25 Things To Do In Edmonton This February


CHECK out a play set in the sky…

Marc Camoletti’s comedy Boeing Boeing comes to the Walterdale Playhouse from February 3 to 13 in a translation by Beverley Cross and Francis Evans. Directed by Lauren Tamke, the production features a bachelor who is engaged to three beautiful air hostesses, juggling them and living a life of debauchery. However, when a new Boeing model jeopardizes the bachelor’s carefully planned schedule, things get complicated. 

Walterdale Playhouse, 10322 83 Ave., 780-439-3058, walterdaletheatre.com

…or in a forest near Athens

University of Alberta Studio Theatre presents one of William Shakespeare’s most beloved plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Marti Maraden, who has 18 seasons of acting and directing credits at the Stratford Festival, serves as a guest director for this production. Enjoy the Bard’s witty tale of a forest filled with love connections and transformations.

Timms Centre for the Arts, 87 Ave. and 112 St., 877-888-1757, uofa.ualberta.ca

Take a walk in the River Valley to scout for groundhogs

February 2 is groundhog day, so if you’re curious to see how much longer we have left in this winter, why not take a walk in the gorgeous River Valley and see if you can spot any groundhogs emerging to survey their shadows?  Worst case scenario, if they’re all hiding underground, you’ll get some fresh air and a great view of our beautiful city.


…and refuel with some pirate fries

The Local Omnivore recently opened its doors, and omnivores are going crazy for the restaurant's masterfully prepared meats and sandwiches, including the Big Red One and the Big Bird. However, if you’re looking for a dose of carbs, you can’t go wrong with their fries — simple shoe-string fries covered with an addictive pirate spice. You could share an order with a friend, but trust us, you'll want your own.

The Local Omnivore, 10933 120 St., 780-660-1051, thelocalomnivore.com 

Stop by for storytime with Todd Babiak and Shari Graydon

In “Telling a Story,” a talk which is part of the Lougheed College Lecture Series, founder of Story Engine Todd Babiak and author Shari Graydon take the stage to explore how leaders can find the narrative that ensures the necessary stories are told while also ensuring their purposes are well served.

Edmonton Clinic Health Academy, 11405 87 Ave., uofa.ualberta.ca

Embrace the winter chill at the Silver Skate Festival

From February 12 to 21, the Silver Skate Festival takes over Hawrelak Park with an endless schedule of winter activities. Athletes can flex their skills in a variety of competitions including a Kortebaan race, skate races, snowshoe races and a zombie-fied Dead Cold Run. The festival will also include a snow garden, fire sculpture installations, sleigh rides, a Folk Trail and more.

Hawrelak Park, 9930 Groat Rd., 780-488-1960, silverskatefestival.org

Listen to songs for sinners and saints

Songs for Sinners and Saints is a concert of select musical numbers from Catalyst Theatre's award-winning repertoire including "The House of Pootsie Plunket," "The Blue Orphan," "Frankenstein," "Nevermore," "Hunchback," "The Soul Collector" and "Vigilante." The works will be brought to the stage by a cast of talented performers including Vance Avery, Christine Bandelow, Susan Gilmour, Julie Golosky, Roman Pfob, Elena Porter, Scott Shpeley, and Luc Tellier. 

Citadel Theatre — Maclab Theatre, 9828 101A Ave., 780-425-1820, citadeltheatre.com

Do some Valentine’s shopping at a local market

It’s been awhile since the abundance of craft markets during the holiday season, so satisfy your craft cravings at the inaugural Gathering Good Gang’s Valentine Market. There will be a photobooth, treats, and a market with vendors including Ochre Lea, State Motto, Theory Design, Salgado Fenwick, Majesty Industries, Mokubot, Mezzaluna Studios, Dallas Whitley Photography, Bloom Cookies, The Violet Chocolate Co., Joanne Madeley and Knitbrooks. Pick up something for your special someone — or for yourself!

Salgado Fenwick, 10842 124 St., gatheringgoodgang.com

Print your heart out at SNAP

SNAP’s popular annual valentine’s event, Print Your Heart Out, is back for another year. Indulge your creative side in a day of card crafting, where you’ll be able to create a linoblock and print four handmade cards on the letterpresses at SNAP. Who needs Hallmark when you can craft your own witty cards?

SNAP Print Shop, 12056 Jasper Ave., 780-423-1492, snapartists.com

…and make some chocolates at Noorish

What would Valentine’s Day be without chocolate? Well, rather than running to pick some up from a store, indulge your inner Willy Wonka by crafting some sweet treats at Noorish on February 8. Master chocolatier Colleen Heidecker will demonstrate three raw chocolate-centric desserts — a chocolate-strawberry mousse lovers’ parfait, heavenly dark chocolate cherry squares, and love potion #9 chocolate creams — that you can learn to replicate at home.

Noorish Conscious Eatery, 8440 109 St., 780-756-6880, noorish.ca

Take an award-winning Odyssey 

Anthropologist and filmmaker, Dr. Niobe Thompson, explores the origins of humanity in The Great Human Odyssey, a documentary series which recently won the Edmonton Film Prize. Thompson comes to the Winspear Centre stage to provide a live narration of the beautifully shot film, complete with music from the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, conducted by composer Darren Fung.


Winspear Centre, 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square, 780-428-1414, winspearcentre.com

…or follow the yellow brick road on an altogether different sort of journey

During the last week of February, why not take a trip to the wonderful world of Oz for a few hours? Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of The Wizard of Oz provides an enchanting adaptation of Baum’s classic tale. Join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, and Toto as they embark on their legendary journey to the land of Oz.

