5 things to do in Edmonton this weekend

Are you ready to dive in — literally or metaphorically — to your weekend? Here's your cheat-sheet.

Indoors or out, musical medleys or motorcycle mayhem

If you raise at least $50 you, too, could throw yourself into the icy waters of Summerside Lake on Sunday. (Polar Plunge Edmonton)

Are you ready to dive in — literally or metaphorically — to your weekend? Here's your cheat-sheet:

For your ears only

What: Let's start the weekend off in tune (see what I did there?). You have a lot of musical options available, but here are some of the highlights: 

  • Rufus WainwrightThe indie crooner performs at the Myer Horowitz Theatre on Thursday.
  • Smokey Robinson: The Motown giant takes the stage at the River Cree Casino on Saturday
  • Reuben and the Dark & Vance JoyThe Calgary band will team up with the Australian singer-songwriter for a show at the Jubilee on Saturday.
  • Good LoveliesThe Folk Fest and Interstellar Rodeo staples play at The Citadel on Saturday.
  • Fred Penner: The children's rock star is playing shows in Edmonton and Spruce Grove this weekend.
  • Nathaniel Rateliffe & The Night SweatsThey were a big hit at Folk Fest last summer and now they're back for a show at the Winspear on Monday night.
Calgary-based band Reuben and the Dark will perform alongside Vance Joy Saturday at the Jubilee. (Reuben and the Dark/Facebook)

At the Expo Centre

What: There are two big events that will likely attract two very different crowds at Northlands this weekend:

Embrace the cold

What: According to Environment Canada, it's going to be a chilly weekend in the city — but take a page from Queen Elsa's book and give these activities a try:

  • World Snow Day at Snow Valley: Race your family and friends, get some terrain tips and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate.
  • World Snow Day in Strathcona County: Enjoy the warmth of a free bonfire lunch before heading out on a trail walk with a biologist who will share the secrets of animal tracking. Then, strap on some skis or snowshoes for an outdoor adventure.
  • Polar PlungeIn the words of the organizers — "Freeze 'em for a reason." Sunday's polar plunge at Summerside Lake will raise money for Alberta's 3,000 Special Olympics competitors. Edmonton AM's Garrette McGowan will be taking the polar plunge, too, if he can raise $2,500. To help out: Donate here

Celebrate the bard's birthday

What: Sure, it's a little early, but who doesn't love an afternoon of bagpipes, traditional dancing and haggis? Rutherford House is celebrating Robert Burns and his homeland on Sunday, so unleash your inner Scot.

When? Jan. 17 from noon to 4 p.m.
Stretch alongside some new feline friends Saturday morning at the Edmonton Humane Society. (Edmonton Humane Society)

Cat yoga

What: Yes, you read that right. Edmonton yogis can now follow in Vancouverites' footsteps and stretch alongside their feline friends at a special Cats on Your Mats yoga lesson taught at the Edmonton Humane Society. Learn more here.

When? Jan. 16 from 9 to 10 a.m.

​​Know of a weekend event happening in the city? Email me or tweet me @CBC_Caitlin