This weekend, Edmonton offers up some of the most diverse activities you could hope for — including a horticultural celebration, a deep freeze party and a performance by one of the world’s most popular pop stars.
Celebrate a new start
What: The Muttart Conservatory is celebrating the Lunar New Year this Saturday by unveiling a new feature pyramid celebrating the Eastern holiday. The Alberta Chinese Orchestra will perform at Centre Court, as will a troupe of local lion dancers. The day will be capped off with a display of fireworks at 5:40 p.m. (early fireworks are one good thing about our short northern days). Information on admission costs is available here.
When? January 11 from noon until 6 p.m.
What: Four blocks of Alberta Avenue (118th Avenue) will be shut down this weekend as the community hosts the 7th annual Deep Freeze Festival. Take a stroll from 90th to 94th Street and experience a celebration of Byzantine culture, including arts and crafts, cultural displays and heritage winter games and fun, including street hockey, chainsaw ice carving, fireworks, curling and wagon rides. This year’s theme "The Vikings are coming!" is sure to up the ante as well. And the best part? This is some free fun for the whole family. A full schedule of events is available here.
When? January 11 and 12
Do something irrelevant
When? January 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Take a stroll indoors
What: When was the last time you visited Edmonton’s eye-catching Art Gallery of Alberta?
This weekend marks your final chance to navigate through the maze of the Intellection of Lady Spider House exhibit, which invites viewers to interact and learn from the gothic props. On Sunday, Rapidfire Theatre will be leading an free (with admission) Introduction to theatre sports class. And if neither of those appeal, there are five other exhibits that are guaranteed to catch your eye.
When? Open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends
Suit and tie
What: While not precisely a weekend event, the prince of pop and surprise hit of Saturday Night Live himself, Justin Timberlake, will be in town Monday night as part of his 20/20 Experience World Tour. Coming fresh out of his People’s Choice Awards wins for Favourite Male Artist, Favourite R&B Artist and Favorite Album, Timberlake’s known for putting on a great show. And while the concert is already sold out, there’s still a chance to grab some tickets through resale or Kijiji.
When? January 13 and 14 at 8 p.m.
An experiment in fusion
What: Also early next week, the Boreal Electro-Acoustic Music Society Orchestra is teaming up with filmmaker John Osborne to create an improvised evening of music and animation at the Garneau Theatre Tuesday night in what promises to be a very unique experience. Tickets cost $10.
When? January 14 at 7 p.m.