25 Things To Do In Edmonton This February

Winter festivals, theatrical productions and more.

February 1, 2018

Embrace winter at the Silver Skate Festival

The Silver Skate Festival celebrates its 28th year in 2018, making it Edmonton’s longest running winter festival. There’s a full programming schedule from art to culture to sports, so you’re sure to find something that catches your interest. The festival runs February 9 to 19.

William Hawrelak Park, 9330 Groat Rd., silverskatefestival.org

Join Top 40 Under 40 Jesse Lipscombe at the Make It Awkward Summit

This unique event brings together leaders championing inclusivity, diversity and love. There will be three immersive days of programming — February 1 to 3 — shared experience and more, designed to turn Canadians into ambassadors of change.

The Westin Edmonton, 10135 100 St., miasummit.com

Set sail on the voyage of a lifetime

Hop aboard the HMS Pinafore and enjoy Gilbert and Sullivan’s beloved operetta that examines the relationship between sailor Ralph Rackstraw and Josephine, the Captain’s daughter. For this production, director Robert Herriot has set the story in the 1920s Jazz Age — catch the show on February 3, 6 or 9.

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87 Ave., 780-429-1000, edmontonopera.com

Attend a Parka Patio fundraiser

Stop by Latitude 53 for a winter fundraiser in support of upcoming programming and gallery operations. This year marks the sixth annual Parka Patio fundraiser — you can expect entertainment from local DJs, installation art and more.

Latitude 53, 10242 106 St., 780-423-5353, latitude53.org/parka

Enjoy two dynamic dance productions

On February 23 to 25, stop by the Timms Centre for the Arts for Intersect, the second production in Citie Ballet’s season — and enjoy two dynamic works within the same production, Gate 3 and See Me, from former Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal soloist Brett Taylor and Edmonton choreographer Kiera Keglowitsch.

Timms Centre for the Arts, 112 St. & 87 Ave., citieballet.ca

See the productions at Rubaboo Festival 2018

Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts presents the 9th Annual Rubaboo Festival, taking place from January 31 to February 4. This year’s lineup includes Bears starring Sheldon Elter (Feb. 1 to 3), Minosis Gathers Hope by Christine Sokaymoh Frederick (Feb. 3 and 4) and Our People Will Be Healed (Feb. 4).

Backstage Theatre, 10330 84 Ave., albertaaboriginalarts.ca

Go “Back to the Future” at the POPnology exhibition

On February 9, the Telus World of Science Edmonton debuts its latest exhibition — POPnology. The interactive exhibition gives you the chance to explore the connections between technology and some of your favourite pop culture icons, and to reflect on the question of what the future holds for artificial intelligence and 3D printed cars. The exhibition runs until May 6. 

Telus World of Science Edmonton, 11211 142 St., 780-452-9100, twose.ca

Listen to Motown hits performed live

If you can’t get enough of Motown, you need to check out this production, running from February 13 to 19. Motown: The Musical takes audiences through the life of Motown founder Berry Gordy, who launched the careers of legends such as Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and more.

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87 Ave., 855-985-5000, jubileeauditorium.com

Find a new favourite wine and see what’s trending in the industry

Edmonton Winefest 2018 returns on February 16 and 17, and oenophiles should make sure not to miss it. The inclusive sampling experience allows you to try hundreds of wines from around the world, from new products to unique options on the market.

Shaw Conference Centre, 9797 Jasper Ave., celebratewinefest.com

Stop by the largest interactive fitness event in Canada

The Great Canadian Fitness Festival comes to the Shaw Conference Centre on February 10 and 11. Enjoy entertainment, food and try your hand at a wide variety of physical activities to discover a new favourite workout.

Shaw Conference Centre, 9797 Jasper Ave., gcfitfest.ca

Meet a keeper of secrets

Frank Warren’s PostSecret project started small, with a few strangers anonymously mailing their private thoughts on postcards, and has since transformed into an international phenomenon. On February 3, Warren will share a hand-picked selection of secrets, as well as insights on what he’s learned along the way.

The Arden Theatre, 5 St. Anne St., 780-459-1542, ardentheatre.ca

Get to know more about the world of graphic design

Visiting artist Abbott Miller comes to the Triffo Theatre on February 6 for a lecture on design entitled GLUE: Bonding with Graphic Design. Miller will share his work across various media with a focus on museums, exhibitions and performance-oriented projects.

