While there are many lovely options for those wishing to celebrate Valentine’s Day this weekend, that certainly isn’t the only fun thing happening in the city. Here are our top five:
Meet someone new?
What: This one’s a two-fer, offering two very different ways to potentially meet a special someone this love day. First: Wündermeet Professional Matchmaking is hosting a singles party at the Underground Tap & Grill (10004 Jasper Avenue) Friday night at 8 p.m. There will be music, prize draws and signature cocktails, with proceeds going towards the Heart & Stroke Foundation so at the very least you’ll go home feeling warm and fuzzy on the inside.
However, if you’re looking for something a little less polite - The Edmonton Paintball Centre is holding a special Valentine’s Day shoot-out, and is welcoming both singles and couples to participate. Tickets are available here. The games will run Friday night from 7 to 11 p.m.
What: The Yellowhead Brewery is hosting it’s third annual Glitterball (anti-Valentine’s edition), promising an "opulent feast for the senses" for those lucky enough to attend. Performers at the surprising, one-of-a-kind event include Luna Dance Fusion, Small Matters Productions, Holly Von Sinn, Moon Unit, and Mooch. But act fast - ticket sales close at noon on Friday.
When? Feb. 15 at 8 p.m.
Put your skates on
What: More than 60,000 attendees in 2013 can’t be wrong! Yes, it’s that time again — the 24th annual Silver Skate Festival will be setting up base in Hawrelak Park this week, bringing with it an extravaganza of art, culture and sports.
Because the pond is currently out of commission, the skating festival will take place on a temporary rink set up in the southeast corner of the park, with additional sporting events happening at the Victoria Oval. Head on down to check out free events including snow sculpting, performances, sleigh rides and the heritage village.
When? Feb. 14 to 23
Laugh it off
What: If the thought of Valentine’s Day makes you want to cry, then laughter surely is the best medicine. This weekend Rapid Fire Theatre is hosting WildFire, its annual student improv festival — a marriage of three separate comedy tournaments (Canadian Improv Games, the Nosebowl and WildFire Junior), each promising gut-busting laughs and a sneak preview at some new and rising comedic talents. Tickets and a full schedule of events is available on Rapid Fire’s website.
When? Daily shows from Feb. 11 to Mar. 1
A Celebration of Gospel
What: In honour of Black History Month, some of the city’s best gospel choirs — including the Shiloh Baptist Choir, Rhema Voices, McLaurin Gospel Choir and tenor soloist Patrick Rose — will be giving a free concert Sunday evening at the McLaurin Memorial Baptist Church (11107 - 51st Ave). The concert is designed to showcase the impact of African, African-American and Caribbean musical styles on contemporary gospel music.
When? Feb. 16 at 6 p.m.