25 Things To Do In Edmonton This February

From festivals and live music, to magic and even art battles, there’s no reason to stay home this month.

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A Night With Mozart

To start off the month of amour amour, The Marriage of Figaro will be playing at the Jubilee. The Opera is about a young couple on their wedding day, and is a classic comedy written by Mozart, meaning the music will be so good it will take you back to the 1700s when powdered wigs were a thing. February 1, 4 and 7.

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87 Avenue, (780) 427-2760, jubileeauditorium.com

It’s A Beautiful Life 

Every Brilliant Thing is a solo show about a child whose mother has a chronic illness. He creates a list for her of all the beautiful things that make our time here on earth worthwhile, something we all need a little reminder of sometimes. Catch this show at the Citadel from February 1 to 23.

Citadel Theatre, 9828 101A Avenue, (780) 425-1820, www.citadeltheatre.com

Date Night Done Right 

“The Date Night Tour” is a Canadian-born comedy tour that has been going on for four years. The tour, put on by FunandFaith, features comedians Andy Beningo and Mark Christopher Lawrence, as well as a Date Night Feud between five women and five men. It comes to Edmonton February 7.

McDougall United Church, 10086 Macdonald Drive, (780) 428-1818, funandfaith.ca

Skating In a Winter WonderIand

 

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The Silver Skate Festival is back for another year at Hawrelak Park and it will have something for the whole family. The ten-day winter celebration will have everything from sleigh rides, snow sculptures, live music, theatrical events, winter sports, and of course lots of skating (or none if it’s not your thing). The festival runs from February 7 to 17.

Hawrelak Park, 9330 Groat Road, (780) 442-5311, www.silverskatefestival.org

The Art Of Painting

The Pure Casino Yellowhead is hosting Edmonton’s Art Battle. The event involves three rounds of live painting, and the audience will vote on the winner. After it’s all said and done, the artwork will be available for a silent auction. This tournament is on February 8.

Pure Casino Yellowhead, 12464 153 Street, (780) 424-9467, www.artbattle.com

BDay Bash For B

The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra is hosting a birthday bash for Beethoven, conducted by Cosette Justo Valdés. The musical genius is expected to make an appearance at his 250th bash, so maybe you can get an autograph. The event is on February 8 and is great for the whole family to enjoy.

Winspear Centre, 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square NW, (780) 428-1414, www.winspearcentre.com

Shake Your Booty, Move Your Body

And you’re going to want to do exactly that at the Electric Feels — Indie Dance being held at The Grindstone Theatre. The event has no cover (who doesn’t love a free-99 entry?) and will feature more than a handful of the city’s coolest DJs spinning tunes from the ’80s to the ’10s. The event is on February 8.

The Grindstone, 10019 81 Avenue, (780) 244-9076, www.grindstonetheatre.ca

Fit In Or Stand Out?

Dear Evan Hansen is a contemporary musical about a guy who has always wanted to fit in. The musical is written by Tony Award-winning playwright Steven Levenson and directed by four-time Tony Award-nominee Michael Greif. It runs February 11.

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87 Avenue, (780) 427-2760, jubileeauditorium.com

History Music And Art 

Come and join others in YEG as they celebrate Black History Month with the Black History Month Gospel Concert, featuring the best gospel choir singers in the city, on February 8.

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1455 87 Avenue, (780) 427-2760, nbccedmonton.ca

Single And Ready To Mingle 

If you’re single on Valentine’s Day, Halley’s Club is the place to be! The Vegas-style club is one of the coolest venues in Edmonton, and on February 13 they will be hosting a Valentine Gala for singles. The evening will feature “The Million Dollar Dreamers,” a ten person band and later, a DJ will get you moving and grooving, hopefully with “the one.”

Halley’s Club, 8882 170 Street, (587) 460-2428, www.halleysclub.com 

History That Matters 

Come enjoy a night dedicated to Black History Month. The evening will include speeches, spoken word poetry, music and a special guest. This event is open to all, and children are more than welcome. So come immerse yourself in a historical evening filled with art and wonderful people.

Alberta Legislature Building, 10800 97 Avenue Northwest, 780-427-7362, nbccedmonton.ca

Wine And Dine And Feel Fine

 

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The Wine Fest is the place to be whether you’re a wine connoisseur or simply love eating, drinking and being in an environment where everyone is in good spirits. Each ticket purchased will include a sampling of all the wines from different parts of the world and delicious food. The fest runs February 14 and 15.