Triffo Theatre — Allard Hall, 11110 104 Ave., eventbrite.com

Celebrate Freedom to Read Week with Marie Henein

During Freedom to Read Week, the Edmonton Public Library hosts Marie Henein as part of their Forward Thinking Speaker series. As a lawyer, Henein ensures the legal truth prevails, and works to uphold every person’s fundamental right to a defense. She will share her experiences with justice, social change, intellectual freedom and finding success as a woman in a male-dominated industry.

Chateau Lacombe, 10111 Bellamy Hill Rd., epl.ca/speakerseries

Check out a play by Caryll Churchill

In Love and Information, presented by MacEwan University, playwright Caryl Churchill takes audiences through a kaleidoscope of over 100 characters, played by 22 actors. It’s a production you won’t want to miss — and it runs until February 10.

Allard Hall, 11104 104 Ave., 780-420-1757, tixonthesquare.ca

Get your tickets for the Avenue Best Restaurants event

Our Best Restaurants event may not be until March 5, but make sure to pick up your tickets before they’re sold out. Sample some delectable bites and celebrate another year of great cuisine in the city.


Experience the beauty of winter on snowshoes

On February 10, Snowshoe & Stargaze gives you the opportunity to put on snowshoes and take a short guided hike under the star-filled sky. Then, complete the experience by enjoying fireside snacks and learning a bit more about the night sky.

Elk Island National Park, 780-922-5790, pc.gc.ca

Brave the cold and experience a winter race

The Dead Cold Run takes place on February 18 — bundle up and race your way through the Frozen 5K or the Icy 10K while enjoying the scenic snow-packed trails of the North Saskatchewan River.

Hawrelak Park, 9330 Groat Rd., silverskatefestival.org

See a unique dance production where circus meets ballet

On February 21 and 22, Alberta Ballet and guest company MOMIX presents Opus Cactus. The unique production fuses the worlds of circus and dance, and takes audiences to Sonoran Desert for a world of slithering snakes, soaring cactuses and talented dancer-illusionists.

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87 Ave., albertaballet.com

Sharpen your skills in the kitchen and master your favourite Indian dishes

ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen is hosting a workshop on how to make Indian-inspired meals on February 22. Learn how to prepare naan bread, chutney and a variety of other dishes you’ll be able to recreate at home again and again.

ATCO Centre, 10035 105 St., 780-420-7282, atcoblueflamekitchen.com

See Toronto Dance Theatre on their 50th Anniversary Tour

Brian Webb Dance Company joins forced with Toronto Dance Theatre and Christopher House for House Mix: Toronto Dance Theatre, a production that centres on the adventure of discovery. Check it out on February 28 and March 1.

Timms Centre for the Arts, 87 Ave. & 112 St., 780-420-1757, tixonthesquare.ca

Check out Peter von Tiesenhausen’s exhibition “Carbon Capture”

Peter von Tiesenhausen’s “Carbon Capture” will be on display at the Peter Robertson Gallery until February 28. Von Tiesenhausen, a recipient of the 2015 Lieutenant Governor’s Distinguished Artist Award, often deals with subjects such as time, voyage, spirit, nature and humanity in his works. This exhibition includes new work and photography.

Peter Robertson Gallery, 12323 104 Ave., 780-455-7479, probertsongallery.com

See Dara Humniski and Sergio Serrano’s exhibition

Artists Dara Humniski and Sergio Serrano have been hard at work since October of last year putting together their exhibition “Monument” in the RBC Work Room. The exhibition runs until February 19, so stop by to see the finished product — and learn a little bit more about the artists in our February Artist Q & A.

Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square, 780-425-5379, youraga.ca

Take a peek behind the scenes of the art world

On February 8, Metro Cinema is screening Blurred Lines: Inside the Art World, a 2017 documentary that explores what truly goes on in the billion dollar industry. Director Barry Avrich talks to curators, gallerists, collectors, donors, auction houses and artists, including Marina Abramovic, Damien Hirst and more.

Garneau Theatre, 8712 109 St., 780-425-9212, metrocinema.org

Let Rapid Fire Theatre tickle your funny bone

The WildFire Festival runs from February 6 to 24, and fans of improv should take note. The festival hosts students from all across Alberta and combines three improv tournaments — The Canadian Improv Games, the TheatreSports tournament The Nosebowl and WildFire Junior. Get ready to laugh.

Citadel Theatre, 9828 101A Ave., rapidfiretheatre.com

See a festival devoted to contemporary art

The Chinook Series is an international curated performance festival that showcases contemporary art from Alberta and around the world. Check out the best in dance, theatre and performance art at this unique festival, which runs from February 8 to 18.

ATB Financial Arts Barns, 10330 84 Ave., 780-409-1910, chinookseries.ca


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