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87 Ave., 866-532-7469, jubileeauditorium.com

Get in your daily exercise by biking to work

February 12 is International Winter Bike To Work Day — join cyclists around the world and hop onto two wheels to bike in to work that day. Take a new route, see some new Edmonton landmarks, and start your day off just a bit differently.


Freeze your cask off with some local brewers

Edmonton Beer Geeks Anonymous presents Freeze Your Cask Off!, an event that will allow beer enthusiasts to sample cask conditioned beers from local brewers. Participating brewers include Alley Kat Brewing Company, Bench Creek Brewing, Blindman Brewing, Dandy Brewing Company, Norsemen Brewing Co., Ribstone Creek Brewery, Troubled Monk Brewery and Yellowhead Brewery. Whether they bring porters or stouts, black IPAs or ales, these brewers are sure to craft something memorable.

Ritchie Community League Hall, 7727 98 St., edmontonbeergeeksanonymous.ca

 Chill out (literally) on a winter patio

During Flying Canoë Volant, Mill Creek Ravine will be illuminated by various light installations, and visitors can listen to French-Canadian stories at a Trapper’s cabin, learn traditional Métis dances, make bannock over an open fire and more. Once you’ve gotten your fill of the events in the Ravine, stop by La Cité Francophone on February 5 or 6 for an outdoor winter patio featuring an ice bar, outdoor DJ, and even the French-Canadian treat tire sur la neige – a molten maple concoction poured onto fresh snow. 

La Cité Francophone, 8627 91 St., 780-463-1144, flyingcanoevolant.ca

See a French cinematic classic

In 1960, director Jean-Luc Godard stunned audiences with Breathless, an homage to the American genres that inspired the director when he was a writer for Cahiers du cinema. The film, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg, helped launch French New Wave cinema and has had an enormous cultural impact. Enjoy it on the big screen as Metro Cinema screens it for three nights — February 12, 14, and 16.

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

…or show off your verbatim knowledge of The Princess Bride 

It’s no secret that Rob Reiner’s 1987 film The Princess Bride has become a quote-able favourite of many cinephiles over the years. On Valentine’s Day, fall in love with the classic once more, and prove your devotion by quoting along to as many lines in the film as possible. And, if the only line you know is the iconic “my name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die!” don’t worry — there will be subtitles to help you out.

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

Watch a chariot race at Winterus Maximus

MADE, with the support of the City of Edmonton’s WinterCity Office, brings an entirely new type of winter event to Edmontonians – Winterus Maximus. In this event, eager designers will craft custom-designed chariots, which will then be pulled by two fat-bikes in a race against all the other custom chariots. Watch the spectacle unfold in the Mill Creek area on the Flying Canoe Festival grounds — and cheer on your favourite chariot!


Mill Creek Ravine, 780-463-1144, joinmade.org/winterus-maximus

Find your perfect wine

Not sure what type of wine to purchase for your Valentine’s day festivities? The folks at the Keg n Cork are here to help with their February 11 event Matches and Pairs: Finding You The Perfect Wine.  Certified sommelier Stacey-Jo Strombecky stops by the store and guides attendees through some experimentation, exploring the differences between New World and Old World styles of wine, as well as tasting some cheese and chocolate pairings.

Keg n Cork Liquor Company, 3845 99 St., 780-461-0191, kegncork.com

Sample Yellowhead Brewery’s newest brew

On February 4, Yellowhead Brewery is holding a soft launch of its newest brew, a honey porter, as well as a customer appreciation mixer. Stop by to take a tour of the brewery, snack on some tapas, sample some of the brewery’s products, and enjoy the music of the Marco Claviera Quartette and a secret headliner.

Yellowhead Brewery ,10229 105 St., 780-423-3333, yellowheadbrewery.com

See Rapid Fire Theatre's improvisational take on a classic

The Citadel Theatre is re-staging the play that started it all, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Rapid Fire Theatre is engaging with the classic in a different way with We’re Not Afraid!, an improved send up of Albee’s classic play. Running from February 4 to February 6, each night will have a new improvised show.

Citadel Theatre — The Club, 9828 101A Ave., 780-425-1820, citadeltheatre.com

Celebrate leap day with Avenue at our Best Restaurants launch event

Every year, our Best Restaurants issue is one of the most highly anticipated, and we bring our readers selections for the best in the city — from brunch to burgers, steak to small plates. While it’ll take you awhile to work your way through the list, celebrate with drinks and food samples at our launch event on February 29. 

The Oasis Centre, 10930 177 St., 780-451-1379, avenueedmonton.com

Take a tour of the Mosaic Centre

As part of Edmonton’s Community Energy Forum Tour series, on February 11 you can get an inside look at the Mosaic Centre building. The tour, hosted by volunteers from the Mosaic Family team as well as the project architect, will cover technical aspects of the building including materials used, the processes of the Integrated Project Delivery team, and more.

Mosaic Centre, 2003 91 St. SW, eventbrite.com

Pop by Audreys and get your hands on a formerly censored book

Freedom To Read Week, an annual event designed to encourage Canadians to contemplate and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, takes place between February 21 and 27. While the Forward Thinking Speaker Series talk by Salman Rushdie sold out within minutes, don’t despair — just stop by Audreys and pick up a formerly censored book to enjoy. There are a lot to choose from!

Audreys Books, 10702 Jasper Ave., 780-423-3487, audreys.ca

Check out the variety of talented artists at 5 Artists 1 Love

5 Artists 1 Love, an annual event that takes place during Black History Month to celebrate the rich history of art, music, dance and poetry within the black Community, is back for another year. As a special treat, many artists who have participated in previous shows have returned for a retrospective year and will be showcasing works at the Art Gallery of Alberta, as well as in other venues including Latitude 53 and Scott Gallery. The art showcase gala reception takes place February 6.

Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square, 587-801-0355, 5artists1love.com


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