Edmonton Convention Centre Hall D, 9797 Jasper Avenue, (780) 421-9797, celebratewinefest.com

Superhuman Ancient Art 

The Peking Acrobats blend Chinese folklore and fearless gymnastics to give an experience that might leave you feeling like you want to try walking on a tightrope seven feet high (I wouldn’t, but who am I to tell you how to live your life?). This event is from February 14 to 16.

100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park, (780) 449-3378, www.festivalplace.ab.ca

Do You Believe In Magic?

‘Cause if you do, and especially if you don’t, the Winspear Centre is hosting a night just for you! Michael Grandinetti, who has fascinated audiences at NFL Halftime shows and at the White House, will be here along with the ESO who will be playing beautiful symphonies from Beauty and the Beast and Harry Potter, February 14 to 15.

Winspear Centre, 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square NW, (780) 428-1414, www.winspearcentre.com

One Love

Launching February 8, “5 Artists 1 Love” celebrates music and art in Edmonton’s African-Canadian community through artistic community engagement.

Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square, 5artists1love.com

Shakespeare Or The Beatles? 

If you’re having a hard time choosing, now you don’t have to, thanks to As You Like it. The Shakespearean play combines these two historical legends for a show that’s sure to have everyone dancing. It runs February 15 to March 15 — that’s one whole month to catch this unique performance.

Citadel Theatre, 9828 101A Avenue, (780) 425-1820, www.citadeltheatre.com

Unleash Your Inner Ballerina

“Alberta Ballet Unleashed” includes three choreographers, showcasing three different magical pieces, and has something for everyone to enjoy. The event runs February 21 and 22.

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87 Avenue, (780) 427-2760, jubileeauditorium.com

Erica Felsch is tossed by Ben Needham-Wood and Joshua Reynolds in Smuin Ballet’s “Petal,” courtesy of Chris Hardy, Smuin Ballet

Art To Feed The Soul

The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and Tanya Tagaq, an Inuit singer and composer, have joined forces to create a powerful performance dedicated to missing indigenous women. Tagaq & Truth will play at the Winspear Centre on February 21.

Winspear Centre, 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square NW, (780) 428-1414, www.winspearcentre.com

Metro Cinema’s Black History Month

All month, Metro Cinema will feature films from and about the black perspective and experience, including HarrietUs and Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip.

Metro Cinema, 8712 – 109 ST NW, 780-425-9212, metrocinema.org

Catch Them Before They’re Famous

The Rapid Fire Theatre is hosting the teen improv festival Wildfire for students from across Alberta. Come watch these teens February 23 and decide who will be the next A-list actor. 

Rapid Fire Theatre, 9828 101A Avenue, (780) 443-6044, www.rapidfiretheatre.com

Luck Of The Irish

The Celtic Illusion combines contemporary Irish dance with magic and majestic illusions. Be one of the first Canadians to watch the show as it makes its Canadian debut February 25.

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87 Avenue, (780) 427-2760, jubileeauditorium.com

Carpet Crawling

For one night only, be transported to the 70s by the magical music of the famous English rock band Genesis. Steve Hackett, their former lead guitarist, brings his tour to Edmonton February 27.

Winspear Centre, 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square NW, (780) 428-1414, www.winspearcentre.com

Killer Skirt And Deadly Legs

The Skirtsafire Festival is one creative event you don’t want to miss. The multidisciplinary arts event encompasses all kinds of artistic expression, from spoken word poetry to practicing sun salutations while listening to live cello music inside of the art gallery, and much more! Runs February 27 to March 8.

Winspear Centre, 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square NW, (780) 428-1414, www.skirtsafire.com

Hello Darkness, My Old Friend

Immerse yourself in the music of Simon & Garfunkel while their story is presented in this concert and theatre show which will feature a live band, on February 28.

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87 Avenue, (780) 427-2760, jubileeauditorium.com

Welcome To The Four Seasons

 

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The Tony winning musical Jersey Boys, in conjunction with the ESO, have come together to deliver a performance that will make you want to get up and dance. Catch Under the Streetlamp February 28 and 29.

Winspear Centre, 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square NW, (780) 428-1414, www.winspearcentre.com

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