Whyte - Events
7. The Comic Strip - Events
8. Mayfield Dinner Theatre – Events : Top of the Pops: A British Rock Invasion: until February 1, 2015
9. The Comedy Factory - Events
Edmonton Queen (River Cruise) is accepting reservations for its 2015 season – Details
2. French Quarter Farmers Market
A boutique Farmers Market. Come discover quality local vendors, with gourmet/artisan foods available for you and your family’s pleasure & health! Fun for the entire family. Details
Every Sunday from 12 :00 PM to 4 :00 PM (ongoing throughout the year – Rain or Shine)
La Cité Francophone, 8627 rue Marie-Anne-Gaboury [91 street], Edmonton
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