Whether you’re thinking of checking out Chinatown for Lunar New Year, heading to Fort Edmonton Park for a cutting edge new comedy show or perusing the new art exhibit at the Citadel Theatre, this weekend’s events celebrate the city’s diversity. That, and there’s a football game.

Lunar New Year

What: Head down to Chinatown this weekend to celebrate the Year of the Horse and Lunar New Year. Several festivities — including a dragon and lion dance and firecrackers — are planned throughout the weekend along 97th Street, with the opening ceremony slated for 11:45 a.m. Saturday at the Pacific Rim Mall (9700 - 105th Avenue).


Lunar New Year celebrations are underway this weekend.

When? Jan. 31 to Feb. 1

Laugh out loud

What: CBC Radio is recording a brand new variety show at Fort Edmonton this weekend, and you can be part of the live audience. Starring Ojibway-Métis comedian Ryan McMahon, Red Man Laughing promises a mix of comedy, music and interviews guaranteed to engage any audience. Tickets cost $20, with a dinner and show package also available.

When? Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Celebrate Black History

What: February is Black History Month and to commemorate the occasion, the Citadel Theatre is hosting its fifth annual gala in the lobby of the Shoctor Theatre Saturday night. Called 5 Artists 1 Love, the reception will feature the work of five local visual artists, with live music, food, drink and poetry throughout the evening. Admission to the gala is $43. If you can’t make it this weekend, don’t worry. The art will remain on display throughout the month.

When? Feb. 1 from 4 to 11 p.m.

Slip into something different

What: Pack up your sleds, crazy carpets, flying saucers and snow pants this weekend and head over to Rundle Park, Jackie Parker Park or Gallagher Park to take part in Sip & Slide Sundays. After you’re all done with the slopes, the city will be serving up free hot drinks… until supplies run out. If you’re OK forgoing the free beverages, however, there are also several other maintained sled slopes in the city.

When? Feb. 2 from 1 to 5 p.m.

Let’s talk football

What: This Sunday the Seattle Seahawks take on the Denver Broncos in the Superbowl at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey — so make up a platter of nachos and invite some friends over or head out to your favourite sports bar. Even if you’re not a huge sports fan, the commercials and half-time show make the game worth your while. Kickoff is at 4:30 p.m. MT.

When? Feb. 2