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.
When? Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
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.
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.
Odds and ends
- Olympic volleyball qualifier: You may or may not have won your tickets, but can check out some of the best volleyball players in North America all the same this weekend at the Saville Community Sports Centre.
- Hot Chocolate and horse-drawn carriages: Head to Fort Edmonton for some outdoor fun on Saturday, or if you're hungry, check out their Sunday brunch.
- Chelsea Hotel: Six performers playing a combined 17 instruments between them will take on the justifiably intimidating oeuvre of the one and only Leonard Cohen at the Citadel Theatre. Shows start on Jan. 13.