5 things to do in Edmonton this weekend

Start 2016 off right with a perfect blend of indoor and outdoor fun.

Cold weather, comedy, classical music and Johnny Castle

It is what it sounds like: competitors in the Deep Freeze Festival's Deep Freezer Race either ride in a chest freezer or push one. (Deep Freeze: Byzantine Winter Festival/Facebook)

Start 2016 off right with a perfect blend of indoor and outdoor fun.

Embrace the cold

What: For nearly a decade, Alberta Avenue has dedicated a weekend to its winter wonderland of cultural celebration, street sculptures, art, food and snow-friendly frolicking. Yes, it's time for the Deep Freeze Byzantine Winter Festival to invite the city's citizens to abandon their warm, cosy homes in favour of jumping into a deep freeze and racing across the finish line. No really — that's exactly what happens in the annual Deep Freezer Race. Want to know more

When? Jan. 9 and 10

Crown a comedy king or queen

What: Ten of the city's funniest people enter, but only one will triumph — and the audience is the judge. This is Maestro, the once-a-month humour Hunger Games that pits nine hardened (sort of) Rapid Fire Theatre players — plus one lucky/unlucky audience member — against each other to win the coveted Sir Wilfrid Laurier Memorial Award. Tickets are available here.
Watch Baby (Gillian Abbott) and Johnny (Christopher Tierney) fall in love all over again - to some great music, no less - at the Jubilee this weekend. (Broadway.com)

When? Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Hockey week...end

What:Minor Hockey Week officially kicks off on Friday in Edmonton, guaranteeing you plenty of chances to take in a game. A full schedule of minor league games is available here. If you're looking to a game to take your young hockey players to, however, you've got a few options:

  • Friday: The Oilers take on the Tampa Bay Lightning at Rexall Place
  • Saturday:Watch the Edmonton Oil Kings play the Calgary Hitmen
  • Sunday:The Oilers face off against the Florida Panthers

It's a classic for a reason

What: Congratulations — you've survived a month of Christmas music, packed malls and a feeding frenzy. So why not take a little time to lower your blood pressure this weekend, and settle in for some string music? You've got a few options:

  • Saturday: The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra will be joined by Stephen Waarts as it performs Paganini's Violin Concerto No. 2 at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday:Listen to the talented musicians of tomorrow at the Northern Alberta Concerto Competition hosted by the Alberta Registered Music Teachers Association and Edmonton Youth Orchestra. Tickets cost $10.
  • Sunday: Let the music of Mendelssohn's Te Deum wash over you at the All Saints Cathedral in downtown Edmonton.
    Canada's men's volleyball team is primed to bump, set and spike its way to its first Olympics in 20 years at a qualifying tournament in Edmonton this weekend. (Frederic Brown/Getty Images)

No one puts baby in the corner

What: The year was 1963 and all Baby wanted to do was join the Peace Corps. — until the night she carried a watermelon to a particularly saucy staff party at Kellerman's in the Catskills and clapped eyes on Johnny Castle. You know what happens next. Bottom line: you'll have the time of your life, it's guaranteed to be a feast for Hungry Eyes.

When? Shows running through to Jan. 10 at the Jubilee Auditorium

Odds and ends

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